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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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  • Chantilly, Oise, Picardy
    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy×

    La Baronnaise

    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF066
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    A detached property with a delightful garden located in the heart of a picturesque village just 1 hour from Paris.
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    This comfortable detached holiday home lies close to the stunning National Regional Park of Oise, with excellent walking, horse riding, cycling, golf and theme parks, offering fun for all the family. The royal market town of Senlis is nestled in the heart of the regional park and is home to one of France’s smallest cathedrals, Notre-Dame de Senlis, which dominates the town. Just 10km from Senlis lies the town of Chantilly where the grandeur of the Château de Chantilly is...

  • Maulers, Oise,
    Maulers, Oise, ×

    Gîte Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise,

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    Ref: AF064
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A charming holiday cottage in a small, peaceful village - an ideal location for exploring the treasures of the Picardy region.
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    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside of Picardy, with a local
    bakery just a stroll away. This untouched corner of France is the perfect base from which to discover the natural delights that Picardy has to offer. Amiens is within driving distance and should be visited for its interesting architecture. Euro Disney is only 135km away, making it a perfect day trip for the family. The cottage is well furnished and...

  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

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    Ref: W15096
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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities
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    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities. Each property has a stunning view of the valley, there is an organic veggie patch on site and guests can buy the seasonal produce, order bread from the passing baker or enjoy a drink or snack at the bar. The indoor heated swimming pool with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and play,...

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers
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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne, ×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,

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    Ref: AF010
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located to the north east of Paris and only 6km from Laon, this holiday home complete with shared swimming pool is ideal for exploring the Aisne region.
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    Situated in the French countryside, these semi-detached properties (refs AF009 and AF010) can be found within the owner’s 2¼-acre grounds. The large garden boasts a lovely shared swimming pool so that you can take a dip in the warm summer months. Or why not explore the surrounding forests? Alternatively, these properties are situated only 6km away from Laon with its impressive cathedral, original defensive walls and museum of art and archaeology.

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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1
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  • Andeville, Oise,
    Andeville, Oise, ×

    Le Clos Saint-Pierre

    Andeville, Oise,

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    Ref: AF074
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Spend the day exploring the beautiful Oise - Pays de France Regional Nature Park, and then enjoy an al fresco meal in the pretty garden.
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    Located in the quaint village of Andeville, this detached, airy cottage is next to the owner’s home, and has been thoughtfully furnished with your comfort in mind. The property boasts a spacious living/dining room, complete with a double sofa bed. The well-equipped kitchen offers enough room to cook up a treat for everyone to enjoy. This property is ideal for a couple or small family with two cosy bedrooms. To the rear of the property you will find a large garden with a lovely...

  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR101
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    A charming holiday apartment, set in the vibrant family seaside resort of Crotoy, with the beach just 200 metres away.
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    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday resort with the authentic charm of its fishing, pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated in beautiful landscaped grounds. The property is located on a complex of apartments which all have their own terrace and garden. Enjoy the shared covered,...

  • Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy
    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy×

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy

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    Ref: W15204
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with its 1000-year-old castle, summer festivals and restaurants, this detached holiday property enjoys lovely views towards the river
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    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with its 1000-year-old castle, summer festivals and restaurants, this detached holiday property enjoys lovely views towards the river. The property also features a games room with billiard table and board games. Visit St. Quentin, with its imposing basilica, or Belgium to visit the Chimay brewery. The area is ideal for walking, cycling and fishing in the river (permit required). ...

  • Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy
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    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy

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    Ref: W14909
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a large, shared mature garden to enjoy
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    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a large, shared mature garden to enjoy. Well placed to visit the historic region with its fortified churches, medieval city of Laon and its beautiful cathedral, or the pretty town of Guise with its 1000 year old castle complete with dungeons and tunnels and regional summer festival. Venture further afield to Belgium and visit the famous Chimay brewery. Shop and...

  • St-Léger-lès-Authie, Somme,
    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Somme, ×

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Somme,

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    Ref: AF077
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the grounds of the owner’s garden is perfect for exploring the Somme
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    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the Authie valley in the grounds of the owner’s garden, who keeps donkeys and goats, and is perfect for exploring the Somme. Visit Arras and climb to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views. It is ideal for those who enjoy walking or cycling in the pretty lanes and countryside nearby, or visit the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Opale, an easy drive away. Shop 6.5km, café/bar and...

  • Bony, Aisne,
    Bony, Aisne, ×
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    Ref: AF008
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With many on-site facilities available, this detached holiday property sits in the perfect location for a family holiday.
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    Located close to the owner’s farmhouse, these timber-framed detached properties (refs AF004 and AF008) offer countless facilities for you and all the family to enjoy. They have been thoughtfully furnished throughout, and enjoy their own private, enclosed garden.
    Enjoy all of the relaxing shared facilities at this complex, including the sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath (from March to November). Alternatively, you can practice your serve on the communal tennis court, or enjoy a...

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 2
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  • Cappy, Somme, Picardy
    Cappy, Somme, Picardy×

    Cour Suzanne

    Cappy, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: AF100
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Enjoying a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached barn conversion provides an idyllic retreat.
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    In a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached, well furnished barn conversion offers comfortable holiday accommodation where fishing and boat hire are available nearby. Dine at the adjoining restaurant or venture to the War Museum at Albert, 13km away, or spend the day at the Gothic cathedral at Amiens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The family theme park of Parc Astérix is under an hour away and is a great day out for kids of all ages. Cycling,...

  • Archon, Aisne,
    Archon, Aisne, ×

    Gite d’Archon

    Archon, Aisne,

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    Ref: AF003
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet within rolling countryside, perfect for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
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    This beautifully converted semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet in rolling countryside. There is a large grassy area to the rear with a barbecue and extensive grounds with pond. The hamlet boasts an impressive fortified Thiérache church. 58km away is a watersports centre with its own sandy beach. To the south is the Champagne country with vineyards and the city of Reims as well as the medieval town of Laon and the battlefield memorials of WWI. Also visit...

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