The 15th-century, country-cocooned manor house, close to fishing ports, headlands and long sandy beaches, is a treasure. Beautifully restored over decades, every detail has been considered yet Christian is not so precious that he stops the blue tits nesting in a nook in the stone work! The salon’s ‘lit clos’ is a treat, as is the vast stone fireplace, crackling with logs in winter. Gaze from a florally furnished suite onto the lawns below, enjoy the splashing of the pool or the crack of the billiards. The games room and the charming cottage suite (with its own fire) are in the grounds, and your host is the perfect French gentleman.