Built in 1800, the very pretty house stands in acres of woods, pastures and landscaped gardens, with outbuildings (the owners’ quarters) and cottage. Footpaths meander to a lovely walled orchard and a pristine kitchen garden complete with hens. Inside are corridors alive with books, five delightful bedrooms, spick and span bathrooms and a sitting room with a log fire – guests are comfortable here. In the panelled dining room, kind Richard and Victoria, both from the catering industry, serve French breakfasts at crisp tables. Domfront on its hill is wonderfully close, very French.