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.
- 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