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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Somme, France your home away from home

The delightful area of the Somme in the Picardie region of Northern France includes a host of charming towns, pretty scenery, riverside strolls and some sad reminders of the battles fought here in World War I. The scenic coastline has cliffs, dunes and marshes and is a haven for wildlife. The area of the Somme is ideal as a base from which to explore the area by car or on foot. Most provisions can be found in the small towns and villages which all have a boulangerie and coffee bars which also serve beer, wine and food. The local delicacies are smoked eels and Peronne beer.

Things to Do in Somme, France Outdoor Activities

The Somme Valley is ideal for walking, cycling and fishing along the pretty banks of this scenic river, close to your Somme holiday rental. The area is also ideal for exploring by car around the small villages and ancient farms.

Bird Watching

The Parc Ornithologique de Marquenterre is a nearby bird sanctuary surrounded by beautiful dunes, pine forests and salt marshes which are all ideal habitats for bird-watching.

Explore World War I History

Those interested in tracing family history and the graves dating back to World War 1 will find plenty of history in Picardy at Peronne. The Historial del la Grande Guerre Museum is a good starting point, with many battlefields, cemeteries and memorials in the area.

Places to Visit Near Somme, France

Amiens

Amiens is the capital of the region and boasts an impressive Gothic Cathedral and some fine stone churches. The huge Cathedral was actually built from the profits of a local plant called "woad" which was valuable for its blue dye. The medieval quarter, St-Leu, is a delightful place to wander on foot with many waterside cottages, restaurants and bars.

Maison Jules Verne

The home of novelist Jules Verne can also be visited in Amiens. This is where he wrote many of his finest works between 1882 and 1900. The exhibition includes some early editions of his novels, sci-fi models and maps from which he created his magical voyages.

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

St Valery has a superbly maintained historic district and just to the east of the new town centre are the ruins of the old town walls and the prison, which reputedly once held Joan of Arc. There is an interesting 18th century hospital, the old church of St Martin and some charming architecture to be admired in the local buildings.

Weather in Somme, France

The Somme is a great area to choose for a self-catering holiday rental as it enjoys mild winters and pleasant summers. Average daily highs in the summer reach 71°F (22°C) but it can be showery in all seasons.

Travel to Somme, France

The nearest airport to your Somme holiday rental will be the Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG) International Airport which is approximately 70 miles (115km) from Amiens in the Somme.

For those preferring to drive from the UK, take the Channel Tunnel to Calais and follow the A26 to Arras and then the A1 in the direction of Paris. Leave the motorway at Exit 14, Bapaume and head for the Somme.

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                                                                                                      Comfortable property in an ideal location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Very convenient. Nathalie met us on arrival and left some lovely Christmas chocolates. Wood-burner in the lounge was great for the cold weather we've just had. Parking outside (be careful about checking which days are free!). Short walk to all the points of interest in town. Boulangerie and a general store just around the corner.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely stay at this apartment

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My wife and I booked the apartment for a week at the end of October as my wife wanted to visit two war graves and the Thiepval memorial on the Somme battlefields and I wanted a break by the seaside. It was a hour and half trip to the apartment from Calais and a hour and a half to the battlefields but compared to the English motorways the French motorways are fast and quiet and we arrived in good time to the apartment on the first night and on other days in good time to get a decent two days visiting the wargraves. The apartment was immaculate with hob - there is no oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and a washing machine in the shower/bathroom. There is a corner media centre in the living area with Satellite TV, a sound system and a DVD player. Not speaking French we didn't use the TV but found lots of DVDs in the unit under the TV we could watch in English to supplement the few we took with us. There is good wifi in the same unit but this has quite a long password so you will have to persevere if you mess it up like we did and don't manage to log in first time. There are bunk beds in the back room if you have kids and two settees one fabric, one leather in the front room. Both settees make into beds and there are blankets and pillows. We had brought our own quilt and pillows and when the fabric bed was made up we found it extremely comfortable and the apartment very quickly became home. You can see the sea from the apartment but it is a couple of minutes drive to the seafront longer if you walk. The beach is sand and gravel and for us as English it was nice to look up at the distinctly French architecture of the houses overlooking the beach. We enjoyed our stay in the apartment very much and are happy to recommend it to anyone.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Wonderful !

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Beautiful cottage , very large and clean . Lovely decoration extremely comfortable and well equipped . Toys for kids a lovely touch . Stuart the owner lovely and helpful , great communication . Enjoyed our stay very much , would highly recommend . Thanks Stuart
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016