You can spot the sea before you arrive at this new house on the edge of St Malo. The garden is filled with trees, well-stocked flowerbeds and fruit from which all the jams are made. Inside all is inviting and your hosts – proud descendants of the corsairs – are helpful and friendly. Sun spills through French windows at breakfast, and elegant 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 Guernsey, walk along the beautiful Emerald Coast. The resident German Shepherd loves people but isn’t always keen on visiting dogs.