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La Retraite

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

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.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: La Rochelle 40 km, Nearest railway: Surgeres 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

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.

Further details outdoors

The front and rear gardens are laid to lawn and fully enclosed, and are therefore extremely safe for young children.

Outdoor tables and chairs are available in both gardens.

We now have a 10m x 5m private heated swimming pool. The pool is in its own walled garden area with lockable gated access for safety reasons. The pool has a large terrace with sunloungers and a decked area with pergola for shade.

Behind the garden gates there is secure parking for two or three cars. In the barn there is a large barbecue and a number of bicycles for guests use.

If additional bicycles are needed these can be hired in Surgeres

Further details

La Retraite is available on the basis of a Saturday to Saturday changeover with a 4pm arrival time and 10am departure time. This allows the house to be fully cleaned and tidied before your arrival.

A welcome pack of provisions will await you offering:

bread

butter

cheese

tea

coffee

milk

water

beer

bottle of wine

Local supermarkets in Mauze and Surgeres are open until 7pm Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9am to 1pm. There are a number of shops including boulangeries, charcuterie and a newsagent selling English newspapers in Mauze just a few minutes drive away.

All pillows, duvets, bed linen, bath towels, hand towels and tea towels are provided and there are hairdryers available.

The laundry room contains a washing machine, separate tumble dryer and ironing board/iron for your use.

There are two cots and two highchairs at the property.

Cool bags, ice packs and plastic picnic ware are available for your use.

A barbecue and a number of bicycles are located in the barn.

There are guide books/tourist information and restaurant recommendations in the bottom of the upstairs bookcase.

All utility bills are included in the rental price.

A babysitting/child minding service is available, please contact the owners for details

The Poitou-Charentes/Vendee region

The Charente Maritime boasts the second longest hours of sunshine in France after the Cote D’Azur and summer here seems to stretch from April to October. With over 70 beaches to enjoy you will rarely feel crowded and you can almost have the place to yourself out of high season. The local seafood (oysters, mussels, crab and fish) is always fresh and plentiful and there are many good local wines, pineau and cognac to accompany your meal.

Surgeres

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 the Michelin** restaurant Coutanceau recognised as one of the best restaurants on the Atlantic Coast.

La Rochelle comes in two equally alluring halves. The old port is full with yachts and guarded by medieval defensive towers, while the town centre has delicatessens and classy boutiques under the covered arcades of Renaissance houses and a colourful morning fish market.

During the summer months there is street theatre every day and a craft market alongside the port most evenings, when the roads are closed to traffic to make space for performers, craftspeople and artists.

La Rochelle houses Europe's largest marina on the Atlantic Coast and a fabulous aquarium. Its beautiful parks are worth a visit and the famous yellow cycles can be hired free of charge for the first 2 hours all year round. Boat trips are available from the Old Harbour, lasting a few hours, half a day or a full day to the islands of Re, Aix and Oleron.

Please see owner's website for full details of local information and activities.

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23 Jul 2014

5/5

"Absolutely perfect!"

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. The garage houses lots of bikes of varying sizes and a good selection of outdoor and pool based toys for the children. Inside the house there is a cupboard full of toys.

The kitchen is stocked with a huge selection of crockery and cutlery plus a whole cupboard full children's utensils. There was enough to enable us to only use the dishwasher every couple of days.

We ate most of our meals at the huge dining table on the patio area and the dining room houses an equally impressive dining table which we used for breakfast most days and a couple of times when the evenings were a bit cooler. The highlight of our stay was a marvellous meal of fresh fish bought in Surgeres and cooked on the BBQ – none of us had ever tasted fish quite like it!

The garden was perfect – shady bits for those not so keen on the sun and open areas for those who wanted to 'fry' themselves. The pool is a good size for adults and children, although even the 'shallow end' was too deep for our three year old – which did not really matter because he spent the entire holiday throwing himself off the edge and into the water!

An electric gate makes the garden totally secure so you don't have to worry about the little ones wandering off.

The small town of Mauze is just 3km away and houses a perfectly good Inter Marche supermarket. For a bigger selection (not to mention the the biggest selection of wines that any of us had ever seen) the trip to E Leclerc in Surgeres is well worth the effort and is only about 10 – 12 km away.

All in all a wonderful holiday. The owners deserve full credit for providing such a wonderful place to stay – thank you Alan.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. The garage houses lots of bikes of varying sizes and a good selection of outdoor and pool based toys for the children. Inside the house there is a cupboard full of toys.

The kitchen is stocked with a huge selection of crockery and cutlery plus a whole cupboard full children's utensils. There was enough to enable us to only use the dishwasher every couple of days.

We ate most of our meals at the huge dining table on the patio area and the dining room houses an equally impressive dining table which we used for breakfast most days and a couple of times when the evenings were a bit cooler. The highlight of our stay was a marvellous meal of fresh fish bought in Surgeres and cooked on the BBQ – none of us had ever tasted fish quite like it!

The garden was perfect – shady bits for those not so keen on the sun and open areas for those who wanted to 'fry' themselves. The pool is a good size for adults and children, although even the 'shallow end' was too deep for our three year old – which did not really matter because he spent the entire holiday throwing himself off the edge and into the water!

An electric gate makes the garden totally secure so you don't have to worry about the little ones wandering off.

The small town of Mauze is just 3km away and houses a perfectly good Inter Marche supermarket. For a bigger selection (not to mention the the biggest selection wines that any of us had ever seen) the trip to E Leclerc in Surgeres is well worth the effort and is only about 10 – 12 km away.

All in all a wonderful holiday. The owners deserve full credit for providing such a wonderful place to stay – thank you Alan.

21 Jul 2014

5/5

"A very comfortable and stylish property"

A beautiful restored property with a tasteful interior ,excellent grounds with heated pool a great place to chill

30 Jun 2014

5/5

"My only regret is that I didn't book again this year"

Wonderful family owned home, with everything you could possibly wish for. My sister and my fur babies (dogs) had the most relaxing cosy holiday every. I would highly recommend. Alan and his family are… More

23 Apr 2014

5/5

"An amazing find and such a beautiful place to stay."

We had to pinch ourselves when we opened the electric gates, La Retraite is such a beautiful house and set on some amazing grounds. Alan the owner was fantastic to deal with and was very responsive, he had thought of everything in order to make the holiday perfect for the adults and children. A quote from one of the little ones... ' mummy I feel rich' and that sums up the experience. We had a fantastic holiday, this house is perfect for everyone whether a large group or to use as a cosy hideaway. We will definitely be booking La Retraite again.

25 Mar 2014

5/5

"Good winter break, despite the weather."

We stayed at La Retraite for 4 weeks in January, and found the house to be comfortable and warm. It felt like a real home nicely decorated with quirky bits and pieces everywhere. Most importantly it… More

19 Sep 2013

5/5

"Perfect!"

This was our second visit to La Retraite with friends, family and dogs, the house is so well equipped it suits everyone. The pool area and garden is beautiful with varied seating areas, the owners really have thought of everything.

The house is in a quiet location but very easy to get to local amenities, we cycled to Mauze to the local Boulangerie and Supermarket, our daughter was a bit more adventurous and cycled to Surgeres. We also visited Il de Re with fabulous beaches and St Martin which is a lovely place to sit and have a meal or just a coffee. We would also recommend a visit to Coulon with its Canals and boat trips.

La Retraite is a great place for a holiday, Alan is extremely helpful and nothing is too much trouble, he even books the vets appointment before the journey home and we will definitely visit again.

6 Sep 2013

5/5

"Great place - can't wait to re-book"

Lovely holiday home with all amenities. Good for families or couples. Great pool and privacy. 12h sun on pool. The location is good and close to enough supermarkets and small towns (Surgeres, Mauze, N… More

14 Aug 2013

5/5

"A gorgeous house and pool, loved everything about it."

We stayed at La Retraite for one week with our two children aged 17 and 9 along with our friends and their son aged 18.
Booking was easy and the owner Alan was most helpful providing lots of info regarding the house and local places of interest before our departure.
On arrival we were delighted to find the property immaculately clean and true to the photographs shown. The house is very spacious, plenty of room for everyone and a wonderful homely feel, nice comfortable furniture, interesting art and great objects decorate the house perfectly. This is a house that is much loved by its owners. The Kitchen was well equipped with everything one would need. Plenty of seating for everyone to sit down together, wether indoors or out.
The pool was a great size, and when not in use was perfectly safe as it can be gated with padlocks and the pool fully covered.
Lots of bikes, games, a vast selection of books, dvds and internet connection all available for our use. We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, we did venture out to sightsee various places as recommended by Alan, which were all nice. We were on other occasions more the than happy to just stay at La Retraite in its relaxing environment and just simply chill. I would recommend this property without a doubt. Actually I would rather keep it a secret so it's not fully booked when I next choose to return ha ha.

23 Jul 2013

5/5

"Beautiful, well-equipped house, perfect for groups with young children"

We have just returned from a wonderful week at La Retraite. We were 2 families with 5 children under the age of 6 between us. The house was perfect for us all - plenty of space and well-equipped. And a really beautiful place to spend a week in the sun. We chose the property because of the safe gated pool, and the good location. The gated pool worked very well for the 1, 2 and 4 year olds who were kept out when we weren't swimming (although our 5 year old was able to jump over it! This was not a problem though). The pool was great, and a good temperature. The dining area outside was in shade much of the day, and perfect for us all to sit down together. The snug was great for film watching, and they have a good selection of DVDs. We didn't leave the house much except for a trip to Surgeres for lunch, which was great, but the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful. Would thoroughly recommend La Retraite.

Thank you very much for your kind review. I would just like to point out for the benefit of potential future guests that the pool has a hard retractable solar powered cover operated by a removable key. The cover meets all pool safety requirements in France and is designed to take the weight of a young child.

2 Aug 2012

5/5

"Home from Home with a little Lux"

we have stayed in La Retraite every year since 2008 with the exception of last year and we really missed it! The house is perfect - for large groups with friends, for family get togethers and especial… More

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