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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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  • Etréaupont

    Etréaupont

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA022

    This well appointed detached holiday cottage with large garden has exposed beams, original features throughout and benefits from a games room with table tennis. In a quiet valley, it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the countryside views, or visit the Friday farmers’ market in Vervins for regional specialities. Spend a day at Hirson with its aquatic park with indoor and outdoor pools and bowling, or visit the magnificent Abbey at St Michel, or take a trip across the border to Belguim to see the Chimay Brewery. Nature lovers will enjoy the peace and quiet of this location and the surrounding walks. Shop and restaurant 3km.

    Lounge, kitchen/diner, games room, bathroom with basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin.

    Electric heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, colour satellite TV, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: 3 steps to entrance. Uneven, brick, turning stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings on first floor. 2 steps to garden. Water feature in garden.

  • Roisel

    Roisel

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: FNR035

    This spacious holiday accommodation is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one of which being property reference FNR034. It is very comfortable and well equipped and the accommodation consists of 4 bedrooms for 8 people to relax in a pleasant rural setting. Families or groups of friends will find it the ideal place for a holiday. You can visit the beautiful basilica of Saint Quentin (20km) or Cambrai (30km) and its rich architectural heritage, and enjoy its famous ’nonsense’. History lovers will enjoy the Museum of the Great War Peronne and the Circuit of Remembrance. You can also take the TGV for a trip to Paris and enjoy its many famous sights and attractions or take the children for an unforgettable day at Disneyland or Parc Asterix. Shop and restaurant 5km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 twin.

    Electric heating, colour satellite TV, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, shared garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to entrance. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

  • Carnoy, nr. Albert

    Carnoy, nr. Albert

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: W15156

    This holiday property is situated on the edge of the village, and has a large garden with swings and views over the fields. Spend time relaxing on the terrace or visit the historic sites of the region. Enjoy Albert, steeped in history and completely rebuilt in the art deco style of the 1920’s or follow the remembrance circuit and step back in time. Visit Amiens with its cathedral, or enjoy Parc Astérix with its rides for the whole family easily reached by motorway. This area is popular with historians, cyclists and walkers alike. Shop and restaurant 7km, café/bar 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, second lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower and basin (no toilet), shower room with toilet and basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Shower room with toilet and basin, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 twin.

    Oil heaters, woodburner in lounge, cot, highchair, colour digital TV, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 2 steps to entrance. Beams and sloping ceilings in one first floor double bedroom.

  • Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre

    Grade
    10
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: W14834

    Set in a beautiful village, with pond and green, this independent property, attached to the gatehouse of the church, offers comfortable holiday accommodation. Visit the local cider producer, the city of Laon, the churches of the region or the abbey of St. Michel. A short drive away is Reims, the capital of Champagne where you can visit the many cellars. Spend a day at the Chimay Brewery or glass factory at Fourmies. A great location for walking, cycling or riding. Shop, café/bar and restaurant 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, mezzanine with double bed.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. One pet welcome. NB: Step to hallway/bathroom, sloping ceilings on first floor, narrow stairs to one twin bedroom.

  • La Barrique

    Ville, Oise

    Grade
    11
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: F60109

    With rolling countryside views this large detached house has been converted by the loving owners and retains many original features such as one of the two lounges which is formed from a former wine cellar. Those travelling at the beginning of July will be able to witness the local red fruit festival, at other times of the year you may choose to visit Noyon with its cathedral and its museums, or Compiège with its forest and château. The house has a lovely garden which is ideal for lazy days and nearby is a free local tennis court (rackets not included).

    Lower ground floor: Sitting room. Ground floor: Living room with open fire. Reading room. Dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with additional single bed. Separate WC. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Shower room/WC. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Separate WC

    • Enclosed, lawned garden
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 5km to supermarket, bar and restaurant, 80km to Beauvais, 100km to Paris.

  • La Maison des Rêves

    Regnière Ecluse, nr. Rue, Somme

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: F80206

    This spacious detached house is situated on the borders of Pas-de-Calais and the famous Somme region and boasts a spacious garden, enclosed swimming pool and games room with French billiards and table football. The holiday property enjoys a large enclosed rear garden with terrace and barbecue, ideal for summer evenings. Situated on the edge of a pretty village, directly opposite a beautiful château, and a short distance to the lovely towns of the historic Baie-de-la-Somme or the ramparted Montreuil-sur-Mer, there is much to do in the area. Spend a day at the pretty town of St. Valéry with its shops, restaurants, watersports, steam railway and weekly market, explore the Gothic cathedral at Amiens or visit Abbeville and Crécy-en-Ponthieu. The Côte d’Opale is a short drive and offer miles of sandy beaches. This area is popular with birdwatchers, cyclists, walkers and golfers - with excellent courses in the area.

    Lower ground floor: Games room. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Sitting room. Kitchen. Office/library. Kingsize bedroom. Double bedroom. Bathroom/WC. Shower room/WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one with additional single bed. Single bedroom. Some bedrooms with sloping ceiling/Velux. Shower room/WC

    • Enclosed garden with balcony and 7 steps
    • Terrace
    • Central heating
    • Swimming pool (8m x 4m, depth 1.2m), open mid-May to Sept
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Playstation 2
    • Broadband
    • Two cots
    • Two h/chairs (on request)
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking.

    Location: 8km from Rue (shops, supermarkets, restaurants/bars, tennis courts), 22km from St. Valéry (all facilities, restaurants, supermarket, watersports), 10km from Marquenterre (wildlife centre), 21km from Montreuil-sur-Mer (ramparts), 21km from Merlimont (sandy beaches), 70km from Amiens (gothic cathedral, all facilities).

  • Château de Villers

    Allonne, Oise

    Grade
    19
    10
    0
    7
    Ref: F60112

    Ever dreamed of holidaying in a French château, this is your chance. Set just outside Beauvais, this spacious 18th century detached château with its antique furniture, large day rooms, games room, extensive landscaped grounds and tennis court makes it possible. It is tastefully decorated in period style and on each floor the bedrooms have lockable interconnecting doors. Relax in the grounds, play tennis or explore the lovely city of Beauvais. Enjoy a trip to Paris by car to see the sights, drive through the pretty villages and unspoilt countryside of this region or Parc Astérix with its wide range of amusement rides is under an hour away. The gardener access the grounds for maintenance, and the house keeper lives in the lodge at the entrance to the château’s grounds. The discreet owners stay in an apartment in the château, accessed by a shared side entrance and staircase, from Friday to Sunday to assist with departures and arrivals.

    Living room. Sitting room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility. Games room. WC. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom (for child). Shower room. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with basin, one with en-suite bathroom/WC, shower attachment and bidet. Two twin bedrooms, one with basin, one with en-suite shower room/WC. Bathroom. WC

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Fenced river in grounds
    • Courtyard
    • Heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • F/freezer
    • Satellite TV (French channels only)
    • Video
    • CD/stereo
    • Wi-fi
    • Tennis court
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 1km from Allonne (shop, café/bar, restaurant and most facilities), 3km from Beauvais (all facilities).

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