Unwind on a 15-acre estate – the owners live next door – in immaculate solitude. Overlooking parkland and lake, this commanding Italianate mansion has the right ingredients (pillars, portico, marble fireplaces) to give you grand ideas, yet is run with a light, friendly touch. Large lofty bedrooms, uncarpeted, uncluttered, are hotel-spotless in muted colours and the suite has its own balcony. You wake to delicious breakfasts at private tables in a light-flooded dining room with white walls and polished parquet, and you can stroll into town for dinner. With the A26 close by, this is a really nice stopover en route to Calais.