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Pets allowed
Under 1 hour to airport
Ground floor bed & bath
Bicycles provided
Indoor games

Babies & Toddlers

High chair(s)
Cot(s)
Toys
Gated/fenced grounds
Ideal for babies & toddlers

Kids & Teens

Ideal for kids
Ideal for teens

Things to Do

Waterfront
Rural Location
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Golf course nearby
Wine tasting
Walking/Hiking paths
Fishing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
We have just returned from holiday in Villa Shambhala and would like to say that it is probably the best holiday accomodation that we have ever been lucky enough to stay in. It was superbly appointed and beautifully decorated throughout. The equipment provided both in the kitchen and outdoors was…

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Overview of Villa Shambhala

What Oliver loves…

  • Riverside strolls, swimming, fishing and canoeing are a great way to be part of life on the river
  • The new honesty bar in the ‘salle d’été’ is stocked up with local wines, champagne and limited edition labels designed by the owner and also available for sale – what a great souvenir to take back home
  • Eli Faure, a renowned art historian, used to live in the house next door and many other artists were regulars in the area – it is not surprising that the owner, also an artist, fell in love with Villa Shambhala.
  • The garden and courtyard are walled and enclosed making it easier to supervise the little ones

What you should know…

  • The top floor has an original beam that runs across the landing. If you’re very tall, watch your head upstairs!
  • Bikes are available and the owner will charge a small fee of 50 Euros per week for their upkeep

Original artwork, dreamy sunsets, swans on the river and the best wines in the world….Villa Shambhala is a feast for the senses and a truly unique and exceptional place to stay.

The mesmerising Dordogne River is literally at the villa’s feet at the bottom of a set of steps and life on the river is very much at the heart of this home – swans glide along the water, wildlife comes and goes, locals pass by on canoes, whilst others try their luck at fishing.

Understandably, Villa Shambhala takes full advantage of this prestigious setting with plenty of outdoor spaces to soak in all the beauty. The fountain garden with table and chairs is the perfect place to sit and watch the river activity whilst sipping coffee and reading a book. The roof terrace treats guests to spectacular sunsets over the river at ‘apéritif’ time. There is also a new ‘salle d’été’ and additional  terraces to while away the hours sipping local wine in the sunshine or under the star-filled sky.

Inside, the villa showcases the owner’s creative flair and artistic talent. Original paintings adorn the walls and the décor is stylish and elegant. When in residence, the owner who has an art studio (discretely tucked away) and who is also a wine expert, can organise wine tastings at the villa or at local wineries and châteaux.

From the villa, it's a scenic walk to coffee and croissants in the nearest town, Pessac. A 20-minute drive will take you to charming Saint-Émilion, where world class restaurants sit beside ancient ruins. The fabulous city of Bordeaux, with its new ‘Cité du Vin’ is a must see town and only an hour away.

Villa Shambhala is a rare find. Where natural beauty and man-made beauty work in harmony to create the most perfect holiday experience.

Please note that a charming cottage across the lane, with two ensuite bedrooms sleeping an additional four guests will also be available in 2017. Please enquire for details and prices.

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Interior & Grounds

Villa Interior
- 3 double bedrooms
- 1 twin bedroom
-3 bedrooms have spectacular river views whilst the other one looks out over the beautifully designed garden. Two of the bedrooms have doors that open out onto the roof terrace with breathtaking views of the Dordogne River. The garden bedroom (ensuite with bath, shower and WC) opens onto the fountain courtyard and has its own LCD Flat screen TV.
- 1 bathroom with bath/shower
- 1 bathroom with shower
- Fully equipped kitchen

Outdoor Grounds
There are 4 separate relaxing areas:
- The Sall d’Ete, especially designed for 'al fresco' dining so that the charms of the region's produce and climate can be enjoyed in style. There is a gas BBQ a fridge/freezer with ice-making machine and sofas.
- Roof terrace for relaxing on one of the sun loungers and later to watch the sun setting on the Dordogne while enjoying a glass of wine and later in the evening watching the stars
- The Fountain Garden, excellent for eating and drinking
- The private garden on the river bank with private access to the boat on the river
- Private steps lead down to the Dordogne river edge allowing you to fish right at the foot of the property. Or why not use the boat which seats 6 people and enjoy the scenery from the river.
- Off-street parking for two cars

Facilities
- Log Fire
- Internet access
- Large flat screen TV in sitting room, DVD player
- Fans in all bedrooms
- CD player
- Iron/Ironing board
- Toiletries
- Barbecue
- Use of the boat (6 persons)
- Private garden on the river
- Roof terrace overlooking river with hammock
- 6 mountain bikes
- 2 travel cots and bedding
- 8 sunbeds
- 4 parasols
- Picnic basket, rug and cool boxes
- Juicer
- Outdoor fridge and honesty bar

Map, Location & Local Information

The welcoming climate and stunning scenery of the Dordogne encourage exploration, and the region has many treasures to delight wine connoisseurs, gourmets, artists and activity enthusiasts alike.

Make the most out of the Dordogne river and enjoy the many outdoor activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing, bird-watching and a lot more.

The chic bustle of St Emilion, only twenty minutes from Shambhala, offers stylish boutiques, contemporary fine art and world class restaurants. Following the Dordogne and Lot waterways will reward the explorer with many new delights, as charming villages and market towns such as Bergerac, Souillac and Cahors were established through trade along their banks.

Bordeaux is an elegant city filled with architectural delights. The visitor can enjoy the narrow streets of the old town, stunning 18th Century mansion houses, the neoclassical theatre and wide boulevards lined with boutique shops in this diverse and attractive city.

Along the Dordogne are many fine chateaux such as Beynac and Monpazier, mainly built for military action against England during the 100 Years’ War. Each summer only ten minutes from Shambhala a dramatic battle re-enactment is held at Castillon de Bataille (July and August). The home of the philosopher Michel Montaigne is only 10 minutes away, and there are fine Gallo-Roman mosaics to be seen in the neighbouring village of Montcaret.

The traditional French hamlet location is a peaceful centre from which to explore the region, with excellent amenities close by.

The local village of Pessac is a lazy walk along the Dorgogne where you can take a coffee, drink and pick up fresh croissants and papers while enjoying the beautiful countryside, vineyards, apple orchards and walnut groves. When you reach the village there is a small supermarket, boulangerie, tobacconist, hair salon and two restaurants. Slightly further out you have Castillon and Sante Foy that have larger supermarkets and various markets throughout the week which specialise in local produce.

The nearby Chateau Bauduc, favoured by Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein, is a must for wine connoisseurs and offers a programme of tours and tastings, with private visits by arrangement. Wine tours of the many local vineyards are a wonderful chance to sample world-renowned names. Chateau Monbazillac is at Bergerac and St Emilion, Cahors and others are all nearby, offering a chance to sample outstanding wines on the soil where the grapes are grown.

To accompany the wines are many famous traditional cheeses, truffles, mushrooms, duck and goose delicacies such as foie gras. The wealth of gourmet produce makes this area a paradise for foodies, who will be delighted by the local markets of Castillon, Sante Foy and Libourne. This passion for fine produce is reflected in the many excellent restaurants throughout the region. Private wine-tasting is available at The Villa as well wine-tasting tours and Chateaux visits.

Kid's Activities:
- Zoo de Bordeaux 1 hr
- Water Park Bordeaux 1 hr
- Aquarium du Perigord Nord Le Bugue 1hr 25 min
- Chateua Bridoire 40 min

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac / Bordeaux

(45 min / 1 h 15 min)

Nearest Golf Chateau Vigiers/ Castillon la Bataille / St Emilion
Nearest Village Pessac-sur-Dordogne

(1 km )

Nearest Supermarket

(2 km )

Nearest Shop Pessac-sur-Dordogne

(1.7 km )

Nearest Restaurant Pessac-sur-Dordogne

(1 km )

Nearest Tennis Pessac-sur-Dordogne / Velines Nearest Beach Lac de Gurcon / La Canau

(25 min / 1 h)

Nearest Train Station Velines

(8 km )

The Region

The pace of life in the Dordogne is languid, laid back and positively infectious. Relax in bucolic beauty as you drift along the Dordogne River, or wander among the forests and hillside of the Périgord Natural Park.

The foodie scene too, is a relaxed affair. Take your time over your lazy lunches of local duck, black truffles and goats cheese. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even hunt for them yourself. The wine here is second to none, with infamous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc all having a huge presence here.

The Dordogne is also brimming with history. Castles and chateaux are scattered throughout the region, among the enchanting medieval villages. History of an altogether more ancient sort can also be explored in the incredible prehistoric cave drawings of Lascaux and Grotte de Rouffignac.

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Catering & Services

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team (by clicking on the link in the blue Oliver’s Extras box above) who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:

- Maid service
- Mid-week clean (€10/hour)
- Laundry service (10/hour)
- Cook/catering
- Welcome hamper
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Taxi / Car rental
- Babysitting service (€15/hour)
- Early check-in for luggage

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Honesty Bar - new for Summer 2017
The fridge will be stocked with a selection of red, white and rose' wines as well as champagne! All bottles have design labels created by Eric Bourse. A limited edition of print labels will be available for sale in the artist studio.

Wine Tours
If you have a passion for wines and want to know more about them, your time here will be delightfully spent. The owner, Kit organises very special wine tours of small groups to see famous cellars of St Emilion from the inside.

Kit is often on hand to advise on sightseeing and wine tours or to leave you in peace. She also runs art and wine courses.

Art Courses
Experiential art company ‘Live in Art’ has launched a series of new residential art courses taught by acclaimed French contemporary artist Eric Bourse.

The location of the courses is Live in Art’s first permanent ‘living gallery’ space and studio, the luxurious Villa Shambhala on the banks of the beautiful Dordogne river in south west France. With its dedicated art studio and gallery space, direct private river access and only 20 minutes from world UNESCO site Saint-Emilion, it’s the perfect spot for an inspirational weekend of painting and wine tasting in the Dordogne.

Take full advantage of the expert teaching techniques of Eric Bourse who will offer you a personal guidance in developing skills and personal style through the versatile medium of acrylics. All abilities are welcome – beginners wanting a taster session to start them on their painting journey or more experienced painters who want to develop their style and technique. All materials and equipment needed to take part in the course will be provided with a small canvas completed to take home at the end of the course.

The art studio at Villa Shambhala has been developed under Eric’s direction and is hung with Eric’s own work, as well as used as his own working space. Villa Shambhala is also hung as a ‘living gallery’ of Eric’s work and other French contemporary artists.

Please note the art studio is a private area with a separate access to it.

Contact us for full details.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £500. This is to be paid 4 weeks prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00 Energy costs included? Included.
Linen & towels included? Included. Pets welcome? Yes at an additional charge of €50/week.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state you found it. This includes the oven and BBQ - please clean after use. Smoking Allowed? No smoking.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property. Other Ts and Cs Bike Hire on site: €50/week.

- Security: For insurance purposes, all exterior doors and windows must be locked when away from the property. The owner of the property will not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or consequential losses due to theft or any other security related incidents.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Villa Shambhala is perfect for families of all ages. The Villa comes fully equipped with baby cots, play pen, bouncer, baby walker, baby play mat, baby bath and much more! Please enquire for any additional details.

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Baby bath x1
Canoeing/kayaking
Changing mat x2
Horse riding
Stair gates
Historical sites
Plastic crockery
Watersports
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Cot(s)
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
Baby bath x1
Canoeing/kayaking
Toys (age 1-5)
Babysitting service available (at extra cost)
Changing mat x2
Horse riding
Indoor games
Stair gates
Historical sites
Children's videos/DVDs
Plastic crockery
Watersports
Children's books
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Gate/fenced grounds
Cot(s)
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Bicycles provided
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Indoor games
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Toys
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Gated/fenced grounds

Reviews for Villa Shambhala

Villa Shambhala Reviews


  • A holiday to remember

    Posted by Simon, Carolyne, Eva and Phoeber M. on 24/10/2016

    We've had a fantastic holiday staying at Villa Shambhala, which has everything we have needed to make our stay special. As a family (2 girls aged 7 and 8) we have enjoyed exploring the area, especially our kayak adventure on the river, cycling in Creon and a visit to Chateau Bridoire. It's been a holiday to remember. Many thanks for your hospitality.

  • A truly magical place

    Posted by Laura S. on 16/10/2016

    Dearest Kit, what can I say. Thank you, thank you for sharing your beautiful house with me and my family. It truly is a magical place, and one I know I will return for many years to come. Perfectly suited for adults and young children. the boys especially loved the glorious bike rides through the vineyards, boating, and enjoyed new adventures at Lac de Garçon (highly recommend this place), 20 min car drive and fabulous activity for children. St Emilion is a dream come true for adults and the train ride enjoyable by all the family.

  • Thank you for the wonderful time

    Posted by Paul and Nora on 10/10/2016

    Thank you so much, we have had a wonderful time. Just wish we could stay for at least another week.

  • Everything we needed

    Posted by Anthony on 12/09/2016

    Thank you for a lovely, relaxing stay. I enjoyed the garden and the house had everything we needed. All set now for our the next part of our travels. Thanks from all of us.

  • We would love to come back

    Posted by Liz and Dom G; Kate, John and Sam E. on 14/08/2016

    Dear Kit, thank you for a fantastic stay and your hospitality. We would love to come back. Love and best wishes.

  • Sharron, Jonathan and children April 2016

    Posted by Sharron E on 12/06/2016

    Our stay at Villa Shambhala was a really welcome break, the house is beautiful with great size rooms and a warm welcoming living room with doors opening out on to a terrace overlooking the river. The weather wasn't kind but the location was, amazing views, vineyards galore and a restaurant to walk to. We made use of the bikes provided, we went fishing in the river, we had lovely walks. It is a perfect place to relax and unwind after the long drive down. At night the log fire was a great focal point for us to sit around and play games or chat and even watch a DVD.

    It is difficult to put a negative point down about the house, if anything it would be the lack of a pool, but we believe that may be on its way.

    Great holiday and we would love to go back.

  • Villa Shambhala - Holiday Heaven

    Posted by Chris H on 07/06/2016

    The villa is set in a beautiful location on the banks of the river Dordogne and deep in the heart of Bordeaux wine country. Holiday heaven was achieved sitting in the beautiful surroundings either inside with all the gorgeous furnishings or outside in the salle d’été – which is an outside dining area with every facility provided. Exploring the area is a delight; visiting markets, bastide towns and the wine country. All provide the setting for some fantastic photographs. The villa has all the amenities provided; serious sunbathers will have their pick of terraces to lounge on and pedal bikes are there for anyone who would like to explore further. All the travel and car hire arrangements went without a hitch so thanks to Flora for arranging it all so well. Thank you to Oliver’s Travels for the holiday of a lifetime. You will not have a better holiday if you choose Villa Shambhala. I guarantee it.

  • It has been a delight from start to finish

    Posted by Chris and Nick H. on 26/05/2016

    Dear Kit, I would like to say thank you for the pleasure and privilege of staying in your wonderful villa. It has been a delight from start to finish. The area is beautiful and we have loved our time here. I have looked after your villa with love and care. Eve's artwork is a real bonus and you have birds nesting in the pot just outside the terrace doors. How did you arrange that? We are really grateful for your kindness and generosity.

  • We look forward to coming back!

    Posted by The Townsands on 20/01/2016

    Dear Kit, thank you so much for a fabulous holiday. The Dordogne has so much to offer and is so beautiful We look forward to coming back!

  • Fantastic Place

    Posted by Ashraf h on 13/01/2016

    Villa Shambhala is very Place to take your vacation , you can enjoy every moment, Also it is a good place for children.

  • Wonderful villa - Far exceeded my expectations

    Posted by Zoe Jones on 13/03/2014

    Villa Shambhala is truly breath-taking and far exceeded my expectations. The owner – Kit – could not have been more accommodating, welcoming us on arrival and showing us around. The villa is spectacular and finished to such a high standard, the kitchen is well-furnished and the beds so comfy that if it wasn’t for the beautiful surroundings you could easily stay in bed all day. Whilst there we made the most of walking along the river, borrowing bikes from the villa to cycle around the vine yards and sampling the delights of the local market. We had beautiful weather so had long lunches outside in the beautiful courtyard, then got the fire going in the evening for a snuggly night in. Perfect break, couldn’t recommend it more!

  • I love villa Shambhala!

    Posted by Ravi | Co-Founder Oliver’s Travels on 10/03/2014

    Thank you Kit for a really super weekend at Shambhala. Everything was beautiful and so comfortable, and the views of the Dordogne from your terrace are out of this world. I wish you luck with your art projects with Eric Bourse. See you soon and expect many more bookings from us.

     

  • Villa Shambhala

    Posted by Cathryn D on 21/09/2013

    Villa Shambhala is a real treasure; we are almost reluctant to leave a review and draw more attention to it (risking making it difficult to rebook)!

    The beautiful villa is peacefully situated besides the serene Dordorgne and comes complete with mountain bikes and a rowing boat. The accomadation both inside and outside is excellent and very comfortable, spacious and stylish - perfect for larger groups.

    A car is essential. We also used the train (Velines) for giving older teenagers some independence - they even travelled from Plymouth to Bordeaux (via Lille) and returned by train.

    There are supermarkets about 20 minutes away and more wonderful local morning markets than you can cope with. We visited Bordeaux, Bergerac, Sarlat, St Emillion and numerous smaller towns with ease. We also hired canoes locally and spent an afternoon on the Dordorgne watching herons.

    Kit is amazing and really helpful with advice for exploring the area and it's culture.

    Thank you - we loved it!!

  • Amazing Stay

    Posted by Abby McSherry on 30/04/2012

    Yes, we enjoyed our stay tremendously! The villa was in impeccable condition, wonderfully decorated, clean and comfortable, with lovely outdoor spaces and a great view of the river. The villa was fully equipped, we had everything we needed (including a fully functional barbeque!) and instantly felt at home. We also found bikes in the shed and went for a wonderful bicycle ride along the river and surrounding fields! It was also great to meet the owner Kit Bentley, who was staying at the next door house at the time. She was exceedingly helpful and great fun to chat to over a glass of wine.

  • Fantastic Holiday

    Posted by Abby McSherry on 30/04/2012

    We have just returned from holiday in Villa Shambhala and would like to say that it is probably the best holiday accomodation that we have ever been lucky enough to stay in. It was superbly appointed and beautifully decorated throughout. The equipment provided both in the kitchen and outdoors was superb, there really is no need to bring a thing with you, there were even DVD's for the kids, bikes and a little boat - (although we did not use this due to the river being very high). The owners were wonderful and so helpful, even so far as providing a little welcome package for us when they realised that it would be impossible for us to shop on an Easter Sunday, the day of our arrival. We had a fabulous stay and will be back we hope with a larger luggage allowance to take back a few more bottles than the 3 that Air Lingus allowed us. Visit this region if you are interested in wine (obviously), architecture, walled towns, wildlife and peace and quiet - not a very kid friendly area unless your children are content to do these things (which thankfully ours were!).

  • Thank you so so much for an amazing stay

    Posted by The Hodgson Family on 11/01/2009

    Thank you so so much for an amazing stay. A wonderful place to unwind and spend time with the family. Thank you Kit for all your help and for helping us with places to visit. We had a lovely time especially the day spent canoeing on the river.

  • Perfection

    Posted by G. Thorne on 19/11/2008

    Perfection........Merci Beaucoup!!!

  • An amazing house in a magical location

    Posted by The Hodgson Family on 19/11/2008

    An amazing house in a magical location. Thank you so much. I will miss sitting on the sun terrace, drinking wine looking onto the Dordogne....simply beautiful! See you next time!

  • The most relaxing holiday we have ever had

    Posted by Alison G on 14/10/2008

    We just wanted to thankyou for the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. The house and setting were stunning and we would have no hesitation in recommendeing Shambhala to all our friends. We really hope to be able to stay again in the future. Thanks for the wine it was a very kind thought. 

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 26th 2017 - April 22nd 2017 £791.81 £844.59 £1,055.75
April 22nd 2017 - July 1st 2017 £1,541.13 £1,643.87 £2,054.85
July 1st 2017 - September 2nd 2017 - - £2,281.45
September 2nd 2017 - September 23rd 2017 £1,541.13 £1,643.87 £2,054.85
September 23rd 2017 - December 16th 2017 £1,197.37 £1,277.19 £1,596.50
December 16th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - £2,508.05
January 6th 2018 - August 30th 2018 £1,197.37 £1,277.19 £1,596.50

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 26th 2017 - April 22nd 2017 €898.24 €951.02 €1,197.65
April 22nd 2017 - July 1st 2017 €1,748.28 €1,851.02 €2,331.04
July 1st 2017 - September 2nd 2017 - - €2,588.10
September 2nd 2017 - September 23rd 2017 €1,748.28 €1,851.02 €2,331.04
September 23rd 2017 - December 16th 2017 €1,358.31 €1,438.13 €1,811.09
December 16th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - €2,845.15
January 6th 2018 - August 30th 2018 €1,358.31 €1,438.13 €1,811.09

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
February 26th 2017 - April 22nd 2017 $948.76 $1,001.54 $1,265.02
April 22nd 2017 - July 1st 2017 $1,846.62 $1,949.36 $2,462.16
July 1st 2017 - September 2nd 2017 - - $2,733.68
September 2nd 2017 - September 23rd 2017 $1,846.62 $1,949.36 $2,462.16
September 23rd 2017 - December 16th 2017 $1,434.71 $1,514.53 $1,912.95
December 16th 2017 - January 6th 2018 - - $3,005.20
January 6th 2018 - August 30th 2018 $1,434.71 $1,514.53 $1,912.95

Owner Profile

Name: Kit Bentley

How long have you owned the property:
16years

What did you fall in love with?
I fell in love with the romantic fairy tale setting on the banks of The Dordogne. I immediately called my home Shambhala, a place of peace, tranquility and happiness

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
In the 19th Century the famous art historian Élie Faure lived next door, he wrote the History of Art in France. The house was visited by many artists including Diego Rivera and Soutine. Picasso painted his portrait in 1922, the year Élie Faure bought the house, he was frequently visited by Charlie Chaplin.
Villa Shambhala continues in this artistic tradition and houses a working artist studio.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Many

For any one coming to stay what should they really do?
Soak up the Spirit of Shambhala and the magic of the Dordogne.

What should one really eat?

Foie gras, truffles and cepes. Walnuts with cabacou cheese, figs and honey.

What should one really see?
St Emilion and the numerous chateaux, Medieval bastides, market towns,
Bordeaux and the Cite du Vin. The wild life of The Dordogne.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property and the area?
Escapism from city life. Getting back to nature and watching the early morning mist on the river revealing the swans gliding silently by and soaking up the glory of the evening skies, watching the stars from the roof terrace.


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Region: Aquitaine /  South of France  / France Sleeps: 9

The Chateau is a unique and rare find given its fantastic location. Built from traditional girondine stone in 1818, Chateau Emirol is located in the Fronsadais wine territory. The warm, quiet, inviting surroundings of the Chateau come complete with a tennis court and swimming pool. The hillside setting of the…

£2,895 - £3,866 per week £52 - £69 per person per night

Clos De Chinon

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Region: Aquitaine /  South of France  / France Sleeps: 8

Experience a luxurious holiday at Clos de Chinon, a boutique chateau in Aquitaine, nestled between Saint-Emilion and Bergerac. This elegant house in beautiful grounds has been renovated to the highest standard and features a large swimming pool with wooden deck as well as outdoor barbecue and pizza oven. Relax on…

£989 - £2,895 per week £13 - £38 per person per night

Aillac Farmhouse

Region: Dordogne /  South of France  / France Sleeps: 8 - 11

Welcome to Aillac Farmhouse: a charming 17th Century property in the heart of the Limousin-Perigord National Park.Aillac is a spacious, stone farmhouse that offers comfortable accommodations for a holiday rental for up to 11 people in four bedrooms. It has been renovated with great care to maintain its original character.…

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