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    Villa Shambhala

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    Property ref: S114688

    • Bedrooms 4

    • Sleeps 8

    • Baths 2

    • Pets No

    • Reviews (27)

    About this property

    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.

    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

    Accommodation

    Villa Shambhala - 8 guests/4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
    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
    - 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
    - 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 - 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.
    Outside Grounds
    - 4 separate relaxing areas:
       1. 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.
       2. 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
       3. The Fountain Garden, excellent for eating and drinking
       4. 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.
    - 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
    - 2 travel cots and bedding
    - 8 sunbeds
    - 4 parasols
    - Picnic basket, rug and cool boxes
    - Juicer
    - Outdoor fridge and honesty bar

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    Local amenities

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    • Site archéologique de Montcaret
      2 miles
    • Le Comptoir de Genès
      8 miles
    • Château Pressac
      8.5 miles
    • Atelier De Candale
      10 miles
    • Château La Croizille
      10.5 miles
    • Chateau Troplong Mondot
      10.5 miles
    • Chateau La Gaffeliere
      11.5 miles
    • Chateau des Vigiers
      11.5 miles
    • Chateau Soutard
      11.5 miles
    • Cloître des Cordeliers
      11.5 miles

    Reviews (27)

    Bridget ‐ 18 Oct 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."
    Catherine ‐ 28 Sep 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."
    Norman ‐ 1 Sep 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."
    Gerald and Linda J ‐ 13 Jun 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."
    Andy and Sara Bairnes ‐ 3 Jun 2018
    "What a beautiful home in this beautiful place. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!"
    Larissa, Christian, Grace and Sam ‐ 14 Apr 2018
    "Thank you so much for this delightful stay. We are all the way from Perth Australia and expected a relaxing, peaceful and beautiful stay here and that’s exactly what we received! We enjoyed visiting the towns and surrounding area but our favourite part was our evening strolls and sitting out the front of this beautiful house having afternoon drinks and fabulous local wine and platters, while the kids played all sorts of games .The water was freezing but our daughter couldn’t resist swimming and we loved how beautiful the sun was as it glistened on the water. The swinging chair across the road was a hit for the kids and we enjoyed watching the swans swimming below. Thank you so much, this was the highlight of our trip and we are so grateful for your kindness. We will try to visit again soon!"
    Jill
    "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."
    Penny L
    "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"
    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."
    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."
    Paul and Nora
    "Thank you so much, we have had a wonderful time. Just wish we could stay for at least another week."
    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."
    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 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."
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    Ashraf H
    "Villa Shambhala is very Place to take your vacation , you can enjoy every moment, Also it is a good place for children."
    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!"
    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."
    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!!"
    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."
    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!)."
    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."
    G. Thorne
    "Perfection........Merci Beaucoup!!!"
    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!"
    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. "

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