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Review of Maison Watershed

Watershed ( with conservatory) from the canal. Lock-keepers cottage at canalside, 16 locks in 3Km
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Watershed ( with conservatory) from the canal. Lock-keepers cottage at canalside, 16 locks in 3Km
Open plan lounge with dining area and breakfast bar, elevated views over canal, woodburner & DVD Kitchen area with lounge beyond breakfast bar,modern equipment housed in old french furniture
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Watershed ( with conservatory) from the canal. Lock-keepers cottage at canalside, 16 locks in 3Km
Open plan lounge with dining area and breakfast bar, elevated views over canal, woodburner & DVD
Kitchen area with lounge beyond breakfast bar,modern equipment housed in old french furniture
D/ bedroom with shower room leading to 2nd D/bedroom with extra single bed, both overlooking canal
Conservatory, views of canal & towpath, constant entertainment,eat inside or in adjacent courtyard
Rear patio accessed from Kitchen, shade until mid-afternoon, calm and with forest views.
Watershed from the short walk over the lock gates, over 'la rigolle', and back via the bridge,15min
Mist over Lock 1, lovely walk down 16 locks over 3Km or in the other direction via tunnels to Baye
Sunset (from the main room), calm returns after a busy day, perfect time for a stroll
Boat leaving lock 1,hire a bike from Baye, Clamecy(north) & Chatillon(south) are a days outing
On board on the canal, hire a boat from Baye(3Km) or cruise on the restaurant boat from there.
Searching for bargains, there are many local car boot/village fetes often with food in the summer.
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Corbigny, Nievre, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte

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Criticala
Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A memorable experience”
Reviewed 4 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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The property is spacious and airy. The ground floor comprises a conservatory and a games room with two settees, a table tennis table and a good supply of logs for the wood-burners. There is also a book case with a supply of books and a pack of playing cards. The first floor living area is open plan, offering an extensive and well equipped kitchen and a good sized lounge area which comfortably seats five people. The view over the canal is stunning and even in October there were quite a few boats passing through the locks. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side so we were unable to sit out for our meals, but there is a secluded area at the rear of the first floor with table, chairs and a barbecue.

As there were only two of us we used the main bedroom which was pleasant and there was plenty of drawer space and a very attractive hanging rail with scope for storing shoes and other bits and bobs. The shower room is off the main bedroom and the second bedroom is entered from the main bedroom (we were informed that this is quite common in France). The second bedroom contains a double and a single bed, a dresser and a large wardrobe.

There was plenty of information on interesting places to visit provided in the house, and the lock-keeper’s wife (who lives opposite) guided us to places that suited our particular needs. As an avid photographer with a love of wildlife the canals and nearby lakes provided a wonderful opportunity to view and photograph Egrets, Herons and even a Wren. We also had fun trying to catch some shots of the many Buzzards that sit on the telegraph poles close to Maison Watershed.

It took a little while to adjust to the shops opening hours as they are very different to ours in the UK. A friendly baker delivers three mornings a week in Port Brûlé enabling us to savour fresh baguettes and croissants for breakfast. Corbigny, just over 6 miles away became a regular food shopping jaunt while we were in Port Brûlé, and is a gratifying place to visit with its quaint shops and numerous irresistible pâtisseries. On Fridays there is a street market offering some mouth watering delicacies.

Eating out was a bit hit and miss, partly because many places were closed for the season and partly because not being fluent in French we could not understand the menus. We did, however, find one memorable restaurant in the back of beyond at Decize where the food, attention to detail and service were superb. Unfortunately, the name escapes us at the moment, but there is a car park and school directly opposite it. Dining here proved conclusively to us that French cooking is an art, and had our stay been longer we would definitely have returned there.

Would we return to Maison Watershed? Yes, but probably a bit earlier than October. My husband was disappointed with the weather as he thought heading south would extend our summer. Yet going late did have its advantages in that we had no problems with parking, it was peaceful, calming, relaxing and a delight to enjoy a slower pace of life. The roads in France are a joy to travel, the scenery is magnificent and what struck us most was that we could view the picturesque countryside without hedges obstructing our view and we did not have to fight for a parking space or pay for parking! As soon as we got off the ferry at Dover on our homeward journey we knew we were back in the rat-race.

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Neil P
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A little gem”
Reviewed 2 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We spent a thoroughly enjoyable week on the Canal du Nivernais at Port Brule in this property. We have spent holidays in most parts of France over the years and have become quite fond of Burgundy. This is a special location - very little motor traffic on the restricted canalside road but plenty of interest from passing boats, walkers and cyclists. The history of the canal which was built to connect the Loire and the Seine with the original intention of floating timber from the forests in the west, to Paris, is fascinating and Port Brule is at the highest point - downstream in both directions: towards the Seine is the beautiful tree-lined 'Sardy Ladder' of 16 locks - enough for a gentle walk with plenty of interest; towards the Seine there are three tunnels and the deep manmade gorges of Les voûtes de la Collancelle. The whole system is topped up with water brought into Port Brule along another feeder canal from the River Yonne. We hired an electric boat from Baye for an afternoon and did the round trip to Port Brule and back to experience the canal, its tunnels and the 'voûtes' from water level.

Corbigny, about 10km away, is a pleasant small market town with a range of good local food and wine as well as a couple of supermarkets. It was extremely busy and lively when the market was operating. We were lucky to catch internationally renowned jazz musician Manu Katché performing in the local music festival on our first weekend.

The wider area has good walking and lots of history to explore. The Romanesque churches of Burgundy would take weeks to do justice to. We took enjoyable trips to Vezelay and La Charité-sur-Loire.

The property itself is unusual and charming. The little shady patio at first floor level at the rear gave us respite from the sun during the heat of the day and we ate all our meals outside, watching the swallows swooping in and out of the basement. The first floor living room / kitchen is spacious and attractive and gives good views out over the canal. The sleeping accommodation is comfortable and the shower room was clean and functional. We were a family party of three. The fact that the second bedroom is accessed through the first, might not suit everyone but worked well for us. We even enjoyed an evening's table tennis in the ground floor reception room.

A unique and delightful spot which I have no hesitation in recommending.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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