In the heart of a quiet village, through a formal French garden, is a pretty half-timbered house with a Normandy air. Pleasant Marie-Estelle is a straightforward lady with a quiet smile, serving breakfast around a large oak table in the dining room, or outside in summer. Sit listening to the gurgling stream down by the charming summerhouse; in chillier weather, the salons’ daybeds make a comfy spot. Up the winding oak staircase are the light and luminous suite ‘Diane’, southern-coloured ‘Manon’ gazing over romantic rooftops, and 50s-feel ‘Amélie’. Visit snail and chestnut fêtes, and Lake d’Eguzon for nautical things. Lovely.