Madeleine – energetic, vivacious – welcomes you with interesting conversation and a fine dinner table dressed in silver. Set back from the road behind fence and clipped hedge are three immaculate, classically furnished bedrooms: books and fresh flowers, a calvados nightcap on the landing.
There’s a conservatory for breakfast with long, lovely views, a cosy front room for relaxing, drinks in the garden and French suppers in the dining room.
You can walk from the door to the fairy-tale château of Mesnières-en-Bray, pedal along the Avenue Verte through rich farmland, visit local gardens or take bracing clifftop walks along the Normandy coast. Monet’s dreamy landscapes, Dieppe, Rouen, Somme, Honfleur: all are wonderfully close.