The Languignons certainly have a vision for La Lévrière: a farmhouse with a green paradise of fruit orchards and summer and winter vegetable patches. Organic, natural produce and simple living are the buzzwords in their Norman bolthole, and everything they grow is destined for the stomach. They’ve begun with breakfast: wholemeal bread and crusty baguette, jams and fruit – all homemade or grown, and accompanied by local honey, farm yogurt and heart-shaped Neufchatel cheese.
In this quaint corner of Haute-Normandie there’s a hectare of grassy gardens and orchards, separated by a tinkling stream that’s crossed by a bridge where you’ll need to dodge the long tendrils of the white willow and hazel to access the footpaths at the end of the garden.
Larger families can take over the whole property – three airy bedrooms overlook a central courtyard – but it’s private enough for a romantic long weekend of gentle pedalling through the villages of the thickly forested valley.