Camping Belle Vue
La Contie, nr Hautefort, 24390 Boisseuilh, Dordogne, France
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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One of the best sites we stayed in on our tour of south west France
We stayed at Belle Vue in July. The camp site is lovely , its quite small but each pitch is large and the views of the Chateaux at Hautefort amazing. Simon and Cal are great hosts. Cal cooked us a lovely dinner which we ate in the old barn . Everything is very clean and I had the pool to myself most evenings! The area is ridiculously beautiful and we hired Kayaks one day and leisurely drifted past Chateaux and then got picked up and driven back upstream. Very civilised. Most people go back year after year and I can see why.
Beautiful peaceful campsite
Lovely personal welcome from the Simon and Cal, great grassy pitch, lovely evening meals and super area. We stayed in 5 campsites on this trip and this was by far our favourite. We will definitely go again and recommend it to everyone. The surrounding area is beautiful, with plenty to do with children and lovely markets to visit.
Amazing hosts and an amazing site.
Firstly, never have we been welcomed to a campsite by two more amazing hosts, Simon and Cal make you feel welcome and at home from the moment you arrive, come to think of it they make you feel that way before you arrive with there excellent communication and helpful Pre arrival advice. The site itself is small but beautiful with excellent facilities. We took the option of dinner and I have to say if you're staying here it's an option well worth taking. We awoke to the sound of cows on the field next door and bird song, it's an idillic place, especially when Simon arrives back from the local bakers with breakfast and delivers it to your door. We only stayed the one night on our way through France but I'd definitely return to this beautiful region and this lovely site in the future.
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 !
Really loved the personal touch, breakfast delivered to the tent etc. Very welcoming, well maintained. We have had a fantastic and relaxing time. Thank you.
Loved the meal served in the barn, delicious and a lovely setting. A lovely warm welcome, fabulous views, a nice laissez-faire vibe, great to have the pool. Perfect location for peaceful country bike-rides.
We wanted peace and tranquility and we found it at Belle Vue
If you would like to wake up to the sounds of birds singing and cows munching on their lush grass in the neighbouring field, then this is the place to stay.A lovely peaceful setting with very clean showers and loos were our criteria when first searching for a camping base in the Dordogne.Camping Belle Vue met our expectations and then exceeded them so much that we have had two wonderful stays in our trusty(?) VW campervan.The naturalness and beauty of the area coupled with Simon and Cal's hosting skills are a winning combination.The starry night skies are stunning as are the fresh pastries,croissants, and baguettes delivered each morning (If required ).We drove out each day and explored beautiful medieval villages, stunning chateaux and found gorgeous stretches of rivers to picnic by.A perfect place for a relaxing holiday.
Great campsite with the right balance between helpful and unintrusive
Simon & Cal have got the balance just right between friendly and intrusive. You work very hard to welcome us and your enthusiasm and passion shines through. Thank you for providing a space for us to "stop" - a rare moment in a busy world.
Lovely, small campsite with fantastic views
Four of us (2 adults & 2 children aged 8&9) spent 8 nights here in Aug 2016 using the well equipped 6 berth tent they provide. We were a little anxious that the site would be more suitable for couples rather than families, however our fears were unfounded and we had a great time. The pool was available from 10:00 to 19:00 for children, a couple of hours longer in the evening for adults and was the main entertainment on site for the children. There is an open area that could be used for football; plenty of opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife (eg the neighbour's chickens, cockerel and rabbits; listen out for the owls; watch the bats) and view of the stars. There are plenty of activities and attractions in the area. On most days, we chose to travel about an hour (each way) to tourist attractions. Sometimes there was a similar activity closer (eg canoeing), however we thought the more distant version would be more suitable for our family's needs. Simon and Cal were great hosts, helpful in every way and really wanted us to have a good stay. We had a super holiday and would certainly recommend the site to others.
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.