Camping La Chatonnière

Europe France Aquitaine Dordogne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
A delightful campsite with 'green' status for its beautiful, riverside location in the Dordogne close to the Limousin

Never has a campsite harnessed so much power of nostalgia. Like the city image of a handsome, sun-tanned Parisian cycling around beneath the Eiffel Tour, La Chatonnière is the archetypal vision of the countryside, all parceled up into family campsite form. Picture, if you will, quintessential French camping and then get out your checklist… Send us a postcard if anything’s not ticked off.

For starters there’s the river, glistening in the sun as it flows languidly around long, sandy meanders, perfect for paddling, swimming and cooling off from the midday heat. Along it’s edges the grass has been systematically worn down by picnic blankets and sun towels or grows in shrub-shaped patches beneath the dappled shade of trees. Then there’s the fantastic number of tents, giving a real traditional feel to the place. Campervans and caravans are still very much welcomed, but the apron of grass at the very bottom of the site (where cars are not allowed) mean it’s still the old-school camping clan that thrive.

It’s the atmosphere, however, that’s most fitting. Utterly relaxed and laid back, the place has a plethora of excellent facilities yet none of that Euro Camp feel that’s become more common in recent years. There’s badminton, boules and table tennis, bikes for hire and boats you can borrow to dabble about on the water, plus a small shop where they sell ice creams and deliver fresh, pre-ordered bread each morning. It’s both remarkably casual yet wonderfully well organised. Precisely what you want in a campsite.

The surroundings are, in fact, all part of a designated nature reserve – Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin – an added reason why the focus here is on keeping things simple and natural rather than artificial and commercial. Even their facilities are suitably green; the toilet flush uses water from the river, the shower heating is all aided by solar panels on the roof and any leftovers from the shop? We’ll they get fed to the owner’s goats of course!

So with the atmosphere in top order, facilities to boot and surroundings green enough to be given ‘Parc’ status, it surely leaves just one more box on the checklist – a little culture française. How about a spectacularly grand, 12th-century château within easy walking distance? Big fat tick for that one.



We have thre modern sanitary blocks, one of which is heated including facilites for person with reduced mobility, a family bathroom, two baby bath spaces, washine machine and dryer and a covered washing up space.

There is WIFI throughout the campsite, fresh bread every morning, a small shop and a tourist information ofice.

There is badminton court. a trampoline, ping-pong table, pool table, football table, children's paly areas and an outdoor fitness area with a view of the river.

Bikes, go-karts, canoes and kayaks are available on site. You will also be able to buy a fishing license at the campsite reception and fish in the river.

Kids will be able to enjoy board games from our library. Small children can play on the nearest beach while all other swimmers will be allowed in the river.

Suitable For

The campsite is ideal for family holiday, couple retreat and nature lover.


The campsite is located on the route followed by Richard the Lionheart and on road toward Santiago de Compostela.

Today it is well indicated as the "The route of the castles" so if you want to visit some cstles youa re in the right place.

The Jumilhac-le-Grand castle (0033 6 09 61 78 40) is the closest and is also known as the Black Pearl"of Perigord-Vert because of its distinctive black tile roof. The complex gardens are also worth exploring.

Our campsite is situated within the Périgord-Limousin Regional Natural Park (0033 5 53 55 36 00). Many walks are well marked and you can easily cycle.

Food & Drink

You can buy ice cream, drinks, homemadepizza to go, fries and snacks in the small shop on site as well as fresh bread to order each morning.
Off site however on the main square of Jumilhac-le-Grand castle try the charming little restaurant of Lou Boueiradour (0033 5 53 52 50 47) traditional French cuisine.


Fin mai - mi-septembre.

The Owner Says

La Chatonnière is a small, green campsite on the edge of a little river with its own sandy beach. We rent Mobil-Homes, Tents, Safari Tents and camping pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes.

Our three-star campsite is located in a peaceful area in the Dordogne, not far from the Limousin border. Because this area is very special in terms of landscape and nature, it has obtained the status of a Nature Reserve. The name of this new nature reserve has become: "Périgord-Limousin Regional Natural Park" and is well known across the country. For peace, tranquility and the chance to really enjoy the flora and fauna of France, there are few more refined places.

The campsite "La Chatonnière" is located a few steps from the village of "Jumilhac-le-Grand" where you will find all the amenities such as shops, a swimming pool, a tennis court and restaurants. The impressive Jumilhac-le-Grand castle is part of the Richard the Lion Heart castles route, a renowned route that hosts some of the most wonderful castles in all of France.

Our terraced campsite is located in a green valley on the banks of the Isle River. The pitches are separated by bushes. Trees will always provide shade although there are plenty of sunny spaces to be find if that's what you're after.


Contact Camping La Chatonnière, Jumilhac le grand, 24630, Lieu - Dit La Chatonnière Dordogne, France

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Getting There

Depuis le rond-point de Jumilhac-le-Grand (il n'y en a qu'un), prendre la D79 nord en direction de La Coquille. 500 mètres après le rond-point, tournez à gauche. Après 100 mètres vous arriverez à l'entrée du camping. The nearest train station is in Saint Yrieix-la-Perche, but it's 12 km from the site so you'll need a lift (or a taxi) from there.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews


A relaxing, family friendly campsite

We took a gamble and booked up for 12 nights on our first visit to La Chatonnière and the Dordogne, which really paid off as we really enjoyed living on our pitch, was on the lower terrace facing the river. Our two girls (8 and 4) spent most of the first week in the river or on the 'beach' making friends and just playing, free range. The facilities are very modern and clean, with lots of hot water, a freezer for ice blocks and frequent water points around the pitches. There is also site wide free wifi, for those who need it. Irna and Bob who own and run the site are very low key and very friendly and helpful. There is the option to order bakery goods each day, plus a small shop the sells ice creams, cold beers, wine and a few other essentials, including campingaz bottles. They also offer pizza made freshly on site, which are very good indeed. The village of Jumilhac-le-grand has a small 'supermarket, plus a boulangerie and a butchers, which are handy. There are bigger supermarkets around a 20 minute drive away. We enjoyed weeks of hot weather and sunshine and the pitches were well shaded with trees. Nearly perfect - hope to be coming back!
Aug 27, 2018 by markhylton

Soooo relaxed...

This was our third campsite on a big road trip, and we loved it! Having enjoyed a large commercial site, and a small mountain site in the weeks befor, this was a perfect chill out. Beautiful setting, quiet and friendly, helpful pleasant owners, good camping crowd. Lots of small children (so be prepared for a few audible paddies!) but our two (8 and 10) were very happy splashing in the river, cycling the loop - and playing badminton in the evening with new friends. We will definitely go back!
Aug 16, 2018 by Ju L

A lovely quiet site with excellent facilities.

the owners are lovely and friendly, try the owners burgers they are marvellous, a nice clean camp site would recommend it to anyone
Jul 18, 2018 by mike smith

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