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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 7 reviews

Villa Orchidee-Le Four a Sel

from £74 /night help

Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 7 reviews

from £74 /night

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Villa Orchidee, 7 Bedroom Farmhouse with pool in the Dordogne,suitable for 3 families to share

Villa | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 15

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

*** Special Offers!!!** 600€ Off in June, Now 1000€/week, 900€/week if less than 11 guests.

*** 200€ Off , now 2200€/week on 18-24 July-***

This spacious Family friendly house has 6 ensuite bedrooms and shared pool and is set in secluded grounds in a quet village outside Montignac. A mere 5 minutes drive are shops & restaurants and 30 minutes away are Sarlat & other Dordogne sites. It is suitable for 3 families to share or 5 /6 couples wanting to holiday together. A 7th bedroom (not ensuite) with a double bed can be made available on request for a small supplement.

It is one of 3 Gites at Le Four a Sel, a beautiful riverside property beside the Vezere ,chosen by the Irish Times,Gloss Magazine as itsTravel Pick in Oct.2013.It .The area around the gites , pool and garden is fenced to keep the children safe .The surrounding cornfields and open countryside provide magnificent views from the bedroom window.

This is an ideal place for a family holiday offering a tranquil retreat with easy access to many popular Dordogne sites like the Lascaux caves in Montignac, a Unesco World Heritage site , Domme,Roque Gageac, Les Eyzies , Magnificent chateaux and gardens. You can walk to a bakery/bar/restaurant . There are many Cycling and walking routes to be enjoyed close to the property and nearby as well as around the Périgord region.

The facilities onsite include:

*Childproof swimming pool (10m x 4m) which is alarmed and fenced for safety

* private fishing on half a kilometer of its river frontage where guests can also launch their own canoes

* a Covered Terrace for Al fresco dining and BBQ's whatever the weather,with a seating area for just relaxing .Enjoy a glass of wine while you watch your children play table tennis or boules in the courtyard

*Outdoor Playground with a football field & several badminton areas

*Table Tennis in a covered play area, great during inclement weather

*very large courtyard for endless games of Boules & Badminton

*garden and orchard with fruits in season that guests can pick.

*Free wifi in the house and hotspots,

*Lots of parking

With 15 acres of private grounds , children can run around while the adults have their own private space to get away from it all and relax.

Accommodation in Villa Orchidee comprises:

• Two Double bedrooms(each with a double bed)

• Two Triple Bedrooms (with a double bed and a single bed)

• Family room consisting of 2 rooms that interconnect The first room has a double bed and it interconnects to a 2nd bedroom with 3 single beds,perfect for families with very young children.

All rooms above are ensuite.

* a 7th bedroom with a double bed, no private bathroom( is available with a small supplement)

• Dining area/Lounge –is very spacious . Two rooms have their own private entrance leading onto the courtyard. TV with english satellite channels in the lounge. Available all year, all bedrooms have wall mounted electric heaters and there is a woodburner stove in the lounge for the cooler months.

To view more photos, please visit our website - Scroll down on the right and underneath our telephone number is the link to our website .

There are 2 other houses on our property : Villa HIbiscus(property ref. 100337on this site ) and Villa Mimosa (ref 76581). If Villa Orchidee is unavailable, the alternative would be to rent these 2 houses together (they can sleep 13) which are beside each other on the garden side of the property.

The 3 houses can be rented indiividually or altogether as one unit to accommodate up to 30, ideal for large gatherings such as reunions, a birthday celebration, weddings or school groups or hen parties! A cleaner and babysitting service can also be arranged

Size Sleeps up to 15, 7 bedrooms
Nearest beach Tamnies 9 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Brive Souillac is closest Bergerac & Limoges 35 km, Nearest railway: Condat le Lardin or Brive 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
General TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites
Furniture Double beds (6), Single beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

All linen and towels are provided. An end of stay cleaning charge is payable on arrival

A selection of DVDs are available to rent at a nominal fee

Cot, highchair and baby bath are available on request. . Services available:

*chef(a choice of menu and costs can be provided on request) if you require catering for a special occasion to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.

*onsite massage

Please do not hesitate to enquire for more details.

Further details outdoors

Le Four a Sel is in the village of Aubas , 2km outside Montignac & the famous prehistoric Lascaux caves which contains 1500 polychrome paintings by prehistoric man done on the ceilings and walls . Located in the Vezere valley, a Unesco world heritage site.

Set in 15 acres of private grounds, the riverside setting is peaceful and stunning: poplar trees a hundred feet high line the riverbank and lush cornfields provide magnificent views from the bedroom window Private Fishing from dawn to dusk is available on half a kilometer of our river frontage . Fruit trees in the orchard provide shade as well as fruits that guests can help themselves to when in season (cherry,pears,plums,walnuts, apples,hazelnuts,chestnuts). There are many areas for al fresco dining: the garden outside your gite, benches and tables near the pool and by the riverside and in the orchard. .

Just a 10 minute walk from the property is Chateau Sauveboef, which has the largest private collection of fossils in France and within a 15 minute drive are 2 other beautiful chateaux:. You can take a circular walk from our property up to a viewpoint (45 minutes) and see a breathtaking panoramic view of the 3 chateaux .Private Fishing from dawn to dusk is available on half a kilometer of our river frontage .

We are in the Perigord Noir, (also known as the Dordogne) a region of a 1001 castles, magnificent gardens, and France's most beautiful villages. This is an ideal base to explore the Dordogne where you can take gentle walks or cycle through the countryside, sample the region's gastronomic delights like truffles, foie gras,walnut oil, or discover history in any of the numerous chateaux and prehistoric sites many of which are just 30 minutes way. Fruit trees in the orchard provide shade as well as fruits that guests can help themselves to when in season(cherry,pears,plums,walnuts, apples,hazelnuts,chestnuts). For golf lovers, two 18 hole golf courses are just a 40 minute drive .

Loads of parking available, enough to accommodate camper vans and /or trailers. We also provide renting facilities on-site for you to leave your trailer so you can travel to other parts of the region.

Further details

We are flexible on rental dates outside of the high season(July August) and can negotiate rates for dates and occupancy to suit your needs.July/August changeover day is on Saturday.

Smoking inside the house is prohibited but is permitted outside( in the covered terrace). The rate is for 15 people. If the 7th bedroom is used, there is a small supplement(please enquire for details)

Short breaks(4 days) or long lets at special rates. Special rates if the house is occupied by 10 people or less during certain periods. Please do not hesitate to enquire if you have specific requirements.

About this location

The Dordogne region

The Dordogne region provides an incredible spectrum of interesting sites and activities, from castles that rival the Loire( In fact , the Dordogne has 1001 castles), magnificent gardens,like the Hanging Gardens of Marquessac, which stands 130 meters above the river, picture postcard villages like Sarlat , which is one of the best well preserved medieval towns of the region.just 25 minutes away, with golden-ochre stone houses and flower-festooned squares. Along the way ,the scenery is breathtaking. .

When it comes to prehistory,it is in a league of its own .It houses the most magnificent vestiges of the Palaeolithic era in Europe the most famous being Lascaux in Montignac is just 15 minutes away. This is France's most important prehistoric cave.

The Aquitaine contains 13 of the " Most beautiful villages in France", 8 of these are in the Dordogne. Beynac is one of them,location setting for films like Chocolat and Joan of Arc.

For wine lovers, Bergerac and Cahors is a close by. The whole area is known for the richness and quality of its food .There are many excellent restaurants, several with Michelin stars, where the foie gras, truffles, cabecou goats cheese and other delicacies can be enjoyed.Bordeaux and St. Emillion are an hour and a half away, and can be done as aday trip.

April is already warm here . In Spring,(May, June) and Autumn(September,October) the countryside is more lush and the scenery even more beautiful, since the daylight is slightly less harsh than in the summer, a perfect time for walking and cycling in the Dordogne. Temperatures in autumn and spring are 21-26 degrees, with clear blue skies from dawn to dusk.

Summer is typically hot: 30-36 degrees with lots of activities around-food markets,and local art and music festivals with great atmosphere,giving you lots of opportunity to try the local perigordian cuisine and experience French rural life.


We are in Aubas, 2km from Montignac , a charming town with beautiful stone and timbered houses and lovely cafes and restaurants by the riverand site of the famous Lascaux caves .It has a lively market on Wednesdays.

The Montignac international festival in July is a week-long event that culminates in a wonderful fireworks display by the river.Street performers and bands are everywhere ,creating a wonderful festive ambience.The area around us offers a multitude of fascinating activities and sites no more than an hour's drive: troglodyte shelters, stalactite &stalagmite caves to fascinate children of all ages, stunning gardens, fairy tale castles, fortified towns built on cliffs with magnificent views of the valley,postcard scenery.

There is so much to see and do suitable for adults and children of all ages: Canoeing down the Dordogne, horse-riding, hot air ballooning, falconry displays, a corn maze,introductory workshops for wall paintings. There is an aquarium parc just 35 minutes away, with special events like dive feeding of sturgeon and carp and a diver show.Also nearby is the National Prehistory museum ,fascinating for the children

Sarlat, a medieval town is just half an hour away and has a huge Saturday market not to be missed. During the summer you will find many street performers and musicians entertaining in its square and cobbled alleys. Great atmosphere in the evenings. For wine lovers, Bergerac and Cahors are not far away (1.5 hrs) while Bordeaux, for beaches and more vineyards, is a 2 hour drive and can be done as a day trip.

There are many interesting festivals from June - September: Hat festival, Mime festival, scarecrow festival, Jazz Festival - as well as day and night markets to sample the local delicacies, cheese and wine. You will find that the 2 weeks is simply not enough to explore and enjoy this region.

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Review 1-7 of 7

3 Jan 2015


"Christmas celebration at the Villa Orchidée"

We had an excellent Christmas time at the Four à Sel. The property is beautiful and the villa Orchidéeclean and comfortable and was well decorated for Christmas.We were 9 adults and 2 teenagers and … More

15 Sep 2014


"Great place to go and relax."

Location is a good mix of being remote yet close to Montignac so it's easy to go and get anything you need. The house is really nice and able to hold a large amount of people very comfortably. Th… More

14 Jun 2013


"perfect in every way"

we stayed at le four a sel for a group family holiday at the start of June and I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Dave & Brenda are both fantastic hosts and willing to help in any way they c… More

Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely comments. It was a pleasure having you all back here again and pleased to know you've enjoyed your holiday with us the second time around. Great to see an even bigger group this time, all the familiar faces and new ones as well .Hope to see you again soon. Take care. Regards, Dave and Brenda

9 Sep 2012


"An excellent family place for holidays in one of France[--]s finest area"

We spent 2 excellent weeks at Villa Hibiscus at Le four a Sel ,This large house was a fine stay, in a very pleasant place near the river with beautiful trees. Our children got on very well with the o… More

2 Sep 2012


"Comfortable Accomodation with an extensive range of on site activities and set in an excellent location"

Our family group of 11 adults and 5 children ranging in age from 4-63 stayed in the Villa Orchidee for two hot weeks in August 2012, making full use of the swimming pool and the large covered area for al fresco dining and relaxing evenings.
Owners Brenda and David were always friendly and approachable offering advice on local restaurants and sites to visit even helping with bookings for activities.
Villa Orchidee is situated in a quiet rural area 3km from Montignac and is close to lots of historic sites in the Dordogne region.There is also canoeing ,water parks and tree top adventure parks close by.So we found lots to do.
We had a fantastic holiday and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

14 Aug 2012


"Lovely location but owners frequently on site"

A group of 27 of us hired all three properties here for 2 weeks. The location in Dordogne is great- surrounded by lots of corn fields and Montignac very close. Property was in many ways good for our b… More

The lead person in this group sent me her feedback via email after their stay (and I am quoting it here):
“We all enjoyed very much our fortnight at Le Four a Sel. Location-wise Le Four a Sel couldn't be bettered - rural yet close enough to Montignac to allow us to walk in across the fields or along the back roads, and very handy for the shops and supermarche.There was plenty accommodation for our party & all the garden area(with loads of tables & chairs),the courtyard & swimming pool were great for the children. We especially liked the covered eating area which, as you know, we were able to use all the time given that we were blessed with such good weather. Le Four a Sel is a great property in an excellent location and all in all for our large family, we had a superb holiday”.
This shows their high level of satisfaction with Le Four a Sel.
We found several issues regarding the state of the property following their departure which we needed to bring to their attention , which unfortunately has now clouded their view of their stay. One was the missing towels. They disputed the total number of towels issued to them only when we informed them there were 5 missing when we cleaned the houses after their departure. Yet no one mentioned this either on the day after their arrival or at any point during their 2 week stay.
Booking all 3 houses allows the use of all the onsite facilities, without having to share these with other guests not in the group . However, as we live onsite , we will be around & visible performing tasks occasionally to maintain the 15 acre grounds (such as cleaning the pool ,watering plants , mowing the lawn etc..) In addition, there are private buildings/barns within the complex where we store the tools necessary to run the business and to which we need occasional access.
Being onsite means , should we be asked, we are on hand to give you advice, helpful tips/suggestions , share our knowledge of the local area, assist if you need someone to speak French, and deal promptly with problems that may arise.

7 Oct 2011


"Excellent gite in an excellent location with extensive facilities."

As a family group of 11 aged 2 to 70, we found Villa Orchidee to be a very pleasant one of three gites well spaced out so that privacy wasn't compromised and with the owners only a few yards away. The main living room easily accommodated the whole group sitting round one table. David and Brenda were always keen to help out whether with washing machines or map directions. Facilities included table tennis, handball practice net, children's swings and a BBQ by the river bank, swimming pool and large covered area for relaxing or picnicking. As a disabled person I would have liked to have had handrails to ease access to the main living room and kitchen which each have 4 steps. Villa Orchidee is well positioned with many attractions within reach by car, including the neighbouring attractive town of Montignac.

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