A lovely 18th-century farmhouse, whitewashed and Normandy-beamed, sits in a very pretty garden reached via a door in the wall. Indoors, you find a remarkably fresh, open-plan and modernised interior, with a comfortable sitting room to share.Garden lovers will enjoy visiting Monet’s gardens at Giverny, about 45 minutes’ drive away, or perhaps picturesque Gerberoy; you can walk or cycle around here too. Trains to Paris leave from a nearby station.Return for dinner with your hosts: three courses of classic French cuisine served beside the old farm fireplace. Philippe, the chef, receives much praise. Chantal, a retired teacher, keeps you company.