Last summer we rented a house in the tiny town of Urval in a sleepy part of the Dordogne. (I say sleepy because there are plenty of villages in the summertime that get super overcrowded...and this area doesn't see this impact.) The house is called Le Pressoir--it's a four bedroom home that is a part of a large estate called Chateau de la Bourlie.
We were seven in total--four adults and 3 kids--and the house felt huge. So much outdoor space to run around...and no cars close by to worry about. If you wanted to rent with even more friends, there is another house that could fit another family at least, that is right next to the pool. Besides the setting being beautiful, one of the things we appreciated the most was the lovely decor of the house. Cyril, the owner, has impeccable taste, and his idea was to keep the house exactly how he would want to live in it--not to Ikea it out for fear that renters would break his own personal stuff. It just makes it so much nicer.
(Above is the new artist loft space that Cyril recently started renting...it's fantastic, and has twin beds that can be set up in the living space area, on the other side of the wall behind the bed.)
(Possibly the prettiest cheese platter I've ever seen...)