Guests return because it’s fun to stay here with easy-going Clive at the helm – and a long sociable table for delicious dinners. Perhaps pear and Roquefort tartelette, followed by duck breast and seasonal veggies. Breakfast is a generous spread of pastries, charcuterie, yogurt and fresh fruit in a room off the salon, your host has the fire crackling if its chilly.
Clive has been here since the 1990s and has cleverly renovated this 18th-century farmhouse into a comfortable home. Every feature conveys the creativity of your British host: exposed stone walls; an old manger, now a wine rack; a chimney built from 4,500 bricks.
Deeply comfortable bedrooms have hand-sewn fabrics and fine French antiques. Fish in the wooded grounds; join the ancient pilgrims’ walk to Mont St Michel; go canoeing in nearby Thury-Harcourt.