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“Great place - can't wait to re-book”

Review of La Retraite

La Retraite
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La Retraite
pool
pool
pool
pool
rear patio
main lounge
main lounge
main lounge
TV room
dining room
dining room
kitchen
bedroom
main bathroom
main bathroom
field at Simoussais
La Ferme Flamande, local restaurant
Surgeres
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Surgeres, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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LF-104
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great place - can't wait to re-book”
Reviewed September 6, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

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, Niort) to keep stocked up with food and the all important wine.
Not too rural. The house is very well equipped and well thought out. The best we've been to. The owners are well organised and send you lots of details once you have booked and very attentive throughout the booking process. There's plenty to see within 30 min drive. would definitely recommend and am already re-booking for next year.

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Liked best: privacy and pool and internet access
Liked least: nothing - all superb
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 14, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Liked best: The house and its wonderful decor
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 23, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: Pool and spacious well-equipped house
Liked least: Shutters in bedrooms were great for keeping the room cool, and safe when closed, but we couldn't open the windows up in the evenings as there was no guard to stop children falling out.
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 30, 2013
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.
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CatRush
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Home from Home with a little Lux”
Reviewed August 2, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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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 especially with young children. Essentially La Retraite is a family home and makes you feel like you are staying with friends from the advice and information from the owners to the welcome food pack. having missed last year I'll be making sure we don't miss out again! the pool is wonderful and so safe for young children whilst the dining area and gardens make for a fabulous evening once they have gone to bed. everything is nearby - supermarche... la Rochelle, Cognac, Beach and all from the comfort of your own home for the duration of your stay.

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Liked best: home from home feel
Liked least: no A/C but only because it was 37 degrees when we were there!
Traveling group: Young Children
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 25, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Liked best: The farmhouse style and its condition
Liked least: Not much shade by Pool although plenty by house
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Large groups People with pets
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FishfaceM...
Manche
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding - a fantastic family friendly property”
Reviewed June 27, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

We holidayed with friends. 4 adults, 2 x 7 year olds and 2 x 6 year olds. Stayed in many gites in France before but nothing quite like this! Cannot sing the praises of La Retraite and Alan the owner enough. The property was perfect! Stylishly and thoughtfully appointed with every attention to detail - especially for your children, catered for. The house, grounds and pool were immaculate and the kitchen well equipped for those who love to cook. The fantastic assortment of cycles in the garage a huge bonus too!

Admittedly the weather could have been better or our stay, but the ever helpful Alan was not short of ideas for things to us to do texting with advice and guidance. On the third day having visited the Aquarium at La Rochelle and one of the amazing local indoor pools, the rain dried up and we took the bikes out around the local villages. Day 4 saw a punt trip along the local canals which in our opinion is a "must do". Day 5 Cognac and day 6 a spectacular lunch in Ile de Re.

The children loved the pool an the gardens. It was so wonderful knowing you could lock the pool gates and the kids could roam free around the of the property perfectly safely.

There was so much more we could have done as the property is ideally located for many many things to do for all ages.

We will definitely book again!

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Liked best: The well equipped kitchen
Liked least: problematic wifi access
Traveling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Swindon, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 18, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Liked best: The pool and the house
Liked least: everything was lovely
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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