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Brenda Archer

Member since: 2008
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Speaks english, french, spanish

3 Dordogne Holiday Homes w/Pool Peaceful setting, Fabulous views,5 min to shops - Villa Orchidee has 6 Ensuite bedrooms Onsite Fishing ,30 Min to sites

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Montignac holiday house

Childfriendly Self catering Houses (sleeps15, 8, 5) ensuite bedrooms,pool,garden

Le Four a Sel is a stunning riverside property comprising a Large House and 2 Gites with shared pool, set in 15 acres of private grounds in a peaceful and secluded, but not isolated location, just 5 minutes from shops and 30 minutes from sites.

The Large house sleeps 15 people in 6 ensuite bedrooms, the 2 other houses are a Farmhouse with 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8, and a cottage with 2 bedrooms to sleep up to 5 guests. Please click on the individual tabs above to see the detailed description) . The 3 separate houses are self contained and fully equipped, and can be rented individually or together to accommodate up to 30 guests (as the large house has a 7th bedroom, which can be made available on request).

Wake up to fabulous views of lush cornfields from your bedroom window. Enjoy facilities ONSITE without leaving the property: Picnics and BBQ's beside the glorious Vezere river , Alfresco dining and BBQ's WHATEVER the weather in a covered terrace that can seat up to 26, Unlimited Private Fishing from dawn to dusk, Play football, baseball and badminton with friends and family in our huge outdoor playground equipped with swings, slide, climbing frame, and a wooden playhouse, football and badminton nets, Table Tennis in the covered play area , and our 400 sqm courtyard for endless games of Boules(also called petanque) - All these right on your doorstep! No need to go sightseeing everyday to entertain the kids. There is so much space for children to run around in and expel all their energy and more for you to find your own private corner to unwind and get away from it all. The area around the houses ,pool and back garden is fenced to prevent access to the river and the childproof pool is fenced and alarmed for safety.

Le Four a Sel is 2km (5 min) from Montignac , site of the famous prehistoric Lascaux caves and 25 minutes from beautiful medieval Sarlat, the most popular town of the region. You can walk to the village for fresh baked croissants & baguettes .There is also a bar & restaurant offering 4 course meals for 12 euros!

Le Four a Sel was chosen by the Irish Times Gloss magazine as its travel pick in October 2013.

There is Free Wifi in hotspots and lots of parking.

All 3 houses can be rented individually or together, ideal as GROUP ACCOMMODATION for MULTI-GENERATION FAMILY GATHERINGS OR several friends wanting to share a holiday together in one location but with SEPARATE ACCOMODATIONS.

Available all year, all rooms have electric heaters for the cooler months. Villa Orchidee & Villa Hibiscus also have a woodburner stove.

More Details

Details for Villa Orchidee has 6 Ensuite bedrooms Onsite Fishing ,30 Min to sites 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15, 5 Bathrooms

Villa Orchidee is a spacious Perigourdin house suitable for 3 -4 families or 5/6 couples wanting to holiday together. It still retains its original features of ochre coloured stone wallls & wooden oak beams. It has :

• 2 Triple rooms with a double bed & a single bed, ensuite bathroom

•2 Double rooms with a double bed ,ensuite bathroom

• A Family Suite consisting of 1 Bedroom w/ a double bed ,and an interconnecting door to Bedroom 2 with 3 single beds-the bathroom is in bedroom1 . A 7th bedroom w/a double bed (no bathroom) is available for a small charge or is free when the 3 houses are rented together. Spacious Open plan dining room/lounge can seat 17 , with a TV (english satellite channels), settee & armchair.The covered terrace has table & chairs for al fresco dining & BBQ's whatever the weather . Electric heaters in the bedrooms & a woodburner stove in the lounge make it suitable for rental during the cooler months. Available all year.

  • Groups
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Brenda Archer (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks english, french, spanish

Why Brenda Archer chose Perigord Noir

We came to Montignac with our 2 children on a family holiday in 2001. The kids loved the area-there was so much to see and do and always there was something new to experience and discover. We did this for 7 years , then we found Le Four a Sel fell in love with it and decided to make it our home

We love the peaceful rural setting,the wonderful sense of freedom this large expanse of space our property gives us and being beside the river is just so relaxing . And we are still in awe of the stunning scenery of this part of the Dordogne.We still get pleasantly surprised when we drive around and stumble upon a quaint village , a hidden castle.

What makes this house unique

**Excellent Location- peaceful and secluded but not isolated, walking distance to a bakery /bar/restaurant . Charming Montignac is close enough for one to walk in across the fields or along the back roads, with its cafes& restaurants, Wednesday and saturday market where you can buy local produce. And we are just 30 minutes away from many attractions, you won't need to drive too far to get back to your house.There is so much to see & do, 2 weeks won't be enough

**Lots of Space!You will never feel cramped here.15 acres of land for the children to run around in & expel all their excess energy. And still so much left for anyone to find their own private corner and get away from it all .

**The riverside setting is simply stunning, and oh sooo peaceful! Set beside the river Vezere, the riverbank is lined with poplar trees a 100 feet high .Watch the trees swaying gracefully in the wind ,listen to the nightingale break into song, or catch a glimpse of a kingfisher .

**Fabulous views . Wake up in the morning to views of lush cornfields from your bedroom window, or watch the early morning mist rise above the Vezere river at 7am

Though we are by the river, both the swimming pool and the river are protected by a fence and gate to keep children safe.

**Private Fishing on your doorstep- Half a kilometre of river frontage for fishing from dawn to dusk

**Onsite facilities below provide sufficient amusement for everyone- no need to go sight seeing everyday.

*swimming pool (fenced and alarmed)-10m x 4m

*Table Tennis in a covered play area (handy during inclement weather).

*Outdoor playground equipped with football and badminton nets, swings,slide, wooden playhouse, climbing frame;

* Covered Terrace with tables and chairs to seat up 26 so you can enjoy al fresco dining in the shade and BBQ's whatever the weather

*Large 400 sq meter Enclosed courtyard for Boules or Badminton;

*Free Wifi in hotspots

*Lots of parking for at least 12 cars , more if req

Guestbook comments from the owner

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 shops and cafes right on the river. Down stream from Montignac are all the prehistoric sites for which this area is famed. Le Four a Sel provides spacious accommodation for an extended group - we were a large family group ranging in age between 3 and 80. The teenagers loved the pool and the table tennis table and the space near the river to play football and we all enjoyed communal meals in the covered seating area in the courtyard. There is a farm nearby selling fresh milk and during the summer months there is a "night market" one evening a week in the local village, Aubas, a short walk away across the bridge over the river, with a small restaurant/bar/grocers shop and acts as the local bread depot where you can order bread. The facilities were great We were there for one week but there is plenty to do for longer. We took our own canoe and you can launch from the riverbank at the property - there is a little landing stage. You can canoe up river from the property towards Chateau Sauve Boeuf . Altogether a great spot - we would love to go back.
Aug 2014
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Villa Orchidee has 6 Ensuite bedrooms Onsite Fishing ,30 Min to sites
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews

50th birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

You know when you dream of the perfect day,well this was it.The location was fantastic as we needed to accommodate 22 people from 3 continents.This is an ideal place for large groups as there are plenty of rooms,kitchens and bathrooms and loads of outside space should you need some downtime from the group.There is so much to see in the surrounding area and you never have to venture very far for a day out.The town Montignac is close with a good supermarket,bakery,cafes and places to eat. David and Brenda are the ideal hosts.They helped find a chef for the lunch,were there when we needed help and information,always with a smile.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very clean, comfortable, friendly hosts.

  • 5 of 5

The property is very well maintained, clean and comfortable, great for large groups of friends or large family, big outside seating area to sit and chill and have a few beers to relax, river on site if you fancy a fishing holiday, Dave and Brenda could not do enough for us. Great place to stay and plenty to see within easy drive.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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  • 4 of 5

A lovely collection of Gites, nicely furnished next to the river. Well sited for most attractions in the area. The hosts were fantastic, very accommodating and friendly. They were full of fantastic and honest information about the locality.

Gites were neat clean and convenient. It was great to have an enclosed courtyard for the children.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Big family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous setting with lots of space for a big family group to enjoy time together or apart when needed. Pool was very very clean. Plenty of activities nearby including kayaking and horse riding. Sarlat a lovely medieval town to visit. Also very relaxing if you don't want to be active. So something for everyone here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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21st birthday big group

  • 5 of 5

The photos on the website don't sell this place enough!! beautiful property and grounds.

the owners Brenda and David were fantastic hosts, there for us when we needed it but not over bearing. The pool was a good size especially for new swimmers like me. The property is in walking distance to a lovely town of Montignac and far enough to enjoy the beautiful countryside. the accommodation was perfect really can not fault our stay at all, the only downfall was having to go home at the end.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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  • 5 of 5

We decided with friends of mine to discover Perigord as whe want. I'm french coming from Alsace and to my mind this holidays were perfect. Guests are always ready to take care of you. Property was perfectly located, quiet along the Vezere, where you can fish. The region is beautiful, our stay was partitioned between relaxing at the pool, fishing, visiting the area and eat barbecue in the evening. Everything is within reach, it remains only to enjoy and relax.

The villa was perfect for all private bathroom for each bedroom, large living room, very comfortable.

The perfect holiday, thank you to our hosts for this sweet stay in Périgord

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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Nearest Airport
34 Kilometres
Brive Souillac
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
660 Kilometres
St. Malo
Nearest Golf
34 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Condat sur Vezere
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Condat sur Vezere
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Le Four a Sel is in the village of Aubas, 2km from Montignac & the prehistoric Lascaux caves and 25 minutes from the medieval town of Sarlat & Les Eyzies. Popular Tourist sites like Chateau Hautefort, Domme, the feudal fortress of Commargue, the gardens of Marquessac, Roque Gageac ,a village carved on a hilltop, Roque St. Christophe , the medieval village of Castlenaud are within a 30 minute drive. Major towns close by are Perigeux and Brive and closest airports are Brive Souillac, a 40 minute drive,served from London City airport by Cityjet. Bergerac & Limoges are 1hr30 minutes away. Bordeaux airport is 1hr 45 minutes, and the vineyards of St. Emillion can be visited as a day trip. For walkers, cyclists or those who simply like to take a gentle drive along meandering country lanes, this is a magnificent corner of France. Must do : canoeing/kayaking down the vezere river or the Dordogne- the best way to see the sites. Other nearby activities:Horseriding - 20 minutes away; 2 lakes nearby within 20 minutes where you can go sailing, waterskiing, and one has a small beach; watersports with waterslides, a fishing lake , large playground, is 40 minutes away. Lots of things to see and do here-2 weeks won't be enough!!

Golf: The Perigord Noir has some good golf courses with the added attractions of the region's wine and food to help you recover from the day's exertions plus a plethora of tourist sites and attractions to add variety to your holiday. Three 18 hole golf courses 40 minutes away .We can arrange tee off time.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Montignac, France

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
12 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/Noel/Nouvel An
17 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
4 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 11 guests; add A$6 per night, per additional guest
22 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
29 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
13 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 13 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
High Season
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
Very High
29 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
9 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
23 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$850
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

There is a CLEANING CHARGE OF 100 EUR payable as cash only ON ARRIVAL BEFORE KEYS ARE HANDED. This is not displayed on the rental quote because the system will add this to the rental charge of the house, which will increase the service charge you pay to homeaway as the service fee is based on a percentage of the total rental quote. Please also note that the deposit of 30% (Not 25%) is required to guarantee the reservation.This is non refundable. The homeaway system gives a drop down menu which limits the owner to a choice of 25% or 50% hence this is what is showing but we are making you aware of this at the time of booking. The balance is required 12 weeks before arrival. By filling up the booking form, you agree to our terms and conditions.
Special Rates for: Xmas,New Year, Easter, Bank Holiday ,available on request. Reduced rates if 10 people or less on certain periods(except July & August).In July& August, booking is from Saturday to Saturday . At other times, we are flexible. We accept short breaks or long week-ends , and various lengths of rental. Please contact us for any requests. The security deposit is payable 4 weeks before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for Villa Orchidee has 6 Ensuite bedrooms Onsite Fishing ,30 Min to sites in Montignac, France

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 218 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 25 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • All Bedrooms have their own private(ensuite) bathroom-with shower and toilet.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 6 - 3 single bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed
  • A cot can be added in the family room , in one of the double bedrooms or in one of the triple bedrooms.The bedrooms are on the ground floor and first floor.Two of these rooms have external (private) entrance that lead onto the courtyard. Smoking is not permitted inside the house but is permitted in the covered terrace just outside the house or in the courtyard. There is wifi in the house and hotspots.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • games - kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • sand pit
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
There are 2 washing machines in the laundry room outside the villa. Towels are available for hire. The stove has an oven and the fridge has a small freezer. Extra freezers are available for your use in the barn in the courtyard.The 10m x4m swimming pool is fenced and alarmed for added safety. The pool is shared with the other villa. You can fish privately on the river where benches, chairs and sunloungers are provided also. Onsite, there is a huge courtyard where you can try your hand at petanque, a covered play area where children can play table tennis, basketball, tennis(against the wall) and boardgames. Across is a covered terrace (like a loggia) where adults can relax with a glass of wine or for people to dine in the shade. Elsewhere there is another play area outdoors with swings, climbing frame and football net ,see-saw. There is a huge separate parking area. Smoking is not allowed in side the house