Camping Belle Vue is well named. What at first might seem like a modest-sized campsite – a mere eight pitches – soon wins you over with its intimate ambience and views over the fields to the local chateau: a grand old building crowning the village of Hautefort that was once lived in by a countess who survived a number of husbands. By night it lights up like a chandelier, and should you visit on a Wednesday evening you’ll find people in period dress strutting around its ornamental lawns to the accompaniment of classical music. Sitting in the northern tip of the Dordogne, just below Limousin, Hautefort is a charmingly low-key village, with a clutch of antique shops, galleries and rustic bars.
The campsite is a rustic and comfortable oasis of calm, with just eight pitches, a couple of pre-erected tents and two rental caravans. It’s well catered for with its cosy Stable Dining Room, decked out in blue-checked tablecloths and exposed brick walls, and a little shop selling basics where in the evening you can place an order for mouth-watering fresh pastries and bread to be delivered piping hot next morning. Owners Cal and Simon, originally from the UK, wanted to escape the rat race and find a slower pace of life, and they certainly did that. As well as welcoming hosts they’re also great cooks and serve up delicious local dishes made with their homegrown veg. Admittedly there’s not much to do, but the surrounding area has a smorgasbord of potential activities. Settle back and savour the honeysuckle perfume in the air and feel your pulse lowering by the minute.
The Owner Says
Whether you're walking, cycling, horse-riding or just going for a drive, Camping Belle Vue makes an ideal base from which to explore the Périgord region. Just 3km from Hautefort, our small campsite offers a stunning and tranquil setting in which to pitch your tent or park your campervan.
Enjoy terrific valley views of Chateau Hautefort from the peaceful and tranquil campsite, complete with super friendly hosts that will welcome you on arrival and help answer any questions you may have about the local area and attractions.
Like many who return year after year, we invite you to enjoy our friendly, personal service and our exceptional campsite. Where possible we can always be flexible on arrival and departure days in July and August; so please ask for further details.
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Warm welcome with a drink offered, nothing too much trouble, lovely meals cooked by Cal, beautiful views
Wonderfully peaceful site with beautiful views
A truly relaxing site.
One of the best sites we stayed in on our tour of south west France
Beautiful peaceful campsite
Amazing hosts and an amazing site.
Joanne and Dan
We can't recommend this campsite highly enough. Simon & Cal were fantastic hosts and the location is just beautiful. We will definitely be back again. Thank you so much for an amazing time here !
We wanted peace and tranquility and we found it at Belle Vue
Great campsite with the right balance between helpful and unintrusive
Lovely, small campsite with fantastic views
Friendly campsite with wonderful view
We camped here for 18 nights in August 2015 with our two boys aged 9 and 11, and were looked after superbly by Simon and Cal. We loved the view of the chateau, and found so much to do that we didn't manage to fit in all the local sights and activities. The campsite is clean and well maintained, and Simon and Cal provided plenty of help, advice, maps and books. We had dinner three times in the on-site 'barn' restaurant and each time the food was absolutely delicious and the weekly themed evenings were good fun. What struck me most about this campsite was that almost every resident was a return visitor, some returning year after year. By the time we left, we could see why, and we shall be back too one day! We were looking for a remote, low key campsite with lovely views and clean facilities, and we found exactly that.
Simon and Cal make a wonderful team, ensuring all guests are looked after, fed, watered and wined! The site is in a beautiful location and has all the facilities needed to create a relaxing and comfortable stay. This was our first visit (Aug 2015) but we'll definitely be back. If you are looking for a friendly, secure and relaxing holiday, with great access to the many local points of interest, we would suggest you seriously consider this site
We stayed here for 8 nights in June. Lovely pitch with a wonderful view. Excellent facilities. Super food provided by Cal and great fun and humour provided by ' front of house' Simon. We will definitely return.
Lovely and relaxing
Had a lovely stay here back in September. Simon and Cal made us feel very welcome without being overpowering like some campsite owners can be. Enjoyed a delicious 4 course meal cooked by Cal on our first night (highly recommend to save you cooking when you first arrive!) and fresh bread, croissants etc delivered to your tent, or in our case van, was a lovely touch. Pretty views across to the local chateau from your pitch and plenty to do nearby. Lovely small site, was perfect for us as a couple wanting a quiet, relaxing break. We hope to be back again someday!
Our favourite Cool Camping site so far
This really is a gem of a camp site. Close to Hautefort with its own spotlessly kept pool this site is one we'll certainly be returning to. Cal's cooking means you can enjoy quality restaurant food just metres away from your tent, while Simon delivers fresh bread and croissants to your tent in the morning in a gingham lined basket. If you like small sites this is certainly one to try.
peace and quiet
This is a very quiet and grown up camp site favoured, when we were there, by older couples in caravans from the Netherlands and the UK. The peaceful atmosphere is maintained by strict rules about pool use (no splashing/jumping etc), no fires and the fact that there is very little to do but enjoy the shade of the trees and glimpses of the stunning chateau. Simon and Cal keep the facilities spotless if a little too covered in rules and notices! Meals in the barn are intimate and sociable although 'restaurant' is overstating it. Nearby Hautefort has some lovely restaurants with very reasonable set menus. The location is great with loads to do nearby if you have a car. The perfect site for those looking to enjoy a good book. Not ideal if you are looking for playmates for the kids or communal fun and games. The hired tent was fine but a little shabby and could have done with a waterproof groundsheet and fresher bedding.
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