Thursday, 19 September 2019

Charity Cottage

John and Rosy Rabson's home from home in the Morvan in rural France

Why Charity Cottage? Well, it offers visitors a holiday home from home with the added satisfaction of helping a worthwhile charity – because every penny goes to a charity caring for UK veterans who have been traumatised by their harrowing experiences during their Service career. Click to find out more here.

The Morvan is a breathtakingly beautiful Parc Naturel et Régional in rural Burgundy – think of the Dales with better roads and fewer crowds. It is here that we settled in 2005. Read all about it at Scrabble and bridge building in Burgundy . In 2012 we put the finishing touches to Charity Cottage in our garden at Maré le Bas, a pretty hamlet between Corbigny and Lormes and equidistant between the Channel and the Mediterranean. Click on A French cottage, a digger and a missing cedilla to read our story.

The Morvan offers many pleasant places to stay – try the Parc du Morvan Tourist Office for places and prices. You will not find Charity Cottage there, however, because we do not want to attract clients away from anyone who runs a gîte or B & B as a business.

Charity Cottage sleeps up to seven, with a spacious double bedroom and double and single sofa beds in the living area and an upstairs twin-bedded room and study. There is a shower room and loo, a kitchenette, and crockery, cutlery and glassware for six people.

Everything a discerning guest would expect is provided, plus everything they would hope for but would be unlikely to find in a commercial holiday home.

There are the obvious things like private parking, a microwave, garden furniture, a hair-dryer, towels and tissues.

There are also the twiddly bits like a sewing kit, umbrellas, books, a hot water bottle, a radio, writing materials and tourist information with suggestions for local shops and eateries.

When you arrive you will find a welcome pack  together with local bread, butter, milk and eggs.

We have installed a heat pump so the cottage is usable in all seasons. We also offer free Wifi on the patio of the main house (it is iffy in the cottage). For those interested in radio, there is plenty of space for antennas (even for 136 kHz).

If you book this property through French Connections ( we ask GBP300 per week. For details of other properties they deal with please go to After overheads everything goes as a donation to Combat Stress.

UK taxpayers may be able to take advantage of Gift Aid, which is the nearest thing we know to a present from the taxman.

Read more about the Morvan in general and the Rabsons' activities in particular on Expat focus

Like Bilbo Baggins, we are fond of visitors and we look forward to meeting you. You may contact us at