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La Retraite

25 reviews
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Overview
4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
10 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Welcome to our beautiful holiday home in Charente Maritime, France. La Retraite is a traditional Charentaise farmhouse renovated to an exceptionally high standard. It has its own private heated pool and is located in the hamlet of Simoussais which is surrounded by fields of sunflowers during the summer months. Simoussais is just north of the picturesque market town of Surgeres with its choice of bars and restaurants offering everything from good local food to gourmet dining. The outstanding beaches of the Atlantic Coast are only a short drive away as are the beautiful Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron. The totally unspoilt town of La Rochelle with its medieval streets, harbour side restaurants and bars, marina and aquarium is less than 30 minutes away. Sandy beaches, fields of sunflowers, histo...Welcome to our beautiful holiday home in Charente Maritime, France. La Retraite is a traditional Charentaise farmhouse renovated to an exceptionally high standard. It has its own private heated pool and is located in the hamlet of Simoussais which is surrounded by fields of sunflowers during the summer months. Simoussais is just north of the picturesque market town of Surgeres with its choice of bars and restaurants offering everything from good local food to gourmet dining. The outstanding beaches of the Atlantic Coast are only a short drive away as are the beautiful Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron. The totally unspoilt town of La Rochelle with its medieval streets, harbour side restaurants and bars, marina and aquarium is less than 30 minutes away. Sandy beaches, fields of sunflowers, historic towns and excellent restaurants, welcome to La Retraite.More
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About the Owner
Alan T
Languages spoken:German, English, French
Response Rate:95%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2007
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Reviewed 4 July 2019

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Date of stay: June 2019
La R, VR Owner at La Retraite, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2019

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

This farmhouse is stunning and the owners communication throughout was first class. He was very quick to respond and answered all of our questions promptly from first booking to leaving at the end of our holiday. The farmhouse is set in a lovely area and...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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La R, VR Owner at La Retraite, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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Reviewed 9 August 2018

We had a wonderful holiday at La Retraite. We were a large group including five young children. The house is spacious and very well equipped. It felt like a home rather than a rental property. It has lovely extensive gardens and is very secure. The...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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La R, VR Owner at La Retraite, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2018

Thank you for your kind review. It’s nice to hear of guests making use of the bikes. We hope to welcome you again.

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful house and grounds and perfect for a family holiday. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with fabulous decor, and house is v well equipped - with everything we could wish for. Very safe for little ones - our two-year-old loved running around the house (stairgates...More

Date of stay: June 2018
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La R, VR Owner at La Retraite, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you again.

Reviewed 12 July 2018

We have recently returned from a lovely stay at La Retraite with our own family including myself, husband and two children aged 2 and 4 and another family of the same size. We really did have such a lovely time - the accommodation is perfect...More

Date of stay: June 2018
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La R, VR Owner at La Retraite, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
Water Park Nearby
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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La Retraite is a traditional Charentaise farmhouse sympathetically renovated to an exceptionally high standard. It retains original features and stonework and has been beautifully decorated and furnished in a contemporary manner. The house can be cosy for two but can easily sleep up to ten plus two infants. The house has full central heating making it ideal for winter breaks. La Retraite has a large lounge with leather sofas and chairs arranged around an original working fireplace (logs provided for winter lets). This room has a quality CD Stereo system and numerous board games.Next door, the separate TV room has a DVD player and Playstation 2 (with a good choice of DVDs and games). English HD TV and radio are available through the Satellite system on the 42inch flatscreen TV.The kitchen/breakfast room incorporates a fully fitted fridge and separate freezer, a glass induction hob, sizeable oven and dishwasher. The kitchen can seat up to seven people if desired.The independent dining room contains a bespoke table which seats ten, there is also an additional sofa here overlooking the garden.Upstairs La Retraite has four large bedrooms, two of which contain king size beds. There is a twin bedded room and a room containing a set of bunks and two single beds. All the bedrooms have shutters and blinds and due to the thick walls are cool even in the height of summer. There are also two cots and two highchairs at the property free for your use.Also upstairs is a large bathroom incorporating a freestanding bath with separate walk in shower. Two sinks are set into the tiled unit opposite. There are two further shower rooms/WCs, one upstairs and another situated downstairs next to the laundry room which contains a washing machine, separate tumble dryer and ironing board/iron for your use.
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About the neighbourhood
Surgeres is a picturesque market town just to the south of La Retraite. It has a wide choice of restaurants, supermarkets, shops and banks. It has a beautifully restored and preserved old walled town rich in architectural heritage and boasts a manor house and XV1c chateau. The colourful covered market (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) offers a plentiful supply of local produce including the butter for which Surgeres is famous. The town has a cinema, sports centre with tennis courts, and open air swimming pool. La Rochelle is a beautiful old town less than half hour away. It is an excellent place to visit, either for a day, an afternoon, or just an evening at any time of the year. It has hundreds of restaurants to choose from ranging from quayside bistros offering moules and frites to th...
How to get there
Fly to La Rochelle airport, La Retraite is an easy 25 minute drive from the airport. Cheap flights are available from various uk airports through www.ryanair.com www.easyjet.com www.flybe.com Many car hire firms operate at La Rochelle airport, including www.hertz.co.uk www.europcar.com www.budget.co.uk www.auto-europe.co.uk Driving times from ferry ports/eurotunnel: St Malo 3 1/2 hours Caen 4 hours Roscoff 4 1/2 hours Cherbourg 5 hours Calais 6 1/2 hours
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