In a small hamlet surrounded by 600 acres of land is a farmhouse where Sophie and her children live, and a four-square brick mansion for the guests. You’ll find a breakfast room, sitting room and TV room downstairs, and five bedrooms up, with choice fabrics, period furniture and fine new bathrooms. Breakfast is served on antique tablecloths and white china, and elegant wallpapers and north African rugs are scattered throughout. All feels polished, pleasing, and hospitable. Say hello to the horses, borrow the bikes, visit Richard the Lionheart’s Château Gaillard; it’s one of many historic sites.