It’s impossible not to feel happy in this maison de maître (one of several that housed the ribbon weavers of Normandy), set in the fields of the Normandy plains, with a dreamy garden and a cider producer right next door. Breakfast is at one long table and includes freshly-squeezed orange juice, good coffee and delicious pastries.
Your hosts, courteous and charming, will happily tell you about the region, starting with Bernay, 20 minutes away: it has a medieval abbey and the oldest church in Normandy. Cormeilles too is close, a very pretty place with a calvados distillery you can visit. The tours and the tastings are excellent.
This is great walking and cycling territory and criss crossed with quiet roads, so pack up a picnic and discover sleepy villages. Return to a panelled drawing room and lofty bedrooms with handsome windows overlooking the garden and the fields beyond. Peacefulness reigns.