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La Retraite

La Retraite
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La Retraite
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5.0 of 5 stars
18 reviews
La Retraite
rear patio
main lounge
main lounge
main lounge
TV room
dining room
dining room
main bathroom
main bathroom
field at Simoussais
La Ferme Flamande, local restaurant
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Holiday Rental House /
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Surgeres, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
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...
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About the owner, Alan T
Languages spoken: German, English, French
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 5 days ago
Listed since : Apr 2007
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 18 reviews and 1 property
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Listing #HL26603 by: Holiday Lettings
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Nicola W
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

This was a fabulous holiday home.We cannot recommend it highly enough. Alan has gone to great lengths to ensure that your holiday is perfect. The gite is equipped with absolutely everything you could ever need on a family holiday. To say this was a home from home would be an understatement. It was far better than home. Alan provides extensive... more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 25 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We spent a lovely week at La Retraite. The house was spotlessly clean and very well equipped to a high standard. There wasn't anything we needed that wasn't there. The broadband was slightly dodgy but that stopped us all burying our heads in our phones/tablets so in hindsight was a positive. The owner provided use of bikes and there were... more

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Thank you for your kind review. We had a few comments about the wifi over the summer so we have now replaced the router and also have a range extender into the lounge. We have not experienced any interruptions in service since. more

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Michael W
Portishead, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Our group of 6 adults and three toddlers was amply accommodated in La Retraite. The bedrooms are a good size as are all the living rooms, and with three bathrooms there was never a “queue for the loo”. The whole house is lovingly decorated with quirky pieces of artwork. Just about anything you can imagine needing or wanting is there....


  • Balcony
  • Books
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(2)
  • Dining Seats (10)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (12)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Private Outdoor Pool (Heated)
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Secure Parking
  • Shower Rooms (2)
  • Single Beds:(6)
  • Stereo System
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
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Additional amenities & feature info
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/b... more
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Dates Min stay Per week
3 Jan 2016 -
25 Mar 2016
7 nights
26 Mar 2016 -
27 May 2016
7 nights
28 May 2016 -
1 Jul 2016
7 nights
2 Jul 2016 -
2 Sep 2016
7 nights
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How to get there
Airport: La Rochelle: 40.0 km
Railway: Surgeres: 10.0 km
Ferry: St Malo: 350.0 km
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


Many car hire firms operate at La Rochelle airport, including


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
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Water Park Nearby, Watersports Nearby.
Nearby cities
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