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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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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: AF011
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a family holiday at this traditional cottage, which boasts a wood burner and delightful garden, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer.
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    La Grange
    7
    4
    4
  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
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    8 4 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
    6
    4
    4
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
    5
    3
    3
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
    2
    2
  • Jonquières, Picardy
    Jonquières, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable

    Jonquières, Picardy

    Jonquières, Picardy

    5
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: AF131
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This pretty cottage is within easy reach of the historical sites of Compiègne palace and Noyon cathedral.
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    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
    6
    3
    3
  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: FNA036
    Key Features:
    - 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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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
    6
    4
    4
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
    2
    2
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
    5
    3
    3
  • Wimy, Picardy
    Wimy, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite de Wimy

    Gite de Wimy

    Wimy, Picardy

    Wimy, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: AF165
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    After an exciting game of table tennis, enjoy a delicious meal cooked on the barbecue in the lovely garden of this holiday cottage.
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  • Le Vauroux, Picardy
    Le Vauroux, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite du Vauroux

    Gite du Vauroux

    Le Vauroux, Picardy

    Le Vauroux, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: AF190
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    With a cosy wood burner for those relaxing evenings, this property is ideally located for exploring all that northern France has to offer.
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  • Archon, Picardy
    Archon, Picardy×

    Gite d’Archon

    Archon, Picardy

    Archon, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    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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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy

    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    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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    6 1 reviews
    6 1 reviews

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  • Caulaincourt, Picardy
    Caulaincourt, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 1

    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 1

    Caulaincourt, Picardy

    Caulaincourt, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: AF167
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Nestled in an ideal location to explore the three national parks to the west, or the capital city of Paris to the south.
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    0 0 reviews
    0 0 reviews

    Accommodation at

    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 2
    4
    2
    2
  • Martincourt, Picardy
    Martincourt, Picardy×

    Gite Vereecke

    Martincourt, Picardy

    Martincourt, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
    0
    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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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

    Accommodation at

  • Laon, Picardy
    Laon, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite La Berjam’aisne

    Gite La Berjam’aisne

    Laon, Picardy

    Laon, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: AF170
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio
    Set in the picturesque and lush countryside, this delightful home is an ideal base for long walks and scenic bike rides.
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  • Bony, Picardy
    Bony, Picardy×

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 2

    Bony, Picardy

    Bony, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: AF004
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden, and access to a shared pool nearby.
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    0 0 reviews

    Accommodation at

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 1
    6
    3
    3

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