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Sandy and Mike Holland, September 2014~ T.M.R.

This place should have been called 'The Walkers Retreat', is is beautifully situated on a stunning walking route of its own and there were guides on all the other local walks in the area waiting for us on the kitchen table. There were so many birds and butterflies we lost count, took some wonderful shots of deer early one morning on the hill above the camp. A wonderful experience all round, paradise in a field! Also as the retreat was only a 10 minute drive from St Antonin, we were never far from a cafe or lunch at one of the resteraunts. Must mention La Corniche... the views from the terrace were absolutely spectucular, so French and picture postcard perfect. All in all a really pleasant and unusual holiday.

Lola and James Longbridge, September 2014 ~T.M.R.

We were a bit nervous at first as we're not really campers, but sleeping in the yurt was actually more like staying in a big round room with a wooden floor and canvas walls than being in a tent. We loved lying on the bed looking out throught the doors onto the garden and seeing the stars up through the roof hole (which you can open and close). The big grey cat Cloudy was an added bonus, he was really sweet and hung out with us quite a lot, even coming for a walk with us one day! The summer kitchen was nice too, with lots of space to cook and to sit and read in the shade. The fairy lights were an added touch for the evenings, it made the place feel really magical. St Antonin had loads of atmosphere especially on market day as did all the other places we visited.

Maria, Fred, James and Emily, August 2014 ~ T.M.R.

Absolutely lovely, a trully peaceful and quiet location. The children spent most of the week running around the field trying to catch field mice, building dens and counting chickens, luckily for them, the owners two children were at the rustic retreat that week and they all got on like a house on fire, so we were able to sit back and enjoy the peace! It was a really unique experience in a special place, made even better by the fact that we had it all to ourselves. Many thanks...

Emily and Ros Thane, August 2014 ~ T.M.R.

We loved the camp, it is wonderfully tucked away on a quiet hillside, surrounded by the great outdoors, we saw buzzards circling the valley above us every day and heard the bark of deer in the woods. A must is to visit the Sunday market in St Antonin with its beautiful, winding old streets. We hired bikes and canoes and checked out the castles Penne and Bruniquel, wish we'd had more time as there were so many other things we'd like to have done! will definitely try and make time to visit again.

Zoe and Jake, July 2014 ~ T.M.R.

We spent a fantastic day canoeing, visited the market, the gorge was spectacular, so were Najac and Penne castles, Bruniquel and Cordes sur Ciel. Visit the Jardin De Paradis if you like gardens, its well worth a visit. The yurt and summer kitchen were both beautifuly made, with twinkling fairy lights on at night it was a really magical place to stay. Comfortable bed, good shower and utterly peaceful. Lovely helpful owners.

Amanda and Philip, August 2014 ~ T.R.R.

"Our holiday was very special and we loved absolutely everything about this beautiful ‘Retreat’ – the charming décor, the fairy lights, the piles of books, the cosy kitchen, the stars at night, the silence…it was the perfect place to relax and recharge. St Antonin was idyllic too, with cobbled medieval streets and quirky artisan shops. The Sunday market is a highlight and there are plenty of cafés to watch the world go by. Sasha and Mark were wonderful; just perfect invisible hosts who ensure you have everything you need. It is a magical place you will want to return to!"

Barbara and Tim, September 2014 ~ T.R.R.

"We stayed here for one week in early September. The house is wonderfully situated on the side of a small valley and is very peaceful. It has been extremely well restored by Mark and Sasha, with beautiful tiled and wooden floors and old beams, and has the most appealing veranda. There are several very interesting small towns in the area, many of which are spectacularly situated on hilltops. We spent many hours in St Antonin, a few miles to the south, where they were preparing to make a Spielberg film - providing excellent free entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday."

Laila and Nicholas, August 2013 ~ T.R.R.

'This is a gem of a holiday retreat. The property is spacious, beautifully decorated and has a charm that many holiday cottages lack. The highlight was the long shaded veranda, a perfect retreat from the midday sun and magically lit up at night with fairy lights. The cottage is set in large grounds and has stunning views of fields and trees. We enjoyed all the local markets, swimming in the river and exploring the villages. Sasha couldn't have been more helpful in making our stay as easy as possible, even providing some toys for our little girl. We very much hope to return again.'

Mike and Fiona, June 2012 ~ T.R.R.

'The house is a work of art - everything has been thoughtfully sourced and placed. Restful setting, lots of space to relax and a warm welcome. We came with our family of three teenagers and had a great week without internet, computers or phones. Good canoeing nearby and historic bastide villages"

The Richardson family, June 2012 ~ T.R.R.

'We all simply loved our holiday here!
The house was exactly as the pictures show, comfortable and immaculate; and the surrounding grounds are perfect for adventurous children or grown-ups who just want to laze. The house is off the beaten track but under a 10 minute drive from St Antonin with its shops and restaurants so you can enjoy the isolation (silent nights!) or nip into town if lazing around gets all too much. (Our recommendations in town are La Festin de Babette for a family meal by the river or Pizza Val in the town square for lighter bites.) All in all - a great house in a great spot. Lovely!'

Joanna, Neil, Tasha and Chloe, August 2011 ~ T.R.R.

'Apart from the obvious beauty and tranquility of the house and garden, the small, but important, touches that make all the difference were all there at the Rustic Retreat. The bookshelves were well-stocked, with both adults and children's books. There was a well-placed hammock in the garden and English tea in the kitchen. There were lovely walks from the house and the surrounding area has many interesting places to visit.'

Alice and Fred Callow, July 2011 ~ T.R.R.

'We had a wonderful relaxing time at the Rustic Retreat. Great peace. An art-filled decor, with hints of India and distant travels. Greenery, wildlife (roe deer in the garden). Great nearby canoeing, river swimming and food. Or just lazy days in the garden reading.'

Jean Nichol, August 2010 ~ T.R.R.

'We arrived to find the house, location and grounds everything we could have wished for (and more) ... so peaceful and beautiful... so relaxing... but yet plenty to do. We walked and cycled, read, drank wine, ate wonderful food and visited some beautiful villages, went to the market on Sunday in St Antonin (a must!!) .. and generally explored.the area. The week just wasn't long enough! Sometimes though it was hard to leave the house.. it was such a comfortable place to just while away the day..'

Quentin and Lorna, August 2009 ~T.R.R.

'Moments ... the buddleia and the knapweed, thistle and bramble thickets in the garden and field behind erupting with scores of butterflies… the large silver washed fritillaries in their elegant glide, the rapid flight of the Jersey Tigers and Painted Ladies, the brilliant blue-black and white of the southern white admirals, the delicate intricacies of the meadow fritillaries...

Watching the rear wall of the house at dusk, seeing 3 bats emerge from the crevices in the stonework, prolonged and very large shooting stars against a vivid Milky Way….

Red squirrels watching me watching them, early morning walk along the Aveyron... and a family of 6 sandpipers perched on the rocks below the weir. Thanks for a great week'