Camping L’Etang Bleu

Europe France Aquitaine Dordogne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
Camping in the Dordogne with a swimming pool, gym and private lake.

If you know a little French, even just une peu, you’re likely to recognise that the name of this campsite in the North Dordogne translates as 'Blue Lake Camping'. Sounds rather nice, doesn’t it? And it’s not just near a lake or by a lake, it has its own private lake. It’s just one of the attractions of this pretty and relaxed place that’s close to the attractive town of Brantôme and in the heart of the Périgord Natural Park.

It was in fact the lake that persuaded French-speaking British owners, Marc and Jo, to buy what was a derelict campsite more than 20 years ago. They left their jobs in London to start a more family-friendly life in the sun. They were living the dream — a fact that was documented in a 2002 TV programme of the same name, in fact. Fast-forward through the years and that derelict site is now a lovely place to stay.

In the European tradition, caravans and motorhomes are as welcome as tent campers and there are mobile homes on site too. But in a break from Euro camping rules, choosing a pitch is relaxed, not rigid. Campers are left to choose their spot according to preference, but rest assured, if you arrive when it’s busy, every pitch is green and spacious with access to an electric point nearby. In addition to the lake, which you are welcome to fish, there’s a swimming pool and a well-equipped gym on-site as well as table tennis, pool and table football. There’s a friendly bistro and a bar too with seating overlooking the swimming pool.

Marc and Jo still live on-site and are happy to share their 20 years' experience of exploring the Périgord. They’ll tell you where to get the best menu du jour or where to head to for a produce market on any particular day. They’ll tell you which towns and villages are best to visit and can even book you in for rock climbing, go-karting or zip-lining. No doubt they’ll mention nearby Brantôme. A 15-minute drive from the site, this town is a magnet for visitors with its riverside setting on the Dronne, its lively market and its historic abbey. It’s a catch-all kind of place, a bit like Camping L’Etang Bleu itself — as good for active explorers who want to take to the water as for those who simply want to relax by it.



There's a block of communal-use toilets and showers (separated into mens and womens). There's also a laundry with a washing machine, tumble dryer and an airer as well as washing-up sinks. The site has its own fishing lake, a swimming pool, children's play area, table tennis, pool and table football too and there's a well-stocked library with DVDs and games to borrow too and an on-site bar and bistro. Barbecues are allowed as long as they are off the ground and fully extinguished after use.

Suitable For

Campers with tents, campervans, motorhomes and caravans, families, couples, dogs – yes.


The site is within the Parc Regional Naturel Perigord-Limousin and there are lots of walks and ways to explore the countryside. Maps are available on site and there are bookable rock-climbing,  go-karting and zip-lining activities from the site. If that's a bit too dramatic, exploring the pretty French villages and towns near the site will keep you busy starting with the local village of Mareuil, a 10-minute (seven kilometre) drive away. A drive of just over 15 minutes (18 km) gets you to Brantome, a pretty town with the Dronne River flowing through it. You can hire canoes from Brantome Canoe (+33 (0)5 53 05 77 24) and enjoy a circular paddle around the town, visit Brantome Abbey and the caves monks used to live in, enjoy the Friday weekly market, have a game of mini-golf or just sit by the river. Your hosts Marc and Jo are happy to suggest other towns and villages to visit but popular places within an hour's drive include Bourdeilles (26km), St Jean de Cole (37 km), Aubeterre (42km), Nontron (21 km) and not forgetting the capital town of the Perigord, Perigueux, and neighbouring Angouleme, both about 45 km from the site. There's swimming, canoeing and paddleboarding (in summer) at Grand Etang de Saint-Estèphe (29 km away).

Food & Drink

The campsite has its own on-site bar and bistro and there's another option in the closest village of Vieux Mareuil, two kilometres from site, with friendly owners. The bigger village of Mareuil (seven kilometres away) is the place to head to for campsite supplies and has a weekly market with local producers on Tuesdays. Les Prommendes (+33 (0) 5 53 56 31 44) is a recommended restaurant there that offers a fantastic menu de jour or an a la carte menu.

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The Owner Says

L'etang Bleu is a quiet family run site in heart of the Limousin National Park, thereby offering a wonderful get away from it all kind of holiday. Be enchanted by the nature you are surrounded by. That said we are perfectly situated for you to enjoy all that the Dordogne and Charente regions have to offer.
Why not lounge by our swimming pool, enjoy a cool drink or an ice- cream from the pool bar, whilst also being able to keep an eye on your little ones in the play area. Chance your arm at fishing in the lake ( please put your catch back ) or why not have a game of table tennis, pool or table football. If you are feeling more energetic then our on site fitness suite could be the place for you.
After a day of relaxation or exertion, why not grab a bite to eat in the Bistro, home-cooked food to suit all, special requirements can be catered for so please just ask Jo who will be happy to help. Not to forget our food theme nights when you can enjoy yummy Moules and Frites a real summer special .

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40 grass pitches.
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Large grass pitch, Maximim 6 people

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 40 Available
Large pitches with electric hook up and water.

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Contact Camping L’Etang Bleu, 12 Route de L'etang Bleu,Vieux Mareuil, Mareuil en Perigord Aquitaine 24340

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Getting There

From the D939 between Angouleme and Perigueux, look out for the entry to the Village of Vieux Mareuil. Take the road next to the bar/snack (this will be left if approaching from Angouleme, right if approaching from Perigueux). Follow this road up through the village for two kilometres. You will see the site sign-posted from the road, take the right turn on the bend and follow the white road to the entrance of the site. The nearest train stations are Angouleme and Perigeueux (both around 45km). From both stations you can take a bus to the village of Vieux Mareuil from where the site is two kilometres away but please note arrival by public transport is not recommended as connections are infrequent and it is a very rural site.


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Why book with Cool Camping?

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