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Villa Hibiscus- Le Four a Sel


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Villa Hibiscus, view from the garden

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

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

This spacious Farmhouse with 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms is located just outside the pretty town of Montignac, site of the prehistoric Lascaux caves in the Dordogne and 25 minutes from Sarlat and other sites . It is one of 3 gites with shared pool at Le Four a Sel, a beautiful riverside property in the Vezere Valley , recently chosen by the Irish Times, Gloss Magazine as its October Travel Pick . The house is suitable for 2 families to share with onsite facilities to amuse all ages,making it an ideal accommodation for a family holiday.Though we are by the river, the area around the gites, pool & garden is fenced to keep children safe. The 10m x 4m pool is also fenced and alarmed for added safety.

Set in 15 acres of private grounds in a peaceful location, supermarkets and pretty riverside cafes and restaurants are only a 5 minute drive. You can walk to a bakery/bar/restaurant for daily fresh baked baguettes and croissants.

The bedrooms are upstairs with wonderful views of the pool , lush cornfields and surrounding countryside from the window.

Accommodation comprises:

1 Double Bedroom, with a double bed , and ensuite bathroom

1 Double bedroom

2 bedrooms each with a single bed

On the groundfloor is a spacious family bathroom , an open plan Kitchen/Dining area that has table and chairs for 8 and a separate lounge . There is a woodburner stove in the lounge and all rooms have electric heaters making it suitable for rental during the cooler months.

The front door alllows direct access to the covered play area for Table Tennis and the large courtyard for Badminton and the french game of Boules(petanque).The back door leads into a large garden with dining furniture and a BBQ for al fresco dining on the warm Dordogne evenings. It also gives direct access to the pool and orchard. Other facilties include: a children's playground with swings, and slides, a wooden playhouse, a climbing frame, a football area and several badminton areas; private fishing on half a kilometer of its river frontage, lots of parking, free Wifi

Available all year.

Please visit our website for more information and photos (underneath our telephone number is the link to our website). If this house is not available, why not consider our larger house, Villa Orchidee( type :47005 on the search field of this website) . It has 6 bedrooms and can sleep 15 but reduced rates are offered during certain periods when less than 10 guests occupy it.

We also have a cottage , Villa Mimosa(ref :76581) which sleeps 5, with 2 bedrooms.The 3 houses are separate and can be rented individually or rented together to accommodate up to 30 people.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 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, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared 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

English to French adaptors are available.

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

Cot, highchair and baby bath are available on request. Babysitting service available. We have an in house chef(a choice of menu and costs can be provided on request) if you require catering for a special occasion perhaps t celebrate a birthday or anniversary. 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 site of the famous prehistoric Lascaux caves.This cave contains 1500 polychrome renderings on the ceilings and walls made by prehistoric man. Located in the Vezere valley, also called the valley of Man, the area is 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: Chateau Fleunie , which is popular as a wedding venue and Chateau Filolie ( which is currently being restored) 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 .

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. June-August- changeover day is on Saturday.

Smoking inside the house is prohibited but is permitted outside( in the covered terrace) or in the garden.

Short breaks(4 days) or long lets at special rates. Special rates if reduced occupancy during certain periods. Please do not hesitate to enquire if you have specific requirements.

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.


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 1-4 of 4

27 Sep 2013


"A perfect Dordogne holiday at Le Four a Sel"

Although I had visited France before, I had never been to the Dordogne or the Vezere Valley. I had never stayed in a proper gite before. I had no idea what to expect. However, after staying at Le F… More

16 Oct 2012


"Peaceful , rural setting to relax but close enough to enjoy surrounding attractions."

This is a great rural accommodation near a lovely French village and handy to local sites. The accommodation is hosted by an English couple who willingly share their local enthusiasm and experience.… More

12 Oct 2011


"Very pleasant stay in pleasant surroundings, with warm welcome from friendly owners David and Brenda."

We enjoyed the fishing and caught Barbel, Bream and Catfish.
The pool was also very welcome on the hot days.
We had several memorable days out, canoeing fishing and swimming in the Dordogne, visiting caves and sightseeing.
Thank you for a pleasant stay and we hope to see you again one day.

4 Oct 2011


"something for all ages - swimming, fishing, nature watching, kid's games"

Lovely holiday. If you want to be with others, then there are people to meet and places to be with them. If you want to be on your own, there is plenty of room to do that. I liked staying in a (nearly) 200-year old house with beautiful stonework and your own sitting areas, fishing or just watching the river, being by the pool, or the barrage. Great walks/runs by crossing the river and loads of wildlife, pine martens, hares, bats, buzzards, red squirrels, etc. Most of all, two really pleasant and helpful owners/hosts who helped make the holiday the success it was

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Brenda A.

  • 6 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:13 Nov 2014

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