This peaceful ‘Manoir’ is a harmonious home surrounded by parkland and field. Set in a small village, it was built in 1928 to replace a château destroyed in WWI; the Vimy War Memorial is close by. Light pours in through Art Deco windows and interiors have been enhanced by Madame’s modern good taste. Sofas face a cosy log-burner in the monumental hall, bedrooms are immaculate (satin sheets, electric shutters, smart antiques). On the first floor you can step out onto a terrace and sit in the sun, enjoying the view over the park. Wake to wonderful breakfasts with plenty of choice at a table set with porcelain: charcuterie and cheese from local farms, yogurt, jam, homemade cake and juice, viennoiserie, freshly-baked bread, cereals and fruits. Light dinners are served on a tray in your bedroom or sometimes in the hall in front of the fire – or it’s just a five-minute drive to a restaurant. Charming hosts offer bikes and umbrellas; Arras with its famous Grand Place is 15 minutes’ drive; historic, lively Lille, with its clutch of botanical gardens to roam, is half an hour. It’s a luxurious stopover en route to Calais too.