People return because it’s fun to stay here with friendly Clive and Denise at the helm – and a long sociable table for superb dinners. Shooting through the centre of this 18th-century farmhouse is a chimney of 4,500 bricks. Clive knows: he built it! Every feature conveys the creativity of your British hosts. Exposed stone walls; an old manger, now a wine rack; Denise’s upholstered coffee table; a doll’s house in the sunny breakfast room. Deeply comfortable bedrooms have hand-sewn fabrics and fine French antiques. Fish in the wooded grounds; join the ancient pilgrims’ walk to Mont St Michel; go canoeing in nearby Thury-Harcourt.