Woodland tent pitch (6)
- Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 0 children)
Woodland tent pitch with electric hookup, separate from caravan area
The Owner Says
If you are coming to Manzac with canvas, or today's modern day equivalent, then we have a real treat for you. Our woodland camping area, set by the waters of the River Bandiat, is entirely separate from our hard-standing area, offering seclusion, peace and quiet.
These four pitches are very large and well separated from each other, offering each visitor their own private space. The woodland camping area even has its own access to our sanitation facilities.
Of course, not everyone wishes to camp away from their car (although we'll help you get your gear to your tent pitch!), and so if we have availability we are happy to offer campers the choice of the woodland area or our hard standing pitches in the upper area of the site.
These are also suitable for tents, and some guests prefer them as you can park your car with your tent - depending on availability we'll do our best to give you the choice!
Whichever type of pitch you go for, you will have access to electric hookup via our 6A two-pin EU style sockets, and our extra strong site wide wifi will reach you without problem.
About Manzac Ferme
Suitable ForTents, trailer tents, motorhomes (up to 9 metres), caravans, well-behaved pets – yes. Sorry, no kids – this is an adult only site. Maximum 4 to a pitch so group bookings subject to availability.
NearbyThe Périgord Limousin National Park is brimming with excellent walking and cycle trails – your hosts can provide maps. Just 25 minutes drive away lies the stunning town of Brantôme. Dubbed 'the Venice of France', where you can take a boat trip or hire a canoe to cruise down the River Dronne. Nearby, the ancient network of caves at Villars are home to some remarkable prehistoric paintings. You can also visit the battlefield where Richard the Lionheart was killed, in nearby Châlus. The village of Nontron (home of the famous folding-knife) is well worth a visit. If visiting in July, be sure to find out where in Périgord the annual Félibrée will be taking place. This celebration of Occitan language and culture is a huge occasion for the region, with the chosen town decorated with vibrant flowers, as revellers enjoy traditional music, dancing and singing along with Occitan dishes and drink.
Food & DrinkThere are plenty of excellent eateries just a short drive from the site. Your hosts are full of decent recommendations and are more than happy to call ahead for reservations. Nontron, 10 minutes away, is home to three large supermarkets that are open all day, while you can stock up on some of the region's celebrated produce at the Piégut market, which runs every Wednesday morning. There are also two excellent bakeries within a five minute drive for fresh croissants in the morning.
Site ReviewsAdd Your Review
Rated ★★★★★ over 21 reviews
EXCELLENT... Highly recommended Camping Site
This Campsite is highly recommended, such a very beautiful place, if you want a relaxing holiday, tranquility and away from the hustle & bustle of life. The site is beautifully maintained in it's natural habitat, surrounded by wildlife and lakes. Plenty to see and do. The hosts are such a very WARM & WELCOMING couple, made us feel at ease and welcome. Toilet and shower facilities spotless. We visited as a family of 6 ( from Seychelles/Australia and England ). What a shame we had to leave. Definitely will go back.
Relax and enjoy!
This was the best of 4 sites we stopped at in France and by far the best. We've been raving about it since returning home. Small, adults only, quiet, immaculately clean, and perfect hosts. Margaret and Georges are so welcoming. After a hectic week boating on the Lot river with 5 other adults, we were in search of some R&R and were so pleased to be able to re-charge our batteries at Manzac Ferme. Margaret and Georges seemed to know exactly what we were looking for, after a welcome cup of tea on their terrace, Georges helps you position your outfit as you wish, introducing you to the excellent facilities and information as well as essential info like recycling options, water and waste etc. then leaves you to the peace and quiet. The grounds are well kept and lovely with welcome shade. Free wifi is a welcome bonus. Margaret was only too happy for me to use herbs from their own garden for my cassoulet! We will return!
Manzac Ferme could be a case study on how a campsite should be managed, a great example of making the best use of all your resources. On entering the site you feel straight away that’s it is extremely well maintained and loved. The owners are very helpful and friendly without being pushy and are readily available on site should you need them. The grass pitches for tents are superbly located by the river and the hard-standing is spacious and convenient to all site amenities, with electric hook-ups also available. The Wi-fi, an increasingly important feature in all modern sites, is also strong. So now let’s be honest – the site is not overly big and is quite isolated, being located deep within the Dordogne countryside. The nearest town, Nontrone, is about eight kilometres or ten minutes away (by car). The rub is that it doesn’t feel isolated - it feels homely, welcoming and relaxing. The converted farm house looks great and the associated communal area houses a wealth of information on local sightseeing and attractions. The owners will provide information sheets with walks of varying length and distance in the nearby area. We are Irish, and they were also sharp enough to point out to us which walks had pubs along the way. There does feels like plenty to be getting on with, if that’s your desire. The site is adults only too (we fooled them there I think) so it’s the perfect place to engage with your fellow campers, or simply just sit, lap up the countryside, mind your own business and read a book (there is a depository on site too if you need a swap. I did). Incidentally we travelled to Manzac Ferme from the direction of Tours, in reasonable time and comfort, without encountering a single toll road. While there we also visited the nearby caves of Villars, a brilliant and fascinating stop, which is less than 30 minutes drive away. The stunning town of Brantome is also close - it allegedly features the oldest bell tower in France. It also sells good wines. I would ferme-ly recommend this site - for an overnight stop or longer. The owners deserve great credit for turning this place into a relaxing retreat you'll depart feeling like you really should have stayed longer.
Wonderful campsite A+++++
My wife and I camped here for two weeks in the second half of June 2017 and had an excellent time at this tranquil retreat. The location is absolutely amazing, providing secluded camping pitches amongst the trees, with a stream at the bottom of the site. A small number of hard-standing pitches are at the top of the site for caravans and campervans, but are separated from the camping pitches by a grass slope. Although by no means steep, this prevented vehicular access to the camping pitches, helping to give a remote and ‘wild’ camping experience. Wheelbarrows were available for transporting all our camping essentials from the car to the pitch, with the former being safely parked adjacent to the farmhouse. The pitches were large and the broad leaf canopy provided plenty of shade. The site is very peaceful and is the ideal spot to relax and unwind. The facilities were always clean, while the showers were large and had plenty of hot water. The amenities block (part of the farm buildings) housed two showers, two toilets and a sink and draining board. It also contained a notice board providing details of local markets, supermarkets, restaurants etc., while an information rack contained plenty of tourist leaflets for attractions near and far. Also available were laminated sheets detailing local walks from the campsite. The site is run by Georges and Margaret who were wonderfully welcoming and were always available to offer advice and give recommendations for days out and identifying which were the best restaurants. Georges was gallant enough to offer assistance pushing one of the wheelbarrows that helped us unload - all in all, they were the perfect hosts who were wonderful to chat to. The campsite has an abundance of wildlife to enjoy – plenty of birdlife, deer, while the resident coypu were a joy to see. Attractions worth leaving the site for are: St Estephe (open water swimming lake, with life guards), Brantome, Chateau de Bourdeilles, Grotte de Villars, St Jean de Cole, Aubeterre sur Dronne and Cassinomagus. We very much hope to return in the near future.
Like staying with good friends
This site was everything promised by both the description and reviews on this website. Peaceful and quiet? The only sounds were the owls, distant donkeys and cockerels. Clean? Probably cleaner than our own house. Spacious? Only 10 pitches anyway, and by early September we were just a handful of happy campers. Relaxing? With no play area, disco, shop or pool this site is as close to zen as you can get under canvas. But the welcome - that's what really made this site a stand-out. As every one of the other reviews mentions, Georges and Margaret are the heart of this site. They welcome you to their back garden like old friends, giving you everything you could possible need to settle in and relax. A cold drink on arrival, help with getting your gear to your pitch, recommendations for a restaurant or day out - including making bookings for you, little items you forgot to bring, a friendly chat at the beginning and end of the day, drinks on their terrace. They remember everyone's names - no mean feat - from the minute you arrive to months after you leave. Everything is very light touch, even though they have every single thing under control, and it really does feel like you are staying with friends rather than paying for a space on a campsite. The area is great to explore on bike, on foot and in the car; lots of tiny villages, castles, caves, rivers and markets. You're close enough to the bigger tourist spots like Sarlat and Beynac but far enough away to not have the crowds around you at the end of the day as well. We really enjoyed the swimming facilities at the Grand Etang de St Estephe and the village of St-Jean-de-Cole in particular. Everything you need for shopping is close by in Nontron and all that's left is to switch off (if you can - even the wifi reaches to every pitch!) and enjoy the sun and the peace. Thanks Georges and Margaret for a wonderful week in your beautiful home. Jo and Tommy.
Manzac Ferme is located at Manzac, 24300 Augignac, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France
Detailed directions on the website. GPS co-ordinates are as follows: 45.56199, 0.71948 (decimal) or 45deg 33'43.07"N 0deg 43'10.05"E - but they recommend guests take a look at instructions as GPS devices have a habit of taking guests through towns that may not be caravan or motorhome suitable! A bit tricky to reach by public transport. The nearest train station is Angouleme, a 45km drive away. Folks on a cycling holiday would be able to manage this, but there are no viable bus routes nearby.