La Retraite

Lussac St Emilion, Gironde
+44 (0)7970 528069

Charming 300-year-old cottage in a hamlet near St Émilion, with countryside views for miles and a weekly market in the nearest village


5 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome

The Experience

This peaceful retreat is set on the edge of a hill just outside a tiny hamlet, and you look out through the front windows over vineyards. Although the outside walls are shared with neighbours on either side you’re not overlooked.

Sympathetic restoration has let the history of the house shine through, from the exposed stone walls and arched doorways to the original sink in the well-equipped kitchen. Find all the basics as well as a welcome hamper with bread, jam, milk, wine and pâté or quiche – stock up at the market in nearby Lussac on Thursdays and cook up a feast.

There’s plenty of space to spread out with two sitting rooms, one upstairs and the other down, and you can sit, read and snooze under the shade of a lime tree in the front garden. Puisseguin, four miles away, has a grocery store and a bakery and St Émilion, famous for its wine, is seven miles away.

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We think you'll love

  • The peaceful location looking out over the vines
  • The kitchen, heaven for foodies
  • The easy access to St Émilion for wine lovers
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You should know

  • The garden is small and not enclosed
  • There are two shared bathrooms
  • The property is on several different levels


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £200
Weekly price
from £1400
Damage deposit
From £180/night for up to 4 guests; from £220/night for up to 8 guests.
1 House for 8
From £2005 beds4 bedrooms


If it’s more than comfortable French chic you’re looking for than look no further than this beautiful 300 year old cottage situated in a delightful rural hamlet near St Emilion. We were absolutely delighted with the genuine rustic appeal of this charming cottage which has been restored tastefully yet in keeping with its surrounds. The owner has perfect taste and the attention to detail in the living and bedroom facilities/ amenities are superb. We would not hesitate in recommending this delightful accommodation and location.

Carolyn, Gloucestershire

This house is well placed to escape from the stresses of city living and discover the tastes of south west France. 15 minutes from the heart of St Emilion and plenty of farmers' markets in the nearby towns, its a perfect retreat to wind down and fill up on the fabulous local produce!

Helen, Sawday's inspector

Perfect rural location close to Bordeaux and St - Emilion. Clean, spacious and well maintained house with wonderful outlook. Full of character and personal touches. Highly recommended .

Laura and Bill, Stonehouse

A lovely character property with views over the vineyards and modern amenities. Lots of walking and close to St Emilion. There are also several good restaurants nearby.

Barbara, Cirencester

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The neighbourhood

The house is on the very edge of hamlet with about a dozen properties. Lussac, a quarter of a mile away, has a bar, a pharmacy and a market on Thursdays. Two great restaurants Nigel and Sally recommend are Fleur de Roc, 1.6km away and Clos Mirande, just over 4km.

Local points of interest from Sally Ann Fowler

  • Step out of the house and you are a stroll away from the vineyards of Lussac, take a picnic or load up the basket and drive to Castillion-la Batille ( famous as the site of the last battle of the hundred years war) and eat on the banks of the river.
  • Cook local produce from the local markets in a food lovers kitchen and look out on to the vineyards whilst preparing, or equally enjoy pastries from nearby Montagne and amazing ready prepared food from the Boucherie at St Emilion, then relax and enjoy.
  • You're a 7 minute drive from the 15c Moulins de Calon at nearby Montagne, especially stunning if you arrive in time for the sunset, amazing views towards St Emilion and beyond, a useful tip--take a sundowner in the cool bag!
  • Mouch around the cobbled streets of St Emilion, visit the church with its newly painted mural of the Apocalypse, enjoy a crepe in the square and visit the tasteful wine shops selling it's prestige red wine. A hot tip is coffee at Hostellerie de Plaisance.
  • Not to be missed is a visit to Bordeaux, take an elegant pace along the quay, visit the gothic Cathedral of Sainte-Andre, see the cite du vin or just enjoy browsing the delightful streets with beautiful shops and array of enticing restaurants.
  • Escape to Arcachon , a bucolic loop of seaside and lagoon, climb the famous Dune de Pyla and afterwards eat the famous oysters or enjoy the laid back charms of Cap ferret with empty Atlantic beaches and shellfish shacks among the dunes.


Sally Ann Fowler

Nigel and Sally found the property in 2000 and spent many years completely renovating it with the help of a clever architect. They both live and work in the UK and let the house out when they are not using it. Their French neighbours will let you in, and a comprehensive house book has everything you need to know – although Sally is at the end of the phone if you have further questions.