You can spot the sea before you arrive at this new house made of local stone on the edge of St Malo. The garden is filled with mature trees, well-stocked flowerbeds and a fruit garden from which all the jams are made. Inside all is comforting and inviting and your hosts – proud descendants of the corsairs – are a joy. Sun spills through French windows at breakfast, and elegant carpeted bedrooms have armchairs for relaxing cups of tea. Marvel at Mont Saint Michel, circle the ramparts of historic St Malo or 15th-century Dinan, catch the ferry to Jersey or Guernesey or walk along the beautiful Emerald Coast.