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Mark Frary

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The Dordogne

Mark's verdict:

The Dordogne has everything a family could need – spectacular scenery, natural beaches to splash into the water or launch a kayak from and the south-west of France’s famed wine and food. Oliver’s Travel’s tops that with a stunning range of places to stay.

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Oliver’s Travels says

The Dordogne has long been a favourite destination of British families. Arguably France’s most scenic region, the winding rivers, green forests, dramatic gorges, historic towns and vineyards make for the ideal family playground, within easy reach of the UK.

We have selected a wide range of holiday homes in the Dordogne from chateaux to quaint cottages. Our properties can accommodate from three up to 30 people, many of them with a private pool.

Our concierge can arrange maid service, cooks – even a butler – for your stay and bed linen and towels are generally included in the price. We can also help with restaurant recommendations and reservations as well as baby-sitting. We can even organise weddings.

These are a few examples from the many properties we offer, to give you an idea of the range and quality of our Dordogne holiday homes.

The River Dordogne is at the bottom of the garden at the four-bedroom Villa Shambhala – located in Bordeaux, it’s a real favourite amongst families.

Chateau de la Cheine, just five minutes from Bergerac, is a spectacular option that sleeps up to 20. The grounds are a vast natural playground and include a huge swimming pool and private woodland.

If you like your holiday home to come with a heavy dose of contemporary chic, check out The Tobacco Barn with its clean lines, stunning interiors and fabulous private pool.

Villa Juno is packed with charm and character and the swimming pool is heated free of charge.

In the wing of a grand 13th century “Historic Residence of Character”, Chateau de Cardou is a jaw-dropper which will have you all feeling you are part of the French aristocracy!

For more inspiration, check out our Top Ten things to do with kids in the Dordogne.

Browse through our full selection of family villas in the Dordogne. If you need further inspiration, our Dordogne Travel Guide is packed with great ideas and useful advice.

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