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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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  • Argoules, Picardy
    Argoules, Picardy×

    Les Ecuries

    Argoules, Picardy

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    Ref: F80204
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    This detached former stable block of the Château d’Argoules has been offers comfortable holiday accommodation
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    This detached former stable block of the Château d’Argoules has been offers comfortable holiday accommodation. While modernised, it retains its original features, including beams and an inglenook stone fireplace. Relax around the wood-burning stove in the large double aspect living room, or enjoy a BBQ in the large enclosed grassed courtyard. The property has an extra sitting room for reading and relaxation away from the TV area, with direct access onto a terrace. Sandy...

  • Chigny, Picardy
    Chigny, Picardy×

    Chigny

    Chigny, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA032
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This 3 bedroomed house is set in the beautiful countryside with tracks for walking and biking close by.
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    This large, semi-detached holiday home offers an ideal place for relaxing and taking in the peaceful, country surroundings. Chigny, located in the picturesque Picardy region, is an ideal base to explore the area. Avesnois Regional Nature Park is within easy reach for hiking and biking, with forests, rivers and the Val-Joly Lake for water sports activities. The Belgian border is within an hours drive. The Church of Saint-Quentin is worth visiting and there are many more fortified churches...

  • Chaourse,
    Chaourse, ×
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    Ref: AF007
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Great for larger families or groups of friends wishing to explore the peaceful countryside, then return for a dip in the private swimming pool!
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    Rustic beams, a cosy open fire and a lovely claw-foot bath are all features you can expect from this characterful country home. It is ideal for large families or groups, with great on-site facilities including your very own private heated swimming pool, table tennis and private grounds. Providing a great holiday base, you will be situated within peaceful countryside yet within easy reach of main attractions. This lovely house is set between Paris and Brussels, with the historical cities...

  • Vervins, Picardy
    Vervins, Picardy×

    La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Picardy

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    Ref: F02129
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    On the edge of St.Michel Forest and opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel-en-Thiérache
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    On the edge of St. Michel Forest and opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel-en-Thiérache, famous for its summer music festival and museum, this beautifully restored manor house with stone staircase in a turret is close to the Belgian border and about 60km from the historic city of Laon, with its beautiful cathedral and cobbled streets. The famous Chimay brewery is just across the border for a day out or sports lovers will enjoy the nearby aquatic centre, bowling...

  • La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy
    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy×
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    Au Bord de la Rivière

    Au Bord de la Rivière

    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This traditional cottage has a cosy open fire, and space to entertain groups of family and friends staying together.
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    Nestled in the pretty village of La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, this traditional cottage has bags of room for larger groups of friends and family staying together. It has a comfortable living/dining room, with a cosy open fire for chilly evenings, a conservatory and an additional large room perfect for everyone to relax and chat together. Maroilles, 19km, has a pretty riverside setting and is best known for its 7th century abbey, while the town of Saint-Quentin, 40km, called the town of...

  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    In a fantastic location for exploring, guests at this idyllic property can easily visit Saint Quentin, Cambrai or even Disneyland.
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    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...

  • Buironfosse, Picardy
    Buironfosse, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Buironfosse, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA033
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This lovely five bedroomed property has enough room for all the family, and is within easy access of the Avesnas Regional Nature Park.
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    This spacious detached property in northern France offers lots of room for all the family. The property boasts 5 comfy bedrooms with one double, two single and two twin rooms, as well as two shower rooms and a bathroom. The property also offers a large living room, a well-equipped kitchen for testing your culinary skills and a dining room to sample them. Close by you can find the Avesnas Regional Nature Park where you can take in the beautiful scenery. The property is also close to...

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

    La Grange

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

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    Ref: AF012
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located on the Champagne tourist route, not far from Paris and Disneyland. Enjoy a cruise down the River Ourcq tasting wine along the way!
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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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  • Iviers, Picardy
    Iviers, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Iviers, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA034
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A traditional house with spacious rooms and a large garden located in a very secluded area, without direct neighbours.
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    This large, detached property is situated in Iviers in the Picardy region of France. It offers a large, lawned garden with a sitting-out area and a pathway leading to a private fishing lake which is adjacent to the owner’s home but from where you are welcome to fish. The home is great for those who want to relax away from the city noise in a quiet area which is not over looked. The spacious kitchen is fully-equipped and has a breakfast table beside a fabulous open fireplace....

  • Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy
    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy×

    Cires-lès-Mello

    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy

    9
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    Ref: FNI028
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a touch of elegance in this lovely stone house, perfect for visiting Paris or just enjoying the view from the first floor terrace.
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    This large detached stone built house benefits from a large first floor terrace and enclosed garden, and is an ideal holiday property to explore this lovely region. Tastefully decorated with original artwork and fabric wallpaper, so traditional in France, this beautiful house offers very comfortable accommodation and enjoys a large well equipped kitchen with separate dining room and lounge with open fireplace, and table tennis. All facilities can be found in the town and a short walk to...

  • Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy
    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy×

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy

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    Ref: W14834
    Key Features:
    - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Set in a beautiful village, with pond and green, this independent property, attached to the gatehouse of the church, offers comfortable holiday accommodation
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    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...

  • Wamin, Pas-de-Calais
    Wamin, Pas-de-Calais×

    7 Vallées

    Wamin, Pas-de-Calais

    10
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    Ref: AF060
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A delightful property with quaint shuttered windows ideal for a large group of friends or family.
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    This delightful, detached property boasts enough room for all the family. The ground floor offers a spacious living/dining room with a cosy wood burner and a well-equipped kitchen area as well as two bedrooms and upstairs you’ll find three more bedrooms. Why not sit outside in the sunshine and relax in the courtyard? There is also the option to enjoy some al fresco dining, cooked on the barbecue. Close by you can take part in some adventure and go sailing, fishing or horse riding....

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