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Camping Domaine des Mathevies
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“late summer family camping holiday”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

ok, hands up we found this place in cool camping France, and loved everything we read about it.
we have 2 pre school kids and wanted to re-create some of our own childhood memories of camping in the Dordogne. so the easy communication with Patrick and Nathalie by email made us feel confident we were going to be lucky.

we arrived a day early - "no worries, see you when you get here" said Patrick on the phone - and immediately the place lived up to expectations. small, friendly, relaxed site, suitably remote, with all the comforts you could wish for on a camping holiday. not sure i can repeat all the detail listed in other reviews, other than to say nothing was overlooked, and the attitude of the whole team is to look after you and keep the atmosphere on site as relaxed as possible. we felt we had chosen well, and met many like minded families who were enjoying a just-off-season family holiday.

when the late summer rainy days arrived the kids playroom in the barn become invaluable. our 2 loved it, and consequently so did we. sitting in a tent in the rain is one thing, sitting in a comfy armchair with a glass of St Emilion and WiFi access is something else.

the domain is well placed for bike rides with or without kids - ride into Sarlat market along winding lanes, back for a snooze or swim. the playground was great, and evening fires were a hit. Patrick and Nathalie gave great local advice, and were friendly perfect hosts. they clearly have a vision of how family camping should feel, and have put their heart into creating something special.

thanks very much for a fantastic holiday. i have no doubt we will return.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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campmathevies, Owner at Camping Domaine des Mathevies, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you for your review of Mathevies, which was so immensely positive.
We’re delighted that you had a great holiday and that you felt our standards were high at the end of the season.
2013 has been a great time for us packed with sunshine and delightful visitors. It seems strange to drive into an empty campsite and to be occupied closing down for the winter, but we have lots of plans for season 2014. So watch this space!
Like you we both remember laid back family holidays – Patrick in France and Natalie in Australia. These memories were very much in our minds when we embarked on the Mathevies adventure and so it is particularly pleasing that you felt we had created a similar ambiance ourselves.
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

It’s a shame Trip Advisor doesn’t allow for a rating of up to 10 as we would give Les Mathevies a full 10 out of 10, so we will settle for 5 out of 5 – This place is fantastic!

Coming from a city of supposedly the world’s best hotels and resorts where no expense is spared it always great to go back to grass roots of nice personal Indi hospitality which cannot be created by 5 star corporations; Patrick and Natalie have created a wonderful oasis.

We stayed in one of the older chalets, a Davey Crocket, which was beautifully located, peaceful and full of charm (including the wall clock which had a mind of its own..). Everything felt relaxed and easy particularly for our 2 year daughter Daisy who was nearly in tears to leave after making many friends and having so many new experiances.

In terms of the site the all the facilities were excellent, pool, showers (although the cabin had its own, our friends camped and gave positive reports) café / bar. The bar served an excellent pint of Jupiler and Leff as well as Patrick’s personally selected wines – all of which were at very reasonable prices (Point to make that one reviewer complained at the price of a pint – the price was lower than all the other bars we saw in the area), all drinks were accompanied with a perfect selection of Nu Folk – Jose Gonzalez etc to watch the sun drop over the surrounding hillocks.

Plenty to do in the area for, lots of walking, great running and tourist attractions for all ages (the list is endless) so no worries if the weather turns for the worse.

With high airfares a consideration for us on any holiday we have to research and make sure it’s right. Prior to the booking Patrick and Natalie were extremely helpful in answering our questions and make sure everything would be good.

Les Mathevies is a real labour of love that has been done brilliantly. The best summary we can give Les Mathevies is my wife Debbie said that it was the most relaxed she had been since the arrival of our daughter 2.5 years ago.

Tom, Debbie and Daisy – Dubai, UAE

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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campmathevies, Owner at Camping Domaine des Mathevies, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
We’re so pleased you enjoyed your late season holiday at Mathevies. We have noticed an increasing number of families with pre-school children are opting for a September holiday when the schools have gone back and life in the Dordogne is a little gentler and more tranquil.
As you mention there was plenty of company on site for yourselves and your daughter.
Great that Debbie as well as Daisy managed to relax here!
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here for two weeks in mid-August in one of the mobile homes. I had read lots of good reviews before we booked and I was not disappointed. The mobile home was quite small but spotlessly clean & had everything we needed. The site itself is lovely - small, safe, friendly and easy going.

The kids had the time of their lives (aged 3 & 6) and us grown-ups actually managed some serious relaxation & socialising. The only drawback was the difficulty in extracting our children from the site in order to explore the area! - they would quite happily have stayed on site playing in the tree house, sand pit and swimming pool and taking Maisie the campsite dog for the odd walk. The Cozy Nook cafe/bar is lovely - we enjoyed many an evening sampling the wine & freshly prepared food whilst the kids played with their newly made friends (sorry to the previous reviewer - my son was probably one of the head-torch wearing tree house dwellers...).

I can't understand previous reviews saying that this site is too out of the way - the Dordogne & Vezerre Valley are both within easy reach and there is plenty to see & do in both. We would definitely go back & think it was well worth the long journey to get there.

Thank you Natalie & Patrick for a lovely holiday!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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campmathevies, Owner at Camping Domaine des Mathevies, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Delighted that you managed to find Mathevies without any trouble and were not deterred by our quiet location.

As you discovered once visitors have unpacked they quickly get to know the lie of the land and are surprised to find so much to do at a short distance from Mathevies.

Also thanks for your positive comments about the Cosy Nook and our food and drink. We do aim to offer good service at fair prices and it is great to have your endorsement on this.
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Another place I find hard to review because I have mixed opinions on our stay. I have rated it 'very good' because 'average' seems unfair due to its small size and to the freedom offered to children during the day. In the day i love this site, by night i cant bear it. This will be a long and detailed review so look away now if you don't have the time to spend reading it.

This is a small campsite accommodating somewhere around 30 pitches with a mixture of shade and sun. There are also a few mobile homes of varying designs and a stone built 'gite' available to hire. The site is situated on a gentle hill with the reception and cafe at the top and the swimming pool at the bottom. Having this in mind would probably assist in choosing which general area of pitch you would prefer as you can cross reference with the map provided on the website.I believe in future it will not be possible to select an exact pitch because this proves difficult logistically for the owners, which is a shame because there are definitely 'good' and 'bad' spots.

The campsite is in an isolated spot - for many this is its charm but I wonder about its general security and certainly saw a local dog wandering through the site at 3am which would have alarmed my daughter had she gone to the toilet. We suspect the same dog was responsible for entering our porch and urinating over the floor; a smell we could not escape from for the rest of the holiday.

There is no shop or other facility within walking distance though there are several supermarkets in Sarlat. Milk can be bought from reception providing they have sufficient supply.Breakfast pastries and bread can be pre-ordered up to about 10pm every night but are not available until reception opens at 9am next day, which can be late if you have children who are early risers. The bread and pastries are incredibly expensive, which I believe is justified by wanting to support a local 'artisan Boulanger' - though we have seen the prices in his shop and couldn't believe the mark up. With no other shop in walking distance, there is an element of Hobson's choice.

We chose les Mathevies because I had read much about the friendliness of the owners and relaxed vibe (not to mention the quality of the chips). It was easy to find, well signposted and located about 15 minutes drive outside Sarlat. The ground was easy to pitch on, despite a prolonged dry spell, though i cant say i actually did much hammering of pegs because that's not my job. We had an electric hook up and the added bonus of being able to hire a full-size fridge with small freezer compartment rather than taking a camping fridge in the car (yes I know, hardly hard core camping is it?!). Fridge hire was not cheap (we could have bought a second hand camping fridge for the same price) but it was very convenient (except when it froze my fruit and veg).

Pitches vary in size but are all well spaced with some degree of privacy offered by trees and shrubbery. The shrubbery needs trimming back more regularly in order to increase the pitch dimensions. The ground was very dusty during our visit, especially around the playground, which has orange soil. - suffice it to say that you would be ill advised to bring your children here in brand new trainers!

The facilities are the site were good. The pool was well fenced with a locking mechanism on the gate worthy of the Krypton Factor (impossible to open whilst carrying a glass of wine, much easier to bring a bottle with a straw). The pool was clean and well maintained, i struggle to understand previous complaints about murky water. In general it was always possible to obtain a sun lounger and there were enough parasols to go around, though I did note that our European neighbours would shamelessly steal your lounger/parasol/table if you were away from the pool for half an hour at the bar, which is perhaps fair, but they did not always remove your towel before allowing their wet children to lie on it. It is true to say that the pool was busy from around 2.30pm most days. It was also noisy and crowded with children and inflatables but we all know this is a site aimed at young families and during peak holiday period, I wouldn't dream of staying here unless I owned one (a child, not an inflatable, of which I sadly own several).

The children's playground was reasonable but probably in need of some new equipment, with holes in the football net and swings that swung alarmingly off-centre and looked to have seen better days. There was a small wooden house with gritty sand and rocks inside (this needed some degree of parental supervision to prevent very small children from throwing the rocks at each other, which I certainly observed as I was passing) as well as a brilliant tree house and a larger shaded sandpit which was filled with part sand, part the sort of dirt that requires a boil wash to remove from clothes.

The treehouse also required some degree of supervision at times, with children barricading other children out (and mine were no exception) and unfortunately also throwing rocks towards other children at ground level (which mine thankfully did not). Removing the rocks scattered around would be a priory if I owned this campsite as I saw enough mis-use of them during our stay to think they were an accident waiting to happen.

There were five showers and four toilets, inclusive of the separate disabled facilities. They were in need of an upgrade but they were cleaned regularly and despite warnings from another reviewer to wear flip flops, I had no problem with them or with sharing them with members of the opposite sex since they were all pretty much self contained. The shower cubicles were well designed, with a glass partition door to separate the wet and dry areas of the enclosure and keep your clothes dry on the hooks. There was also a mirror and a useful shelf in each enclosure. The toilets were a little smelly at times but this is not the Ritz Carlton (or even a Premier Inn) and people who can't put up with that (especially in warm climates) probably ought not to be camping. There was a handy power socket near the sinks where you could plug in your hairdryer if you wanted to remember what you look like in 'real life.'

Other facilities - the washing up facilities were just about adequate in terms of number but perfectly clean and almost always left in a decent state by the previous user. At peak times there would be a queue of campers with washing up bowls, which was often the time that men with no self awareness would strike up a new friendship over the Fairy liquid, oblivious to the line of other people waiting to use the facility. There were washing machines, a dryer and clothes racks. The washers and dryers were not often used, perhaps because the tokens cost an eye watering €5 per cycle - never have I longed for my own washing machine more than when parting with €5 for one of those tokens.

The reception and bar area are indeed cosy, providing shade during the day. There is a children's playroom off the bar with a range of toys, though mainly things that have been well-loved and have seen better days. I must admit that our children had been looking forward to the playroom and my 4 year old enjoyed sitting at the table with a pen and pencil, but i didnt find it a relaxing experience and was approached by The owners to ensure that my daughter left the playroom as she found it (I had no idea how she had found it, i was enjoying a coffee in the adjoining cafe) when in fact she was quietly colouring in the corner. There was also a rule about taking shoes off, which i sympathise with, but older children (7,8,9) were apparently removed from the playroom when they wanted to play there to escape the heat because they were deemed to be too old and while surfing the Internet I heard countless children told to take their ice creams outside the moment they had parted with their money. Overall, the whole bar area was very rule bound with regards to children, which I felt was because the bar and cafe were a peaceful environment where the owners spent their time. I too enjoy a peaceful environment but certainly this wasn't the impression I had of the 'cosy nook' cafe and adjoining playroom from the website. i was disappointed in this for a site that sells itself on being a relaxed, chilled, 'cool' environment - anecdotally I know that some children were reluctant to go into the cafe because they didn't feel especially welcome.

The owners appeared tired and jaded and not especially wanting interaction, certainly not with children; though there were other campers who they clearly recognised from previous seasons who were greeted warmly and affectionately who will probably read this review and not recognise this. In their defence, I too would be tired and jaded running a campsite with endless new people coming through the gate wanting the same information. I would be counting the days until the end of the season when I could close the gate.

The bar serves beer (€4) and inexpensive wine (€1.50 a small glass) as well as selling pre-packaged ice creams, home made flapjacks and hummous and a random array of knitted dolls/key rings and photographs by a local artist. Tea and coffee are available to drink in or as a ''take away' provided you bring your own cup to the bar. Cans of fizzy drink cost €2.

The cafe is closed between 12.30 and 2.30pm and the bar closes at the same time, with last orders at 10.30pm. it's not so much a cafe as an arrangement to pre-order food which is then made freshly during the afternoon and served outside at a time pre-arranged with yourselves. There is not always a choice of time available and there is also a 'Cut off' point beyond which you can no longer order food for that evening, so eating at the bar is not spontaneous. The cafe is closed on Mondays and limited to the BBQ on Thursdays with limited spaces.

The food is expensive, though I must defend this to some degree and agree with previous comments by Patrick that food is generally more expensive in France than in the UK. Despite this, I still found the food to be poor value for money. One evening we barbequed some sausages from Sarlat market and decided to buy chips and side salad to accompany this. The chips were designed to feed 4 people, which they easily did, but the side salad was for two, consisted mainly of letttuce and the chips and salad together came to a staggering €17, which I didn't admit to my husband until five days later. At other times we ordered food for the children which we felt was of poor quality (the sausages were actually hot dog type sausages) and put us off eating at the bar for the remainder of the holiday. The chips we had read so much about (thank you mumsnet) turned out to be standard French fries of the type you might buy at McDonalds. I couldn't understand the rave reviews about the food but I appreciate that it is 'locally sourced' and some of it is freshly made.

There are activities on offer at Les Mathevies. These are low-key and some occur on site, others don't. For example, there is a BBQ on Thursday evening, which costs €18 for adults and about €10 for children. The food is good and includes baked potatoes and lovely salad dishes, though our children wouldn't try the salads so it was less good value for them. For the same price we had a five course meal ( with drinks) at a restaurant in Montfort recommended by Patrick. The BBQ does provide a good opportunity to meet your fellow campers and despite the price, it's worth doing just for that as we had a great night and met people who we became friendly with for the rest of the stay. There is also a campfire night (marshmallows are provided!) and canoeing and horse riding trips with limited places (new rules limit canoeing to kids over 5 years along the Dordogne, a huge disappointment).. Our kids did the pony riding and it was excellent but the half hour trip was more than enough in the heat as it was pretty hilly for us parents. You can also walk Maisy the dog (ask her owners first) which our kids loved.

The main disappointments I had with this site was the incredible and unpredictable level of noise at night, some of which comes from a nearby campsite but mainly from within Les Mathevies.

On our first two nights we were kept awake until after 12.30am by noise from the nearby Maillac campsite, which seems to start its entertainment at 10.30pm and which was so loud that we mistook it for a fellow camper turning up his car stereo when we first heard it. Think Ibiza meets Benidorm; so Out of place in the Dordogne. This has been mentioned in previous reviews and whilst this does tend to stop at midnight, it was 12.40pm on our first night so there is no predictability to it and 'chilling out with a beer in the bar' isn't much use when the noise starts just as the bar closes. It seemed to occur twice a week and the level of noise depended on the wind direction in the valley. I'm guessing that pitches at the back of the site were worst affected.

The other source of noise was the children and for us this was the absolute deal breaker. It is true to say that children have an unusual degree of freedom on this site, which again is one of the beauties of its location; however whilst parents are enjoying a drink in the cosy nook, all too frequently their children are tearing around the site screaming, roaring, shouting and generally making animal noises at the tops of their voices right outside your tent. Some are on bikes, many are armed with head torches and hand torches which they use to climb the tree house. This noise continues well past 10.15pm, some nights it was 10.45 before it calmed down with a clear split between those parents struggling to get their younger children settled for the night and those enjoying a drink whilst their older children made the most of their freedom, occasionally shouting encouragement from the bar.

Ironically, the pitches worst affected are those around the playground, which is where parents of young children are most likely to request a pitch in order to keep an eye on their toddlers. There were many frazzled parents, crying babies, stamped feet and whiny toddlers at bedtime and the same next day. We personally could not settle our children to sleep until after 10.30pm, which may be fine as a one-off but can't be maintained over a fortnight without leading to problems during the day, which it did, with trips cancelled and at one point my husband driving our four year old around the outskirts of Sarlat to induce a nap - not how we saw our holiday panning out.

I am puzzled that this site seems so rule bound in the environs of the reception and cafe but allows a noise free for all every night. The bar closes at 10.30 and sometimes it would fall almost silent by 11 whilst on other occasions the owners themselves would sit outside the bar until 12.30 which encouraged others to do the same. There seemed to be no accepted etiquette or consistency in what time you might expect to get some sleep and this was stressful.

This is a good site if you have children aged 7-12 or who can go to bed in a a tent and fall asleep in what honestly sounds like a primary school playground at morning break. It is clean and well maintained, your children can probably roam freely within its boundaries with little chance of coming to harm. You will all make friends. This is not the site for you if you are camping in a tent and need to settle younger children to sleep before 10.30 or if you want to be able to walk to local facilities such as shops or restaurants or to be close to the river. It is not the place for you if you are a light sleeper. Everyone is different, I completely understand why others love this little site.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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campmathevies, Owner at Camping Domaine des Mathevies, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review and for all the positive comments you made about Mathevies.

There are as you say, a great many children, not to mention inflatables, around in high season. Most people bring both, although we have had some delightful comments from older guests saying how much pleasure they gained from other people’s children.

Many guests of all nationalities do adopt the continental habit of later nights for children on holiday. 10.30 bedtime (9.30 back in the UK) would not be seen as unduly late by many parents.

If a regular bedtime routine is an essential part of a holiday, we would always recommend a pitch on the edge of the site. It is a question of horses for courses. If you want to be close to the centre of the action, it is going to be noisier than if you opt for a pitch on the perimeter.

Sorry about the dog. This is not an issue we have encountered previously, but it must have been unpleasant. It’s a pity you didn’t tell us about the smell as we would happily have provided a hose.

Your description of the siege of the tree house sounds reminiscent of ‘Lord of the Flies’. Perhaps the parents were too immersed in their holiday reading to notice their children’s reversal to savagery!

The issue of supervision is an important one and all parents need to keep a weather eye on their own offspring. This would seem to be a more straightforward way of dealing with the embryo lawlessness of the young than to attempt to remove the rocks from the site.

We sympathise with the trials of the orange soil. You are right – leave new trainers and best clothes at home. Bring old clothes and prepare to hose down the children every night.

We do not supervise the pool or play areas but we have always found parents to be sensible about safety and sensitive to other people. One note of caution – for safety reasons please never take glasses let alone bottles of your favourite tipple to the pool area.

Do you think the child who settled in your recliner might have genuinely made a mistake? After all one recliner may look very like another to a sun and pool dazed youngster.

Camping fridges are expensive items for us to purchase and this is reflected in the rental which is on a level with most other campsites.

The playroom is furnished with well loved toys. The contents are selected at the start of the season for general appeal and durability but after weeks of play by hundreds of children some are very well loved indeed.

We do gently remind children and parents to leave the room in good order and the comment made to your daughter was in no way meant to distract her from her colouring.

A great deal of soul searching has resulted from your comments about our attitude to our guests. We would never want children to feel unwelcome in the bar and are concerned by your comment that ‘anecdotally’ children were put off going to the bar because they didn’t feel welcome.

Please dear readers if your children felt this way – let us know! We want to talk about it.

The food! Yes our bread and pastries cost more than those the baker sells in his shop. This is because he charges for his time and fuel, delivering to the dozen or so campsites that sell his goods.

We are aware that children’s hot dogs in the café are a disappointment to some, but at present we are at a loss to think of an equally popular substitute. So again anyone reading this who has some ideas, please let us know.

We are a small family run site and in order to keep the standard we want in the café we ask that you order in advance . This way waste is kept to a minimum. Our food is not cheap, but most campers feel it is value for money.

‘Tired and jaded’ well certainly we are not as young as we were and despite our best efforts the odd wrinkle is appearing. Clearly botox and hair dye need to head the Christmas present list.

However we love our campsite and thoroughly enjoy the hustle and bustle of the season. As for spending time with old acquaintances at the expense of new visitors – we do hope not.

If we happen to be in conversation with someone, be assured we are still at work and a quiet ‘excuse me’, will always gain our undivided attention.

Thank you for mentioning the craft items on display and giving us a chance to plug Mathevies’ designated good cause.

The goods are made by women in Uganda working with a UK registered charity Soft Power Education. Margaret McAlpine (Patrick’s mother) is a trustee of SPE and spends four or five months a year working on the project.

This season so far, sales have exceeded 300 euros, every cent of which goes directly to improve the lives of the women: children go to school, sick babies receive medical treatment and families can afford mosquito nets.

As we view with dismay our wrinkles and tired limbs we gain a lot of comfort knowing the generosity of Mathevies campers has made a difference.

To find out more check the website www.softpowereducation.com.

So a big thank you.
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed here for a week in early July. The site itself is lovely, very well laid out, nice open, large pitches with a mixture of shade and sun. Unisex showers and toilets wouldn't be for everyone, and not many of them, but they were clean and well looked after. The owners of the site very welcoming. The bar area was pleasant, with a simple menu.

Main drawback was access. The site is well off the beaten track, which means it is nice and quiet, but if you want to do a bit of sightseeing in the area you have a bit to go to get to the main road. Access to the site is by very narrow roads, not easy if you are travelling with a large caravan. When we visited there were a very large number of small (and noisy) children. Erratic internet connection.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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campmathevies, Owner at Camping Domaine des Mathevies, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday at Les Mathevies and thank you for your positive comments.

We are off the beaten track. For many visitors this is part of our charm. Once settled in with a chance to find one's bearings, most people find the many attractions of the Dordogne are easily reached. We do appreciate the last mile can be arduous towing a caravan or trailer, On the positive side, fellow drivers tend to be understanding of tourists on local roads and the view from the top of the hill stunning.

We are delighted to say the wifi issue was quickly resolved and the site still abounds with young children.
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had done some extensive research before choosing this site as our first visit to the Dordogne region. We are very glad we chose this one! Patrick and Natalie were lovely hosts, the atmosphere is completely relaxed, the facilities really good, especially the cosy nook! We had a great time with our friends, enjoyed the pool, campfire night and the other facilities. We would go back and would recommend the site without issue. The only thing which was a slight problem was the noise from the 2 nearby campsites, it seems to be noisy for 4 nights each week, but that is nothing to do with the campsite or the owners. There is nothing they can do about it, but wear some good earplugs and it will all go away!! Thanks again for a great stay!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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campmathevies, Owner at Camping Domaine des Mathevies, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
So pleased you enjoyed your first visit to the Dordogne and your stay at Les Mathevies.

There are two other campsites in the area, both around two kilometres away. The sound of their fetes nights does sometimes come up the valley and while it is not like having noisy next door neighbours, the music can still be heard.

On the plus side our neighbours down in the valley are considerate and always end their festivities on the dot of midnight.

Most campers are intrigued rather than annoyed by the acoustics, but for those who are affected, we recommend a relaxing drink and a chat in the Cosy Nook.
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Have never posted a review before on Trip Advisor but have to respond to Ageing Hippie of Dorset who arrived at this fantastic site while my husband and I were staying there earlier this month. It was obvious from the moment they arrived that they did not want to be there and they did everything possible to make life difficult for the most lovely, welcoming and amenable hosts, Patrick and Natalie. What a pity - they missed out on a wonderful opportunity for a relaxing holiday in good company. We were pleased when they left!
Fabulous, clean and well run site by Patrick and Natalie who manage to create a welcoming and chilled atmosphere while working so hard behind the scenes. We spent two glorious weeks there thanks to them both, not forgetting Maisy of course.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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campmathevies, Owner at Camping Domaine des Mathevies, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Great that you broke your silence on Trip Advisor with such positive comments about Les Mathevies. It is always a great boost to hear from people how much they enjoyed their stay. So a big thank you from team Mathevies.
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Additional Information about Camping Domaine des Mathevies

Property: Camping Domaine des Mathevies
Address: Lieu Dit les Mathevies, 24200 Sainte Nathalene, Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Dordogne > Sarlat-la-Caneda > Sainte Nathalene
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Sainte Nathalene
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small is Beautiful. A relaxed alternative to the commercial camping scene Located 6km from the medieval town of Sarlat. ... more   less 

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