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

    La Grange

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy

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    Ref: AF012
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    These two traditionally furnished, semi-detached properties (refs AF011 and AF012) are situated in rural France and...

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  • Iviers, Aisne, Picardy
    Iviers, Aisne, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Iviers, Aisne, Picardy

    9
    5
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    Ref: FNA034
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This large, detached property is situated in Iviers in the Picardy region of France. It offers a large, lawned garden...

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  • Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy
    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy×

    Cires-lès-Mello

    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy

    9
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    3
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    Ref: FNI028
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This large detached stone built house benefits from a large first floor terrace and enclosed garden, and is an...

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  • Wamin, Pas-de-Calais
    Wamin, Pas-de-Calais×

    7 Vallées

    Wamin, Pas-de-Calais

    10
    5
    2
    1
    Ref: AF060
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This delightful, detached property boasts enough room for all the family. The ground floor offers a spacious...

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  • Carnoy, Somme, Pas-de-Calais
    Carnoy, Somme, Pas-de-Calais×

    Gîte de la Vallée St. Martin

    Carnoy, Somme, Pas-de-Calais

    10
    5
    3
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    Ref: AF080
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This holiday property is situated on the edge of the village, and has a large garden and views over the fields. Spend...

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  • Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy
    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy×

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy

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    4
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    Ref: W14834
    Key Features:
    - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    Set in a beautiful village, with pond and green, this independent property, attached to the gatehouse of the...

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  • Ville, Oise,
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    La Barrique

    Ville, Oise,

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    2
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    Ref: AF062
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    With rolling countryside views this large semi-detached house has been converted by the loving owners and retains...

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  • Regnière Ecluse, near Rue, Somme, Picardy
    Regnière Ecluse, near Rue, Somme, Picardy×

    La Maison des Rêves

    Regnière Ecluse, near Rue, Somme, Picardy

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    Ref: F80206
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This spacious detached house is situated on the borders of Pas-de-Calais and the famous Somme region and boasts a...

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  • Allonne, Oise, Picardy
    Allonne, Oise, Picardy×

    Château de Villers

    Allonne, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: F60112
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Ever dreamed of holidaying in a French château, this is your chance. Set just outside Beauvais, this spacious...

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