The lane runs out at La Cahudière – into the peace and quiet of rolling folds and deep country. A family venture, this 100-year-old stone farmhouse with hay barn has been converted into two adjacent gîtes. Window boxes brim with colour, butterflies come for the peach trees, you may gather the fruit. There are white walls and new pine, shuttered windows, pastel fabrics and tiled floors. Wood-burners give winter warmth, thick walls keep you cool in summer, pretty bedrooms are spotless and have check curtains, cane furniture, good beds. There are big double rooms for adults and compact twin and bunk rooms for children. Sit out in front and watch the cattle graze; spot deer in the woods. It’s great for families: a new pool with decked area (all yours if you book both gites), tennis and fishing nearby, satellite TV and a video/DVD library for cosy nights in. Children have space to run around in safely and there’s a private patio for each gîte. The village, a drive away, has good little shops and a restaurant for lunch. Mont St Michel is within striking distance; Cancale, a pretty coastal town, is known for its oysters.