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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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  • 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...

  • Aubenton, Picardy
    Aubenton, Picardy ×

    Gîte d’Aubenton

    Aubenton, Picardy

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    Ref: AF006
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This is a great location in north east Aisne region of France, close to the border with Belgium. Enjoy exploring or simply relaxing.
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    If you’re looking for quirky accommodation, this lovingly renovated 14th-century watch tower just might be the property for you. Spanning over three floors and sleeping up to 5 guests, it offers an opportunity to stay somewhere unique. There is an open plan living space as well as two bedrooms, one with a double sofa bed and another with two single beds and a bench bed. Outside, you can enjoy the private enclosed grounds as well as a lovely second garden. Set within the heart of...

  • 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...

  • Jonquières, Picardy
    Jonquières, Picardy ×
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    Ref: AF131
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This pretty cottage is within easy reach of the historical sites of Compiègne palace and Noyon cathedral.
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    These former farmhouses have been beautifully renovated to create stylish, contemporary holiday accommodation. They both enjoy their own outdoor space offering an idyllic setting to dine al fresco. Gite L’étable (AF131) enjoys a picturesque tree-lined terrace, whilst Gite La Ferme (AF132) has a larger terrace with lawned area and a hot tub!
    Set within the peaceful village of Jonquières, they are within easy reach of many historical and cultural attractions. Some...

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
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  • 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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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy ×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

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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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    Situated in the French countryside, these semi-detached properties (refs AF009 and AF010) can be found within the owner’s 2¼-acre grounds. The large garden boasts a lovely shared swimming pool so that you can take a dip in the warm summer months. Or why not explore the surrounding forests? Alternatively, these properties are situated only 6km away from Laon with its impressive cathedral, original defensive walls and museum of art and archaeology.

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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1
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  • Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy
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    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy

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    Ref: W14909
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a large, shared mature garden to enjoy
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    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a large, shared mature garden to enjoy. Well placed to visit the historic region with its fortified churches, medieval city of Laon and its beautiful cathedral, or the pretty town of Guise with its 1000 year old castle complete with dungeons and tunnels and regional summer festival. Venture further afield to Belgium and visit the famous Chimay brewery. Shop and...

  • Trie-Château, Picardy
    Trie-Château, Picardy ×
    Newly Listed
    Au Bord de la Ville

    Au Bord de la Ville

    Trie-Château, Picardy

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    Ref: FNI029
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This is an ideal base for touring the surrounding area with easy transport links to the capital city of Paris with its famous monuments.
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    This charming stone holiday property has large airy rooms with original beams downstairs and a well tended enclosed garden. Close to the city of Beauvais with excellent transport facilities, shopping and with its beautiful Gothic style 12th-century cathedral and famous astronomical clock, this property is also very close to Gisors where you can visit the imposing 11th-century castle with its moat, museum and lovely views. A trip to the nearby Big Cat Park makes an interesting day out for...

  • Frise, Picardy
    Frise, Picardy ×
    Newly Listed
    Cottage du Canal

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Picardy

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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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    This lovely three bedroom cottage is set on the banks of the Somme Canal where you can fish (permit required), or watch the canal boats go past. Outside, the cottage enjoys a large well planted private garden, with petanque court, whilst indoors there are spacious bedrooms, each with its own en-suite shower room. There is also a well-equipped kitchen/dining room, and a separate living room with a small sunny terrace overlooking the communal river bank. This famous area of France is steeped...

  • Maulers, Picardy
    Maulers, Picardy ×

    Gîte Devellenne

    Maulers, Picardy

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    Ref: AF064
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A charming holiday cottage in a small, peaceful village - an ideal location for exploring the treasures of the Picardy region.
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    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside of Picardy, with a local
    bakery just a stroll away. This untouched corner of France is the perfect base from which to discover the natural delights that Picardy has to offer. Amiens is within driving distance and should be visited for its interesting architecture. Euro Disney is only 135km away, making it a perfect day trip for the family. The cottage is well furnished and...

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

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy

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    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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    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the Authie valley in the grounds of the owner’s garden, who keeps donkeys and goats, and is perfect for exploring the Somme. Visit Arras and climb to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views. It is ideal for those who enjoy walking or cycling in the pretty lanes and countryside nearby, or visit the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Opale, an easy drive away. Shop 6.5km, café/bar and...

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