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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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  • Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy
    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy×

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy

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    Ref: W12977
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    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    Situated on the ground floor of this large detached property, the accommodation offers a large lounge with French...

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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
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    Ref: AF071
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    These semi-detached holiday properties AF071 and AF072 have been tastefully renovated and are situated less than 10km...

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  • Chantilly, Oise, Picardy
    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy×

    La Baronnaise

    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF066
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    This comfortable detached holiday home lies close to the stunning National Regional Park of Oise, with excellent...

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  • Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy
    Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy×

    Maison Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: AF078
    Key Features:
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    This large and spacious traditional terraced holiday house is full of character and has an enclosed rear garden. It...

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  • Moislains, Somme, Pas-de-Calais
    Moislains, Somme, Pas-de-Calais×

    Gite du Haut du Riez

    Moislains, Somme, Pas-de-Calais

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    Ref: AF079
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached...

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • Bouzincourt, Somme,
    Bouzincourt, Somme, ×
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    Ref: AF082
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs AF081 and AF082) are 50m apart and are situated...

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  • Romery, Picardy
    Romery, Picardy×

    Romery

    Romery, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA029
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This cosy brick built holiday property is located down a quiet lane in the town of Romery. It has an attractive open...

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  • Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy
    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy×

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy

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    Ref: W13000
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This pretty detached single-storey holiday cottage is located in a small village in the middle of the countryside...

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  • Senantes, Oise,
    Senantes, Oise, ×

    Le Logis Bleu

    Senantes, Oise,

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    Ref: AF063
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire

    This traditional detached holiday cottage, located in the tranquil village of Senantes, offers a glimpse of the...

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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

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • Maulers, Oise,
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    Gîte Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise,

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    Ref: AF064
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside...

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