Secluded rooms with views over rooftops and (from many windows) sparkling seas are a traveller’s joy. Add a cultured hostess, a 15th-century manoir, delectable dining and a fire in the grate and you have a dash of French magic. Through pale stone arches serenity awaits, genteel apéritifs ushering in five-course dinners that showcase local lobster, sea bass or oysters. Sophie Véron provides spare wellies and captivating conversation, her fashion career informs her calm interiors – a rare mix of charm and luxury – and history resonates through every room, be they in the house or across the courtyard. Try Sénéchal’s Japanese zinc shower or linger in the roll-top bath of the three-bedroom’d Seigneurie; then snuggle into fluffy robes and watch the waves. In white tranquillity, Mahogany links with sweet Prairie, the twin – but note that, when taken separately, the latter is reached via a steep ladder stair from its private shower on the ground floor. Downstairs, library armchairs and a scullery kitchen offer rest and refreshment. Stroll to Coutainville and look at the boats.