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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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  • Maulers

    Maulers

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: FNI120

    Located just 11km from Beauvais with its grand cathedral and twice-weekly market, this holiday property is within easy reach of a number of places of interest to visit. Amiens 43km, is a popular place for tourists, boasting an impressive 13th-century cathedral and the Saint-Leu region below - an area of canals where you can watch the world go by whilst relaxing in one of the cafés or perhaps take a boat ride along the river. Sites of natural beauty to enjoy include the Hortillonnages d’Amiens, the Plan d’eau du Canada and the Forêt du parc de Saint-Quentin. Shop 6km, restaurant 11km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, 2 shower rooms with toilet and basin, 2 separate toilets, 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Electric heating, DVD player, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, outdoor furniture, barbecue, garage parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets. NB: Steep, turning, open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

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  • Le Crotoy

    Le Crotoy

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: FNR101

    At the heart of the magnificent Baie de Somme, Crotoy combines all the fun of a vibrant, family seaside holiday resort with the authentic charm of its fishing, pleasure harbours and its wooden beach huts. Just 200m from the fine, sandy beach which faces south, and just 2.5km from the main shops, this holiday complex is situated in beautiful landscaped grounds. The property is located on a complex of apartments which all have their own terrace and garden. Enjoy the shared covered, outdoor, heated swimming pool and solarium. Places to visit include Abbeville, 24km, with its magnificent Gothic-style church and twice weekly markets (Thursday and Saturdays) and Gamaches, explore the war memorial, the old railway line and the 13th-century church, just 36km away. Shop and restaurant 2.5km, beach 200m.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Wi-fi, dishwasher, microwave, landscaped garden, terrace, off road parking for 1 car. Sorry, no pets.

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  • Les Jardins du Château

    Puisieux, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02123

    This comfortable semi-detached property forms part of a former stable and is situated in the grounds of a château. With a private entrance and garden to the rear it has been tastefully renovated offering a large living room and a well equipped separate kitchen leading to a sunny terrace ideal to enjoy outdoor dining. The surroundings are dominated by bocage landscape and the medieval churches are worth a visit. To the north is the Belgium border and Ardennes area with many forests ideal for rambling or cycling. To the south are the Champagne vineyards and the medieval town of Laon on its promontory offering panoramic views and a magnificent cathedral.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with woodburner. Separate WC. First floor: One super king size bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom/WC with shower attachment

    • Enclosed lawned garden
    • Terrace
    • Electric heating
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Freezer
    • TV (French channels only)
    • DVD
    • Internet access
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Sun loungers
    • NB: Pond in owner’s garden, close to the property (take care with children).

    Location: 6km SE of Guise (all facilities), 30km E of St Quentin (golf, station to Paris), 35km NW of Laon (station to Paris, 27 hole golf), 85km NW of Reims.

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  • Bony

    St. Quentin, Aisne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: F02114

    This spacious, detached property is situated on a farmstead with its own private, enclosed garden and hot tub, and there is direct access to a shared tennis court, as well as shared use of a pool by the owner’s house nearby. Nearby the owner has an auberge offering home-made meals. The countryside is perfect for walking and cycling, and within a short drive is St Quentin with its shops and summer festival, and the fortified town of Laon with a choice of restaurants and beautiful countryside views. To the north the forest of Andigny.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen area. Two double bedrooms, one twin. Bathroom (no WC). WC

    • Large enclosed garden with pond (take care with children)
    • Terrace
    • Covered outdoor area
    • Shared heated swimming pool (depth 1.2m)
    • Telephone
    • Electric heating
    • Glass fronted fireplace (wood)
    • W/machine
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Hot tub
    • Shared sauna
    • Shared tennis court
    • Garden furniture
    • Sun loungers.

    Location: 100m from Bony village (owner’s auberge), 2km Le Catelet (basic shops), 17km au nord du St Quentin, 65km N of Laon (cathedral), 80km from Center Parcs Aisne (day passes subject to availability), 200km NE of Paris and Disneyland.

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  • Gite Devellenne

    Maulers, Oise

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: F60111

    The characterful and impressive semi-detached holiday property is located in a quiet village in the countryside of Picardy, with a local boulangerie just a stroll away to provide you with local breads and delicacies. This untouched corner is the perfect base from which to discover the natural delights that Picardy has to offer. Amiens is easily within driving distance, which should be visited for its interesting architecture. Euro Disney is only 135km away, making it a perfect day trip for the family. The cottage is well furnished and the terrace is ideal for al-fresco dining, which should be enjoyed with a sample of the regional spirit Genievre.

    Ground floor: Living room with open fire/dining room/corner kitchen. Double bedroom. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Shower room (no WC). Separate WC

    • Garden and terrace
    • Heating
    • Open fire
    • W/machine
    • F/freezer
    • M/wave
    • D/washer
    • TV
    • Cot
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 6km to Froissy (shops, local amenities), 11km to Beauvais, 47km to Amiens (historic buildings, shops, restaurants, day trips).

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  • Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W14909

    This private wing of the owner’s property enjoys a quiet location with the advantage of a tennis court and a large, shared mature garden to enjoy. Well placed to visit the historic region with its fortified churches, medieval city of Laon and its beautiful cathedral, or the pretty town of Guise with its 1000 year old castle complete with dungeons and tunnels and regional summer festival. Venture further afield to Belgium and visit the famous Chimay brewery. Shop and café/bar 3km, restaurant 8km.

    Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen, separate toilet. First floor: Bathroom with basin, separate toilet, 2 kingsize bedrooms, one plus 2 single beds.

    Electric central heating, cot, highchair, colour TV (French channels only), washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, freezer, shared, enclosed lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. One pet welcome. No smoking please. NB: 8 steps and covered well in garden. 2 steps in bedroom with 2 single beds. Sloping ceilings on first floor.

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  • Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Domaine du Val, Grand Laviers

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W15096

    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. Each property has a stunning view of the valley, there is an organic veggie patch on site and guests can buy the seasonal produce, order bread from the passing baker or enjoy a drink or snack at the bar. The indoor heated swimming pool (13m x 6.7m, depth 0.1-2m) with its doors to the sun terrace makes a good place to relax and play, or smaller children will enjoy the on-site games area. Spend a day at the Baie de la Somme with its steam railway, cycling routes and bird sanctuary. St. Valéry and Le Crotoy are not far, nor is Amiens with its Gothic cathedral and floating market gardens which you can discover by boat. Take a trip to Arras or nearby Montreuil-sur-Mer, with pretty squares and weekly markets or venture further south to Le Tréport where you can climb the cliffs on the funicular railway and enjoy the panoramic views.

    Shops 5km, café/bar on site, restaurant 3km, beach 25km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with shower over bath and basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 1 double bedroom. First floor: 1 twin bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Electric heating, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi (in clubhouse), shared laundry facilities, dishwasher, microwave, shared grounds, terrace, outdoor furniture, ample off road parking. Sorry, no pets. No smoking please. NB: Sloping ceiling in lounge and twin bedroom, sloping terraces in grounds.

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  • Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Bouzincourt, nr. Albert

    Grade
    7
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W15186

    In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area. Visit Peronne, 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 line during the Battle of the Somme. History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway. Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.In a village setting, these two semi-detached holiday properties (refs W15157 and W15186) are 50m apart and are situated in an historic region of France and are ideal for exploring the museums and historic sites of this area.

    Visit Peronne, 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 line during the Battle of the Somme.

    History enthusiasts should trace the Remembrance Circuit or spend a day at Amiens, with its gothic cathedral. Parc Astérix, with its thrilling rides, can be easily reached by motorway.

    Shop and restaurant 5km, café/bar 3km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/kitchen/diner, shower room with toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet with basin, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize plus single bed, 1 double bedroom, double sofa bed in lounge.

    Oil heating, colour satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. No smoking. NB: Beams and sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

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  • Wiège-Faty

    Wiège-Faty

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA026

    This former rectory has been converted into a delightful holiday cottage in a tranquil village location. The Véloroute greenway is close by with its many hiking trails, and the River Oise is perfect for canoeing, kayaking or fishing. The Aisne region has a rich cultural heritage and is famous for its gothic architecture, while outdoor enthusiasts will love the many gardens and parks throughout the region. A visit to the Somme battlefields and memorials makes a poignant trip, but are well worth visiting. Shop and restaurant 8.5km.

    Lounge/kitchen/diner, bathroom with bath and basin (no toilet), shower room with basin (no toilet), 2 separate toilets, 4 bedrooms: 3 double, 1 single.

    Open fire in lounge, satellite TV, DVD player, wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, garden furniture, barbecue. Up to 2 pets welcome. NB: Open-tread stairs to first floor. Uneven surface and slopes in garden.

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  • St. Léger-lès-Authie

    St. Léger-lès-Authie

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: W14456

    In a quiet village, this pretty semi-detached spacious property set in the grounds of the owner’s garden is perfect for exploring the Somme. Visit Arras and climb to the top of the belltower for spectacular views. It is ideal for those who enjoy walking or cycling in the pretty lanes and countryside nearby, or visit the sandy beaches of the Côte d’Opale, an easy drive away. Shop 6.5km, café/bar and restaurant 1.5km.

    External utility room (accessed via courtyard). Ground floor: Lounge, kitchen/diner, shower room with basin (no toilet), separate toilet, 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Oil central heating, glass-fronted fire in lounge, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, shared terrace, outdoor furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 2 cars. Sorry, no pets. NB: Four steps to entrance and one to courtyard area. Open-tread stairs to first floor. Sloping ceilings in first floor bedroom.

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  • La Maison du Prevot

    Vervins, Aisne

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: F02129

    On the edge of St. Michel Forest and opposite the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Michel-en-Thiérache, famous for its summer music festival and museum, this beautifully restored manor house with stone staircase in a turret is close to the Belgian border and about 60km from the historic city of Laon, with its beautiful cathedral and cobbled streets. The famous Chimay brewery is just across the border for a day out or sports lovers will enjoy the nearby aquatic centre, bowling and karting centre, mountain bike trails or enjoy the lovely walks around the region.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove/kitchen. Stone spiral stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: One double with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower (no WC), one twin with en-suite shower room (no WC). WC. Stone spiral stairs to second floor: Two twin bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room. WC. Sloping ceilings

    • Shared lawned garden
    • Central heating
    • W/machine
    • T/dryer
    • D/washer
    • M/wave
    • Satellite TV
    • Cot
    • H/chair
    • Parking
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue.

    Location: 200m from supermarket, 4km from Hirson (supermarket, bar and restaurants), 7km from Fourmies (glass museum, restaurants, cinema, hypermarket), 27km from Chimay (brewery, museum).

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  • Chigny

    Chigny

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: FNA032

    This large, semi-detached holiday home offers an ideal place for relaxing and taking in the peaceful, country surroundings. Chigny, located in the picturesque Picardy region, is an ideal base to explore the area. Avesnois Regional Nature Park is within easy reach for hiking and biking, with forests, rivers and the Val-Joly Lake for water sports activities. The Belgian border is within an hours drive. The Church of Saint-Quentin is worth visiting and there are many more fortified churches in the area. Shop and restaurant 4km.

    Ground floor: Lounge/diner, kitchen/diner, separate toilet and basin. First floor: Separate toilet and basin. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, mezzanine with double sofa bed. 2 shower rooms with basin.

    Electric heating, glass-fronted fire, colour TV (French channels only), wi-fi, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, lawned garden, terrace, garden furniture, barbecue, off road parking for 3 cars. Up to 2 pets welcome.

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