He bakes delicious brioche, she adores birds and will take you to the marches, there are cats, dogs, ducks and plans for horses, and four-year-old Archie to make friends with you. The house, concealed in woods with rolling hill views, dates from the 15th century. Bedrooms, scattered between barn, stables and pigeonnier, are inspired, one with a wall of glass, another with a bedhead of silver birch trunks; beds are big, deep, sumptuous. There’s a restaurant to walk to and a guest kitchen in a rustic-chic extension. Swing in the tree chairs, swim a lap in the pool, wander the woods with a lantern from your room. Magical!