Roses thrive in a circular bed near the doorway of this pretty 15th-century farm cottage with sweeping views. Walk straight in to a spacious, sunny living room (windows on both sides) with Welsh ash floorboards, a double sofa and deep armchairs covered in throws, a cosy wood-burner for chilly evenings, contemporary furniture, rugs on the floor and original artworks on the walls, some by the owners. French windows open onto a terrace: enjoy your coffee and croissant here each morning and revel in the views. A light and bright kitchen has all you need for holiday cooking. Whitewashed double bedrooms are on the third floor: find sandblasted beams, antique trunks and French armoires; the second floor mezzanine has a small sitting room for escapees with a book. There are two bathrooms – downstairs is a modern shower and upstairs – mind your head – lots of exposed beams and a freestanding claw foot tub. Wander the pretty garden, jump in a cool swimming lake nearby, visit Le Mans for exciting racing, pick up food and antiques in local markets. Return to peace and quiet.