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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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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: FNA037
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This holiday property is converted from a 19th-century inn and enjoys views over the river and the landscape beyond.
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
    6
    4
    4
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
    5
    3
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
    5
    3
    3
  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Vue de la Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    4
    2
    1
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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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    7 1 reviews
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  • Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy
    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy×

    Les Clos des Marquis

    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy

    Coucy-lès-Eppes, Picardy

    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: AF002
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Situated next to the owner’s property, this traditional semi-detached cottage is close to sandy beaches and Center Parcs.
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  • Brunehamel, Picardy
    Brunehamel, Picardy×

    Gîte de Brunehamel

    Brunehamel, Picardy

    Brunehamel, Picardy

    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: AF005
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Easily reached from the northern ports and near the Belgian border, this holiday property is perfect for those wishing to explore.
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  • Suzanne, Picardy
    Suzanne, Picardy×

    Les Primevères

    Suzanne, Picardy

    Suzanne, Picardy

    4
    2
    1
    0
    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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  • Acy-le-Bas, Picardy
    Acy-le-Bas, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    La Petite Maison du Montjard

    La Petite Maison du Montjard

    Acy-le-Bas, Picardy

    Acy-le-Bas, Picardy

    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: AF176
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy a peaceful break in this cosy cottage, explore the beautiful countryside and at the end of the day relax your private hot tub.
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  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

    4
    1
    1
    1
    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
    6
    2
    2
  • Proisy, Picardy
    Proisy, Picardy×

    Proisy

    Proisy, Picardy

    Proisy, Picardy

    4
    2
    1
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    Ref: FNA023
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    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
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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

    4
    1
    1
    0
    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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  • Mailly-Maillet, Picardy
    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy×

    Maison Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Picardy

    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: AF078
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This large property is set in the heart of a historic village, where the surrounding woods are said to have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
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    10 2 reviews

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  • Jonquières, Picardy
    Jonquières, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable

    Jonquières, Picardy

    Jonquières, Picardy

    5
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: AF131
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This pretty cottage is within easy reach of the historical sites of Compiègne palace and Noyon cathedral.
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    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
    6
    3
    3
  • Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy
    Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Le Potager de Radegonde

    Le Potager de Radegonde

    Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy

    Missy-sur-Aisne , Picardy

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: AF178
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio
    This pretty cottage has a lovely garden to make the most of the sunny days, and is within easy reach of several historic cities.
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