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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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  • Bouzincourt, Picardy
    Bouzincourt, Picardy×

    Au Coeur du Village - St Honoré

    Bouzincourt, Picardy

    Bouzincourt, Picardy

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: AF082
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Ideal family cottage part of a converted farm outbuilding, within easy distance of the Somme WWI memorials and the Remembrance Trail.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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    Au Coeur du Village - Des Pistons
    3
    2
    2
  • Vauxaillon, Picardy
    Vauxaillon, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite Ferme des Aubes Terres

    Gite Ferme des Aubes Terres

    Vauxaillon, Picardy

    Vauxaillon, Picardy

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: AF182
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy a peaceful countryside setting at this property, or venture to the city of Laon, which is just 26km away.
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  • Wimy, Picardy
    Wimy, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Gite de Wimy

    Gite de Wimy

    Wimy, Picardy

    Wimy, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: AF165
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    After an exciting game of table tennis, enjoy a delicious meal cooked on the barbecue in the lovely garden of this holiday cottage.
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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
    10 2 reviews

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: FNA036
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Small families will enjoy a stay in this holiday property which is within easy reach of Disneyland Paris.
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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
    6
    4
    4
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
    2
    2
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
    5
    3
    3
  • Thiescourt, Picardy
    Thiescourt, Picardy×
    Newly Listed
    Le Gite du Tonnelier

    Le Gite du Tonnelier

    Thiescourt, Picardy

    Thiescourt, Picardy

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: AF187
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Garden / Patio
    Located in ’Little Switzerland’, this bright and airy cottage is perfect for family holidays exploring this beautiful region.
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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: AF011
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a family holiday at this traditional cottage, which boasts a wood burner and delightful garden, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer.
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    La Grange
    7
    4
    4
  • 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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    0 0 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
    6
    3
    3
  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
    Prices from
    8 4 reviews
    8 4 reviews

    Accommodation at

    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
    3
    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
    2
    2
  • Aubenton, Picardy
    Aubenton, Picardy×

    Gîte d’Aubenton

    Aubenton, Picardy

    Aubenton, Picardy

    5
    2
    1
    0
    Ref: AF006
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This is a great location in north east Aisne region of France, close to the border with Belgium. Enjoy exploring or simply relaxing.
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    8 1 reviews
    8 1 reviews

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  • Moislains, Pas-de-Calais
    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais×

    Gite du Haut du Riez

    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais

    Moislains, Pas-de-Calais

    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: AF079
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached holiday property enjoys use of a garden, garage and decked patio.
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  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
    Grand Laviers, Picardy×

    Domaine du Val

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W15096
    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, overlooking Abbeville Golf Course, these attractive cedarwood houses (W15095 and W15096) offer holiday accommodation with excellent on-site amenities
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    Accommodation at

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers
    4
    1
    1

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