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New Eurocamp 2018 Camping Sites

Introducing New Eurocamp Camping Sites For 2018

Eurocamp have added two new camping destinations to their Eurocamp 2018 portfolio of camping sites. Watch out for others they plan to add to this impressive range.

1) Palmyre Loisirs, Gironde

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The fabulous pool complex at Palmyre Loisirs, a new Eurocamp destination for 2018. Click Here For Booking Details

New to Eurocamp for 2018 Palmyre Loisirs has a fabulous pool complex. On top of that, it’s only about a two mile drive to the sandy beaches of the Gironde Estuary, close to where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

If you have visited Palmyre Loisirs in the past prior to being taken onboard by Eurocamp, you will now see a vast difference with it under new management and keeping up to the high standards required by Eurocamp. The new pool complex replaced the old swimming pool in 2015 and is located more centrally than the old one. Other facilities include a tennis court and eight boules pitches.

Accommodation options include the Azure, Eurocamp’s newest range of mobile homes, complete with decking and more spacious than other accommodation options.

2) Camping de la Plage, Roussillon

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Part of the terraced area by the newly extended pool complex at Camping de la Plage, which is scheduled to be fully functional for the 2018 holiday season. Click Here For Booking Details

New to Eurocamp for the 2018 season, Camping de la Plage is in St Marie La Mer, just to the north of the popular seaside resort of Canet Plage with it’s range of seafood restaurants, cafes and bars, many of which are along the promenade overlooking the beach. St Marie La Mer itself has enjoyable markets, bars and restaurants, and a pretty marina of it’s own to browse around.

The medieval, walled city of Carcassonne, the historic capital city Perpignan and the fishing town of Collioure are amongst several places to visit if you enjoy sightseeing.

Camping de la Plage has direct access to a sandy Mediterranean beach and has an upgraded pool complex due to be fully functional for the 2018 season. Roussillon is the sunniest part of France so there should be ample opportunities to enjoy both during your stay.

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Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Holiday Parks

The Best Camping Holiday Parks As Chosen In Customer Holiday Reviews

Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Holiday Parks

Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Holiday Parks, as ranked in customer reviews. Click Here To See The Top Ten

If you are looking for inspiration on where to book your next camping holiday, where better to look than a list of Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Parks, as ranked by customers in their feedback and reviews?

We’re taking a look at the top five for you, but if you just want the full list of 12 of the best camping holiday parks that you could book, all with a ranking of over 9 out of 10, then you need to head over to ▸ https://www.alfresco-holidays.com/reevoo-customer-reviews

1) Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage, Languedoc, France

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Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage, Al Fresco Holidays highest ranked camping holiday park. Click Here For More Details

Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is Al Fresco Holidays highest ranked camping park, based on customer review ratings (9.5 out of 10). If that’s not impressive enough, it also has direct access to a magnificent and exclusive sandy beach that has been voted one of the best beaches in the south of France by travel journalists at the Telegraph newspaper.

This hugely popular camping holiday park, run by top French operator Yelloh!, has plenty of amenities. This includes a tropical heated outdoor pool, an amazing spa pool, waterslides, and all sorts of other facilities, including loads of live entertainment, and sports activities. This includes two tennis courts, two table tennis tables, two basketball courts, a volleyball net and much else.

This is a large site with over 1,000 pitches but the facilities and amenities seem to cope comfortably with the number of visitors, even at the busiest periods. If you want to stay at a quieter time, it is usually open from late April through to the last week of September. You can book a range of 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom mobile homes with decking through Al Fresco Holidays and through Yelloh!

Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is located in the Languedoc region on the Mediterranean coast of France. The nearest larger cities include Beziers, Narbonne and Montpellier.

2) Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret, Languedoc, France

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Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret, one of Al Fresco’s top 2 camping parks in customer reviews. Click Here For More Details

Ranked as the second highest ranked camping holiday park on Al Fresco, based on customer review ratings, Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret gets a score of 9.4 out of 10. Holidaymakers at Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret enjoy direct access to a beautiful sandy Mediterranean beach. There are two large outdoor pools, one rectangular and one a lagoon, with adjacent toddler pools on the camping park itself.

Sporting options here include a tennis court, four table tennis tables, a basketball court and a volleyball net. There are also three playgrounds and an area for playing football.

The famous Canal du Midi is just a short walk away from this location. as is the resort of Cap d’Agde. Nearby towns, just a short drive away, include Beziers and Sete. Cycle hire is also available as another way to explore the area.

There is also plenty of evening entertainment to join in if you wish to, as well as a bar and a restaurant with a terraced area. This is a large site with over 700 pitches. Holidaymakers can also use the facilities of the neighbouring camping resort of Yelloh! Village Beach Club Farret.

3) Union Lido, Venetian Riviera, Italy

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Union Lido, Al Fresco’s highest ranked camping park on the Venetian Riviera. Click Here For More Details

Union Lido is Al Fresco’s highest ranked camping park on the Venetian Riviera, with a score of 9.4 out of 10. The centrepiece of Union Lido is Aqua Park Laguna, which features 5 swimming pools, a lazy river, water slides, and a Jacuzzi pool within it. What’s more, you also get direct access to a gently sloping sandy Adriatic beach. This is a private beach with a bar within walking distance.

This is a very large Italian style camping resort with over 2,000 different pitches. There is a very good selection of various restaurants on site as well as four bars, so although it will be busy in high season there should still be enough options to for everyone to easily enjoy. The restaurants have also attracted very positive customer review rankings in their own right. There are also shops in different parts of the camping park so you don’t have to walk too far for groceries or takeaways.

Venice itself is about 35 miles away. Lido di Jesolo is nearer. The short bus journey to Punta Sabbioni gives you the option of travelling to Venice by ferry. A visit to Venice is always worth setting time aside for, especially if you’ve not been there before.

4) Camping Le Brasilia, Roussillon, France

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Just across from the yacht harbour at Canet-Plage, Camping Le Brasilia enjoys direct access to the beach.
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Camping Le Brasilia is a large and lively camping park in Canet-Plage across the harbour from the yacht harbour. It scores 9.2 out of 10 in customer reviews.

Camping Le Brasilia enjoys direct access to the sandy beach that it is located along. Canet-Plage is north of better known Argeles-sur-Mer, approximately half an hour’s drive to the north. This is probably not the camping park to choose in high season if you like your evenings to be quiet and peaceful. If you like plenty of entertainment and a party atmosphere however, you will probably love it here.

There is a full programme of cabaret acts and discos in high season. Options for dining include a restaurant, which has a terrace, a pizzeria and a takeaway. There are also two bars. There are plenty of options for your own shopping, including a bakery for fresh bread, a butcher’s shop, a grocery and a sizeable minimarket.

The pool complex has no less than five swimming pools so that all types of visitor, from toddler to adult, are catered for. Waterfalls and waterslides built into the rocks will keep the more active swimmers busy.

Visitors to Camping Le Brasilia generally report it to be a pristine and well run camping park, fully deserving of it’s five star rating. There are over 400 pitches for tourers and almost 300 static caravans of various sizes and grades. For a bit more space why not book one of the larger more spacious Verdi or Vivaldi ranges for a bit more room.

For trips out, the legendary medieval walled town of Carcassonne is within driving distance as is the capital city of Roussillon, Perpignan. The fishing port of Collioure, close to the Spanish border, is only a short drive to get to. If you are feeling even more adventurous, Barcelona is only about three hours drive away.

5) Marina Di Venezia, Venetian Riviera, Italy

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The facilities at Marina Di Venezia, make it a resort village in itself, especially the waterpark complex!
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Scoring 9.2 out of 10 from customer reviews, Marina Di Venezia is a beautiful camping holiday park park with an amazing pool complex. Close to the delights of Venice, which is just a direct ferry service away, and also to miles of Blue Flag Adriatic beaches, this is a fantastic location with plenty of facilities.

Besides the water complex, there are plenty of other facilities here, including a tennis court, seven table tennis tables, a football pitch (plus other smaller pitches) and a basketball court. At the beach, there are no less than five volleyball nets. Windsurfing lessons are also available.

There are four bars, three restaurants, a takeaway and plenty of evening entertainment, often including fireworks and a DJ on the beach, to sample at Marina Di Venezia.

You will probably need a two week holiday to get the most out of everything going on here, especially if you also want to allow time for some sightseeing.

Al Fresco Holidays have a wide selection of luxury 4 metre wide and 3 bedroom mobile homes, including Vivaldi’s with new lounge decking at Marina Di Venezia.

Seven Other Camping Holiday Parks Ranked Over 9 Out Of 10

If you want to delve further, there are no less than a further seven camping holiday parks ranked at or above 9 out of 10 in Al Fresco Holiday options. Locations range from the Vendee to Tuscany and Spain. Get instant access to them all here: https://www.alfresco-holidays.com/reevoo-customer-reviews



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Camping Les Peneyrals

Camping Les Peneyrals, Family Camping Just A Few Miles From Sarlat

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An aerial view of Camping Les Peneyrals

Located just a few miles north of Sarlat, the preserved medieval hub of this part of the Dordogne, Camping Les Peneyrals is perfectly located for exploring the Dordogne as well as being a camping park with plenty of facilities and amenities of it’s own to enjoy.

Having had the pleasure of staying here a few years ago I can confirm it has a lovely spacious feel with static caravans spread around a decently sized fishing lake, a refreshing change from some other locations where they are arranged in rows. Carp and roach populate the fishing lake. Fishing is permitted but the fish have to be returned to the lake after being caught.

The scenic village of Salignac is within easy walking distance of Camping Les Peneyrals. Salignac has some old buildings which give it a traditional Dordogne ambience and a few bars and restaurants as an alternative for dining out away from the campsite.

The campsite itself has it’s own restaurant and bar, including a decking area for eating outside. Evening entertainment is often laid on, particularly live bands, discos and occasionally karaoke.

There is a mini market on site. Larger supermarkets are a few miles away on the main road into Sarlat. Sarlat can get congested to drive into and to park, though if you know the area well there are one or two backstreet routes.

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The view from the top of the large waterslide at Camping Les Peneyrals

Camping Les Peneyrals has a sizeable pool complex, including four outdoor pools, a toddler pool and two waterslides (one large and one small). One of the pools has a retractable roof which is handy for rare cooler or rainy days. During our stay in late August and early September the temperature was usually in the high twenties or even 30C. As a general rule, summer weather in the Dordogne tends to consist of about 4 hot days, a couple of thundery days and then a return to the hot weather again. There are of course exceptions to that but generally you’d be unlucky not to have more warmer days than cool days.

There is a tennis court, available for a small fee, a football pitch, badminton and basketball courts, a volleyball net, several boules pitches, three different playgrounds and a trampoline. Cycles can also be hired to help you explore the local area, so there are plenty of activities to keep yourself and your family as busy and amused as you want them to be.

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The fishing lake at Camping Les Peneyrals gives it a spacious feel, with the static caravans laid out around it’s banks.

The layout of Camping Les Peneyrals definitely helped to make it feel there is plenty of space here, although all the amenities remained within easy reach. With only 250 pitches, this is not a particularly large site.

If you travel on an overnight ferry it’s within a day’s drive of the Channel ports. If you are crossing during the daytime you might want to consider an overnight stop or a second stay to break the journey. Camping Ley Peneyrals is about 400 miles from Ouistreham and St.Malo, and further from Calais or Roscoff.

Activities off site well worth considering are canoeing, as the Dordogne is in such close proximity and just spending time on the riverbanks as there are several sandy beaches along the river. My own favourites are at Gluges, St.Julien and Cenac. Sarlat is great for history, restaurants and shops. Other places well worth a visit include the historic “bastide” of Domme, especially when an evening market is on, La Roque Gageac and the medieval castle at Castelnaud. If you like exploring caves, those near Le Bugue are highly renowned.

Camping Les Peneyrals

Etang de Tamnies is a lovely spot to get off the beaten track and maybe enjoy a family picnic.

If you fancy getting off the beaten track, there is a lovely lake used by the locals at Etang de Tammies not far from Camping Les Peneyrals. It’s signposted from the main road and is a nice spot to relax with sandy beaches, play areas for children and a small kiosk selling refreshments. It’s an ideal spot for a family picnic. You can find more about it via some reviews on TripAdvisor

Camping Les Peneyrals

Is any trip to the Dordogne complete without a leisurely canoeing expedition?

If you want to book through a UK operator, both Eurocamp & Canvas Holidays promote holidays at Camping Les Peneyrals:

http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/campsites/dordogne/les-peneyrals
http://www.canvasholidays.co.uk/france/dordogne/les-peneyrals



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Camping Les Ecureuils

Camping In The Vendee With Eurocamp At Camping Les Ecureuils

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Miles of sandy Vendee beaches are just over the road from Camping Les Ecureuils.

In August 2017 we had the opportunity to spend a few days at Camping Les Ecureuils in the Vendee with Eurocamp.

It was a great opportunity to see how a popular camping park was coping with the school summer holidays in full swing.

The holiday camp seemed to be coping quite comfortably despite being full. We managed two hours of tennis on each day of our stay, only needing to book on the morning of each day we wanted to play. The bar was lively and friendly with efficient service in both French and English. There is a small supermarket on site for groceries, especially the ritual morning baguettes and croissants for breakfast.

Other available activities included table tennis tables, which were never too busy to get on to, There is also a nice restaurant called Amy’s House, including a terrace to give the option of dining outdoors as well as inside the restaurant.

The swimming pool is reasonably sized and never seemed overcrowded despite large numbers of holidaymakers making full use of it each day. My one minor gripe was the tendency to unofficially reserve the sun loungers by placing towels on them and then disappearing for several hours before making use of them, but this seems to be the universal thing to do now wherever you are holidaying.

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Poolside at Camping Les Ecureuils. There is also a water slide and a lazy river feature. Click Here For More Details

Camping Les Ecureuils seemed to be particularly geared towards giving young children a good time, with a popular kids club and plenty of activity in the bar area in the early evening geared towards young children.

If you wanted to get away from the campsite, there is an option to hire bicycles to take advantage of the cycle paths in the area. The resort towns of St Jean de Mont and St Giles Croix de Vie are both within easy reach both by cycle and by car. It’s also worth noting that there are miles of sandy beaches straight over the road from the campsite. Despite it being a sunny August weekend there was plenty of space for everyone.

St Giles Croix de Vie has some excellent traditional French restaurants, while the evening market in St Jean de Mont has a lively, vibrant atmosphere to add to the beach culture of the resort. For a trip further afield by car, the island of Noirmoutier, which can be reached by a modern bridge, was a very enjoyable day out. It has some fine beaches and has an old town of some charm and several villages.

For a trip more directly suitable for younger children, the famous historical theme park at Puy de Fou, which we visited some years ago, is about an hour and a half away and should be a special day out for them.

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The spectacular setting that is the main arena at Puy du Fou, an award winning theme park for a very special family day out. Click Here For More Details

We found several bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of Camping Les Ecureuils for either a family meal, a drink, or both.

You’ll find a wide selection of different accommodation options at Camping Les Ecureils including the new Avant style holiday chalets, more traditional Espace and Esprit holiday caravans, safari tents and more traditional camping tents. There’s also room for some tourers which can be booked through Eurocamp Independent.

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The new Avant style holiday caravan, one of several accommodation options at Camping Les Ecureuils.
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The site seemed primarily geared towards Eurocamp visitors with no signs of other operators being present there. The reps were all friendly and helpful during our stay.

Camping Les Ecureuils scores highly on holiday review sites and after our visit I can definitely see why.

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New Forest Camping Sites

Camping In The New Forest, Camping Sites In Beautiful Countryside

New Forest Camping

The New Forest and camping go together for any enthusiast of outdoor living in beautiful countryside. The New Forest is one of the last remaining areas of unenclosed pastures, heathland and forest that still remains in the south of England.

A great area for country walking, free roaming wildlife including deer and horses are amongst it’s most memorable highlights. Several attractive villages, including Beaulieu (home to the famous British National Motor Museum), Burley, Buckler’s Hard, Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst also lie within the New Forest and are enjoyable places to visit. It’s also ringed by several attractive country towns such as Downton, Fordingbridge, Lymington and Milford On Sea. Paultons Park, with over 70 rides and attractions, is one of the leading theme parks in the south of England and makes for a great family day out for your children to remember.

Naturally there are many attractive New Forest camping sites to suit all kinds of camping tastes, as well as variations on camping such as chalet caravan accommodation in well maintained holiday parks and luxury log cabin and lodge accommodation. This is not intended as an exhaustive list, so if you have a particular recommendation of your own then why not give it a mention in our comments section at the end of this article?

1) Sandy Balls Holiday Park

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Nestled in 120 acres of beautiful woodland in the New Forest National Park, Sandy Balls Holiday Village has an abundance of activities in a breathtaking setting. Click Here For More Information

Sandy Balls is a five-star holiday village in the New Forest National Park, between Godshill and Fordingbridge, offering accommodation that includes luxury woodland lodges, static holiday homes, camping pods and safari tents as well as fully serviced touring pitches.

On the park itself you will find both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, an adventure playground, a state-of-the-art gym, a sauna and spa jacuzzi, an indoor play area, a family restaurant specialising in Italian food, a bar and a cycling centre, where you can hire cycles to explore the many cycling tracks in the New Forest itself.

There is a wealth of activities to suit all ages and tastes that makes Sandy Balls a perfect getaway for families, couples or groups of friends in a wonderful, unique area of southern England, especially given it’s location, close to some of the best heathland in the New Forest, usually teeming with wild ponies roaming across it.

Sandy Balls is a long established holiday village that has consistently ranked amongst the most popular holiday destinations in the New Forest…..Read more »

2) Shorefield Country Park

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Shorefield Country Park has a great range of holiday accommodation to relax in. Click Here For More Details

A 5 Star rated multiple award winning holiday park set in 100 acres of delightful landscaped parkland, near Milford-on-Sea, Shorefield Country Park has a perfect location between the New Forest and the Solent, being just a few minutes walk from the cliffside, with lovely views across the Solent to the Needles on the western end of the Isle of Wight, as well as being close to Christchurch.

Accommodation options include chalets, static caravans, luxury lodges (complete with your own private hot tub), houses and cottages. If touring or camping is your preferred option, a stay at nearby Lytton Lawn, set in 8 acres of well maintained parkland, is just a short distance away and entitles you to the use of the facilities at Shorefield Country Park itself.

An indoor and an swimming pool, bar and restaurant and evening entertainment at the Show Bar, tennis courts, an outdoor play area, a fishing lake stocked with carp, are amongst the many amenities on offer when booking a stay at Shorefield Country Park…..Read more »

3) Cypress Log Cabins

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Cypress Log Cabins, a very popular location for couples. Luxury log cabin accommodation with outdoor decking, many also having their own outdoor hot tub, close to some of the finest New Forest pathways and cycle tracks. Click Here To Get Booking Details

Located on the B3078 country road through the New Forest between Sandy Balls and the Fighting Cocks pub, Cypress Log Cabins caters for adult visitors and is particularly popular amongst holidaying couples. It has a reputation for providing comfortable accommodation, offering a relaxed and informal setting for visitors that’s perfectly located for exploring the New Forest.

There are four rooms, each with a continential in-room self-service breakfast. All the rooms have a private decking area and three of them have their own private hot tub. They all have electric fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and DVD players.

There is an indoor heated swimming pool that is open from late May until the end of September. On-site bike hire and free wifi are also available to visitors…..Read more »

4) Oakdene Forest Park

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Oakdene Forest Park is situated on the edge of the Hurn and Avon Forest, with direct access into the forest from different points on the park. Click Here For More Details

Oakdene Forest Park is in a tranquil location on the edge of the Hurn & Avon Forest, a few miles to the west of the New Forest itself near Ferndown. Self-catering accommodation here consists of static caravans and lodges.

On-site activities include water-walkerz, archery, body-zorbing as well as a state-of-the-art gym among a diverse array of exciting ways to get active, including a large indoor pool, and a seasonal outdoor pool. There is a restaurant, bar and show bar for evening entertainment, complete with live acts, cabaret, tribute bands, family fun and games from the campsite mascots and entertainments team.

There are plenty of cycle and walking routes for you to explore the area around Oakdene at your own leisure. Oakdene is also the only Go Active + park on the South Coast. Reaching the New Forest itself involves a drive of about ten minutes, depending on the traffic…..Read more »

5) Hollands Wood Campsite

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Hollands Wood Campsite is a traditional camping location, without electric hook ups, in the New Forest near Brockenhurst. Click Here To Read More

Hollands Wood campsite is set in 22 hectares of beautiful oak woodland just north of Brockenhurst, with touring pitches set amidst the giant oak trees here. There are 600 pitches here, all set on grassland, with a toilet block and showers. The site has no electricity as it is intended as a get away from it all location, ideal if you’re looking for a digital detoxification.

Hollands Wood enjoys direct access into the New Forest via numerous walking and cycle paths, and is within easy reach of a very pretty picnic site at Balmer Lawn next to the Lymington River, a perfect spot for lunch or any other meal, next to an enchanting waterway – with abundant wildlife all around.

Whenever you might feel the need to get back to “civilisation” and offsite refreshments, Brockenhurst and it’s pubs, banks, shops and restaurants are just a ten minute stroll away.

Getting back to nature, near to where horses and other wildlife roam freely is a major part of the attraction of Hollands Walk. An extremely family-friendly campsite, popular with families, groups and young people alike, Hollands Wood has proved a very popular location for campers looking for a traditional camping experience, attracting more than 500 reviews on TripAdvisor…..Read more »

6) Hoburne Naish

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Hoburne Naish, just to the west of the New Forest, has some glorious cliffside views, is a short walk from miles of sandy beaches. Click Here For More Details

Hoburne Naish is a beautiful holiday park with a clubhouse that was refurbished in 2016, and has a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and takeaway. There is a heated indoor pool, a splash pool for really little ones and a seasonally open outdoor pool, along with a nature trail, mini golf, adventure playground, a tennis court, an amusement arcade and lots more, including a bar and a children’s play area. If you wish to, you can head straight to the beach the moment you’ve checked in!

Hoburne Naish is near to the New Forest town of New Milton and has panoramic sea views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight from its splendid cliff-top location.

Accommodation options include static caravans and lodges complete with hot tubs. There are no options for touring holidays however as in the past this caused some of the facilities here to get overrun in peak periods…..Read more »

7) Red Shoot Camping Park

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The Red Shoot Inn, a quintessential country pub next to Red Shoot Camping Park, ideal for when you fancy an alternative to the BBQ or just fancy a drink in comfortable surroundings.

In the heart of the New Forest up a country road off the B3078 Cadnam to Fordingbridge road near the hamlet of Linwood is Red Shoot Camping Park. Red Shoot welcomes tents, caravans, motorhomes and campervans and can offer a choice of both electric and non-electric grass pitches. Facilities include an on-site shop and bakery, children’s play area, laundry room, under floor heated showers/toilets and family and disabled bathrooms, which are all maintained to a high standard.

The focus is on families and couples so noisy hen or stag parties and large group bookings are not permitted here. Dogs are permitted.

The popular Red Shoot Inn is a quintessential country pub next to the campsite. Children and dogs are welcome in this Wadsworth Brewery pub, which also has it’s own microbrewery where you can sample the likes of Tom’s Tipple and Forest Gold. There’s also plenty of home cooked pub grub for days when you might be bored at the thought of another BBQ or the weather isn’t suitable for al fresco dining.

Red Shoot Camping Park is usually open from March to October. Winners of a TripAdvisor Award for Excellence in 2014, 2015 and 2016, it is a very popular campsite so it is advisable to book in advance in busy periods. You must do that by phoning up as there is no online booking option. Read more »

8) Hoburne Bashley

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Whether it’s the crispness of spring, long summer days or the falling leaves of Autumn, the beauty of nature is close at hand at Hoburne Bashley. Click Here For More Details

Located on the south western edge of the New Forest at Bashley, between New Milton and Sway, Hoburne Bashley has a host of activities and amenities for visitors including an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna & steam room, Satellite TV, a Fitness Room and a WiFi hotspot.

Accommodation here comes in the shape of static caravans. Feedback from visitors are that these are well maintained and Hoburne Bashley enjoys a very good reputation amongst online reviewers, including TripAdvisor and Reevoo.

Golfers will enjoy the 9-hole, par 3 golf course and driving range on this site, complete with a resident golf pro (charges do apply for using this amenity).

A Woodland Centre will encourage youngsters to embrace the natural beauty on your doorstep if you opt for a holiday here. Bushcraft and woodland management are amongst the courses on offer here.

There are plenty of options for walking and cycling on the woodland paths and trails immediately outside the site. As it is only a ten minute drive to the beach, a day at the seaside is an easy alternative to exploring the New Forest if you feel like it.

An entertainment complex with a bar and a restaurant are at your disposal whenever you wish to unwind…..Read more »

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Top Isle Of Wight Camping Parks

A Short Review Of Some Top Isle Of Wight Camping Parks

Top Isle Of Wight Camping Parks

A beautiful destination for a camping holiday, the Isle of Wight has a wide variety of camping parks, award winning glamping locations and caravan parks. Here is just a small sample of the top Isle of Wight camping parks to get you started.

If you have any favourites of your own to add, do feel free to mention them in the comments section at the end of this article.

1) Lower Hyde Holiday Park

Top Isle Of Wight Camping Parks

Safari tents at Lower Hyde’s glamping village are just one of many accommodation options to choose from. Click Here For More Information

Lower Hyde Holiday Park is just 10 minutes walk from the sandy beaches of Shanklin and close enough to the town itself to have local shops either side of the road just outside the site entrance.

There is a heated outside swimming pool, a sports court, a playground, and a recently refurbished amusements arcade. Access to the all-weather indoor swimming pool at neighbouring Landguard Holiday Park is another option, especially on a rainy day.

Accommodation choices include safari tents concentrated in their own glamping village area, holiday lodges, bungalows and differing grades of static caravan holiday homes.

Everything from tents and trailer tents to touring caravans, motorhomes and campervans are welcome at Lower Hyde, with a choice of non-electric and electric pitch types, complete with on park facilities.

Lower Hyde is Park Resorts largest holiday park on the Isle of Wight and has a full entertainment programme for you to enjoy your evening. The close proximity to Shanklin itself is an easy alternative if you also like to get away from the holiday park as well.

To find out more please refer to https://www.park-resorts.com/holiday-parks/isle-of-wight/lower-hyde-holiday-park/

2) Tom’s Eco Lodge

Top Isle Of Wight Camping Parks

Tom’s Eco Lodge offers award winning glamping accommodation at Tapnell Farm, a short drive from Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

Tom’s Eco Lodge, just a short drive outside Yarmouth at the western end of the Isle of Wight, offers boutique glamping accommodation in the form of safari tents, wood cabins, modulogs, farm cottages and eco pods.

Generously decked out with comfy sofas, a rustic kitchen, log burning range cooker, a dining table and chairs, the safari tents also have comfortable bedrooms to offer a peaceful night’s rest, as well as your own private shower and toilet to add home comfort and privacy.

All tents have their own BBQ, free WiFi, electricity for lighting, and plug sockets to charge your phone. There are also optional extras such as a hot tub with some of the lodges and plenty happening on the farm itself.

To get a flavour of what other holidaymakers thought of their stay at Tom’s Eco Lodge, please see https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Reviews-Toms-Eco-Lodge-Isle-of-Wight.html

3) Cheverton Copse Holiday Park

Top Isle Of Wight Camping Parks

Cheverton Copse Holiday Park is located between the sandy beaches of Sandown & Shanklin.

Cheverton Copse Holiday Park has a range of differing static holiday caravan categories for holidaymakers to choose from,

There are three children’s play areas, a games field which includes a football pitch and basketball loops and plenty of space to enjoy a picnic in it’s scenic location between Shanklin and Sandown.

There is a club house with a sun terrace and games room. Evening entertainment is also on offer during the peak holiday periods. Wifi is available for which a fee is levied.

To find out more about Cheverton Copse, including any special offers currently available, please see http://www.chevertoncopse.com/

4) Landguard Holiday Park

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Landguard Holiday Park Swimming Pool is set in woodland close to Shanklin beach. Click Here For More Details

Landguard Holiday Park is on the Isle of Wight’s eastern shore, not much more than a pebble’s throw from Shanklin and it’s popular golden sandy beaches. Facilities here include an indoor and an outdoor pool, a playground, a restaurant and an entertainment programme in Jesters Family Club during peak holiday periods. There is also a small grocery shop on the site.

As well as holiday accommodation in the form of static caravans, there is also space for touring caravans, including space for awnings to be used and camping pitches. The minimum stay duration for camping and touring is two nights.

The facilities at larger Lower Hyde, next door to Landguard Holiday Park, are also available to holidaymakers staying at Landguard.

For more details from Park Resorts about Landguard Holiday Park please refer to https://www.park-resorts.com/holiday-parks/isle-of-wight/landguard-holiday-park

5) The Orchards Holiday Caravan And Camping Park

The Orchards Holiday Park

The Orchards Holiday Park is a highly regarded camping park near Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight.

The Orchards Holiday Park at Newbridge near Yarmouth at the western end of the Isle Of Wight regularly features highly in holidaymakers’ reviews. On top of this, it is the holder of a coveted AA Gold Pennant, the most prestigious award given out by the AA to its highest rated parks.

It has also been voted the best family park in Britain for touring guests in an annual poll run by top-selling magazines Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome.

There is an indoor and an outdoor pool, a takeaway food bar, a grocery shop, pool tables, a recreation area and a coffee shop located in a garden conservatory. Wifi is also available for a small charge.

There are facilities for both touring and camping as well as pre-erected holiday caravans. If booking don’t forget to ask about discounts on Red Funnel and WightLink ferry crossings.

For more reviews and booking details please refer to TripAdvisor UK

Tips For Isle of Wight Camping: Whenever possible enquire when you book whether a ferry ticket can be included with your booking as many of the campsite operators have the facility to obtain discounted ferry tickets for their customers. Sometimes even a free ticket might be available!

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Holiday Resorts

Bridging The Gap Between Camping, Glamping & Villa Holidays

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Quinta do Paraiso apartments, located in the Quinta do Paraiso resort. Onsite facilities such as the large communal pool are all within a stone’s throw of the apartments. Click Here To Get More Details

Do you sometimes look for a bit more comfort than a camping holiday but still want the camaraderie of a camping holiday park? Especially in those days of early spring and late autumn where the greater chance of it being colder and or wetter can be a bit of a turn off. That’s where Holiday Resorts could come in.

Self-catering with a community feel that gives the extra privacy and peace of a villa holiday can be combined with access to a large, shared swimming pool, other leisure facilities and proximity to restaurants so that the whole family can both relax and be entertained.

Besides a choice of villas within a holiday resort, the options to choose also includes town houses and apartments. That way you can combine a mixture of lounging in the sun with fun-filled activities on your doorstep in much the same way you might already enjoy in a good quality camping holiday park.

Kids’ clubs, communal pools and on-site beaches can be great places for the children to make friends, whilst parents can either join in the fun themselves, or enjoy timeout on the golf course or spa.

James Villas have a range of destinations worth checking out which are available throughout the year, including Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Provence and other locations further afield such as Florida.

To check them all out, there’s instant access via https://www.jamesvillas.co.uk/holiday-resorts

Check out other inducements such as free car hire when you book!

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Abacos Apartments, at the Bahama Bay Resort, Orlando is an extremely convenient base for days out at nearby Disney World as well as a resort with plenty of it’s own top class facilities.
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Camping In The Loire Valley

A Few Recommendations For Camping In The Loire Valley

Camping In The Loire Valley

Camping In The Loire Valley puts you in a land of lush, rolling hills, grand Châteaux and lovely river & lakeside beaches.

Rightly famed for it’s legendary chateaux, fine wines, spectacular scenery, historic towns and cities, the Loire Valley makes for an excellent location for a family camping holiday. Naturally there’s plenty of choice when it comes to camping in the Loire Valley.

Here are my reviews of a small sample of my favourite locations for camping in the Loire Valley. The list is not meant to be exhaustive, so if you have a particular favourite or otherwise that you wish to mention, why don’t you do so in the comments section at the end of the article.

Yelloh! Village Parc de Montsabert, Coutures

Camping In The Loire Valley

If you book a stay at Yelloh! Village Parc de Montsabert for at least 3 nights directly through Brittany Ferries you’ll qualify for a discount on your ferry crossing too. Click Here For More Details

Village Parc de Montsabert, Coutures is a Yelloh site in a rural location, south-east of Angers, the bustling capital city of Anjou and close to the historic Château de Montsabert, which dates back to the fourteenth century. There are 65 holiday units available to rent, largely consisting of mobile homes but also some cottages and a gypsy caravan. There are also 89 touring pitches. On the park there are plenty of activities and amenities available to use including a heated swimming pool which can be covered if required, waterslides, a tennis court, mini-golf, a games room, playing fields and playgrounds.

As well as booking through Yelloh, who are one of the top French camping holiday operators, you can also book directly through Brittany Ferries. If you do that and stay at least 3 nights you qualify for a discount on your ferry crossing, regardless of how many other nights you choose to stay elsewhere. As well as being a great destination in it’s own right, it is also an ideal destination for breaking journeys travelling further south or when returning to the Channel ports

Le Domaine de la Brèche

Camping In The Loire Valley

An avant holiday home, one of the range of accommodation options at Le Domaine de la Brèche. Click Here For More Details

Set in the grounds of an old manor house, Le Domaine de la Brèche is a 5 Star rated camping park very close to the river bank of the Loire itself. It has a reputation for very high standards. There is a fantastic swimming pool complex here with four pools and as many water slides. It also has two tennis courts, a volleyball net, a sports field, a pitch and putt golf course and a pond for fishing which connects to the Loire and around which the campsite was first constructed over 50 years ago. There is also a minimarket for shopping, a bar and a restaurant which has a terrace area.

Acres of space and woodland around the campsite are ideal for exploring either on foot or by cycling.

There are several different types of accommodation which can be booked here, including upmarket mobile homes such as the Aspect featured above, more basic but still comfortable mobile homes and safari tents. Although very spacious, even when full it will still feel like there is plenty of space here, the campsite has just 235 pitches so early booking is recommended, particularly in high season.

Camping Parc de Fierbois

Camping In The Loire Valley

The bar terrace at Camping Parc de Fierbois, one of the most popular locations for camping in the Loire Valley.
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Camping Parc de Fierbois has long been a favourite for family camping in the Loire Valley, especially those with young children. It is a 5 Star campsite in the Les Castels group of camping parks and is about 25 miles south of Tours. With 394 pitches it is one of the larger campsites in the Loire but still not massively large.

Located about 25 miles south of Tours, near the village of Sainte-Catherine-de-Fierbois, it is an ideal base for exploring the more central part of the Loire including Tours itself, the medieval castle at Chinon, the Renaissance Chateaux of Amboise and Azay-le-Rideau or for a longer day out, the well known theme park of Futuroscope is less than an hour’s drive further south.

Facilities on the camping park include an indoor and an outdoor pool and a paddling pool for toddlers. The outdoor pool is a large lagoon with multiple rock features and five waterslides. There are two tennis courts, four table tennis tables, a football pitch, a volleyball net, a basketball court and a badminton court.

There is a campsite supermarket for shopping, a restaurant, a pizzeria, a takeaway and a bar. During July and August there is live entertainment too. Camping Parc de Fierbois has a reputation for being one of the noisier or lively campsites, depending on your point of view. If you like having plenty to do and a fun packed holiday then this is probably the place for you. If you prefer it quieter then a more out-of-season visit will suit you better if you’d still like to come here.

La Mignardiere, Ballan Mire

Camping In The Loire Valley

La Mignardiere, to the south-west of Tours, is a convenient location for exploring this part of the Loire Valley. Many of the Loire’s greatest chateaux are no more than an hour’s drive from this 4 Star campsite. Click Here For More Details

La Mignardiere, near the village of Ballan Mire to the south-west of Tours, is ideally situated for exploring the Loire Valley. There are pitches both with or without water and electricity depending on what you wish to pay for, as well as mobile homes and chalets that can be rented from the holiday camp’s owners. There is an extensive covering of trees to provide shade for most of the pitches.

Leisure facilities here include heated swimming pools, one of which can be covered, a paddling pool, tennis, table tennis, a large playground area and a takeaway food option if you do not wish to cook for yourself. There is also a discount on the use of a leisure park opposite the campsite.

Camping Les Nobis D’Anjou, Montreuil-Bellay

Camping In The Loire Valley

The restaurant terrace at Camping Les Nobis D’Anjou. Click Here For More Details About This Location

Camping Les Nobis d’Anjou is a friendly 4 Star campsite on the banks of the Thouet river at the foot of the castle of Montreuil-Bellay, near Saumur. You can stay here by renting a mobile home or bungalow tent or by staying in your own tent, caravan, trailer tent or campervan.

This is an ideal location for exploring the western part of the Loire. Facilities here include a very passable, outdoor, heated swimming pool. As well as it’s own highly regarded restaurant and bar, the campsite is very close to some fine restaurants in Montreuil-Bellay itself, if you don’t mind climbing the steps up the ramparts into the town.

Nearby locations worth visiting include Fontrevraud Abbey, the ancestral home of the Plantagenet Kings of England, Saumur, a scenic town with it’s own castle overlooking the Loire and medieval streets, and the Chateau de Montsoreau, the setting of the Alexandre Dumas novel, La Dame de Monsoreau.

You will usually have to book static accommodation here in advance but it would be unusual for there to be no room for tourers passing through who wish to stay here.



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Camping In Normandy

There Are So Many Reasons For Camping In Normandy

Camping In Normandy will often be the first port of call for campers seeking their first camping expedition across the Channel or more seasoned campers wanting their first stopover before the long journey further south. It’s also a destination well worthy of a holiday in it’s own right.

Perhaps the weather will usually not be dissimilar to that in southern England but apart from that it will offer an authentic French experience for you to sample whether continental camping is for you or not, with plenty of attractions in it’s own right. You’ll also have the great bonus of knowing your destination is just a short drive away, particularly if you’ve opted for one of the Normandy ferry ports such as Ouistreham (sometimes referred to as Caen, the nearest city to the port), Dieppe or Cherbourg. So when the children pipe up with that familiar refrain of “Are we nearly there yet?”, you can genuinely reply “yes” and no sooner have you uttered it your holiday destination will come into view.

Camping In Normandy

For a taste of history, Normandy is the location of the 1944 D Day landings, the legendary Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman invasion of England in 1066, William the Conqueror’s dramatic castle at Falaise and of course, the legendary Abbey of Mont-St-Michel, rising out of the sea on a rocky promontory and one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of France, are just a handful of my personal recommendations.

Better still, if beaches are your family’s favourite theme then mile upon mile of sandy beaches will await you, not to mention lovely, picturesque coastal towns such as Fecamp, Honfleur, Deauville, the dramatic clifftop views at Etretat and further inland, lovely historic cities such as Coutances and Sees. You’ll soon discover there is far too much to see to pack into one trip.

Enough of the reasons for going, here are a handful of suggestions for the best of Camping In Normandy.

1) Camping Château Lez-Eaux

Camping In Normandy

Château Lez Eaux is located in a lovely traditional chateau setting. Click Here For More Information From Eurocamp

A convenient destination to choose if you’ve arrived in France via Cherbourg, Caen or Saint Malo, Chateau de Lez Eaux holds fond memories for me as the first destination chosen for a family touring holiday in the family trailer tent some years ago. As well as pitches with and without electric hook ups for tourers, there are also a selection of mobile home categories, treehouses and pre-erected tents that you can book through leading camping operators such as Eurocamp: Eurocamp.co.uk or French operator Les Castels who give it a 5 star classification.

You can also turn up with your own tent or camper as we did, but you do run the risk of the site being full during peak periods. The site can be contacted directly via Château de Lez Eaux

Amenities on the site include an outdoor and an indoor pool, always handy in view of the unpredictable weather at times, a large playing field, a tennis court, table tennis tables, play areas, a bar, a takeaway food outlet, a grocery, a fishing lake and other essential camping facilities such as washing, cleaning and sanitation units.

For more information, please contact Eurocamp

2) La Côte de Nacre, St Aubin-sur-Mer

Camping In Normandy

La Côte de Nacre, St Aubin-sur-Mer, is a very popular camping park on the Normandy coast, just a short drive from the Channel port of Ouistreham.

La Côte de Nacre is just yards from the D-Day landing beaches. It also has it’s own fantastic pool complex (see above) which includes waterslides and a retractable roof for the main swimming pool in the event of bad weather. It’s less than 20 minutes drive from the Channel port of Ouistreham so again it is only a short journey once your ferry crossing has been completed. Other facilities include a bar, a grocery shop and a restaurant in part of the bar. There are four table tennis courts, a playground and a small football pitch, a basketball court and pitches for boules.

For more information about La Côte de Nacre, please contact either Eurocamp or Al Fresco Holidays

3) Campsite La Vallee, Houlgate

Camping In Normandy

Safari tents at Campsite La Vallee in Houlgate. Click Here For More Details From Eurocamp

Long one of the most popular spots for camping in Normandy, Campsite La Vallee is perfectly located for a choice of broad sandy beaches, fascinating history and chic seaside towns. With a toddler pool, a children’s pool and two family pools, this is a camping park to cater for all ages. Add to this four waterslides and you have a waterpark which is built for fun and action. This includes the covered pool which provides an all weather option when needed.

Other facilities include a bar, a restaurant located within the bar, a grocery shop, entertainment options including evening shows, a takeaway, a tennis court, a football pitch, a volleyball court, 3 boules pitches, cycling, pony rides and much more.

Accommodation options here include a range of various mobile homes, safari tents and pitches for tourers.

For more information about this highly regarded location please contact either Eurocamp or Al Fresco Holidays

4) Camping Municipal Du Vieux Chateau, Saint Sauveur Le Vicomte

Camping In Normandy

Camping Municipal Du Vieux Chateau, as the name suggests, is a municipal campsite adjacent to a river and the medieval chateau which overlooks the main road through this small town about 20 miles from Cherbourg. There’s not much here if you’re travelling with a young family but I’ve often found it a convenient spot to camp not far from Cherbourg. The chateau is an interesting building in it’s own right, the campsite has a playground and it is conveniently located for a meal and a drink in the restaurant across the road and another one not too far away which both seem to be highly regarded by visitors and locals alike.

5) Camping de Sainte Mere Eglise

Camping In Normandy

Another very popular small campsite in the small town of the same name, famous for being the first town liberated by US paratroopers on D-Day. It can be found on the N19 road which runs down the eastern side of the Cherbourg Peninsula. The campsite has laundry and sanitary facilities, is across the road from a well known D-Day museum and a playground. There are also sports facilities nearby in the town. There are mobile homes that can be booked as well as pitches for tents, caravans, campervans and trailer tents. There is a site website with more information: http://www.camping-sainte-mere.fr/en/

This is my own selection of recommendations for Camping In Normandy, if you have one of your own that you wish to mention please tell everyone by making use of the comments box below.

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Camping In Brantome

Camping In Brantome & The Perigord Vert

Camping In Brantome and the Perigord Vert puts you within easy reach of some of the most beautiful villages and small towns in the whole of France. This includes Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Jean-de-Cole and Limeuil, all listed as a holder of the “most beautiful villages in France” award, Bourdeilles and it’s magnificent chateau and of course, Brantome itself, often described with only slight exaggeration as the “Venice of the Dordogne”. It is a very pretty town with a mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire in a lovely riverside setting on the Dronne, a tributary of the River Isle.

Here is a list of some potential good options for Camping In Brantome and the surrounding parts of the Perigord Vert.

1) Camping Brantome Peyrelevade

Camping In Brantome

A top of the range Amazon tent at Camping Brantome Peyrelevade, a 3 star camping location within walking distance of Brantome. Tourers are welcome here and there are over 50 excellent reviews on TripAdvisor

Camping Brantome Peyrelevade is about a 20 minute walk from the bars and restaurants along the Dronne In the centre of Brantome. The campsite itself is in wooded parkland in an attractive setting backing on to the Dronne itself, adding to it’s charm. There is a heated swimming pool next to the bar and restaurant area. The Wifi is said to be available throughout the campsite. The pitches were reasonably spread out, many of them having shade.

As well as pitches for your own tent, caravan, camper or motorhome, there are also a small number of pre-erected tents that can be rented as well as mobile homes. There are two toilet blocks for campers. Reserving in advance is recommended in high season. More details can be obtained direct from the campsite via http://camping-dordogne.net/en/the-site

2) Camping Le Pontet

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Le Pontet, a leafy, riverside campsite close to the River Isle, a tributary of the Dordogne, that can be booked via Eurocamp. Click Here For Instant Details From Eurocamp

Le Pontet is Eurocamp’s new camping destination in the Perigord Vert. It is situated near to Saint Astier and Perigueux. It is a small campsite with 150 pitches and a choice of two and three bedroom static caravans, most of which also have decking to help your outdoor dining. There is both an adult pool and a paddling pool for toddlers. There is a bar and opportunities to hire cycles and canoes. The pretty town of Saint Astier is within easy walking distance. Perigueux is the historic capital of this area and contains many architectural treasures including the 16th century Cathedral of Saint Front and the graceful Renaissance buildings of Rue Limogeanne.

Instant access to further details about booking Camping Le Pontet can be got via the link on the photo above.

3) Chateau Le Verdoyer

Camping In Brantome

Camping Chateau Le Verdoyer is a superb camping park located in Champs-Romain, near Nontron.
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Having had the pleasure of camping at Chateau Le Verdoyer on a family holiday some years ago, this camping park ranks amongst the very best I have stayed at. It has many facilities and is well run by it’s Dutch owners who are multi-lingual. A new heated, indoor swimming pool has recently been added to those facilities. There are pitches for tents, trailer tents, caravans and motor homes in a large field with well defined pitches. There are also pre-erected tents, mobile homes and caravans which can be hired on site and even five different rooms in the chateau itself.

The chateau is the location for the campsite’s restaurant if you fancy a change from making your own barbeques.

4) Belair Le Camping

Belair Le Camping, Maucité

Boho belle, one of the glamping tents at Belair Le Camping. Follow news about this new glamping location on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pantrysfrenchadventure/

Belair le Camping is a new Glamping site, close to Brantôme in France, offering Belle Tent accommodation set in 4 acres of beautiful French countryside next to the village of Maucité. As befits glamping, the aim is to provide cosy luxurious accommodation, excellent communal facilities and some little extras. Each tent has electricity and lighting, luxury double beds, chest of drawers and seating areas to unwind and relax.

Belair le Camping can be booked through Booking.com (watch out for their special offers on Fridays).

Camping In Brantome

Abbaye Saint-Pierre, Brantome (from my own photo collection)

There are other options for Camping In Brantome and the Perigord Vert such as Camping Puynadal which is further out from Brantome than Camping Peyrelevarde, featured above, and a bit smaller and cheaper. If there are any other campsites in this part of France you’d like to tell us about, hopefully good but bad too if you want to, then please feel free to make use of the Facebook comments box below. It will be great to hear from you.

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