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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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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Picardy
    Fontenay-Torcy, Picardy×

    La Ferme d’Annie

    Fontenay-Torcy, Picardy

    Fontenay-Torcy, Picardy

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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
    Set in the heart of Picardy within easy reach of Rouen and Beauvais with easy access by rail to Paris.
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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR100
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Part of a complex, this lovely apartment is just 200 metres from the beach and enjoys a heated swimming pool.
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, 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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  • Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy
    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy×

    Les Clos des Marquis

    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy

    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy

    4
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    Ref: AF002
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage is close to sandy beaches and Center Parcs.
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  • Acy-le-Bas, Picardy
    Acy-le-Bas, Picardy×
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    La Petite Maison du Montjard

    La Petite Maison du Montjard

    Acy-le-Bas, Picardy

    Acy-le-Bas, Picardy

    4
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    Ref: AF176
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy a peaceful break in this cosy cottage, explore the beautiful countryside and at the end of the day relax your private hot tub.
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  • Suzanne, Picardy
    Suzanne, Picardy×

    Les Primevères

    Suzanne, Picardy

    Suzanne, Picardy

    4
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    Ref: AF076
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    In a quiet location by the village green, this family holiday home is set on a quiet country road, within walking distance of a restaurant.
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  • Caulaincourt, Picardy
    Caulaincourt, Picardy×
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    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 2

    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 2

    Caulaincourt, Picardy

    Caulaincourt, Picardy

    4
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    Ref: AF168
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This delightful gite lies in a peaceful area of the picturesque Omignon Valley, ideal for long, scenic walks.
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    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 1
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  • La Neuville-Roy, Picardy
    La Neuville-Roy, Picardy×

    Gîte de Le Roy

    La Neuville-Roy, Picardy

    La Neuville-Roy, Picardy

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    Ref: AF069
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Within a truly authentic and rural French setting just 5 minutes walk from the quiet village centre and within easy driving distance of Paris and Disneyland.
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, 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
    Cayeux-sur-Mer’s pebble beach is just 50m away from this fisherman’s cottage, or visit historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme which is a short drive.
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  • Mailly-Maillet, Picardy
    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy×

    Maison Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy

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    Ref: AF078
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This large property is set in the heart of a historic village, where the surrounding woods are said to have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
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  • Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy
    Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy×
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    Le Potager de Radegonde

    Le Potager de Radegonde

    Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy

    Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy

    5
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    Ref: AF178
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio
    This pretty cottage has a lovely garden to make the most of the sunny days, and is within easy reach of several historic cities.
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  • Moislains, Pas-de-Calais
    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais×

    Gite du Haut du Riez

    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais

    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais

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    Ref: AF079
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached holiday property enjoys use of a garden, garage and decked patio.
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