Villa Shambhala

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
Oliver Approved


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Great Value
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request


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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.

Villa Shambhala also benefits from its own private swimming pool, set in an enclosed courtyard reached via the salle d’été.

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.

From the villa, 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.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The swimming pool is set in its own private courtyard accessed through the villa's salle d’été.
  • The top floor has an original beam that runs across the landing. If you’re very tall, watch your head upstairs!
  • 5-night autumn and winter stays are possible for an indulgent getaway to this exciting region of France
  • The owner has three homes within this lovely hamlet - Villa Shambhala, Petite Shambhala (sleeps 4) and Atelier Shambhala (sleeps 2). The private off-road parking area is shared between these properties.

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Waterfront

Villa Interior

Ground Floor

- One double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bath, single wash-basin and WC. This garden bedroom opens onto the fountain courtyard and has its own LCD Flat screen TV
- Fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher and juicer
- Living and dining room
- Guest WC

First Floor

- 3 double bedrooms (one of which can be made up as 2 single beds)
- 1 shower room with double wash-basin and bidet
- 1 shower room
- Separate WC

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.

Honesty Bar 

The fridge will be stocked with a selection of red, white and rosé 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.

Outside Grounds

- Private pool (size:7x4.5m, depth:1.3m) with corner steps, open approximately Easter to end-October. Located in an enclosed walled courtyard accessed through the villa's salle d’été 
- Salle d’Ete with gas barbecue, sofas, fridge-freezer and ice-making machine. An area especially designed for 'al fresco' dining so that the charms of the region's produce and climate can be enjoyed in style
- 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 with stunning river views and magical sunsets
- Steps lead down to the Dordogne river edge allowing you to fish right at the foot of the property
- Off-street parking for two cars

Villa Shambhala Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Log fire
- Fans (all bedrooms)
- TV and DVD player
- CD player
- Toiletries
- Picnic basket, rug and cool boxes
- Outdoor fridge and honesty bar
- Ironing facilities
- Washing machine and dryer


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

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

Read more about Dordogne

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

(2km )

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 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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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Xmas/NY

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

High Chair
Play pen
Baby walker
Baby intercom
Baby toys 


Baby bath: x1

Changing mat: x2

Baby and Toddler Equipment

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

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Board games
  • Pool inflatables
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds
  • Waterfront

Services Available

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


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Bike hire available (at extra cost)
  • Early check-in for luggage available
  • 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 
- Babysitting service 
- Early check-in for luggage
- Wine Tastings

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 client’s credit card one month before and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time After 4.00 pm. Please note that early check-ins are possible by prior arrangement only and that extra fees apply.
Departure time Strictly 10.00 a.m. Please note that later check-out is possible by prior arrangement only and that extra fees apply.
Energy costs included? Included. However charging of electric vehicles is not included. There is a convenient charging station in the nearby town just 1.5km away.
Linen & towels included? Included.
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.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival (including clean oven, clean barbecue and all rubbish removed). Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
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.
Minimum stay 7 nights (or 5 nights from October to mid-April).
Changeover day Saturday. Flexible during short stays (approximately mid-April to end-September).
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately Easter to end-October. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Heating costs included? Included. There is also an open fire and logs are provided.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 8th 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023 £2,150 £2,688
Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 6th 2024 £3,870 £4,838
Jan 6th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 £2,258 £2,822
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 13th 2024 £2,709 £3,387
Apr 13th 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 - £3,105
Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024 - £3,387
May 25th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - £4,234
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - £5,080
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - £5,644
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - £5,080
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 - £4,234
Sep 28th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 £2,709 £3,387
Oct 19th 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 £3,161 £3,951
Oct 26th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £2,258 £2,822
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 £4,064 £5,080
Jan 4th 2025 - Mar 29th 2025 £2,258 £2,822
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 12th 2025 £2,709 £3,387
Apr 12th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 - £3,105
Apr 26th 2025 - May 24th 2025 - £3,387
May 24th 2025 - Jun 10th 2025 - £4,234

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 8th 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023 €2,355 €2,944
Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 6th 2024 €4,239 €5,299
Jan 6th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 €2,473 €3,091
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 13th 2024 €2,968 €3,709
Apr 13th 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 - €3,401
Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024 - €3,709
May 25th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - €4,637
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - €5,564
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - €6,182
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - €5,564
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 - €4,637
Sep 28th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 €2,968 €3,709
Oct 19th 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 €3,462 €4,328
Oct 26th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €2,473 €3,091
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 €4,451 €5,564
Jan 4th 2025 - Mar 29th 2025 €2,473 €3,091
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 12th 2025 €2,968 €3,709
Apr 12th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 - €3,401
Apr 26th 2025 - May 24th 2025 - €3,709
May 24th 2025 - Jun 10th 2025 - €4,637

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 8th 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023 $2,543 $3,178
Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 6th 2024 $4,577 $5,721
Jan 6th 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 $2,670 $3,337
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 13th 2024 $3,204 $4,005
Apr 13th 2024 - Apr 27th 2024 - $3,672
Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024 - $4,005
May 25th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - $5,006
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - $6,007
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - $6,674
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - $6,007
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 - $5,006
Sep 28th 2024 - Oct 19th 2024 $3,204 $4,005
Oct 19th 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 $3,738 $4,672
Oct 26th 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $2,670 $3,337
Dec 21st 2024 - Jan 4th 2025 $4,806 $6,007
Jan 4th 2025 - Mar 29th 2025 $2,670 $3,337
Mar 29th 2025 - Apr 12th 2025 $3,204 $4,005
Apr 12th 2025 - Apr 26th 2025 - $3,672
Apr 26th 2025 - May 24th 2025 - $4,005
May 24th 2025 - Jun 10th 2025 - $5,006

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Name: Kit Bentley

How long have you owned the property:
16 years

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.



  • Our family have had the most amazing time

    on 24/10/2023

    Our family have had the most amazing time. From long walks along the river, to dinner and wine in the evening, to DVD nights on the sofa, every single thing has been special in its own way.
    The recommendations have been absolutely brilliant, from St Emilion's wine tasting to the town where we dined out.
    It has been a very beautiful trip which will stay with our family for a lifetime and the fact it was our 10-month old son first trip abroad makes it all the more special.
    Thank you!

  • Perfect

    on 17/10/2023

    Perfect house. Beautiful place.

  • The setting is dreamy

    on 29/09/2023

    The setting is dreamy, the house an authentic French countryside/fabulous accommodation and being on the Dordogne river with the swans floating by and the birds singing made our experience something we would like to repeat again and again.
    And to discover Eric's fabulous art studio and purchasing one of his paintings means we are taking back to our home in California a bit of France with us.
    We look forward to seeing you again!

  • Absolutely Beautiful

    on 22/03/2023

    Our family had the most amazing time at Villa Shambhala.

    It is such a beautiful location with a relaxing feeling all around the Villa and surrounding area. We made an itinerary so that each day we knew what we were going to do, what town we would visit and what restaurants we would eat it in. We were not disappointed the places we visited were like a movie.

    One of the evenings we decided to come back and cook at the Villa and watch a film in the evening and that too was just as great.

    Overall it was a really lovely time and could not of asked for a better holiday.

  • We really couldn't ask for more

    on 28/05/2022

    Well, where to start? It has been such a long journey through the pandemic for us to get here, 2 years and 3 postponements later, here we are at the end of our stay!
    It takes a special place to not only give something to look forward to for 2 years, but to live up to those expectations when we arrived.
    Villa Shambhala is certainly a little bit of paradise, we have seen wonderful wildlife, enjoyed fabulous food and wine and beautiful scenery. We really couldn't ask for more.

  • Charming home!

    on 29/04/2022

    Thank you for such a great hospitality at this very charming home in picturesque setting. We were fortunate to have absolutely gorgeous weather during our Easter holiday and therefore spent much of our days enjoying the outdoor areas of the property.
    We loved walking to Domaine La Tourbeille for a tour of the vineyard & wine tasting (~45 mins walk). We also had a very memorable dinner cooked by chef Jane, highly recommended.

  • Beautiful space

    on 05/09/2021

    Amazing setting and beautiful space.

  • Great holiday!

    on 22/09/2019

    Beautiful villa in a stunning location. Had a wonderful, relaxed week.

  • What a fabulous holiday!

    on 19/07/2019

    So relaxing, so confortable, and such a beautiful part of France. Lovely local villages to visit and plenty of handy restaurants. Local boulangerie at the top of the road, excellent for fresh breakfast bread. Thank you all for a wonderful holiday.

  • Amazing holiday

    on 18/10/2018

    The Villa was lovely. Kit, Eric and Josh were beautiful hosts. I will stay there again on my next trip to this region of France.

  • Amazing Villa!

    on 28/09/2018

    The Villa is amazing. The location cannot not be beat. The owner was fantastic and offered a private tour through the resident artist studio which was extremely moving. The artist's talent is on display throughout the Villa which makes it even more of a special experience. The location of the Villa is beyond amazing.

  • Wonderful house in lovely quiet situation!

    on 01/09/2018

    Beautifully fitted out. Masses of space for hanging out private and safe for children. The river is over the quiet road with private garden which is a delight. We had use of the pool, renting Petite Shambhala as well for a family holiday which was icing on the cake. Kit and Eric were delightful hosts.

  • Thank you so much!

    on 13/06/2018

    What a spectacular oasis you have created here in the heart of France! Gerald and I were very comfortable, and so appreciative of your attentiveness to all our needs during the week. The pool was such a gift on the sunny days when we returned form our ‘RAMBLES”in a great quiet spot to be refreshed.

  • Amazing Stay!

    on 03/06/2018

    What a beautiful home in this beautiful place. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • Spot On!

    on 06/10/2017

    We had a wonderful stay at Villa Shambala. A beautiful, spacious, country home with lovely furnishings, and amenities. Just as it was described on the website. We would highly recommend and return ourselves.

  • A peaceful place

    on 14/06/2017

    Dear Kit and Eric, We stayed for a month and watched Spring unfold in 2017. The spring arrived with blossoming trees exploding in colour and the swans nesting on the Dordogne river. A promise that Life can begin anew sealed with a beautiful double rainbow on the patio at Villa Shambhala. Thank you so much for sharing your peaceful place. With Aloha, PennyLes

  • A holiday to remember

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    on 19/11/2008

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

  • An amazing house in a magical location

    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

    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. 

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