Monsieur found this ancient, grand farmhouse derelict and has lavished huge attention on it. He’s done it immaculately, from re-roofing and installing geothermal underfloor heating, to creating smart, comfortable and historically themed bedrooms and bathrooms; the Louis XIII-style four-poster is exemplary. Formal family portraits hang in the huge living room – gen up on things local and play the piano. Fresh breakfasts come from the open-plan kitchen. Pedal the cycle path to Dinan; you’re on the outskirts of Pleurtuit, a couple of miles from Dinard and can lounge peacefully in the lawned garden, or immerse yourself in the hedge maze.