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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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  • Cappy, Somme, Picardy
    Cappy, Somme, Picardy×

    Cour Suzanne

    Cappy, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: AF100
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    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Enjoying a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached barn conversion provides an idyllic retreat.
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    In a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached, well furnished barn conversion offers comfortable holiday accommodation where fishing and boat hire are available nearby. Dine at the adjoining restaurant or venture to the War Museum at Albert, 13km away, or spend the day at the Gothic cathedral at Amiens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The family theme park of Parc Astérix is under an hour away and is a great day out for kids of all ages. Cycling,...

  • Jonquières, Oise, Picardy
    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme

    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF132
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Within an hour’s drive of Paris, enjoy the sights and sounds of this romantic city then retreat to the peace and quiet of the countryside.
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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 L’étable
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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: W14036
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    - 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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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne, ×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Aisne,

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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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  • 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,...

  • Maulers, Oise,
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    Gîte Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise,

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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...

  • Frise, Somme, Picardy
    Frise, Somme, Picardy×

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Somme, 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...

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

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: W14815
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This charming property offers the best of both worlds. Set on a working farm, enjoy the rural location or explore the many nearby attractions.
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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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  • Trie-Château, Oise, Picardy
    Trie-Château, Oise, Picardy×

    Au Bord de la Ville

    Trie-Château, Oise, 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...

  • Martincourt, Oise, Picardy
    Martincourt, Oise, Picardy×

    Gite Vereecke

    Martincourt, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF068
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    This detached farmhouse is located in a tranquil area in northern France and boasts a lovely large garden.
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    Set in a peaceful village in the Thérain Valley is this picture-perfect traditional farmhouse. Standing detached, with attractive blue shuttered windows, surrounded by its tranquil enclosed flower garden, this is an ideal location for families. The delightful garden is dotted with pretty furniture, including a covered picnic area. There is even a barn area with a football table and table tennis so the whole family can really make the most of this peaceful location.

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

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Somme,

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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...

  • Archon, Aisne,
    Archon, Aisne, ×

    Gite d’Archon

    Archon, Aisne,

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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...

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