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House | 13 bedrooms | sleeps 30

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Le Four a Sel is a beautiful riverside property in the Vezere Valley of the Dordogne comprising a Large house for 15 people and 2 individual houses. It is located in a quiet village outside Montignac & Lascaux caves and 25 minutes from Sarlat. Set in 15 acres of private grounds it is surrounded by cornfields, rows of walnut trees and open countryside that offer wonderful views from the bedroom window . Though we are by the river, the area around our gites , pool and garden is fenced to keep the children safe. Facilities onsite include: half a kilometer of river frontage for Private Fishing from dawn to dusk , Children's playground with swings,and slides, a climbing frame, Football area and Several Badminton areas, Table Tennis in the covered play area , a Covered Terrace for al fresco dining whatever the weather, large 500 sq.meter Courtyard for Boules , Gardens and Orchard , free Wifi and lots of parking. Shops are a mere 5 minute drive and many Dordogne sites like Domme, Roc St.Christophe and Chateaux Beynac are just 30 minutes away. You can walk to a bakery/bar and restaurant . Please visit our website for a detailed description of each house and more photos. Scroll down on the right and underneath our telephone number is the link to our website.

Le Four a Sel is the Irish Times October travel pick and was featured in the Gloss Magazine, 3 Oct.2013. The article is on our website.

Villa Orchidee, the main house, is a spacious renovated farmhouse that sleeps 15 persons in 6 ensuite bedrooms . There is a 7th bedroom with a double bed (no private bathroom) which can be made available on request for a small supplement. The house still retains its original features of ancient oak beams and ochre coloured stone walls .The spacious dining room/lounge can seat up to 30 people and in addition ,outside the gite is the covered terrace for al freso dining whatever the weather with seating for up to 28 guests. All bedrooms have electric heaters and there is a woodburner stove in the lounge for the cooler months. We are open all year.

Villa Hibiscus, is a spacious 4 bedroom Farmhouse with 2 bathrooms for 8 guests and is suitable for 2 families to share. One double bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and on the groundlfoor is a spacious family bathroom .Being southeast facing,it enjoys long hours of sunshine and has scenic views of cornfields from the bedroom window . It benefits from having direct access to the pool as well as to the covered terrace and courtyard where petanque,badminton and table tennis can be enjoyed..

Villa Mimosa is a cozy cottage with rustic charm with 2 bedrooms to sleep 5 people. It is also southeast facing and has scenic views of cornfields , the garden and the pool from the bedroom window. It benefits from having a bath and a side patio and is the gite closest to the pool and the orchard with walnut trees.

*BBQ, outdoor table & chairs and sunloungers are provided

*lots of parking space- for at least 14 cars

*Wifi is available in the house and hotspots within the property.

All the 3 houses can be rented indiividually or altogether , allowing several families or groups of people or friends to holiday together and still maintain their privacy and personal space. The property can accommodate up to 30 people- ideal for large gatherings such as a birthday celebration, wedding or a reunion .We have an inhouse chef who can cater for you if you want a special meal to celebrate an occasion.

We live onsite ,on hand to give you advice, helpful tips and suggestions and share our knowledge of the local area . Please enquire for details

Size Sleeps up to 30, 13 bedrooms
Nearest beach Tamnies 4 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac & Limoges 99 km, Nearest railway: Condat le Lardin or Brive 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 13 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 6 En suites
Furniture Single beds (12), Double beds (9), Cots (3), Dining seats for 30, Lounge seats for 13
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

There is a woodburner stove in the dining room/lounge of Villa Orchidee and in the lounge of Villa Hibiscus and all rooms have electric heaters ,making it suitable for rental during the cooler period.

Further details outdoors

Extra feezers are available in the adjoining barn.There are 2 washing machines in the laundry room outside the houses. Wifi is avaiable in Villa Hibiscus and Villa orchidee and in hotspots within the property.

Bicycles can be hired from a shop just 10 minutes walk from the property.

Further details

A 35% deposit is required to secure the reservation if booking the 3 gites. If booking 1 or 2 gites, a 30% deposit is required. The balance is payable 16 weeks before arrival. There is a security deposit required (400 eur for the main house and 200 eur each for the smaller houses) refundable no later than 1 week after departure.And an end of stay cleaning charge is payable on arrival.From June - September,there is a tax de sejour payable on arrival

The Aquitaine/Dordogne region

The Dordogne region provides an incredible spectrum of interesting sites and activities. It has castles that rival the Loire:from fairytale (like Chateau Milandes-former residence of Josephine Baker(famous actress/singer) ,to flambuoyant(like Hautefort) and fortresses like Castlenaud. 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 , troglodyte shelters and caves,the most famous being Lascaux, just 20 minutes away, containing polychrome renderings of 15,000-year-old galloping horses, reindeer, bison, and ibex.

In the area, you will find crystalline caves,castles and fortresses which offer an exceptional variety of landscapes, architecture and pages from the history of France. It has magnificent gardens,like the Gardens of Marquessac,which stands 130 meters above the river,and unveils an exceptional view on the entire valley. The Aquitaine contains 13 of the " Most beautiful villages in France", 8 of these are in the Dordogne. Beynac is one of them,made famous by movies like Chocolat and Joan of Arc.

All throughout the area, you will pass picture postcard villages like Sarlat(just 25 minutes away) , with golden-ochre stone houses and flower-festooned squares, and along the way ,the scenery is breathtaking.

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.

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.

Montignac

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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4 Sep 2014

4/5

"Great location off the tourist trail of the Dordogne but close to the prehistoric sites of the Vezere Valley."

Really enjoyed our stay with Brenda and David. They have a fantastic place on the banks of the river Vezere. It is a quiet 3km bike ride to Montignac which is a lovely smallish town with plenty of s… More

3 Sep 2014

4/5

"Beautiful Base in Relaxing Surroundings for Exploring the Perigord Area."

Le Four a Sel is a perfect base for exploring this area of France. The property is right on the Vezere River so we took canoes and were able to explore both the Vezere and the Dordogne (the Vezere is … More

7 Jun 2014

5/5

"Amazing people...amazing place...amazing holiday..."

We had such a fantastic time. thanks to the beautiful location, wonderful hosts and realy amazing property. We loved the relaxing feel of the whole way of life. I would recommend this place to every… More

12 Jan 2014

4/5

"Grand gite agreable et bien situe, idéal pour des vacances estivales"

Très bon accueil et discrétion des propriétaires.Excellente situation touristique.Gite agréable, chambres propres et bien équipées.Pièces communes spacieuses.2 points qui nous paraissent indisp… More

Merci pour vos commentaires postif de nos gites .Nous sommes tres heureux que vous avez passer une bonne sejour chez le four a sel. Nous prevoyons mettre une hotte aspirante dans la cuisine prete pour la saison venant. Meme si un wc commun pour tout le gite serait un atout, nous croyons que les salles de bains en suite dans chaque chambre sont assez suffisantes pour le gite et mettre encore une toillette sera retraisir la salon spacieux. Nous esperons que cela ne vous decourage pas revenir chez le four a sel et merci encore pour vos commentaires.

Cordialement,
Brenda et David

5 Oct 2013

5/5

"Perfect, Relaxing Escape in the heart of the Dordogne"

We spent a week in this delightful gite. Centrally located in the Dordogne, close to caves, castles, canoeing and local markets. The local town of Montignac, just down the street, has lovely riversi… More

19 Sep 2013

5/5

"Fabulous in every way... with hosts to match.""

We rented the entire complex of buildings, Villas Mimosa, Hibiscus and Orchidee, for a cross-cultural family reunion of American and French sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. The setting is wonde… More

21 Aug 2013

5/5

"A splendid place"

We were a group of 22 persons, family and friends, and we had struggled to find an appropriate place. We booked the all three houses together, which provided enough space (we could have been more, but… More

16 Jul 2013

4/5

"very good"

Brenda and David where so nice and helpful, beautiful place to stay would recommend to anyone great for large families… More

6 Dec 2012

5/5

"un souvenir de tres bonnes vacances, et une envie de revenir"

Durant les vacances de la Toussaint 2012, nous avons passé un très agréable séjour dans les gîtes de Brenda et David ! Nous avons loué les deux plus grands gîtes pour 19 personnes, dont de peti… More

23 Sep 2012

4/5

"A week of fun at Le Four a Sel"

Along with a group of 24 friends, with ages ranging from 14 to 71, we recently stayed at Le Four a Sel for a most enjoyable week's holiday.  We were warmly welcomed on arrival by hosts Barbara a… More

Dear Renate:
Thank you so much for such a glowing review .
We really enjoyed having your group here .You've set the benchmark now and we are looking forward to the next groups coming in the summer of 2013.

We are pleased to say that the major work on the weir near our poperty has now finished and the noise has stopped.. We currently have guests and they are enjoying a peaceful holiday.
Take care.

Kind regards,
David and Brenda

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