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

    Gite La Berjam’aisne

    Laon, Picardy

    Laon, Picardy

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    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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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
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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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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1
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  • Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy
    Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy×

    Gîte de la Ferme de Surmont

    Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy

    Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy

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    3
    2
    1
    Ref: AF166
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    This delightful stable conversion is ideal for a fun packed family holiday in a beautiful, peaceful location.
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  • Frise, Picardy
    Frise, Picardy×

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Picardy

    Frise, Picardy

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    3
    3
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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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  • L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy
    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy×

    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

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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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  • St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy
    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy×

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    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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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy×

    La Grange

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    7
    4
    2
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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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    Chez Feréol
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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

    7
    3
    2
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    Ref: AF009
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    An attractive stone cottage with a shared swimming pool just a short distance from the cathedral city of Laon.
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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2
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  • Vervins, Picardy
    Vervins, Picardy×

    La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Picardy

    Vervins, Picardy

    8
    4
    4
    1
    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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  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

    Roisel, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
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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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  • Lemé, Picardy
    Lemé, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite La Cailleuse

    Gite La Cailleuse

    Lemé, Picardy

    Lemé, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
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    Ref: AF163
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Enjoy the peace and quiet at this beautiful, old hunting lodge, that’s ideal for large family groups and sat in an area steeped in history.
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  • Buironfosse, Picardy
    Buironfosse, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Buironfosse, Picardy

    Buironfosse, Picardy

    8
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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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