I don't know who this Mike chap is, but my family & I have stayed at le tilleul three times - twice in the barn (once in the summer - 5 of us and once for Christmas- 6 adults and 1 toddler) and once in la maison de grande mere (summer break for three). Although wer arrived for the first time in daylight, we didn't go cross country from Doue Le Fontaine and stayed on the main road as per instructions and found the property without any difficulty.
Although you are out in the middle of nowhere, you're less than 10 minutes away from everything you need. If you have children with you, a visit to the zoo at Doue is an absolute MUST.
Both gites are stunning, the perfect place to switch off, unwind and chill out. Lovely walks, superb views both in summer and winter
If you are arriving late or on a Sunday (the supermarkets are shut) I can whole heartedly recommend Marcella's meal, ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
My only suggestion I could make is to install wifi into the properties - makes it SO much easier for those of us with our own businesses.