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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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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, PicardyPicardy

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    Ref: W13218
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set on a rural working farm yet within easy reach of many attractions, this charming property is the ideal holiday base.
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    9.8 4 reviews

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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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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

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    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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    10 1 reviews

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  • Martincourt, Picardy
    Martincourt, Picardy×

    Gite Vereecke

    Martincourt, Picardy

    Martincourt, 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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    9 1 reviews

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  • Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy
    Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite Le Village

    Gite Le Village

    Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy

    Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy

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    Ref: AF191
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Couples and families will enjoy the space in this bright and airy property which is ideally located for touring this northern part of France.
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  • Limé, Picardy
    Limé, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Maison des Roses

    Maison des Roses

    Limé, Picardy

    Limé, Picardy

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    Ref: AF177
    Key Features:
    - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With characterful beams and an open fire, this characterful property is set within large grounds with a lake.
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  • Jonquières, Picardy
    Jonquières, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme

    Jonquières, Picardy

    Jonquières, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: AF132
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Within an hour’s drive of Paris, enjoy the sights and sounds of this romantic city then retreat to the peace and quiet of the countryside.
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    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable
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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy×

    La Grange

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    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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    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

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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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  • Chigny, Picardy
    Chigny, Picardy×

    Chigny

    Chigny, Picardy

    Chigny, Picardy

    8
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    2
    Ref: FNA032
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - 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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    9.5 2 reviews
    9.5 2 reviews

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  • Vervins, Picardy
    Vervins, Picardy×

    La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Picardy

    Vervins, Picardy

    8
    4
    4
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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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    8 1 reviews

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  • Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy
    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy×

    La Résistante

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Picardy

    8
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    1
    1
    Ref: F02128
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Tastefully renovated, this detached, rural holiday property retains many original features including beams and an open fireplace
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  • La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy
    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy×

    Au Bord de la Rivière

    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy

    La Neuville-lès-Dorengt, Picardy

    8
    4
    2
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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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