Petite Shambhala

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2
Oliver Approved


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Exclusive Recommended Pool Pets Welcome Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite

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Original artwork, dreamy sunsets, swans on the river and the best wines in the world….Villa Shambhala has been a firm favourite at Oliver’s Travels for many years and so we are delighted to introduce Petite Shambhala, the owner’s latest creation, a charming and beautifully restored village house just across the lane.

The mesmerising Dordogne River is just 25 metres away and life on the river is very much at the heart of this village – swans glide along the water, wildlife comes and goes, locals pass by on canoes, whilst others try their luck at fishing. Inside, the house showcases the owner’s creative flair and artistic talent. Original paintings adorn the walls and the décor is stylish and elegant. Everything is brand new and totally refurbished to a high standard using natural materials in stone and oak.

Outside it has its own walled courtyard garden with a large terrace with loungers and outdoor furniture. Petite Shambhala also enjoys access to the owner’s riverside garden approximately 40 metres away, which has steps down to the river. It also has a table and chairs and barbecue, and the riverbank has a bench under a large fig tree – take the picnic chairs down and have a picnic, watch the river’s wildlife or spend the evening stargazing.

When in residence, the owner who has an art studio (discretely tucked away at Villa Shambhala and who is also a wine expert, can organise wine tastings at the house or at local wineries and châteaux.

From the house, 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.

Mindfulness Achieved at Petite Shambhala

“The discreet bathing area instantly conjured up memories of summer on the Moroccan coast with its rugged white walls succumbing to that familiar Yves Saint Laurent blue of the sunbeds and towels. Strangely, the river itself reminded me of the Gambian mangroves; teeming with birds all competing to be heard at sunrise against a backdrop of…well, nothing.” - Read more about the charming Petite Shambhala on Arbuturian and West London Living.

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What you should know…

  • One of the en-suite bathrooms just a few steps from the bedroom, just across the small landing
  • The lovely private pool is in a walled courtyard across the lane, which is totally enclosed
  • The private swimming pool will not be available 18-25 August 2018 (see Special Offer)
  • 5-night autumn and winter stays are possible for an indulgent getaway to this exciting region of France

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Cable TV Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Cottage Interior

Ground Floor (open plan)

- Fully fitted kitchen with induction cooking
- Dining area
- Sitting area

First Floor

- Master bedroom with super king-size bed (can be made into 2 single beds), en-suite shower room with hand-basin, toilet and electric towel rail
- 2nd bedroom with super king-size bed (can be made into 2 single beds), shower room, hand-basin, toilet, heated towel rail (1m across the landing)

Outside Grounds

- Private pool (size:7x4.5m/depth:1.3m) with corner steps, in a walled courtyard across the lane, which is totally enclosed (pool open Easter to end October approx.)
- Small private walled /trellis planted garden
- Large terrace with loungers, 4 chairs, parasols, barbecue and 2 picnic chairs (that can be taken down to the riverbank and brought back after use)
- Gravel area with planted bed
- Access to owner’s riverside garden 40m away with bench under a large shaded fig tree
- Private off the road parking


- Wi-Fi
- TV
- Washing machine
- Dishwasher
- Tumble dryer
- Locked entrance gate
- Baby equipment


About the surrounding area of Petite Shambhala
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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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

(45mins/1h 15mins)

Nearest Village Pessac-sur-Dordogne


Nearest Train Station Veline


Nearest Tennis Pessac-sur-Dordogne/Veline
Nearest Shop Pessac-sur-Dordogne
Nearest Supermarket


Nearest Golf Chateau Vigiers/ Castillon la Bataille / St Emilion
Nearest Restaurant Pessac-sur-Dordogne
Nearest Beach Lac de Gurcon/La Canau



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.

Click to download your definitive Guide to the Dordogne >>




Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Xmas/NY

A “baby go lightly package” comprising of the following equipment is offered at Petite Shambhala:

Standard-size travel cot
Play pen
Baby walker
Baby intercom
Baby toys

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Pushchair
  • Stair gates
  • Changing mat
  • Plastic crockery
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games
  • Pool inflatables
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Early check-in for luggage available
  • Bike hire available (at extra cost)
  • Private art classes available on request

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property:

- Complimentary welcome hamper with wine and homemade products
- Mid-week clean (€12/hour)
- Laundry service (€10/hour)
- Yoga lessons
- Babysitting service (€15/hour)
- Early check-in for luggage

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.

Bike Hire
A local bike hiring company which offer helmets and full insurance for all ages and sizes is available.

Contact us for full details.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 charged to clients' credit card prior to arrival.
Arrival time After 4.00 p.m. Please note that early check-ins are possible by prior arrangement only and that extra fees apply.
Departure time 10am. Please note that late check-outs are possible by prior arrangement only and that extra fees apply.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. Please leave the property in the same state you found it. Oven and BBQ must be cleaned after use and rubbish must be disposed of. Any extra cleaning, laundry and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? no
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of £75 per pet per week will apply.
Minimum stay 5 nights from approximately beginning October to mid-April. 7 nights during all other periods.
Changeover day Saturday (all other days on request).
Linen & towels included? yes
Heating costs included? yes
Energy costs included? yes
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 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.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 7th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 - £2,053
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - £1,882
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 - £1,300
Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 £838 £1,198
Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £679 £970
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £799 £1,141
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 10th 2021 £747 £1,067
Apr 10th 2021 - May 22nd 2021 - £1,317
May 22nd 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 - £1,430
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021 - £1,882
Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 - £2,258
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 - £1,882
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021 - £1,430
Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 23rd 2021 - £1,317
Oct 23rd 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 - £1,067
Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 - £1,255
Jan 1st 2022 - Feb 8th 2022 - £1,067

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 7th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 - €2,133
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - €1,955
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 - €1,351
Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 €871 €1,244
Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €705 €1,007
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €830 €1,185
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 10th 2021 €776 €1,108
Apr 10th 2021 - May 22nd 2021 - €1,369
May 22nd 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 - €1,486
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021 - €1,955
Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 - €2,346
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 - €1,955
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021 - €1,486
Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 23rd 2021 - €1,369
Oct 23rd 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 - €1,108
Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 - €1,304
Jan 1st 2022 - Feb 8th 2022 - €1,108

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 7th 2020 - Aug 22nd 2020 - $2,533
Aug 22nd 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - $2,322
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 - $1,604
Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 $1,034 $1,477
Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $837 $1,196
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $985 $1,407
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 10th 2021 $921 $1,316
Apr 10th 2021 - May 22nd 2021 - $1,625
May 22nd 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 - $1,764
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021 - $2,322
Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 21st 2021 - $2,786
Aug 21st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 - $2,322
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 25th 2021 - $1,764
Sep 25th 2021 - Oct 23rd 2021 - $1,625
Oct 23rd 2021 - Dec 18th 2021 - $1,316
Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 - $1,548
Jan 1st 2022 - Feb 8th 2022 - $1,316

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Name: Kit

How long have you owned the property:

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?

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.



  • Oasis of Tranquility

    Posted by Julian, Dianne, Ella & Zara on 04/11/2019

    What an amazingly relaxing place you have here - a real oasis of tranquility. We have never tired of the beautiful views of the Dordogne river and the calming pace of life down here. The perfect antidote to the chaos of city life!

  • Heavenly

    Posted by Chris & Lisa on 04/11/2019

    I can't remember the last time we were away and had such a relaxing time. The sounds of the river, the birds, the crickets added to the tremendous views of the Dordogne. We sat on the terrace and played cards whilst drinking the lovely wines, we laughed, we relaxed and we slept like logs. This place is heavenly and we look forward to coming back soon.

  • Amazing memories

    Posted by The Talbots on 04/11/2019

    Thank you for a fantastic stay! We have loved our week in this beautiful riverfront house, and have created amazing memories. Thank you for being so sweet and welcoming, instantly making us feel at home.

  • A Wonderful Stay

    Posted by Natalie and Carla on 01/11/2019

    Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful house. Proof of the restorative power of nature, peace and quiet for body and mind.

  • A Warm Welcome

    Posted by Cottrell Family on 01/11/2019

    Thank you for your warm welcome. We have very much enjoyed staying at Shambhala - we would definitely be back hopefully one day. Beautiful location, great house - thanks for all your suggestions and help. Your pate and wine were very much appreciated - thank you.

  • Lovely setting and very peaceful

    Posted by Emma on 28/09/2019

    Private pool across the road is very welcome after a hot day. There is one very nice restaurant about 15minutes walk away but nothing else within easy walking distance.

  • Lovely getaway!

    Posted by Caitlin on 18/10/2018

    Lovely villa on a lovely property. Enjoyed the markets, wine, and gentle pace of life.

  • Lovely Property!

    Posted by Norman on 01/09/2018

    Lovely situation. Clean house tastefully decorated. Access to pool across the lane was shared with the big house as we rented this as well for a family of 12 in total. Worked very well.

  • Wonderful!

    Posted by James on 18/08/2018

    Great place, pool, location!

  • Really Nice!

    Posted by Linda on 13/06/2018

    Well presented and excellent position for touring the area!

  • What a delightful stay !

    Posted by Rick, Mary, Peter and Judy on 23/05/2018

    We were so comfortable and relaxed. Your home is beautiful, the Dordogne right outside is spectacular. And of course the wine! Thank you again for your hospitality. We loved every minute of it!

  • A Lovely Time!

    Posted by Naim, Joan and Olive on 17/05/2018

    What a wonderful little house this is and what a truly beautiful setting. We watched many a sunset down by the river with a glass or two of local wines.
    You and Eric went out of your way to make this holiday truly special and you turned it into an experience none of us will ever forget. We hope to come back soon and would recommend this picturesque slice of heaven to any and all
    We will look forward to a glass of Vin rouge upon our return!

  • Mindfulness Achieved

    Posted by Jessica Baldwin on 09/10/2017

    Petite Shambhala’s easy-going way of life...helped me discovered a wonderful retreat. In just five days we had discovered a wonderful retreat, explore world-famous medieval towns, dined like local kings and drunk… well, too much frankly. This tiny little chink in the great Dordogne had won us over and somehow it already fels like home.

    Read Jessica’s full review:

  • Faultless Property. Faultless Service.

    Posted by Paul M. on 03/10/2017

    Our stay at Petite Shambhala was fantastic. The property was exactly as we had anticipated and the owner went above and beyond to make us feel welcome- even providing lots of extras fo our baby. Oliver's Travels were incredibly efficient and helpful and we loved the thoughtful touches throughout - from selfie stick to beach ball!

  • Perfect for the Family

    Posted by Rosie, Patrice & John on 27/09/2017

    Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. I am really happy to have discovered this tranquil spot. The house was perfect for our family stay. I loved the great set up and dreamy river views…Rosie loved kicking around in the lovely pool area…and josh! John loved getting the BBQ going at Eric’s fantastic art works…even if some of his collection was in China.

    St.Emilion was great, if a little tricky with the pram. We also loved exploring the local markets. But my lasting memory will be your wonderful house and the river – it is hypnotic. What a great place to ‘just be’!

    We hope to return and see it in another season one day.

  • Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Posted by Liat, Ed & Eden on 02/09/2017

    We feel very lucky to have found this perfect spot. The house is beautiful and had everything we needed and the pool was a real blessing in this heat!
    The location by the river is incredible and we loved taking our little one for evening strolls exploring the vineyards, orchards, and the riverside garden.
    All your recommendations were great - we loved the medieval market towns and trips to St Emilion, Pessac and especially Lac du Gurcon; a really peaceful spot perfect for kids.
    Most of all thank you for your kindness - you have been so warm and welcoming; recognising that a seven month pregnant woman with a toddler in tow (and husband!) was about ready to pass out in this heat!
    You looked after us beautifully and we may well hope to come back as a family of four in the future.

  • Amazing Stay

    Posted by Ives on 30/08/2017

    Had an amazing stay at Petite Shambala, in France. The location was beautiful and the service/hostess was perfection. A really unique and beautifully relaxing stay. Thank you to Renata and the staff at Oliver’s Travels for all their hard work and finding us something ‘last minute’ that suited our needs perfectly. Can’t wait to return.

  • A Magical Holiday Home

    Posted by Sarah on 26/08/2017

    Thank you again for a truly magical time at Petite Shambhala. You've created a magical place and we've loved absolutely everything about it.

  • Thank you again for a wonderful stay

    Posted by Addy and Nigel on 29/06/2017

    We were delighted to be the first guests to stay in this lovely property. We had previously stayed in Villa Shambhala so were expecting Kit to have created something special. We were not disappointed. The cottage is light and airy with comfortable and attractive furnishings in the open plan sitting area. The kitchen/diner is well equipped. Upstairs there are two spacious bedrooms with very comfortable, huge beds dressed with cool white linen, two bathrooms with great showers and a washing machine and drier in the ensuite. The outside small courtyard is a project in the making but was perfect for breakfast. The real bonus was having use of the riverside garden. The panoramic view of this beautiful and tranquil part of the river was very special at any time of the day but particularly in the evening with a glass of local wine! Kit was, as always, a charming thoughtful host and met our requests promptly and cheerfully.

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