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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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  • L’Ancien Présbytère,
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    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère,

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    Ref: AF073
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This lovely property, which is set within a large house in the countryside, is spacious and well-equipped. The...

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  • Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: W14036
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool

    This traditional, relaxing resort is located in Picardy’s beautiful Baie-de-Somme, right opposite...

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  • Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy
    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy×

    Romery, nr. Guise

    Romery, nr. Guise, Picardy

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    Ref: W15204
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Set in the pretty valley of the River l’Oise, and a few kilometres from the historic town of Guise, with...

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  • Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardi-Aisne, Picardy×
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    Ref: FNA035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    This former 19th-century inn has been renovated and converted into four holiday properties. They enjoy a private...

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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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    Ref: W13218
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

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

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  • Grand Laviers, Picardy
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    Domaine du Val

    Grand Laviers, Picardy

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    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...

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  • Maulers, Oise,
    Maulers, Oise, ×

    Gîte Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise,

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    Ref: AF064
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside...

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  • Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy
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    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy

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    Ref: W14909
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a...

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  • Le Crotoy, Picardy
    Le Crotoy, Picardy×

    Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR101
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday...

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  • Fontenay-Torcy, Oise,
    Fontenay-Torcy, Oise, ×
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    Ref: AF072
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio

    These semi-detached holiday properties AF071 and AF072 have been tastefully renovated and are situated less than 10km...

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  • Wiège-Faty, Picardy
    Wiège-Faty, Picardy×

    Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA026
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire

    This former rectory has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage in a tranquil village location....

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  • Buironfosse, Picardy
    Buironfosse, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Buironfosse, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA033
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This spacious detached property in northern France offers lots of room for all the family. The property boasts 5...

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