I've left writing the review until the security deposit has been returned as there was slight confusion at the time of arrival. I booked via T A who asked for the security deposit of 300 euros with the balance payment. The man who have us the keys wasn't aware of this and a few phone calls had to be made to clarify. On departure we were told that it would be returned. According to the terms and conditions TA wait 10 days after departure in case of damage. I'm happy to say that on day 10, I received an email to say that the refund was being processed and 2 days later, it was received.
So, the cottage was the gate house to the chateau and is approached up a track and thorough electronic gates for which you are given the code.
It's basically furnished although the shower was excellent as were the cooker and the washing machine. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, with one leading straight off the other. In this one there are 2 single beds and in the other, there is a double bed, a single bed and a cot. My only criticism is that there is virtually no storage space and we lived out of our suitcases. There is a wardrobe but that is it. My suggestion would be to get rid of the single bed in the main room and store the cot until it is needed and put some drawers in the bedroom.
Outside is mainly lawn overlooking fields and the sun is off this by early evening so most nights, we took our wine and chairs and sat overlooking the lake watching the sun go down.
Although you are in the chateau grounds, at no time did we feel overlooked by people looking around.
It is very secluded and dark at night- take a torch.
You are about 15 minutes from Blois and only 30 from chateaux such as Chambord, Amboise and Cheverny.
There is a large Auchan hypermarket 10 minutes away but this is closed on Sunday.
Nice and relaxing and would recommend.
We booked very last minute and the communication with the staff was excellent. We then arrived late (due to delays crossing the Channel) and they arranged for the caretaker to meet us at the cottage for the key exchange. The cottage is situated up a gravel track and is therefore away from the main town. There are no street lights so there is plenty of opportunity to watch the sunsets over the grounds of the chateau and observe the wild life. We saw deer and wild boar in the corn fields that border the garden. The house is basic but very well stocked with a very comfortable huge bed and luxury bedding and there was an excellent shower in the ground floor bathroom. We were really impressed with the SMEG induction hob and oven and the seemingly new washing machine. Upstairs the main bedroom leads on to the room with a twin bed in it. The main room has excellent views of the corn fields and the other room has views onto the estate. The chateau was well worth the trip with the tour guide. We were really well situated to visit many of the top chateau's in the region too. Celletts village is a little busy with the main road at present, but a bypass is just about to be finished. The local baker was great, as was the local goats cheese and honey. We stayed with our dog and she was in her element in the secure enclosed back garden and cottage. We enjoyed playing boule in the garden most nights as well as having a BBQ. As with most cottages in France, you are expected to clean the place well when you leave (Hoover, mop, dust, etc). We would highly recommend and would definitely return.
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