The layout is spacious and semi open-plan with lots of room to spread out among the antiques and family heirlooms: on the walls hang paintings by Marie-Christine’s talented mother. On cooler days you can light the fire: find plenty of books to read, games to play and films to watch. Three generous bedrooms are on the first floor – all with good views over the garden.
A country house style kitchen is stocked with basics but your first breakfast will also be waiting along with a bottle of wine or cider. A private chef can be rustled up or cookery courses arranged. Wander out into two hectares of gardens with mature trees, tumbling roses and lush lawns. Two terraces are ideal, one for shade and another for a sunny evening drink.
A trampoline, swing and sandpit will keep little ones happy and you can play tennis or table tennis. Drive five minutes into Bayeux to buy amazing local produce at the famous Saturday morning market.