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Shady Retreat

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 6 reviews

Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Wake up to bird song in this stunning, character, self contained gite,set deep in rural French countyside over looking fields. It is spacious, light and airy and ideal for those who just want to get away from it all, with the south of France sunshine.

It has a large seperate bedroom, shower room, living area/kitchenette with english TV and a DVD. There is a small patio where you can eat out and watch the sunset in the evenings. There is also a garden area , where you can relax and sunbathe.

The kitchette is equipped with a small oven, four hob rings and a mircowave so self catering is no problem.

The nearby small village of Saint Blancard offers a shop, two bars and restraurants,and a post office. There is also a leisure centre by the lake where you can swim, play table tennis or BBQ by the lakeside. Or explore the many, weekly markets of the area and taste the delights of France. A beautiful region this area offers lots of interesting places to visit and activities to do so there's something for everyone.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach lakeside 6 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Lourdes/Tarbes, Toulouse, Pau, Nearest railway: Toulouse, or Nearest one is Auch about 40mins away
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Midi-Pyrénées region

The Gers, with it's outstanding natural beauty and rural lifestyle, remains uncommercial and is the hidden secret of the south west.

With a weekly market happening in most of the local villages there is always opportunity to sample the cheeses, fresh pastries, and duck produce, such as foie gras, this region is renowned for.

Simorre with its medieval fortified church, and Auch with its impressive cathedral are just some of the nearby places you can visit. The pyrenees and small mountain villages of Arreau and St Lary Soulan are also great days out. For a more cultural theme there is always Toulouse with it's many museums, art galleries and music events. Or visit Marciac and the famous yearly Jazz festival. The route of the Le Tour De France usually passes nearby on it's way to, and from, the Pyrenees.

Sample the Donkey milk and soap at the nearby farm.......There's so much you can do......

With the warm summer temperatures of this region you can relax, enjoy the sunshine and just soak up the French way of life!


The local village of St Blancard is only a five minute drive away and offers a shop, bar, restaurant, church, and Chateau. There is also a lake and base nautique, in which you can swim and hire canoes. With a sandy beach too, cafe and toilets, this is a great summer destination.

The larger town of Boulogne sur Gesse, 12 kms away, holds a weekly market and has several cafes, bars, supermarkets, cinema and outdoor swimming pool. There is also another lake which hosts a great firework display each summer.

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Review 1-6 of 6

2 Sep 2014


"A wonderful place to stay with warm and welcoming hosts."

I have stayed at Shady Retreat twice now, both times in August - once in 2013, and again this year, 2014. I plan to return again next year, and if I could, would gladly move in permanently.The hosts, … More

14 Aug 2014



we really liked staying at this gìte in the Gers. The accommodation was perfect and the hosts, Sally and Pete very friendly. If you are looking for a quiet place in the countryside, we can recommand … More

1 Jun 2014


"wonderful place to stay"

myself and my husband stayed at the gite for a week in late may, as stated before the accommodation is brilliant and the welcome food package was second to none!the property is rural and is wonderfull… More

30 Aug 2013


"excellent holiday with fantastic hosts!"

arrived after a 13hr drive through france to be met by sally and pete, lovely people who stayed up for us as we arrived at 11.30 at night, helped with bags and settled us into our comfy home from home… More

5 Apr 2013


"An Ideal place to take a break from the city life"

We really enjoyed the peace and quite - a very pleasant gite. The owners were really helpful recommending days out. A real break from the city life and I would highly recommend going this time of year.

25 Mar 2013


"All we expected, swimming, golf, lovely food and wines, excellent"

On arrival we were pleased to see a typical French farmhouse.
Our accommodation was just to the side of the main property. We stayed in June and we spent quite a lot of time swimming and canoeing in the nearby lake. Fishing is also popular there.
We played golf at Masseube Golf Course approximately 15 minutes drive away; a demanding but beautiful golf course, which if you play once you would certainly play again.
On market days Boulogne sur Gesse 15 minutes away gives you the opportunity buy fresh vegetables and bread.
Auch 40 minutes away is a huge market and well worth a visit.
St Blancard town is only 10 minutes away with The Chateau Bar being a good place for a coffee or bite to eat.

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Calendar last updated:26 Oct 2014

Based in France

Languages spoken
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