A holiday to remember
Posted by Simon, Carolyne, Eva and Phoeber M.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
Posted by Ashraf h
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
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
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.
Posted by Cathryn D
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!!
Posted by Abby McSherry
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.
Posted by Abby McSherry
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
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.
Posted by G. Thorne
An amazing house in a magical location
Posted by The Hodgson Family
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
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.