Donkeys to stroke, bicycles to hire and ponies to ride: families will be in clover. It’s authentic and unpretentious here; many guests stop on their way south – you’re just a short hop from the motorway but the feel is very quiet and rural.Friendly Norbert-André is a good cook and you can all eat together or at single tables if you prefer; cheeses are local, vegetables are just-picked, banquets can be arranged. He also organises temporary exhibitions of local art in the salon and dining room.Stroll through the parkland surrounding the house; visit the swans in the pond or the farm animals. Saddle up one of the horses and enjoy a guided trek – for a day or even two – or you can hike or cycle. Historic Abbeville is a ten-minute drive and the coast with lovely Bay of the Somme nature reserve is half an hour.