Unless you’re a total minimalist you’ll feel happy the minute you open the rose-framed front door: there are books and games, antiques, deep armchairs, lovely artworks and a cosy wood-burner for chilly evenings. A simple kitchen has all you need for holiday cooking (with a barbecue outside too) and a welcome pack of basics, plus a bottle of local wine awaits.
Your own gravelled courtyard is shaded by the Linden tree (Le Tilleul) but catches the morning sun – lovely to have a leisurely breakfast or a cup of tea here after a swim. The 10-metre pool is shared occasionally with the owners but still feels very private. You’re welcome to wander out of your French windows to the west-facing rear garden; a peaceful spot with only birdsong to disturb.
Walk along trails through magnificent woodland directly from the cottage, hire bikes, join the Vézelay to Compostela Pilgrims’ Way, sample truffles and foie gras from the local markets along with some glorious wines, feel very French.