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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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  • Courtemont-Varennes, Aisne,
    Courtemont-Varennes, Aisne, ×

    Gite de Courtemont-Varennes

    Courtemont-Varennes, Aisne,

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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, Somme, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, 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...

  • Coucy-lès-Eppes, Aisne,
    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Aisne, ×

    Les Clos des Marquis

    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Aisne,

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    Ref: AF002
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage is close to sandy beaches and Centre Parcs.
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    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage has a large garden. The discreet owners keep pigeons, chickens, cockerels and ducks, and in the village is a boulangerie for fresh bread. Center Parcs is just 17km away (day passes subject to availability). Visit Reims, where you can taste and buy champagne. A sandy beach, playground and watersports centre are 26km, and this area is very popular for outdoor sports.

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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...

  • La Neuville-Roy, Oise,
    La Neuville-Roy, Oise, ×

    Gîte de Le Roy

    La Neuville-Roy, Oise,

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    Ref: AF069
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Within a truly authentic and rural French setting just 5 minutes walk from the quiet village centre and within easy driving distance of Paris and Disneyland.
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    This comfortable semi-detached holiday accommodation, with a private enclosed garden, is set next to the owner’s property in a quiet village. It boasts beams throughout, an open fire and a living room that opens onto the terrace for summer dining. Visit the imperial town of Compiègne with its varied history, restaurants and shops, or spend a day at the Château of Chantilly. Paris is easily reached on the train or the family amusement park of Parc Astérix is...

  • 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
    Located in the tranquil village of Senantes in the Picardy region of France - a great area to explore by bike or on foot.
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    This traditional detached holiday cottage, located in the tranquil village of Senantes, offers a glimpse of the local lifestyle and culture in Picardy. The authentic Picardian fireplace and exposed beams are particular highlights of this renovated cottage. The local countryside can be explored either by foot or bike. A trip should be made to Beauvais, less than 25km away, to admire the city’s gothic architecture – particularly the stunning Cathédrale Saint-Pierre....

  • 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
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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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:
    - 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...

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

  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise, ×
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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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  • Chantilly, Oise, Picardy
    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy×

    La Baronnaise

    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF066
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    A detached property with a delightful garden located in the heart of a picturesque village just 1 hour from Paris.
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    This comfortable detached holiday home lies close to the stunning National Regional Park of Oise, with excellent walking, horse riding, cycling, golf and theme parks, offering fun for all the family. The royal market town of Senlis is nestled in the heart of the regional park and is home to one of France’s smallest cathedrals, Notre-Dame de Senlis, which dominates the town. Just 10km from Senlis lies the town of Chantilly where the grandeur of the Château de Chantilly is...

  • 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 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...

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