The estate’s handsome buildings span the 16th to the 19th centuries, and sit amid lush lawns and trees in bucolic Normandy countryside. The old stones and wood beams breathe elegance and a light-filled reception room, with its fireplace, books and chessboard, sets the welcoming tone. You’ll be well looked after by gentle, multilingual hosts Hugues and Camille – and by talented chef Magalie, who serves creative four-course menus on advance reservation. The French concept of ‘cocooning’ floats through eleven fresh rooms and suites spread over two buildings and themed in imaginative colours like rose pink, honey orange and mimosa yellow. Accessible ‘lime green’ room has a suntrap terrace, while others are upstairs, with two cute ‘cocoon’ rooms with open baths under steeply sloping eaves. You can pamper yourself in modern granite bathrooms, and make full use of the basement wellness area with its steam and sauna cabins, and showers enhanced by light and music. The surrounding forested countryside offers walking, cycling and horse-riding, golf in 18-hole courses and an aquatic complex in Louviers.