Down a country lane minutes’ from Honfleur, this modern, arty, brick and timber-clad house is full of light, surrounded by an immense lawned garden with a discreet swimming pool. You sleep in great comfort in fresh, inviting rooms with huge beds and a fascinating array of artwork: watercolours, pastels, photographs, ink drawings. Bathrooms are modern and immaculate. You breakfast continental-style, and generously, with homemade jams and organic honey from the owners’ own hives. Dinner is a treat, too. The big guest sitting room is wonderfully quirky, with a mix of furniture old and new, and the Merciers themselves are delightful.