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The Picardy region includes the Baie de Somme and much of the river's plains, including the atmospheric, memorial dotted fields of French Flanders. Picardy also offers beautiful rural views, rich cuisine and plenty to pique the interest of travellers with a cultural bent. Some of the best places to stay in Picardy are places in which to relax, recharge and reflect, on beautiful vistas, fresh air and hard won peace.

Amiens is Picardy's capital, much famed, unfortunately, for its own role in both World Wars. Amiens was almost entirely rebuilt after WWII, but many of its visitors come because of its position within the First World War. Amiens occupied some of the most contested land in all of history, the Western Front.

Like Amiens, nearby Arras suffered terrible shelling during both wars, but this town's old architecture was carefully rebuilt and restored, so if you're looking for old Amiens, visit Arras. Modern Amiens, Arras and Laon are actually lively places, with plenty of interesting cultural attractions, and pretty vistas.

Outside of the towns and cities, on Flanders fields, you'll find the beautiful, stark memorials to those lost on both sides, and from the numerous different armed forces fighting for the Allies. Some of the most poignant places to visit are the tunnels at La Boisselle, which were dug by soldiers in preparation for the battle of the Somme, and the crater pocked battlefield and preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge.

Remembering the fallen isn't the only reason to visit Picardy. The Baie de Somme is a beautiful place, known for its wonderful artist-inspiring light - both Degas and Seurat painted its moods extensively. The mouth of the Somme is also home to seals. The estuaries along Picardy's small stretch of coast are also well known by birdwatchers.

And if you're travelling with kids you might be interested to hear that Picardy is also home to Parc Asterix.

The region is also very accessible from Calais and Boulougne, so the best places to stay in Picardy can make great stopping off points on the way either to or from a ferry.

Best Places to Stay in Picardy

The Best Places to Stay in Picardy for a Romantic Break

  • Le Macassar, just out of Amiens, is a luxurious, Art Deco style B&B surrounded by romantic gardens. The two rooms and four suites are decorated in bright colours, and some have murals. And there are four public spaces, a Moroccan style den, the Majorelle room - named for the turn-of-the-century cabinet maker of the same name, the library and the gallery, which are both Art Deco wonderlands.
  • Domaine de Barive is a beautiful château surrounded by 1000 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens. Boutique rooms and suites mix modern design with traditional materials and colours. There's a very good, very French restaurant and an excellent spa.

The Best Places to Stay in Picardy to Relax

  • The Auberge du Jeu de paume is a sophisticated five star château with a Michelin star. The decor is traditional and elegant - probably close to 'sumptuous' without being extravagant. Expect antiques, toile du jouy fabrics, marble floors and a racecourse and polo field.
  • Les Corderies is a beautiful modern spa hotel right on the coast. As well as the stunning views, this casually luxurious hotel has a top of the range spa and a fabulous restaurant serving traditional cuisine with clever twists.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Picardy, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Les Corderies

    Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Picardy

    A top of the range hotel and spa on the coast. Stunning rooms and suites combine traditional materials with contemporary presentation for chic effect. Fabulous restaurant serves traditional cuisine with an inventive twist, outstanding spa facilities, and large conference rooms.

    from $79
    Luxury  -  Casual luxury in a resolutely contemporary style.
    Spa breaks  -  Top of the range spa and therapeutic treatments.
    Foodies  -  Traditional cuisine with inventive twists.
    Designer  -  Design furniture and oak materials create a modern and authentic space.
  • Les Tourelles

    Le Crotoy, Picardy

    A red bricked turreted house. Simple, airy rooms with crisp white linen overlook the sea front. A host of surrounding cultural and sporting activities keep children and adults alike occupied. The restaurant serves excellent seafood. The ideal place for a family holiday.

    35 rooms from $99
    Families  -  Child friendly hotel with baby sitting facilities and a dorm for children under 14, plus it's right on the beach!
    Beach Life  -  Direct beach access and a terrace with panoramic views of the Bay of Somme.
    Kayaking  -  Kayaking is available at the Bay Seal, a great way to explore the coast.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy an evening stroll along the beautiful bay of the Somme.
  • Auberge Le Fiacre


    Peaceful hotel in 300-year old farmhouse. Light rooms have wrought iron beds, modern furniture and bathrooms. Outdoor heated pool, and gardens. Wonderful cuisine of game and fish in the charming restaurant. Spacious, laid-back and good value.

    14 rooms from $101
    Hideaway  -  Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool flanked by a pine wood, or for a blustery coastal walk before apertifs by the fire
    Great walks  -  Through the Crècy Forest
    Sights nearby  -  The Chateau of Rambures
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Domaine de Barive

    Sainte-Preuve, Picardy

    A beautiful chateau just outside Reims and Picardy. Boutique rooms and suites mix modern design with traditional materials and colours. Fabulous gourmet restaurant serves French cuisine, top of the range spa, acres of parkland to explore by foot, horse or bike. Romantic, gourmet, and lots to do.

    22 rooms from $135
    Garden  -  1000 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens to explore.
    Romantic Break  -  Everything you could want for including beautiful rooms.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the parklands from the restaurant.
    Foodies  -  Les Epicuriens serves magnificent French cuisine.
  • Le Macassar


    A luxury Art Deco B&B with beautiful rooms and romantic gardens. Rooms and suites are decorated in stunning colours with murals on the walls and all the mod cons. A charming Italianate courtyard and boxed hedge gardens. Romantic and close to the river.

    2 rooms from $202
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Villers Bretonneux, Thieval, and Vimy Ridge are all battlefields from WW1.
    Birdwatching  -  At the Picardy coastal area at the mouth of the Somme estuary.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Chateau de fere

    Fere En Tardenois, Picardy

    5* chateau set in 60 acres of parkland. Opulent bedrooms feature silk and velvet furnishings, chic wallpapers, claw foot bathtubs and views of the ruins and gardens. Spa, sauna, indoor pool, outdoor pool and tennis court. Superb French cuisine in wooden dining room. A luxurious and stunning stay.

    29 rooms from $232
    Romantic Break  -  Champagne tasting, horse riding and hot air balloons all available, as well as spa treatments and gourmet dining
    Great walks  -  Through the ruins of a medieval castle, in 70 hectares of elegant grounds
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Auberge du Jeu de paume

    Chantilly, Picardy

    A Five Star chateau with a fantastic spa, Michelin star restaurant, and sumptuous rooms. Traditional elegant interiors have antique furniture, toile du jouy fabrics, and marble floors. 160 acre racecourse and stable yard provide ample opportunity for polo and riding. A sophisticated country escape.

    92 rooms from $317
    Foodies  -  Michelin star restaurant.
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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