Tuck yourself away in a secluded picture-postcard cottage in the Normandy countryside, just 35 minutes from seaside destinations like Honfleur and Deauville and a short 2 hours from Paris. Enjoy the English-garden-style grounds, which also boast apple and pear trees, a full potager (kitchen garden), and a handful of gentle animal residents (horses, alpacas, bunnies and birds in the aviary) in its gentleman's farm. Grill and dine alfresco on the private patio, surrounded by roses, and grapevines.
Cozy up by the oversized wood-burning fireplace. A five-minute drive away is the charming small town of Épaignes, where you can fetch lunch, go antiquing, or load up on provisions when the outdoor market is on.
The owner, a fully bilingual French-English native Parisian who lives on the property, will give you complete privacy but is nearby if you need anything, from directions to a restaurant recommendation — she’s even available for babysitting.
Interaction with guests
I can be discret if need, of course.