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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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  • L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy
    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy×

    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

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    Ref: AF073
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set in a countryside location, this property is close to the town of Noyon, which has a 12th-century cathedral and guided walks.
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  • Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy
    Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy×
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    Gite Automne

    Gite Automne

    Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy

    Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy

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    Ref: AF169
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    There are plenty of outdoor activities available in the local area, including walking, cycling, golf, fishing and sailing.
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  • Maulers, Picardy
    Maulers, Picardy×

    Gîte Devellenne

    Maulers, Picardy

    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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  • Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy
    Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy×

    Gîte de la Ferme de Surmont

    Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy

    Beaumont-en-Beine , Picardy

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    Ref: AF166
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    This delightful stable conversion is ideal for a fun packed family holiday in a beautiful, peaceful location.
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  • Archon, Picardy
    Archon, Picardy×

    Gite d’Archon

    Archon, Picardy

    Archon, Picardy

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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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  • Bony, Picardy
    Bony, Picardy×

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 1

    Bony, Picardy

    Bony, Picardy

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    Ref: AF008
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This detached holiday property sits in the perfect, rural location for a family holiday.
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    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 2
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  • Le Vauroux, Picardy
    Le Vauroux, Picardy×
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    Gite du Vauroux

    Gite du Vauroux

    Le Vauroux, Picardy

    Le Vauroux, Picardy

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    Ref: AF190
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    With a cosy wood burner for those relaxing evenings, this property is ideally located for exploring all that northern France has to offer.
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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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

    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 2

    Bony, Picardy

    Bony, Picardy

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    Ref: AF004
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden, and access to a shared pool nearby.
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    La Ferme du Vieux Puits - Gite Rural 1
    6
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  • Jonquières, Picardy
    Jonquières, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme

    Jonquières, Picardy

    Jonquières, Picardy

    6
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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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    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable
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  • Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy
    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy×

    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy

    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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  • Trie-Château, Picardy
    Trie-Château, Picardy×

    Au Bord de la Ville

    Trie-Château, Picardy

    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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