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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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  • Cappy, Picardy
    Cappy, Picardy×

    Cour Suzanne

    Cappy, Picardy

    Cappy, Picardy

    6
    4
    2
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    Ref: AF100
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Enjoying a village setting alongside the banks of the Somme Canal, this semi-detached barn conversion provides an idyllic retreat.
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  • Jaulgonne, Picardy
    Jaulgonne, Picardy×

    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 1

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    Jaulgonne, Picardy

    6
    4
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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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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 2
    5
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 3
    4
    2
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    Les Maisons de la Rivière - Maison de la Rivière 4
    5
    3
    3
  • Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy
    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy×

    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

    Cayeux-sur-Mer, Picardy

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    Ref: W14036
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool
    In a fantastic location just 10m from the beach, you can spend all day walking along the boardwalk, dotted with colourful beach huts.
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    Les Terrasses de la Plage, Cayeux-sur-Mer
    8
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  • Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy
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    Housset, nr. Marle

    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy

    Housset, nr. Marle, Picardy

    6
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    Ref: W14909
    Key Features:
    - 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 large, shared mature garden to enjoy
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  • Caulaincourt, Picardy
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    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 1

    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 1

    Caulaincourt, Picardy

    Caulaincourt, Picardy

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: AF167
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Nestled in an ideal location to explore the three national parks to the west, or the capital city of Paris to the south.
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    La Ferme du Vermandois - Gite Vermandois 2
    4
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  • Limé, Picardy
    Limé, Picardy×
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    Maison des Roses

    Maison des Roses

    Limé, Picardy

    Limé, Picardy

    6
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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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  • L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy
    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy×

    L’Ancien Présbytère

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

    L’Ancien Présbytère, Picardy

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    Ref: AF073
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio
    Set in a countryside location, this property is close to the town of Noyon, which has a 12th-century cathedral and guided walks.
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  • Mers-les-Bains, Picardy
    Mers-les-Bains, Picardy×
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    L’Appartement de la Plage

    L’Appartement de la Plage

    Mers-les-Bains, Picardy

    Mers-les-Bains, Picardy

    6
    2
    1
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    Ref: FNR042
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Coast within 1 mile
    This seaside apartment is located just 75m away from the beach in Mers-les-Bains. Be sure to stroll along the seafront whilst admiring the beautiful architecture.
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  • Montigny-Lengrain , Picardy
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    Le Clos du Mont Bertin

    Le Clos du Mont Bertin

    Montigny-Lengrain , Picardy

    Montigny-Lengrain , Picardy

    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: AF180
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This delightful home is an ideal choice to enjoy the outdoor life with beautiful walks and scenic cycle rides close by.
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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

    6
    3
    2
    1
    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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  • Frise, Picardy
    Frise, Picardy×

    Cottage du Canal

    Frise, Picardy

    Frise, Picardy

    6
    3
    3
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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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  • Jonquières, Picardy
    Jonquières, Picardy×

    Les Jonquilles - Gite La Ferme

    Jonquières, Picardy

    Jonquières, Picardy

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: AF132
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Within an hour’s drive of Paris, enjoy the sights and sounds of this romantic city then retreat to the peace and quiet of the countryside.
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    Les Jonquilles - Gite L’étable
    5
    3
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