Efficient anglophile Steve and his young wife Emilie run a happy ship. You couldn’t fail to feel well cared for: spotless and well-equipped bedrooms, leather sofas in the bar and a personal trainer in the gym. The cosy, woody reception sets the tone, flaunting all the beams, joists, exposed stones and wafer-brick walls you’d expect from a restored farmhouse with outbuildings. Bedrooms are in the stable wing, some off a raftered corridor upstairs, some at ground level. All have old timbers, attractive repro country furniture, comfy armchairs, writing desks and immaculate bathrooms. The bar, which has an English pubby feel, serves very decent food (there’s also a super pizzeria/grill in the courtyard), the lounge is snug with plants, piano and pool table and the breakfast room is a treat: red-clothed tables on a stone floor and a big stone fireplace crackling with logs. A shame to stay just a night, there’s so much to see in the area, from the 24-hour race at Le Mans to the 14th-century château at Carrouges. And you could squeeze in a round of mini-golf before breakfast. Friendly people, excellent value.