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Picardy

Picardy has a gently rolling countryside, ancient cathedrals, extensive forests and beaches and of course is the area that witnessed some of the bitterest battles of WWI. Thankfully today however it provides a lovely location for a cottage holiday in northern France. For self catering accommodation in this region see our gites in Picardy.

Geographically, the Picardy region of North West France touches both the Channel and South Belgium border, but its importance is more historic. It has a rich medieval heritage and also has some equally important sites of the Great War.

For those with an interest in the more distant past, Picardy has a long history stretching back to Roman times, and has some particularly good examples of Gothic architecture. The English, Spanish and the Habsburgs have all ruled this part of France over the past millennium, each leaving their mark.

Europe''s largest cathedral and one of the most impressive in France is at Amiens, while Beauvais, Laon, St Quentin and Soissons also have great examples of the Gothic style. Visitors can discover more at the Museum of Picardy in Amiens. Compiegne meanwhile is rich with royal and political intrigue, from the Burgundians’ capture of Joan of Arc during the 100 Years War to the signing of the Armistice for both world wars.

Picardy''s place in modern history is related to its importance in both world wars. Some of the most important battlefields of the period can be found in the region and a visit to the Somme is a must to commemorate the First World War. Among the military cemeteries to be found in Picardy are the unassuming site at Ors, the burial place of war poet Wilfred Owen, the large American cemetery of Meuse-Argonne and the Duaumont ossuary at Verdun. Compiegne Forest holds a memorial centre for the signing of the Armistice, among the many monuments and museums dedicated to this period in the area.

Nonetheless Picardy has plenty to offer non-history buffs, from spectacular chateaux at Chantilly, Pierrefonds and Compiegne, the Baie de Somme bird sanctuary and Plailly''s Aterix theme park. There are vast forested areas and even local vineyards where Picardy borders Champagne.

Along the coastal region of the western Somme there are 70 kilometres of sandy beaches, dotted with seaside resorts. A great way of exploring this coastline on foot is to take to the coastal ‘grand randonne’ path.

To discover this part of northern France at your leisure take a look at our Picardy holiday cottages; a great base for exploring and appreciating the characteristic local cuisine and culture of the area.
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  • Orgeval, near Laon, Aisne, Picardy
    Orgeval, near Laon, Aisne, Picardy×

    La Vigne

    Orgeval, near Laon, Aisne, Picardy

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    Ref: F02131
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    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    This detached stone property, set in the garden of the discreet owner (who is on hand to assist you during your...

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  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR034
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This holiday rental is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one being...

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  • Bouzincourt, Somme,
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    Ref: AF081
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs AF081 and AF082) are 50m apart and are situated...

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  • Drucat, Picardy
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    Drucat

    Drucat, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    On the edge of a small village and set in the discreet owners’ grounds, this cosy cottage is ideal for a couple...

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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR100
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside resort with...

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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
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    La Ferme d’Annie

    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,

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    Ref: AF061
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire

    This traditional detached country bungalow, situated less than 10km from Gerberoy, officially one of...

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  • Ault, Picardy
    Ault, Picardy×

    Ault

    Ault, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR036
    Key Features:
    - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities

    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a...

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  • La Neuville-Roy, Oise,
    La Neuville-Roy, Oise, ×

    Gîte de Le Roy

    La Neuville-Roy, Oise,

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    Ref: AF069
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This comfortable semi-detached holiday accommodation, with a private enclosed garden, is set next to the...

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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR040
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View

    Just 50m from the vast pebble beach at Cayeux-sur-Mer, this renovated fisherman’s cottage, with off road parking...

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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: FJ0091
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Sea View

    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront....

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  • Le Boisle, Picardy
    Le Boisle, Picardy×

    Le Boisle

    Le Boisle, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    Set behind the village church, this cosy cottage offers a woodburner for chillier evenings and a lawned garden and...

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  • Suzanne, Somme,
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    Les Primevères

    Suzanne, Somme,

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    Ref: AF076
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This family holiday home is set on a quiet country road, yet is easily reached from the motorway, and is situated by...

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