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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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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA036
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Small families will enjoy a stay in this holiday property which is within easy reach of Disneyland Paris.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties, with the caretaker living on-site. Properties FNA035, FNA036 and FNA037 all enjoy individual areas on a shared vine terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards, whilst property FNA038 has a separate private patio area away from the shared terrace. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

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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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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: W14815
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This charming property offers the best of both worlds. Set on a working farm, enjoy the rural location or explore the many nearby attractions.
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    These beautifully appointed holiday properties on a rural working farm are well equipped and offer a great location to explore the surrounding area. For lovers of history, visit the superb museum of the Great War at Peronne and follow the Circuit of Remembrance throughout the Somme Region. Visit St Quentin with its beautiful Basilica, Christmas markets and spring fairs as well as a variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Take the TGV to Paris or for a fun filled day for the whole...

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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  • Puisieux, Picardy
    Puisieux, Picardy×

    Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Picardy

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    Ref: F02123
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    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château
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    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château. With a private entrance and garden to the rear it has been tastefully renovated offering a large living room and a well equipped separate kitchen leading to a sunny terrace ideal to enjoy outdoor dining. The surroundings are dominated by bocage landscape and the medieval churches are worth a visit. To the north is the Belgium border and Ardennes area with many forests...

  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR101
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    - 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,...

  • Cappy, Picardy
    Cappy, Picardy×

    Cour Suzanne

    Cappy, 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,...

  • L’Ancien Présbytère,
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    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère,

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    Ref: AF073
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set in a countryside location, this property is close to the town of Noyon, which has a 12th-century cathedral and guided walks.
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    This lovely property, which is set within a large house in the countryside, is spacious and well-equipped. The ground floor offers a living/dining room and a well-equipped kitchen, whilst the first floor has three bedrooms; two double, one with an additional single bed, and a twin bedroom. Upstairs, you will also find a mezzanine with a cosy seating area. If a day trip is on the cards, then Paris is only an hour and a half away. Or, if you want to stay close to the property, the town of...

  • St-Léger-lès-Authie,
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    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie,

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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...

  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

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    Ref: W15096
    Key Features:
    - 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...

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers
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  • Martincourt, Picardy
    Martincourt, Picardy×

    Gite Vereecke

    Martincourt, Picardy

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    Ref: AF068
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    This detached farmhouse is located in a tranquil area in northern France and boasts a lovely large garden.
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    Set in a peaceful village in the Thérain Valley is this picture-perfect traditional farmhouse. Standing detached, with attractive blue shuttered windows, surrounded by its tranquil enclosed flower garden, this is an ideal location for families. The delightful garden is dotted with pretty furniture, including a covered picnic area. There is even a barn area with a football table and table tennis so the whole family can really make the most of this peaceful location.

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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×
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    Ref: W14036
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool
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    This traditional, relaxing resort is located in Picardy’s beautiful Baie-de-Somme, right opposite Cayeux’s far-reaching shingle beach, lined with colourful beach huts which sit on the colourful boardwalk. Cayeux-sur-Mer is undoubtedly an authentic French seaside resort. The coastline can be discovered by foot or even by sea-kayak! For visitors who prefer to stay indoors, the resort offers an indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with children’s area,...

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer
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  • 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). ...

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