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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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  • Jonquières, Oise, Picardy
    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable

    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy

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    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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    These former farmhouses have been beautifully renovated to create stylish, contemporary holiday accommodation. They both enjoy their own outdoor space offering an idyllic setting to dine al fresco. Gite L’étable (AF131) enjoys a picturesque tree-lined terrace, whilst Gite La Ferme (AF132) has a larger terrace with lawned area and a hot tub!
    Set within the peaceful village of Jonquières, they are within easy reach of many historical and cultural attractions. Some...

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    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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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
    5
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    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy

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    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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    These two traditionally furnished, semi-detached properties (refs AF011 and AF012) are situated in rural France and have a real rustic feel both inside and out. Both enjoy large gardens and offer a barbecue, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer months. Take a lovely walk through the countryside right from the front door. The historic village of Crouy-sur-Ourcq is just 4km away, with museums and hiking trails, or enjoy a quiet stroll along the canal.

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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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  • Maulers, Oise,
    Maulers, Oise, ×

    Gîte Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise,

    6
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    Ref: AF064
    Key Features:
    - 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...

  • L’Ancien Présbytère,
    L’Ancien Présbytère, ×

    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère,

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    Ref: AF073
    Key Features:
    - 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...

  • Bony, Aisne,
    Bony, Aisne, ×
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    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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    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 1
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  • Martincourt, Oise, Picardy
    Martincourt, Oise, Picardy×

    Gite Vereecke

    Martincourt, Oise, 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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  • Archon, Aisne,
    Archon, Aisne, ×

    Gite d’Archon

    Archon, Aisne,

    6
    3
    1
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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...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This riverside property boasts four spacious bedrooms, creating enough room for all the family.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
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  • Frise, Somme, Picardy
    Frise, Somme, Picardy×

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR041
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a family holiday at this lovely property which is an ideal base for touring the area, then return to relax in the grounds.
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    This lovely three bedroom cottage is set on the banks of the Somme Canal where you can fish (permit required), or watch the canal boats go past. Outside, the cottage enjoys a large well planted private garden, with petanque court, whilst indoors there are spacious bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room. There is also a well-equipped kitchen/dining room, and a separate living room with a small sunny terrace overlooking the communal river bank. This famous area of France is steeped...

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