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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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55 cottages are available
  • Baron×

    Baron

    Baron

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    Ref: FNI105
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This comfortable holiday home lies close to the stunning National Regional Park of Oise, with excellent walking,...

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel ×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

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    Ref: W14814
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

    These beautifully appointed holiday properties on a rural working farm are well equipped and offer a great location...

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  • Coucy-les-Eppes×

    Coucy-les-Eppes

    Coucy-les-Eppes

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    Ref: W14512
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage has a large garden. The...

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  • Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers ×

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

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    Ref: W15095
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimmingpool - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Indoor Swimming Pool - Rural Location

    Set in 3 acres of open countryside, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095...

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  • Toeufles, nr. Abbeville×

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

    Toeufles, nr. Abbeville

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    Ref: W12977
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - No Pets Allowed

    Situated on the ground floor of this large detached property, the accommodation offers a large lounge with French...

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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise×

    La Ferme D’Annie

    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise

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    Ref: F60108
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - Rural Location

    This traditional detached country bungalow, situated less than 10km from Gerberoy, officially one of...

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  • Proisy×

    Proisy

    Proisy

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    Ref: FNA023
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This detached renovated holiday cottage, located in a small village is ideal for nature lovers as the owner has...

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  • Grandfresnoy×

    Grandfresnoy

    Grandfresnoy

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    Ref: FNI119
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    This charming holiday cottage is situated in the beautiful countryside, overlooks a sunny lawned garden and is...

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  • Gueschart, nr. Abbeville×

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

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    Ref: W13000
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine

    This pretty detached single-storey holiday cottage is located in a small village in the middle of the countryside...

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  • Fère-en-Tardenois×

    Fère-en-Tardenois

    Fère-en-Tardenois

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    Ref: FNA030
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - No Pets Allowed

    This lovely semi-detached holiday property is located in the delightful countryside of Fère-en-Tardenois, set...

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  • Moislains, nr. Peronne, Somme×

    Moislains, nr. Peronne, Somme

    Moislains, nr. Peronne, Somme

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    Ref: W15155
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached...

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  • Bouzincourt, nr. Albert×

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

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    Ref: W15157
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue - No Pets Allowed

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are...

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