La Villa Shambhala

Prats, Dordogne
+44 (0)7773 745468

£385 - £800
per night
£2688 - £5650
per week

A lovely space in a quiet riverside hamlet. Find pretty interiors with plenty of art, and lots of leafy countryside. Swim in the pool or river


4 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£385 - £800 per night

£2688 - £5650 per week

The Experience

This well converted 18th-century pépiniériste’s (plantsman’s) house sits in a small hamlet with impressive views over the Dordogne river. A blend of traditional and contemporary furniture creates a relaxed feel; big sofas are opposite an open fireplace, the painted wooden table is perfect for family meals, the kitchen is modern and you’ll find books, DVDs and games.

Compact bedrooms have white walls, squashy mattresses and bright paintings; functional shower rooms have lovely Cole & Lewis fragrances. The garden is laid to gravel with a trickling water feature; on warm days you can chill out on the rooftop sundeck, float in the pool, wild swim in the river or dine al fresco on the terrace. Do your prepping in the covered summer kitchen.

Here you are spoiled for outdoor activities and wine tastings – there are vineyards galore. Tailor-made residential art courses are now available by acclaimed artist Eric Bourse.

La Villa Shambhala - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Gazing at the tranquil views over the river
  • Swimming in the secluded pool in its own private courtyard
  • The beautiful original artworks throughout
La Villa Shambhala - Gallery

You should know

  • It's a half-hour walk to a restaurant
  • One bedroom is set apart from the rest


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £385
Weekly price
from £2688
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £3854 beds4 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm Saturday-Saturday
Check out
10am-10am Saturday-Saturday
Other details
Short breaks available out of season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog treats on request.

£15 per dog per day. Max. 3.

Lots of walking along the river, through apple orchards, walnut groves, chestnut groves and vineyards. Fenced safe garden.


Villa Shambhala is a magical place, its situation on the banks of the magestic Dordogne in the heart of the countryside is a dream. There is something to suit all needs whether you wish to explore the delights of the surrounding towns and villages or nip to the local boulangerie and shops then spend your time at home making use of the fully equipped kitchen and terraces. Reading, eating and drinking the local wines, what more does a holiday maker want? Well, visiting St Emilion's beautiful church: the Sunday market at Issigeac were we had a wonderful lunch at L"Atelier, it is all superb.

Charlotte, London

What a heavenly place to stay! My husband and I took our three children and absolutely loved our week at Shambhala. Kit is an incredible host and the location is fabulous. Trips to the lakes, kayaks down the Dordogne and visits to local village markets made for a perfect French holiday. Highly recommended!

Georgie, Hampshire

What a magical place. Villa Shambhala exceeded all expectations of a family holiday, from the moment we arrived to the final farewell I felt like my family and I were living a dream. The attention to detail was outstanding, from the charming hostess to the stunning views of the Dordogne, family bike rides through the vineyards, kayaking down the wide and beautiful river and not to mention the divine wine sampled most days from the local chateaus AND the beds are so comfy and luxurious! This holiday is by far my favourite and I can't wait to head back there this summer.

Alaina, London

Villa Shambhala is a special place for a calm quiet holiday say from the crowds .We loved the location on the riverside and the wild life was enchanting. Kit was a fabulous host and full of local knowledge. The location is magical The villa is full of original art. Can't wait to go back.

Ben, London

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The neighbourhood

It's a restful spot for dozing by the pool, swimming in the river (avoiding swans), walking in the pretty countryside. You are half an hour from Pessac-sur-Dordogne and a good restaurant, Le Pessaquai. There are many bustling markets with lots of local produce nearby, and this is wine country so you can visit endless vineyards for tastings. Hire kayaks and take to the river from Pessac, 1km.

Local points of interest from Kit Bentley

  • Daily bustling markets brimming with local produce, foie gras, truffles, duck and local cheeses. Visit the markets at Castillon La Bataille. Eymet night market, Issigeac, Santa Foy La Grande, one of the largest in France
  • Wine lovers paradise. St Seurin de prats is close to Bergerac, Montbazillac and St Emilion, the world UNESCO heritage site amid the land of 1001 castles and fairy-tale flower meadows are a bevy of medieval towns and villages. Private wine tours available
  • Famed for its gastronomy, you can feast like a king without leaving the property. Gastronomic delights await you. There are 3 local restaurants in Pessac, 1 km. Michelin star restaurant in St Emilion and Bordeaux
  • Famous international artist lives next door. Private art courses available. Visit his studio and on-site gallery for that rare art experience. Art historian Elie Faure lived next door. The house is filled with original artwork.
  • Captivate life on the river. Glowing sunrises and sunsets. Fishing and wild swimming available from the foot of the private steps leading to the Dordogne. Kayaks and canoes available for hire in Pessac 1km
  • Wildlife takes central stage with swans cutting through the river and fish pirouetting from its tranquil waters. Lone fishermen drift silently past. This is a wonderful place to just be. Now that’s hard to find!


Kit Bentley

Kit also lives in the hamlet and will come to meet you when you arrive. She's happy to advise on sightseeing and wine tours, and also runs art and wine courses.