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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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  • Aubenton, Aisne, Picardy
    Aubenton, Aisne, Picardy×

    Gîte d’Aubenton

    Aubenton, Aisne, 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...

  • 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,...

  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise, ×
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    Ref: AF071
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    - 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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  • Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy
    Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy×

    Maison Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy

    5
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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...

  • Senantes, Oise,
    Senantes, Oise, ×

    Le Logis Bleu

    Senantes, Oise,

    5
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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....

  • Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , 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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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR101
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    A charming holiday apartment, set in the vibrant family seaside resort of Crotoy, with the beach just 200 metres away.
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    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday resort with the authentic charm of its fishing, pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated in beautiful landscaped grounds. The property is located on a complex of apartments which all have their own terrace and garden. Enjoy the shared covered,...

  • Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: W14036
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool
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    This traditional, relaxing resort is located in Picardy’s beautiful Baie-de-Somme, right opposite Cayeux’s far-reaching shingle beach, lined with colourful beach huts which sit on the colourful boardwalk. Cayeux-sur-Mer is undoubtedly an authentic French seaside resort. The coastline can be discovered by foot or even by sea-kayak! For visitors who prefer to stay indoors, the resort offers an indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with children’s area,...

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer
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  • Archon, Aisne,
    Archon, Aisne, ×

    Gite d’Archon

    Archon, Aisne,

    6
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    1
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    Ref: AF003
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet within rolling countryside, perfect for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
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    This beautifully converted semi-detached cottage is set in a traditional farming hamlet in rolling countryside. There is a large grassy area to the rear with a barbecue and extensive grounds with pond. The hamlet boasts an impressive fortified Thiérache church. 58km away is a watersports centre with its own sandy beach. To the south is the Champagne country with vineyards and the city of Reims as well as the medieval town of Laon and the battlefield memorials of WWI. Also visit...

  • Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy
    Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy×

    Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Aisne, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: F02123
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château
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    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château. With a private entrance and garden to the rear it has been tastefully renovated offering a large living room and a well equipped separate kitchen leading to a sunny terrace ideal to enjoy outdoor dining. The surroundings are dominated by bocage landscape and the medieval churches are worth a visit. To the north is the Belgium border and Ardennes area with many forests...

  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: W15096
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities
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    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities. Each property has a stunning view of the valley, there is an organic veggie patch on site and guests can buy the seasonal produce, order bread from the passing baker or enjoy a drink or snack at the bar. The indoor heated swimming pool with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and play,...

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers
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  • Andeville, Oise,
    Andeville, Oise, ×

    Le Clos Saint-Pierre

    Andeville, Oise,

    6
    2
    1
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    Ref: AF074
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Spend the day exploring the beautiful Oise - Pays de France Regional Nature Park, and then enjoy an al fresco meal in the pretty garden.
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    Located in the quaint village of Andeville, this detached, airy cottage is next to the owner’s home, and has been thoughtfully furnished with your comfort in mind. The property boasts a spacious living/dining room, complete with a double sofa bed. The well-equipped kitchen offers enough room to cook up a treat for everyone to enjoy. This property is ideal for a couple or small family with two cosy bedrooms. To the rear of the property you will find a large garden with a lovely...

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