Rural northern France

Gites in Picardy and Nord–Pas-de-Calais

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Gites and cottages in northeast France, self-catering or B&B accommodation within an hour or so of Calais or Lille

An introduction to North East France

Sector 3a: Nord Pas-de-Calais and Picardy
 The Nord – Pas-de-Calais region includes the French part of the historic area of Europe known as Flanders - today divided between France and the Low Countries, plus the French part of the historic Artois
  The region is divided down the middle between two departments, the Pas de Calais to the southwest, and the department of le Nord to the northeast, along the Belgian border.
   The Nord department, capital Lille, is the most heavily industrialised department of France, and the most densely populated area outside the Paris region. Lille itself is a vibrant city that has reinvented itself as the central point on the Paris - Brussels - London high-speed rail network. It has historic quarters and some fine museums.
   The Pas de Calais, by contrast, is largely rural, its chalk hills and valleys very reminiscent of the landscape of eastern Kent, to which it was once joined, many thousands of years ago. This department has seaside resorts, and small country towns; in terms of population density, it is one of the the least populated areas within 100 miles of greater London.
    Picardy covers the area between Nord – Pas-de-Calais and the Paris region. The south of the modern region is not part of the historic area of Picardy, and is economically part of the greater Paris area. In the east, Picardy is a very agricultural area, and one of the most important French production areas for sugar beet and cereals. At the heart of the battle zones during the First World War, it is an area that today offers many a sombre lesson in history.
More regional info:  
Tourist guide to Picardy and its attractions

 Access to Northern region and Picardy
Lying in the triangle between Paris, London and Brussels, both Picardy and the northern region are very accessible from all directions.
By ferry:
directly to Calais or Boulogne
Access by train: TGV from Paris Gare du Nord , Thalys from Brussels and Amsterdam, Eurostar from London to Calais or Lille.
International Airports in this region : Lille.
Peripheral airports: Paris Charles deGaulle, Luxembourg, Brussels Charleroi
Low cost airlines serving this region:
Easyjet: Paris CDG, 
Ryanair: Paris Beauvais, Brussels-Charleroi,
Flybe : Paris CDG

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Map of north east FranceSector 3a . North east France

Flanders, Artois,  Picardy  

Includes the following French departments:
Northern region:    59 Nord, 62 Pas de Calais
Picardy region:  02 Aisne, 60 Oise, 80 Somme

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Gites by region  

Gites in Nord - Pas de Calais

  • Gite near Hesdin 62  Between Boulogne & Abbeville, comfortable family gite in the beautiful 'Seven Valleys' region ; walking, cycling, countryside, golf, beaches, restaurants, pavement cafes and brasseries .
  • Near Boulogne & Le Touquet 62   Three gites in 18th century farm, with covered heated pool , in unspoilt countryside less than an hour from Calais. 
  • Gite south of Calais 62   - In the Boulonnais regional park between Calais and Le Touquet, a beautifully restored traditional farmhouse with four double bedrooms. Large garden with orchard & barbecue. 
  • Chambres B&B Lille 59 -  In the garden district of Lille, the house is nestled in a huge garden filled with rose bushes and trees, and within minutes of the center. 

Gites in Picardy 

  • South of Boulogne 80   A comfortable modern seaside family house at Fort Mahon Plage, or an attractive apartment, specially for couples,  well placed for outdoor activities including sailing, golf or hiking. 
  • B&B south of Laon 02   –  Standing in grounds of a hectare, 12 miles south of Laon, this B&B in a converted farmhouse has five rooms. Evening meals available. Wifi. 

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