Heaven for horse-lovers: two large, bright, smart gites at either end of a converted coach house, with stabling in between. The friendly Holfords live in the adjoining main house on their showcase 18th-century stud farm. They are Australian and English, both vets and thoroughly hands-on with their 100-or-so well bred show jumpers. Watch them training and stroll in the impressive gardens: formal French, with lily pond and carp lake. There are also two tennis courts, a games room, and a covered (unheated) swimming pool. Indoors all is impeccable too: the look: classic, sober and uncluttered. Sturdy mahogany sleigh beds have beautifully puffed-up duvets and both French and English pillows. Attic ‘dormitory’ singles are snug under slanting beams and skylights. Almé, with spectacular overhead carpentry, has a spacious kitchen/diner and a separate sitting area looking out of arched windows. Baloubet has a first floor triple-aspect kitchen/diner leading to a balcony with more lush Normandy country views. Nearby markets provide the wherewithal to exercise the excellent kitchen kit. Major sights surround you.