So easy to settle in to this friendly family home-with-everything, in peaceful countryside an hour and a half from Paris. It’s an ancient, L-shaped, fortified farmhouse built mainly of field stone with weathered terracotta roofing. And it has stacks of French country charm indoors, in tiled and wooden floors, apparent brickwork and beams; a huge, sitting room fireplace; comfortable beds of all sorts (from iron to sleigh via Louis XV); other antique and vintage pieces and a patchwork of oriental rugs. The hub of the house is the bright kitchen/dining room which lacks nought. There’s also a billiards room and a giant music/playroom with guitars, a Broadwood grand piano and vinyl records. It would have to rain for a month before you’d make a dent in the 70+ board games stashed in the cupboards. The garden’s big and fun too with swings, trampoline, boulodrome, ping-pong and barbecue. Tuesday is market day in the local town; goat’s cheese is produced in the village; the London to Paris cycle route runs nearby. It’s an hour’s drive to Rouen and the pretty thermal town of Forges-les-Eaux is nearby.