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.
James and Emily, August 2014 ~ T.M.R.
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
Philip, August 2014 ~ T.R.R.
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
Tim, September 2014 ~ T.R.R.
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.
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.
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"
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!'
Tasha and Chloe, August 2011 ~ T.R.R.
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.'
August 2010 ~ T.R.R.
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..'
Lorna, August 2009 ~T.R.R.
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...
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….
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'