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La Retraite is a classic "colombage" cottage, fully modernized and renovated to provide all the comforts of home. This 18th century converted barn is located on a quiet country road surrounded by the hills and farms of the Pays d'Auge.

The space

For centuries, La Retraite was used as a barn and as a cider press. My father bought it in the 1980s and it has been my getaway ever since. It is cozy, inviting and complete with all the modern facilities you need. Settled in a bucolic valley in the heart of the Pays D'Auge, La Retraite is a perfect retreat, but also a place to launch a thorough exploration of Normandy's rich history (not to mention cider and cheese!) Enjoy winters by the wood stove or summers on the sunny patio with a view of the countryside.

Guest access

Guests are invited to make themselves at home at La Retraite. The caretaker, Paul, is available 24 hours and lives nearby.

Interaction with guests

Paul will meet you at the La Retraite and show you the facilities.

Other things to note

While the area is serviced by public transportation, visitors will be most independent with a car or bicycles. There is plenty of private parking within the gate

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds
Bedroom 4
1 sofa bed
Common spaces
2 sofa beds

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 4
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people £21 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee £26
Security Deposit £253
Weekly Discount: 18%
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - one flight of narrow stairs to upstairs, although one could sleep downstairs as there is a downstairs toilet and bathroom shower


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Elizabeth User Profile
October 2016
There are many lovely tiny villages of the Pays D'Auge, but Crouttes, with its hilltop belltower and lovely priory is my favorite. Staying at Jane's house, which has been in her family for thirty years, is a special experience. We have been twice -- both times we slept soundly, enjoyed home-cooked meals in front of the fire, sunbathed happily on the back patio with a bottle of cide,r and took many lovely walks. When the night is clear the stars are dazzling. From Crouttes you can plan a full day's itinerary - the D-Day beaches, the Bayeaux tapestry and old cathedral, the Cote de Fleurie and Honfleur, as well as the distilleries of Calvados. There are also wonderful drives through cider and apple country and all the old villages of this very special region of Normandy. I strongly recommend a four or five day stay at La Retraite any time of year!

Herron User Profile
August 2017
We had a lovely holiday The Normandy countryside is absolutely beautifull. The house is big and the garden has a fence around it. It is very quiet, ideal to unwind. If you want to visit a village or do some shopping, you really need a car.
Jane User Profile
Response from Jane:
The house is called La Retraite as its in countryside 5 miles away from the nearest town, it is in the middle of a beautiful valley with a 12th century priory nearby. People with cycles can stay here as well, Crouttes is on a bus route from Liseaux and Argentan
August 2017

Igor User Profile
November 2016
Great stay, the house is amazing, the area is peaceful and lovely. A perfect place to disconnect and relax. The house is both charming and functional. Internet works perfectly and there is a line phone in case you can't get network coverage for your cel phone. Jane was very nice, clear and responsive. In brief, everything went perfectly, I would definitely recommend this place.
Jane User Profile
Response from Jane:
Thank you Igor, it was a real pleasure to have you stay and thank you for such a great review, come back any time and good luck with your search! jane
November 2016

Guillaume User Profile
October 2016
The host canceled this reservation 59 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Arianna User Profile
August 2017
Casa molto bella pulita e grande! Un giardino curatissimo. Situata in un paese molto tranquillo. Io con la mia famiglia siamo stati molto bene.

Pierre User Profile
June 2017
Endroit et maison très agréable.

Evelyne User Profile
June 2017
Super week-end passé ici. La maison est très bien, spacieuse, propre et tout confort. Le jardin est bien entretenu. Paul qui s'occupe des personnes qui louent la maison est top. Nous reviendrons !!!!
Jane User Profile
Response from Jane:
So glad you all enjoyed the house and the area, do come again best wishes Evelyn salu Jane
June 2017

London, United KingdomJoined in July 2016
Jane User Profile

Hello - I'm a lifelong Londoner with roots in Normandy. My cottage, Le Retrait, has been in my family for thirty years. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Languages: English, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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