You’re well placed here in deeply serene countryside but only a hop and a skip from sandy beaches, restaurants, shops – and the casino (if that’s what floats your boat). You’ll find a country mansion with a pale face flanked by a half-timbered cottage and old farm buildings, all tickety-boo and with a pleasant outlook over rolling pastures. Bedrooms (three in the main house, one in a separate annexe) are light and bright with some unexpected flourishes – lamps of recycled metal, a shoal of fish leaping over a bed, a mishmash of prints and pictures, sculptures, bright cushions. If anything takes your fancy just ask arty Patricia and you can probably buy it! Your hosts are unobtrusive and generous and all guests sit together at a big table in the breakfast room: tuck in to warm pastries from the local baker, cake, Normandy cheese and apple juice. Borrow a bike to explore, walk for miles, visit cider and Calvados producers or stay home and play ping pong and board games, tinkle on the piano, jump in the jacuzzi (no children) or go and say hello to Reinette the donkey and Alberto the llama. Entirely civilised.