Donkeys to stroke, bicycles to hire and ponies to ride: horsey folk and families will be in clover. Surrounded by wooded parkland, the red-brick building with a limestone trim started life as a holiday house; later its ground floor was extended. In the 1950s the Cuveliers moved in, adding paddocks and a pond for swans, deeply traditional decoration with strong colours and some ornate oh-so-French flourishes. Today there are six large bedrooms for guests, with solid oak floors and rugs, bedspreads plain or toile de Jouy, and furniture in Louis XV style. Two-tone panelling graces the first-floor rooms while those above have sloping ceilings and a beam or two. Bathrooms are hotel-perfect with double basins of mottled marble. Norbert-André, who managed stud pacers in Australia, has come home to cook and does a grand job, at one convivial table, or single tables if preferred. Cheeses are local, vegetables are just-picked, banquets can be arranged. Saddle up and enjoy a guided trek – for a day or even two. Lovely friendly people, perfect peace and 15 horses to ride.