Camping Domaine des Mathevies

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  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
One of the friendliest sites in the south. The hosts are delightful, the views stunning, and there’s bags for you and the kids to do

Natalie and Patrick McAlpine, the owners of Domaine des Mathevies on the outskirts of medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda, first met in India. Their subsequent travels brought them to this neglected campsite and they set about transforming it into the eco-minded sanctuary it is today. A labour of love, it’s a place where adults are as well catered for and contented as their kids – where you can sit back with a frothy latté, play pétanque over a leisurely glass of St-Émilion as a paraglider is swallowed up by the salmon-pink sunset below.

Set on a gentle incline with masterful views over the wooded valley, there are 40 pitches to choose from, many of which enjoy shade from walnut, cherry, fig, apple and plum trees, and all of which have electricity hook-ups. If you’re arriving late and don’t fancy pitching up for the night, there are four spanking new cabins from which to savour the best views over the hills, plus seven more well-furnished cabins dotted around the edge of the site.

Beside the Cosy Nook Café there’s also a self- contained traditional gîte with all mod cons (Sky TV and a CD player) within its exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings. Perfectly sized for a family, with two double bedrooms, it’s recently been refurbished and is partnered by another, Le Point de Vue, a mere two minutes’ walk away. Both have two good sized bedrooms and Le Point de Vue boasts a self-contained, fully-furnished guest wing. The real ace, though, is the spectacular sunset view you can enjoy, and the privacy the place affords; giving you all the amenities plus the chance to retire to your own little palace.

The site itself is a real playground for kids, with a toddlers’ play area near the Cosy Nook Café (so you get to relax with them in plain view). Natalie and Patrick have two kids and it’s this empathy with the little ones that seems to have led to so many thoughtful details to keep them happy. There’s an excellent sand pit for younger kids and a terrific climbing area, but if that’s not enough to keep them occupied there’s a children’s pool as well as a larger swimming pool for adults, as well as tennis courts and a table-tennis table.

The Cosy Nook Café lives up to its moniker with swallow-you-up couches, a cosy ‘daybed’ for reclining on, honey stone walls and delicious bar snacks that together make it one of the most inviting campsite cafés in France. Fresh bread and croissants are delivered every morning; the best spot to take breakfast is under the shade of the linden trees. And just in case you sneaked your computer in with you, the Nook has Wi-Fi as well as satellite TV for movies or sport in the evening. With the gastronomical Mecca of Sarlat close by, coupled with what is one of the Dordogne’s friendliest, most charming sites, you may well find yourself staying much longer than planned.



Think of Mathevies as a club like experience, once you are in and set-up you have very little to do other than enjoy yourself and relax. Before you arrive, once you have booked your holiday you will receive a 40-page innovative brochure that will take you through life on-site and opportunities to take off-site allowing you to plan your stay like never before.

All facilities are carefully thought out and well maintained, from the sanitary block with baby-changing facilities to the laundry facilities with large communal lines. The well organised recycling facilities to the easily accessible free WIFI, which includes an option to pay for faster work requirements when needed.

Apart from the playground and swimming pools there’s also a full-size tennis court. If the unthinkable happens and it rains, there is an indoor kids’ area with board games, drawing materials and plenty more things to keep everyone busy.

Individual full-size fridges are available to rent on the pitches, in lockable bespoke wooden cabinets that provide campers with a place for their valuable belongings as well as making great work top's for dinner preparation. Charcoal and gas barbecues are permitted on the pitches and BBQ’s along with Picnic Tables can be rented for the course of your stay.

Suitable For

Something for Everyone!

Lovers of nature, space, quality facilities, small-scale setup, cosy and cool layout.

Campers in tents, campervans, camping cars and caravans.

Glampers who love proper beds, modern, clean, spacious and airy chalets or gîtes with kitchens and bathrooms.

Dogs on leads are welcome.


Location, Location, Location.

Domaine des Mathevies, is a peaceful hamlet to the village Sainte Nathalene, which is itself a village that supports the medieval town of Sarlat. The historical centre point of the Dordogne Valley.

From our well entitled position you are within easy access of the area’s key touristic sites and facilities, Sarlat for its restaurants and markets, Beynac, Castelnaud and Domme for their fortressed castles. Lascaux and Les Eyzes for their world-famous cave paintings and prehistoric dynasty. And not forgetting the magnificent river Dordogne for its nature, swimming and canoeing.

Food & Drink

The Cosy Nook Café turns out a bevy of barista style coffees, organic teas, artisan beer and a range of great value wine is on offer thanks to a good relationship with local producers. In the evening food trucks set up on the terrace and offer a variety of local and world food.

Nearby Sarlat takes its cuisine very seriously and its winding streets are full of restaurants and bistros. For something different, Chez le Gaulois, tucked away in the centre of the old town, serves rustic platters of cheeses and charcuterie, boiled potatoes, salads and melted raclette. Service is great and the atmosphere superb. It’s small and popular so booking is advisable. There’s also Delpeyrat a family favourite in Carsac – a traditional French dining room, producing homemade delights. Out of town, try the Pech-de-Malet in Vitrac, a family owned restaurant with fabulous terrace and views across the valley (ideal for kids).


April – September.

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The Owner Says

Small is Beautiful - Camping as if People Matter

From our 2011 introduction into Cool Camping’s ‘Top 5 campsites in France’, to the 2015 cover photo for ‘Cool Camping Europe’, Mathevies has matured, evolved and innovated with even more emphasis on providing our guests with quality, space, access to nature and comfort. We believe that to put people first in the camping world is to provide a scale that enhances the camping experience.

There are still under 40 pitches, but we have replaced the old chalets and Mobile homes with luxury houses - Open Air and Plein Air chalets. Both gîtes have also undergone extensive refurbishment and offer high end glamping alternatives.

The Cosy Nook terrace is still the hub of the Mathevies experience, set beneath the huge lime trees. It's a place to kick back and take in the chilled music, lounge on the daybeds with a book or chat with new friends. The bar offers a range of hand-crafted beers, local wines and snacks are available all day. Through-out the summer nightly pop-up food trucks (think curry, pizza, gourmet burger, fish 'n chips, crepes, etc.) offer fresh, well priced food alternatives.

Cool off in the terraced pool, get physical on the full-size tennis court, or have a laugh playing boules by the bar.Kids will enjoy the car free playground and there's even an indoor kids playroom attached to the bar, so something for everyone.

If you prefer a personal and relaxed experience, impeccable facilities and a warm welcome then please come and stay. We offer our guests an alternative to the commercial camping scene, i.e., an indepenently owned boutique style campsite without organised activities.

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There are a variety pitch types to choose from, spread over 6 acres of landscaped terracing and woodland. Each is individually laid out, all are grassed and vary in size between 100–200sqm. All have 10AMP electric hook up and there are communal water points throughout the site.

Infinity Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 7 Available
Pitches with views.

Eden Chalet

Cabin Sleeps 4
Relaxation begins here...

Plein Air Chalet

Camping bungalow Sleeps 5 2 Available
Wake up to morning birdsong...

Gite Le Point de Vue

Large Property Sleeps 7
Rooms with a view...

Open Air Chalet

Camping bungalow Sleeps 6
Wooden lodges inspired by nature.

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Contact Camping Domaine des Mathevies, 24200 Ste-Nathalène, nr Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne, France

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Getting There

Take exit 55 from the A20 and follow the signs for the D703 (direction Sarlat). Turn right on to the D61 (direction Carlux). In the village of Carlux take the D47B towards Sainte Nathalène; turn left onto the D47 and go through the village of St Nathalène until you reach the only bar in the village. With the bar on your right, take the first road on the right (you will see an old petrol station/garage and agricultural materials) and follow it up the hill where you will pick up signs to the diminutive hamlet of Les Mathevies.

The nearest airport is at Brive-la-Gaillard, some 30km from St Nathalene. Bergerac Airport is the next closest, about 70km to the west. Bordeaux (200km) is a large international and regional airport served by many airlines. Toulouse (200km) is another large international airport served by many airlines and is equidistant to Bordeaux. By air you will almost certainly need a car or pick-up on arrival.

Train into Sarlat from either Bordeaux or Toulouse.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews


Peaceful, relaxing setting

We really enjoyed our 4 night stay at the campsite. We definitely could have stayed far longer as there was loads to do in the area. The campsite is beautiful. Each pitch allows you to have your own private space, with trees and plants bordering each plot. The view from our pitch was lovely. The reception area with chilled out bar was lovely, catered for children well, and we really appreciated the daily food vans which each had good vegetarian options. The shower block was exceptionally clean. Some really good running routes from the campsite down to the river and around the villages. Thank you for our stay!
Aug 22, 2020 by Becky SOUTHALL

Response from Camping Domaine des Mathevies

In a year of great uncertainty we are especially grateful to all of our guests who were able to come, enjoy the wide open space, tranquility and beauty of this very special corner of the Dordogne. We are in abundant nature and so here it has been easy to forget that the world is a little upside down right now. Thank you for your comments, we really enjoyed welcoming you and your family. With so much to be seen we hope to welcome you back another time. Natalie and Patrick

Delightful site with excellent owners.

Just spent 2 nights at this delightful site on my way to Spain. Will go out of my way to stay on the way back. Beautiful area, characterful pitches, owners go out of their way to be helpful but above all spotlessly clean facilities. So pleasant. Thank you Patrick and Natalie.

Wonderful camping, young children, great atmosphere

Just spent two weeks at this campsite, it is a home away from home... A beautiful and quiet place with an incredible good vibe thanks to the wonderful hosts Nathalie&Patrick. The pitches are a good size, a squeekieclean sanitary and yummy food every evening and delicious wines. Our daughter especially likes the playroom, a heaven for small&big! A 10 star campsite!!!
Jul 27, 2019 by Karlien Maes

best camping experience

Natalie and Patrick were incredibly helpful from start to finsh; from giving us chips and eggs on a late arrival, to helping us when our car was having technical problems. The campsite has everything you need with a pool and bar area, I especially liked the organised takeaway night when we had curry. We will be returning :-)
Jun 28, 2019 by Cecilia Verified Review

Small is beautiful

Spent 7 nights here at beginning of July and it was great! Clean, friendly, flat pitches, spacious. Even after a storm when there was no power for 24 hours, everyone pitched in and we all spent a great evening in the Nook eating curry and drinking beer by candlelight. Great pool, loads of space for the children, lovely fresh walnut bread every morning... perfect!
Sep 3, 2018 by Morven

Relaxing, friendly and great for children

We loved this site. Natalie and Patrick and their children made us very welcome. The site is well maintained, very peaceful and well located. The bar in the evening and coffee shop in the morning were well visited. We spent time in the large swimming pool and families with young children are well looked after. We really hope we can visit again.
Jan 9, 2018 by Caroline

Wonderful Gites in Beautiful Location

We returned from our third visit to Mathevies earlier this year and it most definitely will not be our last. The previous 2 occasions we have camped, but this time decided to go for a bit of luxury and we stayed in one of the gites – the beautiful Le Point de Vue. We love the atmosphere at Mathevies, it’s so relaxed and in such a beautiful setting in the Dordogne Valley. Le Point de Vue is a short 5 minute walk from the campsite (that’s with a slow 4 year old in tow) so is close enough to easily enjoy all the facilities. The gites itself is wonderful. A fully equipped kitchen with everything you could need, 2 large double bedrooms, the second with twin beds and bunk beds so easily big enough for most families. There is also a downstairs guest wing which we didn’t need but would be perfect for another couple or the grandparents. It’s the small touches that really enhance the experience here. There are books, games and DVDs which are great for a rainy day or if you need to keep the kids entertained when not enjoying the campsite. There is also UK freeview TV and wifi. You also have the option of hiring towels and linen or bringing your own. The setting of the gites is beautiful with amazing views of the Dordogne Valley. We enjoyed BBQ’s every evening in the garden but with the fully equipped kitchen and the Cosy Nook Café up at the campsite, a BBQ is just one option. Mathevies really is a great place to stay. I would highly recommend the gites, particularly if you want something a bit more luxurious than a tent, but there are also chalets on site which look great. The owners Patrick and Natalie could not be more accommodating. They have created a real gem of a site. If you are after a large Eurocamp style place then this is most definitely not for you. It is quite a small site but with great facilities and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Sarlat and the Dordogne are a stunning part of France and I cannot imagine even trying a different campsite in the area – I don’t think anywhere would be half as good as Mathevies. We will definitely be returning in 2017!
Aug 9, 2016 by MandyB

fab site, incredible area

We stayed for five days in the first week of July 2016. We found the site to be beautiful, our pitch had great views and the facilities were impeccable. The owner are friendly and helpful and provide an abundance of information about the range of great stuff to do in the local area. The site was not too busy at this time of year, it was just right for us - there were children around but they were all behaved and we were pitched well away from them and it was no bother to us at all. The pool is lovely and bar facilities are really great. I very much enjoyed unwinding, reading my book on the patio in the morning and evening; it was calm and peaceful at that time, although I imagine it may be busier during school holidays. The area is amazing, so much to do, many great towns to visit. I'd highly recommend hiring a canoe on the dordogne, dogs are allowed in the canoe too and it was just wonderful. It's a lovely river to swim in too as it is not deep and there are a number of lovely spots. We will definitely revisit this area and campsite and will recommend it to friends and family.
Jul 22, 2016 by Katie O


Perfect campsite. Small enough to be very friendly & pretty, but with a lovely cosy rustic bar area (& indoor kids playroom). 
We stayed here as a couple & dog in our old battered VW camper, as part of a 2 week road trip celebrating our wedding anniversary. The owners Nathalie & Patrick are very helpful. They have avoided being a generic commercial campsite, retaining charm, warmth & character, while having excellent facilities. We caught the tail end of the unexpected wet June weather, so having a small cosy bar where we could have a drink & dry off was ace. The visiting food trucks in the busier summer months are inspired, the French Cassoulet was lush & their own pizza & frites good too.
The pitches vary in size & style, with varying shade / sun to suit all needs. Some have great views. Once the sun returned we spent days lounging on site in the sun, & lovely evenings were spent star gazing in our hammock.  I highly recommend the 17km off road walk around the area (maps available at the campsite for €2) - we did it in two separate loops on two days. The surrounding area is beautiful & all supplies you need are in nearby town. 
We loved this site so much, that we extended our stay from 3 nights to 6 nights instead of continuing our planned road trip - we did not regret it. We'd return in a heartbeat. 
Jul 1, 2016 by Fireflies & Starry Skies

Great campsite - hope to be back next year!

We have been to Domaine des Mathevies two years running, in the first week of September when I believe it is a little quieter. We loved the laid back environment, great atmosphere and helpful hosts. You are in beautiful countryside and a short drive from amazing places to take the kids. Many days we just preferred to stay on site and use the pool, take Maisy the dog for a walk, or have a tea party in a tree house. Our daughter loves the freedom of the place, and having games and toys available in the Cosy Nook is great. The pool, with a smaller shallow splash pool for smaller children, is just perfect. It's true, you can't choose your neighbours! We did wonder this year if a sundown curfew might be useful, when we had 3 boys marauding outside the mobile home... We also think we may have missed out on some good onsite dinner options by coming later in the season? But basically we love it here, and it's great for families with young children. Can't wait to come back!

Dec 5, 2015 by KathBellHall

Ssshhh - don't tell anyone how great it is

We stayed at DDM for a week leaving just before they closed last weekend. What a fabulous site - brilliant atmosphere and location was superb, very peaceful. Large pitches suitable for tents through to motorhomes and good variety of pitch location including stunning views across the valley. Facilities were excellent - showers always hot - views from washing up sinks amazing. Bar was good for a morning coffee through to a well earned glass of wine at the end of a cycle ride or walk. Natalie could also make you a pizza and fries if you didn't fancy cooking. Not many children when we stayed but would think its great with swimming pool, playground and tree house. Natalie and Patrick the owners have spent 10 years building up the site and all their hard work really shows. Thanks for a great stay. 

Sep 23, 2015 by H & M

Delightfully situated ubt...

We spent 3 nights in the middle of August at the site.  Our pitch was on a junction with the swimming pool, the children's playground and the clubhouse and facilities, plus our neighbours had a small baby who was encouraged to cry itself to sleep in a rear-awning to the caravan on the pitch next door.  So at 8 pm as we hoped to soak up the last few rays on our pitch and have our supper, we were serenaded by long spells of crying about 6 ft away, whilst its parents sat round the other side of their caravan in relative P&Q! So it was not a particularly peaceful 3 days, which we had encountered on other pitches throughout August.  There were no set hours for the pool which is unusual and meant there was constant pool noise from c. 8 am until sundown. Having said that - it is wonderfully situated, well maintained, very friendly, with Sarlat a bike ride away (bit hilly but doable) and the beaches on the Dordogne were easily accessible.  Out of season, on a quiet pitch with a view would have certainly earned it a 5-star review.

Sep 4, 2015 by greenjc90

A wonderful campsite

Having found Mathevies on Cool Camping we found the booking system incredibly easy to use. Communication from Patrick and Natalie was excellent. Once we arrived at Mathevies we had the most wonderful holiday. The site layout is perfect for children across the age groups. Our 5 year old daughter was able to play at the swings and the tree house and we knew where she was and that she was safe. The tent pitches are generous in size and ours had a stunning view over the valley. This campsite has a definite vibe to it. It was incredibly well-organised and incredibly relaxed. Signage was polite and straightforward. This meant that campers maintained the standards of cleanliness requested around the sinks and toilet blocks. Facilities were cleaned regularly and the friendly handyman was constantly going around the site maintaining everything from cutting the grass to replacing water taps. The atmosphere was very chilled and campers really got to know each other in this setting. Patrick and Nathalie are super hosts. They are friendly and very informative about the local area. From morning croissants to the evening feasts of paella (alongside other foods) the food was wonderful. The beautifully cold draught beer was especially welcome. We cannot recommend this site enough. It's perfectly positioned, ten minutes from Sarlat and within easy travelling distance of Rocamadour and Domme. We will be back next year and for many years to come.

Sep 3, 2015 by gwkpoet70

Fantastic place, can't wait to come back this July!

We stayed at this campsite last summer and loved it so much we have re-booked for this July 2015.  We have two young children aged 7 and 9 and they said it was the best holiday ever - they had tons of freedom but we could also relax knowing they were safe and enjoy the peace as they made friends straight away and had loads to keep them busy.  The campsite itself is set in the most beautiful area and we loved the fact that it was not too big and the tent pitches are a good size so you don't feel on top of your neighbours. 

The Cosy Nook Cafe was a godsend for when we didn't feel like going out or cooking and the daily morning croissants were a real treat.  Patrick and Nathalie have worked very hard to make this a very special place as the facilities are excellent and it has a real community feel to it. You can see from the number of people who keep coming back that they have a loyal following.

If you have younger children then this is a fantastic place to stay.  The Dordogne is just stunning and there is so much to see and do in Sarlat and the surrounding areas - you will not be disappointed! 

Jun 9, 2015 by Belgianmummy

Lovely site, great atmosphere

We were looking for a quiet, rural site for a few days and Domaine des Mathevies hit the spot. It was very peaceful, surrounded by lovely countryside but just a few minutes from Sarlat la Caneda. The whole place is very laid back but has all the facilities you need and the bar was a bonus, serving excellent beer from a small brewery, La Croix du Rat.

May 20, 2015 by Sue Stewart

Superb site, superb location

This is a really great campsite. The layout and facilities of the site are superb - cafe, pool, showers, playground, playroom and treehouse...

Everyone is really lovely, Patrick and Natalie the owners, are on hand for advice and  tips They work mega hard, always with a smile. And they make great  dinners and flapjacks. There is very lovely, open, communal feel to Mathevies, 

The local area is FULL of stuff to do - pony trekking, canoeing, caves, markets, cheese, wine, castles

Would highly recommend.

Sep 17, 2014 by steelo77

Our favourite site

We just came back from our September-tour throughout France where we stayed at several cool camping-places. Again, this one was our favourite. Perfect match of wonderful weather + friendly owners + great food + just the right amount of not too many other people, still enough children for our 3yr old to catch up. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxing and days fly by so fast we decided to stay a little longer next year. Maybe we have a chance to join one of the campfire evening then also which we didn't yet (end of season propably).

Nathalie and Patrick, thanks again for a great time! We will be back! 

Sep 17, 2014 by Daniela

Perfect place for the perfect family holiday!

If you want large commercial campsites with entertainment every evening and pitches and caravans jammed into every conceivable spare space - then don't visit here you will hate it! We have just returned from the most perfect week with our 2 children (aged 9 & 4). We chose to stay in an Eden Chalet which was great for us. The Chalet was spotless on arrival and had all the "kit" we needed for the week. The beds were comfortable and all rooms were more spacious than we expected! We swam, we played tennis, and we drank just a little bit in the bar! The bar/cafe area is a great space to meet people and have a bit of "adult time" while the kids loved the freedom of running a round with their new found friends and playing in the playground - all the time not too far away. This made their holiday and our youngest declared the best part of the week was meeting new friends! Our only regret was we never made time to eat there - but the food looked great and we will next time, we promise! The site is very well positioned for all the main attractions in the area - and Sarlat with its Supermarkets and wonderful market is only 15 minutes drive away. Pat and Nat are on hand all day to give advise on the area, help out with any problems and can reserve canoe trips, horse riding, tables at their favourite restaurants etc for you. They have obviously worked so hard to get this gem of a place to where it is today and they are always looking at changes to keep it at this standard - can't wait for the updates on how the new chalets are coming along? A perfect place which contributed to the perfect family holiday! We will be back next year! Thank you from Team Weale!
Sep 1, 2014 by EdW

Great Two Weeks

This campsite was a fantastic find. We have just come back from two weeks here, the facilities are great, kids really loved the pool, but best of all for us was the fact that the site is small and VERY friendly. 

Lots to do in the nearby area, we have four children and we're never bored. Especially enjoyed all the caves and Sarlat market was great. 

The cafe/bar was great and the food and drink lovely. 

I agree with one of the posters above regarding unruly children- however it is not for the owners to sort out-rather the parents should be keeping their kids under control. Our four children had an amazing time but were either in bed or snuggled up stargazing by 9.30pm! The other children were all having a great, safe time however and it really didn't bother us to any great degree. 

Definitely a site for families then rather than couples perhaps. But this suited us 100%. You won't find a more wonderful place to take your children to in France, I promise!

Oh and if anyone reads this and goes, please pat Maisy the dog for us and take her for a walk!

Thanks Nat and Pat for an amazing holiday.  We will see you again for sure. 

Aug 25, 2014 by Sue Manby

camping domaine des mathevies

Oh my god, as kiwis visiting France for the first time we have spent 2 days at this most amazing campground and are finding it very hard to leave.  Our hosts Pat and Nat are fantastic, friendly and helpful. The campground is small and intimate and the facilities are spotless.  Their barista skills and onsite coffee machine is awesome. The surrounding area in the Dordogne area is absolutely stunning and all easily accessed from this impressive campsite.  Would recommend to anyone to stay here.  Kiwis and Aussies would love it We can't wait to come back. 

May 26, 2014 by roger

Great holidays here, love it...

We have been to Domaine des Mathevies 4 times, we started coming when our twins were 2 and we're totally hooked, we are planning our 5th trip next summer. In fact we see familiar faces each time we come as other regulars also return every year. We absolutely love the campsite and the surrounding area, its a beautiful place with lots to do either at the river or hunting for cavemen, that's when we can drag the kids away from the pool! The campsite has a lovely chilled out atmosphere and its so relaxing for parents to be able to kick back and enjoy a glass of wine while keeping an eye on the kids having fun the the playground and making lots of new friends. 

We 'glamp' it up and stay in the gite which is perfect for us, it feels like a home from home now and is always spotless for us when we arrive. The campsite owners are very friendly and cannot do enough to help if you have any questions or need help. We didn't notice any noise from kids past about 9 pm when we find the campsite starts to quieten down for the night. The Cozy Nook provides great food, the frites are delish, and good wine! The weekly BBQ at the campsite is also a must-do as it is a great chance to socialise and the food is lovely. We're counting down the days until next August!  

Nov 28, 2013 by Amanda

Great friendly place for young families

We returned to Domaine des Mathevies for the third time in August and had another fantastic holiday.  We've always found the facilities to be very good, and the great thing is each time we've stayed the owners have found yet more ways to make an improvement here and there .  This time there was decking round the pool extending the space for families to relax around it, and a permanent awning added to the bar area meant there was room to sit and drink and eat even if it rained.  The owners make you feel extremely welcome and are very helpful, providing advice and ideas for things to do.  And the kids loved taking Maisie, the dog, for walks.  

Oct 23, 2013 by Helen

fantastic atmosphere, unique camping experience

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. all the facilities have been designed to help you relax so you can contribute to the unique and friendly atmosphere on site.

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.

Oct 11, 2013 by james e

Perfect Family Campsite - Peaceful well run & clean

We have been here three times and its lovely .. it seems the owners are doing all possible to make it better each year. It is a clean spacious camp site. Not cramped and peaceful even when its full in peak season there is plenty of room for all. The pool and playgrounds are a hit for my kids and the reasturant bar and camp shop are first class , affordable and quality. There is something special here that we didn't find at other sites around france and we have tried a few which is why we always recommend it and keep coming back . The location is also special any time of year it is beautiful easy to find and lots to do in the area. The hosts actually go out of their way to make your time a real break  ...its a fun relaxing holiday and we will be back soon for more time here with the family and friends....WE LOVE IT AND SO WILL YOU .....enjoy !

Oct 8, 2013 by Danielson

Lovely - but rather noisy.

We stayed for a week in August with two children aged 12 and 8. The setting and site are fantastic - beautiful countryside and well set out site. The facilities were well maintained and clean. The pool area is great and again very well maintained and clean. The only issue we had with site was the level of noise and the number of unruly children charging around and screaming until 11pm. Granted its the summer holidays, but the noise was a bit much for us (we stayed at a site in the Loire valley the following week and all was quiet after 9.30pm). It spoilt are week really - no opportunity to relax with a glass of wine later in the evening. If you've young children it is a great site. 

Sep 21, 2013 by Ian Miller


We have just came back from a week here and loved every minute!

Very chilled out campsite, well spaced so you don't feel on top of anyone else. We stayed with friends and both of us have young kids and it was perfect for them. We could leave them to charge around knowing that they couldn't get into too much trouble and the sandpit/pool/playground/creche kept them entertained all week week long.

It's a lovely place in a great area and would happily come back here again.

Jun 27, 2013 by the_griswalds

Camping Domaine des Mathévies

This site is perfect especially for families with young children, tree houses, swimming, the friendliest hosts ever. We've been all over France and this site cannot be beaten

Jan 21, 2013 by WeLoveFrenchCamping


This site exceeded our expectations. We loved it. It is friendly. laid back & totally ’cool’! The children are safe to run free. The fabulous ’no frills’ pool is well maintained with a lovely new decking area & plenty of sun umbrellas (we needed them!). The owners & staff are friendly, as were all the other families we met. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
Sep 21, 2012 by beautyspots

Camping Domaine des Mathévies

If you are looking for a crowded and commercial campside, with caravans standing close by close and people enyoying the view of the neighbors dinner table you definitaly should go somewhere else. Looking out for a campside on our way to the french atlantic coast we found this perfect mixture between „Camping à la Ferme“, privacy and familiarity, and a laid back athmosphere. If you are looking for a special place to spend some really cool camping days, „Domaine des Mathévies“ campground is a great choice for you. We are always very critically in finding „the right spot“ to stay, but we must say that this campground is one of the places where you can really relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the tranquil Perigord region. Therefore we put it to the list of our personal „favourite campsides“. We think it´s good to make a reservation because the place is not that big, the more cosy it is. The owners Nathalie and Patrick are great hosts and we spent a wonderful, yet short time together. We will definitly come back some time!
Jun 4, 2012 by AetF

Camping Domaine des Mathévies

THE best campsite we could have chosen - huge pitches, quiet at the back of the site if you choose, or like us you could overlook the playground and pool area and keep an eye on the kids. Small yet had everything you would want from a commercial site without the hundreds of people and the crammed in structure. Pool size is perfect, kids playground basic but not that they kids ever noticed that, just my observation, nice tennis court (just go get rackets and balls from reception), small toilet block but never had to wait, GREAT food at a good price, gorgeous scenery and lovely to take Maisy the campsite dog for walks around, relaxed evening activities for those who want (boules, BBQ’s etc). Owners are always on site, ontop of everything depsite seeming very laid back, nothing is too much trouble. Without a doubt the only site we would go to in that area - no way it can be beaten.
Jan 17, 2012 by CanouanIslander

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