In a small village off the Le Havre-Rouen road, in the grounds of a 19th-century mansion, is a two-storey, half-timbered, semi-detached cottage, immaculately built in regional style. And you may share the owner’s garden, with its sweeping driveway, barbecue, magnificent copper beech and tall cedar; Patsy is a mine of information on the area and has even been a Normandy guide. Inside is a tile-floored, L-shaped living room with pale walls, new furniture and good sofabed, pretty Italian prints, a generous quantity of books, and French windows opening to a glass-sided terrace with views over the Seine: watch boats and tankers drift by. The kitchen sparkles with brand new everything, along with Spode and willow-pattern china, and the shower room is modern and impeccable. Upstairs are two sweet simple rooms, bright with skylights and double-glazed dormer windows. Linen, heating and a grocery pack are included, and there are bikes to borrow for riverside jaunts. Don’t miss Rouen, city of culture; Madame Bovary amused herself there, and so will you.