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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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  • Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy
    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy×

    La Grange

    Montigny-l’Allier, Picardy

    9
    5
    2
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    Ref: AF012
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located on the Champagne tourist route, not far from Paris and Disneyland. Enjoy a cruise down the River Ourcq tasting wine along the way!
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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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  • Iviers, Picardy
    Iviers, Picardy×

    Au Bord du Village

    Iviers, Picardy

    9
    5
    2
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    Ref: FNA034
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A traditional house with spacious rooms and a large garden located in a very secluded area, without direct neighbours.
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    This large, detached property is situated in Iviers in the Picardy region of France. It offers a large, lawned garden with a sitting-out area and a pathway leading to a private fishing lake which is adjacent to the owner’s home but from where you are welcome to fish. The home is great for those who want to relax away from the city noise in a quiet area which is not over looked. The spacious kitchen is fully-equipped and has a breakfast table beside a fabulous open fireplace....

  • Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy
    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy×

    Cires-lès-Mello

    Cires-lès-Mello, Picardy

    9
    5
    3
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    Ref: FNI028
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a touch of elegance in this lovely stone house, perfect for visiting Paris or just enjoying the view from the first floor terrace.
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    This large detached stone built house benefits from a large first floor terrace and enclosed garden, and is an ideal holiday property to explore this lovely region. Tastefully decorated with original artwork and fabric wallpaper, so traditional in France, this beautiful house offers very comfortable accommodation and enjoys a large well equipped kitchen with separate dining room and lounge with open fireplace, and table tennis. All facilities can be found in the town and a short walk to...

  • Wamin, Pas-de-Calais
    Wamin, Pas-de-Calais×

    7 Vallées

    Wamin, Pas-de-Calais

    10
    5
    2
    1
    Ref: AF060
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A delightful property with quaint shuttered windows ideal for a large group of friends or family.
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    This delightful, detached property boasts enough room for all the family. The ground floor offers a spacious living/dining room with a cosy wood burner and a well-equipped kitchen area as well as two bedrooms and upstairs you’ll find three more bedrooms. Why not sit outside in the sunshine and relax in the courtyard? There is also the option to enjoy some al fresco dining, cooked on the barbecue. Close by you can take part in some adventure and go sailing, fishing or horse riding....

  • Carnoy, Pas-de-Calais
    Carnoy, Pas-de-Calais×

    Gîte de la Vallée St. Martin

    Carnoy, Pas-de-Calais

    10
    5
    3
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    Ref: AF080
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A spacious holiday property set in an area of historic interest, close to the WW1 Remembrance Trail.
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    This holiday property is situated on the edge of the village, and has a large garden and views over the fields. Spend time relaxing on the terrace or visit the historic sites of the region. Enjoy Albert, steeped in history and completely rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the 1920s, or follow the WW1 Remembrance Trail and step back in time. Visit Amiens with its cathedral, or enjoy Parc Astérix which has rides for the whole family and is easily reached via the motorway. This area...

  • Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy
    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy×

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre

    Parfondeval, nr. Rozoy-sur-Serre, Picardy

    10
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W14834
    Key Features:
    - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Set in a beautiful village, with pond and green, this independent property, attached to the gatehouse of the church, offers comfortable holiday accommodation
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    Set in a beautiful village, with pond and green, this independent property, attached to the gatehouse of the church, offers comfortable holiday accommodation. Visit the local cider producer, the city of Laon, the churches of the region or the abbey of St. Michel. A short drive away is Reims, the capital of Champagne where you can visit the many cellars. Spend a day at the Chimay Brewery or glass factory at Fourmies. A great location for walking, cycling or riding. Shop, café/bar...

  • Ville,
    Ville, ×

    La Barrique

    Ville,

    11
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: AF062
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A large detached house amidst rolling countryside, accommodating up to 11 guests with plenty of space for everyone.
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    With rolling countryside views this large semi-detached house has been converted by the loving owners and retains many original features such as one of the two living rooms which once formed part of the old wine cellar. Those travelling at the beginning of July will be able to witness the local red fruit festival, at other times of the year you may choose to visit Noyon with its cathedral and its museums, or Compiège with its forest and château. The house has a lovely...

  • Regnière Ecluse, near Rue, Picardy
    Regnière Ecluse, near Rue, Picardy×

    La Maison des Rêves

    Regnière Ecluse, near Rue, Picardy

    12
    6
    3
    0
    Ref: F80206
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This spacious detached house is situated on the borders of Pas-de-Calais and the famous Somme region and boasts a spacious garden, enclosed swimming pool and games room
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    This spacious detached house is situated on the borders of Pas-de-Calais and the famous Somme region and boasts a spacious garden, enclosed swimming pool and games room with French billiards and table football. The holiday property enjoys a large enclosed rear garden with terrace and barbecue, ideal for summer evenings. Situated on the edge of a pretty village, directly opposite a beautiful château, and a short distance to the lovely towns of the historic Baie-de-la-Somme or...

  • Allonne, Picardy
    Allonne, Picardy×

    Château de Villers

    Allonne, Picardy

    19
    10
    8
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    Ref: F60112
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A beautifully spacious, 18th-century, detached château with antique furniture, games room and stunning landscaped grounds.
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    Ever dreamed of holidaying in a French château, this is your chance. Set just outside Beauvais, this spacious 18th century detached château with its antique furniture, large day rooms, games room, extensive landscaped grounds and tennis court makes it possible. It is tastefully decorated in period style and on each floor the bedrooms have lockable interconnecting doors. Relax in the grounds, play tennis or explore the lovely city of Beauvais. Enjoy a trip to Paris by car to...

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