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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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  • Compiegne, Picardy
    Compiegne, Picardy×

    La Féculerie

    Compiegne, Picardy

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    Ref: AF067
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    The perfect location for exploring this little known part of France, Paris is within easy reach either by car or train and there are many sleepy villages waiting to be discovered.
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    This charming detached holiday cottage is situated in the beautiful countryside, overlooking a sunny lawned garden. Visit the picturesque city of Senlis, 19km, with its narrow cobbled streets lined with old houses and shops, or visit Compiègne, 15km, a historic town which is home to the Palace of Compiègne, used by both Louis XVI and Napoleon. Chantilly, famous for its lovely whipped cream, is a short drive away where you can visit the amazing Great Stables and Equestrian...

  • Courtemont-Varennes,
    Courtemont-Varennes, ×

    Gite de Courtemont-Varennes

    Courtemont-Varennes,

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    Ref: AF001
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    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached holiday home provides idyllic accommodation for families and couples alike who are looking for peace and quiet in a delightful location.
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    On the famous Champagne Route, this detached holiday property, set in the English-speaking, cat-loving owner’s vast enclosed garden, has an open fire and traditionally decorated bedrooms. Enjoy the garden with its water feature and passing wildlife, or walk along the river bank, 5 minutes away. Visit Épernay (33km), or Center Parcs (91km, day passes subject to availability). Paris, Eurodisney and the Val-de-Marne with its retail outlet centre are just 75km away....

  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR040
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Cayeux-sur-Mer’s pebble beach is just 50m away from this fisherman’s cottage, or visit historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme which is a short drive.
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    Just 50m from the vast pebble beach at Cayeux-sur-Mer, this renovated fisherman’s cottage, with off road parking and a small courtyard, makes an ideal place for a seaside holiday. Stroll along the boardwalk and take in the sea air, make sandcastles at low tide or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town. Nearby is historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, with its steam train running around Somme Bay. Spend a day at the renowned bird sanctuary or enjoy the cliff-top views from...

  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: W14814
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Historical enthusiasts will adore this property, with the Great War at Peronne museum within easy reach of this lovely rural property.
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    These beautifully appointed holiday properties on a rural working farm are well equipped and offer a great location to explore the surrounding area. For lovers of history, visit the superb museum of the Great War at Peronne and follow the Circuit of Remembrance throughout the Somme Region. Visit St Quentin with its beautiful Basilica, Christmas markets and spring fairs as well as a variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Take the TGV to Paris or for a fun filled day for the whole...

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel
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  • Proisy, Picardy
    Proisy, Picardy×

    Proisy

    Proisy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA023
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has a biodiversity garden which you can visit by appointment
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    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has a biodiversity garden which you can visit by appointment. Close to the valley of the River Oise with its fishing, birdwatching and nature activities, this is an ideal location to explore the area. From fortified churches, the 1000 year old castle at Guise, or the deer park at Étréaupont, there is lots to do in the region. Canoes can be hired nearby and trekking can...

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

    Maison Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy

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    Ref: AF078
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This large property is set in the heart of a historic village, where the surrounding woods are said to have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
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    This large and spacious traditional terraced holiday house is full of character and has an enclosed rear garden. It lies in the heart of a small village which is steeped in history from the medieval period to the more recent conflicts of the 20th century. In the woods surrounding the area it is claimed that J.R.R. Tolkien got the inspiration for Lord of the Rings. Amiens is 34km, famous for its 13th century cathedral built by the Knights Templar and housing medieval and baroque...

  • Fontenay-Torcy,
    Fontenay-Torcy, ×
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    Ref: AF071
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This cosy cottage has its own enclosed garden to relax in after spending a day exploring some of the pretty villages in the area.
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    These semi-detached holiday properties AF071 and AF072 have been tastefully renovated and are situated less than 10km from Gerberoy, officially one of France’s prettiest villages, with its timber frame houses and flower strewn balconies. Ideal for an outdoor holiday, with good cycling routes in the area, or visit the lovely city of Beauvais, with its cathedral and cobbled squares, or take the train from here to Paris for a day sightseeing. Just over an hour away, Parc...

    Les Gites de Torcy - Le Gite de Torcy 2
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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

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    Ref: AF011
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a family holiday at this traditional cottage, which boasts a wood burner and delightful garden, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer.
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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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    La Grange
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  • Moislains, Pas-de-Calais
    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais×

    Gite du Haut du Riez

    Moislains, 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 holiday property enjoys use of a garden, garage and decked patio.
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    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached holiday property offers a great location from which to explore this historic part of France. Visit the excellent museums in the area, particularly that of the Great War at Peronne, or follow the Remembrance Circuit which cuts through this region. In the village there is a bar with a small shop and there are superb cycling and walking routes nearby. Visit Amiens with its beautiful...

  • Bouzincourt,
    Bouzincourt, ×
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    Ref: AF082
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Ideal family cottage part of a converted farm outbuilding, within easy distance of the Somme WWI memorials and the Remembrance Trail.
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    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs AF081 and AF082) are 50m apart and are situated in a historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area. Visit Péronne, with its museum of the Great War, Albert, which has a beautiful town hall and belfry, or Froissy for its narrow gauge railway ’Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme’, which runs along the line that used to carry supplies to the front...

    Au Coeur du Village - Des Pistons
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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
    Key Features:
    - 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 - perfect for those wanting to explore the splendid scenery by foot or by bicycle
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    This pretty detached single-storey holiday cottage is located in a small village in the middle of the countryside - perfect for those wanting to explore the splendid scenery by foot or by bicycle. The large forest of Crecy is 10km away, ideal for cycling and walking or visit the pretty market town of Hesdin with its colourful Thursday market. The 17th century abbey of Valloire and its famous gardens is 20km away, the national park of Marquenterre with its wetland and wildlife is 30km,...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA036
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Small families will enjoy a stay in this holiday property which is within easy reach of Disneyland Paris.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties, with the caretaker living on-site. Properties FNA035, FNA036 and FNA037 all enjoy individual areas on a shared vine terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards, whilst property FNA038 has a separate private patio area away from the shared terrace. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
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