As you wind down the lane and look out over the Vire valley you’ll know you are in a serene spot. Right on the riverbank, your two old stone houses are ideal for a close group of friends or family, with plenty of space to relax. Delightful owners David and Katie have owned the property for over 25 years and know the area inside out, and a local lady is on hand should you need anything. La Maison is traditionally furnished, with rugs from the east, while Le Moulin’s style is more contemporary. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood their open plan living spaces with light, and airy bedrooms have firm mattresses and spotless shower rooms (some en suite). For real luxury, go for the huge double in La Maison with its canopied bed and plush fabrics. With the river so close keen canoeists and fishing enthusiasts will be happy, and everyone will have fun in the two rowing boats. Walk or cycle along the towpath, try out the velo rail or take a trip to Mont St Michel and the D Day beaches. Return to rustle up dinner in one of the practical kitchens, eat around La Maison’s huge dining table and then flop down by a roaring fire.