The lush garden shelters bees, bantams, sleek cats and a phenomenal variety of shrubs and flowering plants. Monsieur is retired and he looks after all this while Madame tends to their guests, with respect for everyone’s privacy; Madame also offers guidance on hiking, and there’s tennis and fishing nearby. She is an intelligent, active and graceful person, her bedrooms, some under sloping ceilings, are cosily colourful, her bathrooms big and luxurious, her breakfast richly varied. After a jaunt, you can read their books, relax among their lovely antiques or make tea in their breakfast room. The cliffs at Étretat are 20 minutes away.