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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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  • Roisel, Picardy
    Roisel, Picardy×

    Roisel

    Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR034
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    An ideal holiday retreat for couples, this lovely property is set on a working farm and provides an idyllic holiday base.
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  • Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy
    Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy×

    La Vigne

    Orgeval, near Laon, Picardy

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    Ref: F02131
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A perfect base for a romantic getaway, this detached stone property is set in a peaceful village between Reims and Laon.
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  • Bouzincourt, Picardy
    Bouzincourt, Picardy×
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    Ref: AF081
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This pretty cottage has its own garden for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine after spending a day exploring this beautiful region.
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    Au Coeur du Village - St Honoré
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  • Drucat, Picardy
    Drucat, Picardy×

    Drucat

    Drucat, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR038
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    On the edge of a small village and set in the discreet owners’ grounds, this cosy cottage is ideal for a couple or small family
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  • Suzanne, Picardy
    Suzanne, Picardy×

    Les Primevères

    Suzanne, Picardy

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    Ref: AF076
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    In a quiet location by the village green, this family holiday home is set on a quiet country road, within walking distance of a restaurant.
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR040
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Cayeux-sur-Mer’s pebble beach is just 50m away from this fisherman’s cottage, or visit historic Saint-Valery-sur-Somme which is a short drive.
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  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

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    Ref: W15095
    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, this cedarwood holiday property has stunning views of the valley.
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    Domaine du Val
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  • La Neuville-Roy, Picardy
    La Neuville-Roy, Picardy×

    Gîte de Le Roy

    La Neuville-Roy, Picardy

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    Ref: AF069
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Within a truly authentic and rural French setting just 5 minutes walk from the quiet village centre and within easy driving distance of Paris and Disneyland.
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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR100
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Part of a complex, this lovely apartment is just 200 metres from the beach and enjoys a heated swimming pool.
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: FJ0091
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Sea View
    This studio apartment is situated directly opposite Cayeux’s shingle beach, with views over the seafront.
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  • Le Boisle, Picardy
    Le Boisle, Picardy×

    Le Boisle

    Le Boisle, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR039
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This lovely cottage, set behind a village church, is in a fantastic location for exploring the Pas-de-Calais and Somme regions.
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  • Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy
    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy×

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville, Picardy

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    Ref: W12977
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Situated on the ground floor of this large detached property, the accommodation offers a large lounge with French doors opening onto the garden, ideal for summer relaxing, and a barn with table tennis and table football
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