Your nearest larger town to the cottages is Ligueil (you'll have fun trying to pronounce this!) which is only 10 mins (9km) away. They have a small market here on a Monday morning. The town itself is very pleasant with a nice mix of cafés, restaurants, and bars.
The Church of St. Martin was founded here in the 12th century but little remains of the original building. It was rebuilt in the 15th century. The town grew up around the church with the monks of St. Martin de Tours taking charge of its development.
The town takes great pride in its floral displays which are maintained throughout the summer months to brighten up its public areas.
There is a supermarket in the town - as you enter it you will come to roundabout, turn left here in the direction of Descartes and it is a few hundred metres on your right. Don't go between 12.30 and 2.30! It is open on Sunday, mornings only.