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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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  • Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy
    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy×

    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy

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    Ref: W14909
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    - 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...

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  • Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy
    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy×

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy

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    Ref: W15204
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with...

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  • Wiège-Faty, Picardy
    Wiège-Faty, Picardy×

    Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA026
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This former rectory has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage in a tranquil village location....

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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
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    Ref: AF072
    Key Features:
    - 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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  • Vervins, Aisne, Picardy
    Vervins, Aisne, Picardy×

    La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Aisne, Picardy

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    Ref: F02129
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    On the edge of St. Michel Forest and opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel-en-Thiérache,...

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  • Buironfosse, Picardy
    Buironfosse, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Buironfosse, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA033
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This spacious detached property in northern France offers lots of room for all the family. The property boasts 5...

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  • 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

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    Ref: W14037
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool

    This traditional, relaxing resort is located in Picardy’s beautiful Baie-de-Somme, right opposite...

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  • Argoules, Somme, Picardy
    Argoules, Somme, Picardy×

    Les Ecuries

    Argoules, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: F80204
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove

    This detached former stable block of the Château d’Argoules has been offers comfortable holiday...

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  • Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne, Picardy
    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne, Picardy×

    La Résistante

    Mondrepuis, near Hirson, Aisne, Picardy

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    Ref: F02128
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire

    Tastefully renovated, this detached, rural holiday property retains many original features including beams and an...

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  • Chigny, Picardy
    Chigny, Picardy×

    Chigny

    Chigny, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA032
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This large, semi-detached holiday home offers an ideal place for relaxing and taking in the peaceful,...

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  • Demeure de Famille,
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    Demeure de Famille

    Demeure de Famille,

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    Ref: AF075
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    Situated in rural France, this family residence, surrounded by a walled garden, offers room for all the family with...

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  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This spacious holiday accommodation is located on the grounds of a working farm with 4 other holiday properties, one...

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