What a beautiful place. We stayed at the Chateau de Contay while touring the Somme battlefields and felt that we were not just learning about history but living it. The house itself was beautifully appointed with antique furniture and lovely pictures and ornaments everywhere. The gardens and outbuildings (an old carriage house, very tidy pigpen and rabbit-hutches, and an amazing dovecote). The heating and hot water were fine and the beds were extremely comfortable. We loved exploring the beautiful old mansion with little surprises everywhere. Nicolas and his family were very helpful and generous. We very much appreciated their hospitality and feel honoured to have been able to stay in such a wonderful old house.