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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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  • Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

    Grade
    4
    1
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    Ref: FNR100

    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside resort with the authentic charm of its fishing and pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces due south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated amid landscaped grounds. The 56 apartments are located in maisonettes with a terrace and garden. In July and August, activities for children aged between 4 and 11 years are organised at no extra charge for 5 half-days a week. The complex provides a covered, heated swimming pool and solarium. Shop and restaurant 2.5km, beach 200m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 twin bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Dishwasher, microwave, terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping ceiling in bedroom.

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  • Le Boisle

    Le Boisle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNR039

    Set behind the village church, this cosy cottage offers a woodburner for chillier evenings and a lawned garden and patio area to relax on. It is well located to explore both the Pas-de-Calais and the Somme regions and it has a well equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge with French doors to the garden. Situated close to the city of Abbeville with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, you can enjoy the summer festival of ’Son et Lumieres’ or spend a day in the beautiful Baie de la Somme and visit St Valerie with its medieval history, or enjoy the steam train that runs around the bay. Nature lovers can enjoy discovering the bird sanctuary of Marquenterre or go seal spotting off the coast. Or why not cycle the picturesque lanes or enjoy a round of golf. The walled city of Montreuil-sur-Mer with summer events makes a good day trip, or visit Saint-Omer with its canals and cobbled squares. Explore Arras with its superb Wednesday market, WW1 history including tunnels under the city and a beautiful belfrey with stunning views across the countryside. Shop 50m, restaurant 500m and beach 40km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath, shower attachment, toilet and basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, woodburner in lounge, 2 satellite TVs, 2 DVD players, CD player, wi-fi, washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms. Steps and drops to garden.

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  • Suzanne

    Suzanne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W14444

    This detached, family holiday home is set on a quiet country road, yet is easily reached from the motorway, and is situated by the village green in a quiet location. Relax on the terrace or the enclosed garden (accessed by steps). In the village there is a restaurant, tennis and boules courts, or you can walk along the banks of the Somme canal, just 3km away. Visit the pretty town of Bray-sur-Somme, or Doullens, Peronne or Albert with their variety of shops, restaurants and WWl history. The region is popular with historians, walkers and cyclists. Shop 3km, cafe/bar and restaurant 200m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels), washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, balcony, garden furniture, barbecue, garage for 1 car, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. NB. Steps to garden.

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  • Bernot

    Bernot

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: FNA024

    This detached holiday property has its own garden and is located in a quiet village not far from Saint-Quentin, famous for its magnificent basilica, typical architecture and museums. The River Oise runs through the village, offering fishing (with permit), or visit Guise with its 1000-year-old castle and varied history. Steam train lovers can visit the Chemin de Fer Touristique du Vermandois near Saint-Quentin and take a ride along the valley towards the Somme, or spend the day at La Bul, a waterpark with its various pools and sporting activities. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, bed linen and towels included in rent, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue. Up to 2 pets welcome.

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W14814

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km). Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    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 family visit Parc Astérix (113km via motorways) or venture further afield to Eurodisney (175km).

    Shops, café/bar and restaurants 5km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin, separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower and basin (no toilet).

    Electric heaters, cot on request, satellite TV (mainly French channels), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, partially enclosed lawned garden, patio, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: There is a small pond in a nearby field, and farm machinery, young children may require supervision.

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  • Le Gîte de Celestine

    Lacroix-Saint-Ouen, nr. Compiègne, Oise

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: F60118

    Located on the edge of the beautiful Forêt de Compiègne, close to the historic city of Compiègne, this semi-detached holiday property is ideal for walking, horse riding and cycling, guests can even bring their own horses as there are two stable boxes available (extra charge). Visit the Château de Compiègne, a former royal residence, explore the Forêt de Compiègne, famous for its picturesque natural attractions, or visit the Armistice museum and memorial. Paris is easily reached by car or train to enjoy its sights, or spend a day at the magnificent castle of Pierrefonds, built in 1393 and the location for the Merlin TV series.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Sitting room with double sofa bed. Kingsize bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. Beams and sloping ceilings in most rooms

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Patio
    • Balcony
    • Heating
    • Pellet-burning stove
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • CD/stereo
    • Internet access
    • Table tennis
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • No smoking
    • NB: River 200m.

    Location: 8km from Compiègne (all facilities, swimming, golf, château), 17km from Pierrefonds (castle, lake, restaurants, forest), 25km from Senlis (medieval town, all facilities), 35km from Parc Astérix (amusement park), 70km from Paris (all facilities).

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  • Proisy

    Proisy

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: FNA023

    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has a biodiversity garden which you can visit by appointment. Close to the valley of the River Oise with its fishing, birdwatching and nature activities, this is an ideal location to explore the area. From fortified churches, the 1000 year old castle at Guise, or the deer park at Étréaupont, there is lots to do in the region. Canoes can be hired nearby and trekking can be organised for rides through the beautiful forests of the region. Shop and restaurant 8km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner. First floor: Shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil heater, fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steps to lounge from kitchen. Turning stairs to first floor. Beams and sloping ceilings in twin bedroom. River nearby.

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  • Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

    Vron, nr. Fort-Mahon

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W11151

    This typical single storey detached Picardy house, set in a small village, offers holiday accommodation for families who want to discover this delightful area. Walking, cycling, horse riding and sailing are all available and the vast sandy beaches, between the Baie de Somme and Le Touquet are only 10 miles (16km) away. The chic resort of Le Touquet is full of all kinds of activities including sand yachting or golf on one of the many courses in the area. The forest of Crécy, Montreuil or the Bagatelle theme park are pleasant places to spend the day. Shops, café/bar and restaurant 330 yards (330m), beach 10 miles (16km).

    All on ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom leading to 1 adult bunk bedroom.

    Gas central heating, woodburner in lounge, microwave, garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: There are 2 steps down to the shower room.

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  • Ault

    Ault

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: FNR036

    For those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves and gulls, this well appointed holiday apartment is ideal for a couple or small family. Situated on a cliff top, next to a footpath, on the edge of the seaside town of Ault, and with parking available nearby, you can stroll to the beach below or the nearby restaurants. Enjoy an al fresco summer supper on the terrace or visit the nearby fishing town of Le Treport with its casino, seafood restaurants and funicular railway with stunning views across the bay from the cliffs. St Valery-sur-Somme is easily reached, and you can enjoy a steam train ride or see seals in the Somme estuary, or visit Dieppe or Berck Plage for their kite festivals. Shop 200m, restaurant 150m and beach 100m.

    All on ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, on street parking. Sorry, no pets. NB: Step to terrace. Close to cliff top.

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  • Coucy-les-Eppes

    Coucy-les-Eppes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W14512

    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage has a large garden. The discreet owners keep pigeons, chickens, cockerels and ducks, and in the village is a boulangerie for fresh bread. Center Parcs is just 17km away (day passes subject to availability). Visit Reims, where you can taste and buy champagne. A sandy beach, playground and watersports centre is 26km, and this area is very popular for outdoor sports. Shop and café/bar 500m, beach 26km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen, shower room with basin, separate toilet. First floor: Separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double with shower cubicle and basin, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, woodburner in kitchen, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared enclosed garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: 2 steps to entrance.

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  • Étréaupont

    Étréaupont

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNA025

    This holiday property is situated in the village of Étréaupont and is a great base from which to explore the local area. Laon, the capital city of the Aisne department, is 50km and has many medieval buildings, a cathedral, churches and the only fully automated municipal cable car system in the world, which links the upper town with the lower town. The attractive town of Cambrai is 66km away, and has a rich history dating back to the Roman times. Sites here include a Baroque cathedral, belfry and the 13th-century Castle of Selles, as well as a good variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. Shop 8km.

    Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, bathroom with separate shower, toilet and basin, separate toilet, 2 double bedrooms, 1 plus single bed.

    Electric heating, open fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Sloping garden. River nearby.

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  • Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W15157

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area. Visit Peronne, with its museum of the Great War, Albert, which has a beautiful town hall and belfry, or Froissy for its narrow gauge railway ’Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme’, which runs along the line that used to carry supplies to the front line during the Battle of the Somme. History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway. Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area.

    Visit Peronne, with its museum of the Great War, Albert, which has a beautiful town hall and belfry, or Froissy for its narrow gauge railway ’Le P’tit train de la Haute Somme’, which runs along the line that used to carry supplies to the front line during the Battle of the Somme.

    History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway.

    Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double plus single child’s bed, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, cot, highchair, colour satellite TV, wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, lawned garden, courtyard, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: 3 steps to entrance. Beams and sloping ceilings in bedrooms.

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