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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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  • Trie-Château, Picardy
    Trie-Château, Picardy×

    Au Bord de la Ville

    Trie-Château, Picardy

    Trie-Château, Picardy

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    Ref: FNI029
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This is an ideal base for touring the surrounding area with easy transport links to the capital city of Paris with its famous monuments.
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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

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    Ref: FNA035
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This riverside property boasts four spacious bedrooms, creating enough room for all the family.
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    8.8 4 reviews

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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
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  • Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy
    Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy×
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    Gite Automne

    Gite Automne

    Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy

    Braye-en-Laonnois, Picardy

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    3
    2
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    Ref: AF169
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    There are plenty of outdoor activities available in the local area, including walking, cycling, golf, fishing and sailing.
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  • Martincourt, Picardy
    Martincourt, Picardy×

    Gite Vereecke

    Martincourt, Picardy

    Martincourt, Picardy

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    Ref: AF068
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    This detached farmhouse is located in a tranquil area in northern France and boasts a lovely large garden.
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  • Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy
    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy×

    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 2

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

    Bourguignon-sous-Montbavin, Picardy

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    Ref: AF010
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located to the north east of Paris and only 6km from Laon, this holiday home complete with shared swimming pool is ideal for exploring the Aisne region.
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    Les Gites Bourguignons - Le Gite Bourguignon 1
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  • Laon, Picardy
    Laon, Picardy×
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    Gite La Berjam’aisne

    Gite La Berjam’aisne

    Laon, Picardy

    Laon, Picardy

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    Ref: AF170
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio
    Set in the picturesque and lush countryside, this delightful home is an ideal base for long walks and scenic bike rides.
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  • Limé, Picardy
    Limé, Picardy×
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    Maison des Roses

    Maison des Roses

    Limé, Picardy

    Limé, Picardy

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    Ref: AF177
    Key Features:
    - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With characterful beams and an open fire, this characterful property is set within large grounds with a lake.
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  • Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy
    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy×

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

    Ferme de Nobécourt, Roisel, Picardy

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    2
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    Ref: W14815
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This charming property offers the best of both worlds. Set on a working farm, enjoy the rural location or explore the many nearby attractions.
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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Picardy

    Frise, Picardy

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    Ref: FNR041
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a family holiday at this lovely property which is an ideal base for touring the area, then return to relax in the grounds.
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    9.5 8 reviews

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  • St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy
    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy×

    Gite de St-Léger-lès-Authie

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy

    St-Léger-lès-Authie, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: AF077
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    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
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  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: W14036
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool
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    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer
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  • Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy
    Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy×
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    Gite Le Village

    Gite Le Village

    Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy

    Conchy-les-Pots , Picardy

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    Ref: AF191
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Couples and families will enjoy the space in this bright and airy property which is ideally located for touring this northern part of France.
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