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We stayed at this cottage over the New Year and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage was very warm and cosy, well equipped and comfortable. There was a good selection of items in the cupboard to save us getting everything we needed, i.e. salt, pepper, toilet rolls, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and so on...... we only needed to buy the main ingredients for our meals, this was a first for us in all the cottages we have stayed in over many years. Thank you Jackie you have been so helpful and generous.
The village is pretty, there is a small supermarket (although this was closed all the time we were there) a couple of bars and easy access to the Loire. 4 miles away is an Auchan supermarket at La Charite which again is a lovely town on the banks of the Loire. Sancerre is a must town to visit. This cottage is an ideal base to explore this lovely area.
We had a really enjoyable week staying at 'La Chouette'. The property worked very well for a family group of two couples and one baby. It was lovely having the main refurbished farmhouse with its excellent open plan and modern kitchen, dining and living space, as well as the cute 'piggery' perfect for two people to retire to or to have a bit of privacy.
The property has lots of space inside and out, and we loved sharing meals at the large tables, playing in the games barn and enjoying the terrace with bbq. Having the garden back right onto farms and countryside is fantastic and we enjoyed the peace, quiet and sunsets, as well as watching the antics of the local wildlife - cows, horses, chickens, geese, goats, donkey, bats, swallows and other birds. The only downside was the pesky flies but you are in the countryside!
Moulins-Engilbert is extremely handy to have so nearby. It has everything you need and even towards the end of the season when a few places were already closed up, always seemed bustling with people frequenting the local shops and bars. The Morvan is pretty, fairly sleepy and good for a relaxing getaway. If you enjoy walking, there's plenty nearby and we visited some places within the Morvan and further afield (45 mins - 1 hour 15 mins) such as the lakes, Vezelay and Autun.
Pets are not allowed at the property but the owners do have a dog which was staying just prior to us arriving. Worth considering if allergies is a concern.
Smooth booking and good communication with the owners and in-country support/house-keeping. We'd recommend.