Stay in the main house itself or pick one of five eco-lodges around the lake with its ducks and geese. Animals rule the roost here; you may happen upon a pot-bellied pig in the car park, or find a door opened for you by a wily chocolate Lab. It’s just how owners Michael and Mathias envisaged; they’ve put the finishing touches on their vision with a nine-hole eco golf course and a swimming pool. They’re unfailingly generous: borrow golf clubs, bikes, umbrellas.
Generosity extends to breakfast, a cornucopia of local produce (jam, eggs, cheese, patisserie), served in the dining room with lakeside views. Dinner, local and seasonal, also takes place here. Interiors are hip rather than historic, though big beams and yawning stone fireplaces hint at 15th-century roots.
The grounds are perfect for a walk and there’s a great gym, a driving range and yoga twice weekly; book a massage if you’ve had a long drive. You need your car for the coast but there’s plenty on the doorstep; cycle for miles along the very peaceful Voie Verte or visit the American cemetery.