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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, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    - 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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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

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  • Jonquières, Oise, Picardy
    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable

    Jonquières, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF131
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    - 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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    These former farmhouses have been beautifully renovated to create stylish, contemporary holiday accommodation. They both enjoy their own outdoor space offering an idyllic setting to dine al fresco. Gite L’étable (AF131) enjoys a picturesque tree-lined terrace, whilst Gite La Ferme (AF132) has a larger terrace with lawned area and a hot tub!
    Set within the peaceful village of Jonquières, they are within easy reach of many historical and cultural attractions. Some...

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme
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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy×

    Chez Feréol

    Montigny-l’Allier, Aisne , Picardy

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    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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    These two traditionally furnished, semi-detached properties (refs AF011 and AF012) are situated in rural France and have a real rustic feel both inside and out. Both enjoy large gardens and offer a barbecue, perfect for al fresco dining in the summer months. Take a lovely walk through the countryside right from the front door. The historic village of Crouy-sur-Ourcq is just 4km away, with museums and hiking trails, or enjoy a quiet stroll along the canal.

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  • Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy
    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy×

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville

    Gueschart, nr. Abbeville, Picardy

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    Ref: W13000
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This pretty detached single-storey holiday cottage is located in a small village in the middle of the countryside - perfect for those wanting to explore the splendid scenery by foot or by bicycle
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    This pretty detached single-storey holiday cottage is located in a small village in the middle of the countryside - perfect for those wanting to explore the splendid scenery by foot or by bicycle. The large forest of Crecy is 10km away, ideal for cycling and walking or visit the pretty market town of Hesdin with its colourful Thursday market. The 17th century abbey of Valloire and its famous gardens is 20km away, the national park of Marquenterre with its wetland and wildlife is 30km,...

  • Romery, Picardy
    Romery, Picardy×

    Romery

    Romery, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA029
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A detached holiday property with a cosy open fire situated in the Aisne region, boasting over 2,000km of hiking trails.
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    This cosy brick built holiday property is located down a quiet lane in the town of Romery. It has an attractive open plan living area with a large open fire leading through to a compact kitchen. There are two bedrooms both of which share a shower room which also houses a useful washing machine. There is a good sized garden with garden furniture and a barbecue, ideal for enjoying a meal into the late evening. Romery is situated in the Aisne region where there are a number of...

  • Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy
    Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy×

    Maison Picardy

    Mailly-Maillet, Somme, Picardy

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    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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    This large and spacious traditional terraced holiday house is full of character and has an enclosed rear garden. It lies in the heart of a small village which is steeped in history from the medieval period to the more recent conflicts of the 20th century. In the woods surrounding the area it is claimed that J.R.R. Tolkien got the inspiration for Lord of the Rings. Amiens is 34km, famous for its 13th century cathedral built by the Knights Templar and housing medieval and baroque...

  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A great touring base for families or couples. For a lazy day, why not try fishing in the river opposite.
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    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private terrace on a shared vine covered terrace, boasting lovely views across the River Marne and the vineyards. The quiet village of Jaulgonne is only a short walk away, along the riverside path, where you can also find a selection of small shops. The properties offer large, comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious living room with a cosy wood burner for those...

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
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  • Bouzincourt, Somme,
    Bouzincourt, Somme, ×
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    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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    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs AF081 and AF082) are 50m apart and are situated in a historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area. Visit Péronne, 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...

    Au Coeur du Village - Des Pistons
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  • Senantes, Oise,
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    Le Logis Bleu

    Senantes, Oise,

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    Ref: AF063
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Located in the tranquil village of Senantes in the Picardy region of France - a great area to explore by bike or on foot.
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    This traditional detached holiday cottage, located in the tranquil village of Senantes, offers a glimpse of the local lifestyle and culture in Picardy. The authentic Picardian fireplace and exposed beams are particular highlights of this renovated cottage. The local countryside can be explored either by foot or bike. A trip should be made to Beauvais, less than 25km away, to admire the city’s gothic architecture – particularly the stunning Cathédrale Saint-Pierre....

  • Chantilly, Oise, Picardy
    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy×

    La Baronnaise

    Chantilly, Oise, Picardy

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    Ref: AF066
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    A detached property with a delightful garden located in the heart of a picturesque village just 1 hour from Paris.
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    This comfortable detached holiday home lies close to the stunning National Regional Park of Oise, with excellent walking, horse riding, cycling, golf and theme parks, offering fun for all the family. The royal market town of Senlis is nestled in the heart of the regional park and is home to one of France’s smallest cathedrals, Notre-Dame de Senlis, which dominates the town. Just 10km from Senlis lies the town of Chantilly where the grandeur of the Château de Chantilly is...

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

    Gite du Haut du Riez

    Moislains, Somme, Pas-de-Calais

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    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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    Set in the grounds of the owner’s working farm this attractively appointed, well-furnished, detached holiday property offers a great location from which to explore this historic part of France. Visit the excellent museums in the area, particularly that of the Great War at Peronne, or follow the Remembrance Circuit which cuts through this region. In the village there is a bar with a small shop and there are superb cycling and walking routes nearby. Visit Amiens with its beautiful...

  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise, ×
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    Ref: AF071
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    This cosy cottage has its own enclosed garden to relax in after spending a day exploring some of the pretty villages in the area.
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    These semi-detached holiday properties AF071 and AF072 have been tastefully renovated and are situated less than 10km from Gerberoy, officially one of France’s prettiest villages, with its timber frame houses and flower strewn balconies. Ideal for an outdoor holiday, with good cycling routes in the area, or visit the lovely city of Beauvais, with its cathedral and cobbled squares, or take the train from here to Paris for a day sightseeing. Just over an hour away, Parc...

    Les Gites de Torcy - Le Gite de Torcy 2
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