The lush garden shelters bees, bantams, sleek cats and a phenomenal variety of shrubs and flowering plants. Madame tends to her 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 the lovely antiques or make tea in the breakfast room. The cliffs at Étretat are 20 minutes away.