Welcome to a 13th-century castle, once owned by the Ducs d’Harcourt, full of comfort and joy. There are Lloyd Loom chairs and marble fireplaces. Every room is stunning and faces the garden, one has a curved stair to a lavish bathroom. Breakfast includes home-grown fruits, homemade yogurt and eggs from the château’s hens, while English china, damask and candelabra grace the dinner table. David’s potager is a wonder; Lesley’s cooking is delicious. The Cravens are conservationists, too; barn owls nest in the end wall and the birdwatching is fabulous. Don’t miss the Normandy beaches, or Bayeux.