“A comfortable Gite in a superb area, close to Chablis and beautiful surrounding area” La Poterne is in a small village with no shops so important to arrive with some essential supplies. Owner Karen was waiting for us to arrive - we appreciated the "welcome" of a few "goodies", especially for breakfast the next morning. The bakery van doesn't arrive until nearly lunch time! Karen most helpful with places to visit and good, value for money restaurants, but half the fun is discovering for yourself.
The Gite suitable for one or two adults + 2 very small children - watch out for low ceilings!
This traditional stone and timber gite in the small rural village of Stigny was the perfect place to unwind for a few days. Even if we had been unable to venture out, it would have been conducive to curling up on a sofa or cushion and working one's way through the well stocked bookcase.
However, the weather was excellent and we enjoyed visiting some of the beautiful medieval villages and towns in the vicinity as well as chateaux and abbeys, enjoying the pretty rolling countryside as we drove around. So this would be a good base too for walkers and cyclists with plenty of paths and waterways to follow.
The gite was equipped with everything we needed. We were lucky enough to be able to take all our meals outside in the secluded garden both breakfast and barbecuing in the evening - using meat from the excellent charcuterie in Ancy le Franc, other shops supplying all our other needs. On more inclement days eating in the candlelit dining room would have been atmospheric, too. Certainly an excellent place to store wine purchases!
Karen, our host, had supplied a very useful list of suggestions for dining out. Those we used were good value and we had a memorable final evening meal chez Mme Priure, at L'Auberge de la Baume, Balot.
Indeed Karen was a helpful, friendly, charming host, a lady who has immersed herself in the life of this village. We felt we could have asked her anything.
I would imagine this gite would be a perfect place of tranquility for anyone wanting to study or write.
Our only regret was that we were there a little to early to avail ourselves of the cherries which were ripening on the tree overhanging the garden. We will have to time it better next time!
Jenny Elcombe …