La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Europe France Aquitaine Lot-et-Garonne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
A campsite that redefines comfort with its laid-back ambience, efficient facilities and general panache

Out of Africa meets Ibiza chic in this leviathan of taste and scale. It’s hard to imagine a more stylish campsite, but don’t be fooled by the über-cool bar complete with shiny chrome taps and de rigueur grey tables – Les Ormes is actually as rough and ready as you want it to be. Apart from the high-luxe tents, there are 100 great tent pitches for traditional camping in shady meadow areas. Of course, you can indulge in a bit of fantasy glamping if you wish, and the site’s 25 safari tents are just the ticket, each individually finished, hidden in mature groves, and perfectly set apart in order to nurture your film star fantasies. Each tent has its very own verandah, twinkling candelabra, and lavish interior that seems to jump right out of the pages of a Tatler shoot, with a chaise longue, scatter cushions, fresh flowers, retro furnishings and cool self-catering facilities, all finished off with a dash of élan. There’s even a raised outdoor platform with a tent atop should your kids want to escape but which is close enough should the bogeyman come calling.

By the restaurant, on a gentle elevation, there are hammocks strung between the trees so that you can maximise the splendid views of the sunsets, which incandesce in the low-slung hills. The crowd is mid-thirties to forties, the atmosphere decidedly laid-back – perhaps something to do with the chillsome tunes wafting by, or the smell of deliciously grilled food from the gastro bar. As to facilities, there’s a great deal to keep you busy and ensure you never need to leave the site. After a faux African sunrise and delicious cappuccino and breakfast in the whiter-than-heaven café, head off to the tennis court or to the pond for a spell of fishing; or maybe it’s volleyball, or a wander over to the petting zoo… Now they’re just showing off! And we didn’t even get to the black granite swimming pool with silver bus that doubles as a snack bar.

Coolness aside, kids are in their element here, perhaps because the site is so huge; but it’s secure too, so their parents are able to really relax, safe in the knowledge that if one of them tries to escape, the chances are a hundred per cent they’ll be spotted by one of the many staff who drive around in beat-up, ancient Renaults. Apart from the kids’ pool there are swings and climbing frames, and if they really want to go feral there’s the mature elm woods – from which the place takes its name – to run wild in. There’s even a kids’ restaurant, where they can eat with their new buddies, undisturbed by their embarrassing parents.

Yes, if Carlsberg did campsites it would probably look something like this. Run by a pair of families who came together and took over the site in 2016, aspiring to creating a camping environment where visitors can truly take a break, La Parenthèse – Camping Les Ormes is finished to perfection. But like everything that’s finished well, they make it all look so easy. Which, of course, is exactly the point.

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Facilities

2 large toilet and shower blocks, laundry, tennis court, swimming pool and stylish pool bar as well as a kiddies’ pool. Sandy lakeside beach, a petting zoo and an authentic restaurant in an old barn. There’s also a kids’ café and a Ben & Jerry’s fridge bursting with your favourite Phish Food and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavours.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs (on leads)...

Nearby

The nearest town of any real interest is beautiful Bergerac, which takes its name from the celebrated wordsmith with the oversized proboscis. You can see a statue of him in the old town; that is if you’re not too busy stocking up on wine in one of a clutch of excellent wine-sellers. Red is the colour to go for here. The region is famous for its vino and there are great deals to be had. The old town undulates through a series of sun-dappled courtyards to the river and it makes for a lovely morning visit, wandering through the narrow alleys and getting lost. Closer to home there are a number of fortified medieval villages (bastides) including Villeréal, Monflanquin, and Monpazier, all with arcaded squares and vibrantly French with weekend markets selling everything from foie gras to local produce. Keep an eye out, too, for vide greniers (translates as ‘empty the attic’), France’s version of a car boot sale. You never know, you might just pick up something interesting. Come August, the towns recall their medieval past with the costumed festivals of the Vallée du Dropt. If you fancy a wine dégustation in a beautiful historic setting, head to Château de Monbazillac (0033 5 53 63 65 00) to try their sweet white wine. There’s also an 18-hole golf course right next to the campsite.

Food & Drink

Etincelles (00 33 5 53 74 08 79) in nearby Ste-Sabine-Born village has a Michelin star and is celebrated for its authentic French cooking. To be honest, though, the campsite restaurant has a terrific menu.

Opening Times

Late April–late September.

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The Owner Says

At La Parenthèse – Camping Les Ormes **** which Glamping Experience (Glamorous Camping ) suits you best ?

Discover the romantic ambiance of country chic which will transport you into a world without worries – away from the daily drudge that surrounds us.

Well, for as long as your holiday lasts anyway….. The minute you arrive at this wonderful valley dotted by woodlands time lapses – you made a break, ready for your ultimate glamping experience…….

What’s in a name ?

Camping Les Ormes is a lovely name for a campsite, but we wanted to add a personal touch, so we have added La Parenthèse.

Entre parenthèse, litteraly means in brackets, but the word parenthèse also means a break, a time away – breaking the daily routine.

La Parenthèse – Camping Les Ormes is situated in the northern part of the Lot et Garonne, touching the Dordogne, the ideal place to get to know the heartlands of the Périgord. Allow yourself to be charmed by this splendid area, where you will find all the good things that France has to offer. Discover the magnificent Bastides and Chateaux, taste the famous wines and enjoy some of the many local arts and crafts.

Dog  are welcome - Contact us for having more details !

Accommodation

100 pitches; choose from forest or field, your own tent or glamping.

Desert Tent Takla-Makan

Quirky Sleeps 6 4 Available
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Safari Tent Saadani

Safari tent Sleeps 5
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Karma Tent - pre-pitched 'cocoon' tent

Pre-pitched tent Sleeps 4
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Luxury Lodge 'M'

Safari tent Sleeps 4
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Chalet Tournesol

Cabin Sleeps 5 2 Available
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Lake Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 4

Camping Pitch "Comfort"

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 10 Available
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Floating Cabin

Cabin Sleeps 2
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Location

Contact La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes, 47210 St Étienne de Villeréal, Lot-et-Garonne, France

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Getting There

A10 towards Bordeaux. Just before Orléans take A71 direction Paris/Blois. After around 50 miles (80 km) – just before Vierzon – turn onto A20 to Toulouse/ Limoges. Near Brive-la-Gaillarde, pick up A89 to Bordeaux and exit at J15, direction Bergerac, then follow N21 and D121 through Bordas and Castillonnès to Villeréale from where the site is clearly signposted.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 19 reviews

★★★★★

Best campsite I’ve ever stayed at.

The staff were excellent, very warm and friendly and a lovely family feel to the place. The swimming pool felt like something from a 5* hotel and the ‘honesty bar’ next to the pool really made us feel as though we were on a luxury holiday! The only very very small criticism is that there was no soap or wash basins in the main toilet block (though the one next to the pool did have one). Though this is a very minor detail and I would definitely come and stay again. In fact, the two campsites we have stayed at since leaving Parenthese Les Ormes have been a disappointment purely because they set the standard so high. Best campsite I’ve ever stayed at.
Sep 20, 2019 by Alex Ulrich
★★★★★

Just magical

We were initially staying two nights as we had been touring round on the go and then we kept extending our stay by a day then another day... This place makes you just stop still for a bit. We loved our camping area with lots of space to roam free and children play with others too. They loved the freedom to bike around from playground, swings by lake and through the woods. The pool and bar is more like hotel pool than campsite. The restaurant at sunset with it’s twinkly lights was just breathtaking and with a playground nearby, everyone was happy. I don’t normally review, but I feel it would be unfair not to. Although it also is one of those places you don’t want to tell everyone about and keep it to yourself!
Sep 4, 2019 by Sarah Woods

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

We feel so happy and proud to read your so nice review.. Many thanks for taken the time to review and we are very happy that you enjoyed this place ..which is, you are right, very special .. see you next time with pleasure !
★★★★★

wonderful even with 4 children

As soon as we arrived we knew we had picked the right campsite ! It was super peaceful and very welcoming - I knew the hammocks in the trees would be come a favourite spot! The owner is lovely and so helpful- happy to spend as much time as needed showing us the area . The pitches are huge - the biggest I’ve seen for the price. The kids had a great time - we hardly saw them between kids club, the playgrounds and the pool- it felt very safe and they enjoyed a lot of freedom because of this ! And the bathrooms were always clean, hot and very inviting - giving you a sense of luxury when camping ! We saw a wide variety of people on the site but for us a young family of 6 it was the perfect getaway for time together & relaxation :)
Sep 1, 2019 by Sarah

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you Sarah for your nice review. We enjoyed to read that all the family spent a wonderful time with us .. paradise for children here !! freedom for kids and adults ! what else ???
★★★★★

The best campsite we have used so far..

Spacious pitches, great facilities and organisation..
Sep 1, 2019 by CharlieB

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you so much !
★★★★★

Relaxing Break in an Idyllic Space

What a wonderful camp site Geraldine and co run. The little touches and the environment are absolutely stunning and the staff are all very helpful. Absolutely loved the beach bar and lake it was such a nice place to unwind and to just sit and stare for a while.
Aug 28, 2019 by Mike Cutting

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you Mike ! happy to read that you enjoyed so much your stay ! see you next time !
★★★★★

Lovely Site with great atmosphere

We could only stay 2 nights but loved our time here. Well sized pitches and great facilities, brilliant showers (plenty of them) with lots of hot water. You can order fresh bread and croissants for the morning and we thought the pizzas were very good and better than the food we had at the restaurant the night before. Pool was very busy with lots of kids enjoying a good splash about, although its not really big enough for a proper swim. The bar at the pool could also do with some more shaded seating although you can go to the restaurant for a drink during the day. All the staff were lovely and friendly. It is probably the best campsite we have stayed in in 10 years of camping, so we are already planning to return for longer!
Aug 25, 2019 by Paule39

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Lovely comment ! very lucky to read such a nice review .. thank you in the name of all the staff ! and see you next time with pleasure of course !
★★★★★

Smashing Place and great service

We spent 2 nights here and strongly regretted not planning to stay for longer. Fabulous pitches, great facilities, friendly and warm service with a lovely pool and animals to keep the kids happy. We really enjoyed having dinner at the night market in Villereal. We will definitely return... Many thanks for a fabulous short break.
Aug 11, 2019 by Benjamin Hancock

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you so much .. we are waiting for you next year for a longer stay ... lot of things to do and visit in the area and lovely lazy afternoon by the pool !
★★★★★

Super impressed by this gorgeous place

We stayed for 3 nights in the safari lodge tent with bathroom with our 3 kids in June. It was so quiet and peaceful due to it not being high summer yet, but as we are travelling from New Zealand, we really enjoyed the peacefulness after a month do busy touring. From the start Geraldine was so great at communicating and we were blown away by the beauty of the site, with its many trees and birds and well maintained landscapes. The pool is stunning and it was great to have the self-help bar to get ice creams and drinks from. On our last night we had pizzas down by the lake, which all 5 of us thought were delicious and it was a lovely way to spend the evening. The tent was fantastic - spacious, comfortable, well equipped. We loved sitting on the deck at night playing cards and relaxing. Honestly, we can not fault this campground and we would recommend in a heartbeat.
Jun 19, 2019 by Amy G

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Many many thanks for your so nice review. We are very happy that you had a lovely time with us and disconnected holidays ! see you next time !
★★★★★

Beautiful campsite, excellent facilities.

The campsite is spacious and lovely with great facilities and friendly staff. The home-made pizza is delicious! Situated in a very pretty part of SW France, with lots to explore in the area. Well worth a visit.
Jun 14, 2019 by jenny

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank You for your nice review .. Happy to read that you love the campsite and the surroundings ! 
★★★★★

Absolutely perfect summer!

We stayed with our two children (5 and 8) at LaParenthèse for 5 nights in our own tent. You know, when you have certain expectations or ideas about a place based on the pictures you have seen before you arrive - I had a good feeling, but when we arrived it was even better: Such a warm welcome by Géraldine, a beautiful well-sized pitch, yummy pizza from The Hut and a lovely atmosphere on the site with a family feel to it. Everything around the campsite is well-designed, practical and très chique. For me summer holidays have to be by the sea but I did not miss it at all. The pool satisfied the need for water and cooling perfectly well. We spent a lovely evening at the restaurant with delicious food and the kids roaming around freely on the site making new friends. You can easily spend your days at the campsite without getting boared but then you must not miss exploring all these gorgeous villages close by. We will definitely come back!
Oct 16, 2018 by Ulrike

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Great ! many thanks for your comment. We love when our guests had a real break when the stay with us .. happy that we made the job ! See you next time with pleasure ! take care !
★★★★★

This is summer

We have been at La Parenthese Camping Les Ormes this June/July for the third time with our three young children. At our first visit we just needed a stopover, next time we stayed a few days longer and this time we spent our whole holidays in St. Etienne. For us, this campsite offers a perfect mixture of easygoing, new things to discover (on and outside the campside), space and charming and hospitable owners.The gorgeous and huge parcels with lots of shade are perfect, just like the pool. Thank you Geraldine, Estelle, Alban and Sebastian. See you soon! Our 3 years old daughter nailed it by saying: "This is summer!"
Sep 12, 2018 by Biene and Lars

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you for your review, that's very nice of you .. we are very happy that our campsite is a little paradise for you and you daughter .. see you next time with a great pleasure. 
★★★★★

Best Campsite yet!

This campsite had everything we needed, suitable for everyone. The family and staff were so friendly and helpful. The toilet block was excellent and you were not restricted to pressing timed showers which was fab, large washing area and individual sinks in each cubical. The campfire nights were lovely to get to know people, were met lovely friends and all plan to visit again at the same time next year. Lovely large pitches and you could hang hammocks and your washing lines no problem. Kid club on most mornings and pony rides on site. The pool was clean and the tuck van was ideal. The top restaurant has a singer once a week and you could chill in the hammocks watching the sun setting. The "Lillet" cocktails were amazing. The pizzas and chips and bar by the lake was the icing on the cake. We loved every minute of this holiday and even extended our stay here to spend more time here and so did our new found friends, that's how good it was. We will be back. Thank you so much for having us and making us feel welcome.
Sep 9, 2018 by ELEANOR

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

What a wonderful review .. we are so happy that you had a so beautiful time with us .. it's so important for us ... thank you to share your experience with the Cool Camping surfers ! see you next time
★★★★★

Awesome facilities, pool area and pool so relaxing, outside restaurant nice and cool after a hot day....most of all, such friendly and helpful staff

Situated in the heart of so many cool medieval towns to explore....good base for it. Such a homely and relaxing place to return to each night after a day sightseeing places in Dordogne.
Sep 5, 2018 by Barry Rowe

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you for you rnice review ! 
★★★★★

Definitely Cool Camping

An absolutely superb place to ‘glamp’. We had a wonderful spot by the lake. Large pitch, super helpful staff and a great site. Loved the swimming pool, the beach, the food and the ambience. The shower/toilet block was kept very clean, very well decorated. Definitely a cool campsite and one we will be returning to next year. Thanks Geraldine!
Aug 29, 2018 by Ian

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thanks a  lot Ian ! take care till next time !
★★★★★

Chilled

If there's a better camp site in France I would be amazed!!
Aug 22, 2018 by Andrew Saunders

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thanks a lot Andrews ! amazing comment !! 
★★★★★

Perfect for our little family

Go, don't hesitate to book a camping trip here. Lovely people, cool camping vides and set in one of the most beautiful areas in France. Geraldean was super helpful and we were made to feel so welcome. Camping pitches as very generous and amenities were spotlessly clean. The kids loved it to and with other families there, there was a really good balance of older and younger children that all get on and played well together. Think were heading back next year as we all loved the place and people. Thanks for brining it to our attention Cool Camping.
Aug 20, 2018 by Danny Mitchell

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you so much for your comment. We are very happy to read that all the family enjoy it's stay with us ! of course it will be a pleasure to welcome you next time ! friendly guests and friendly campsite, we are lucky ! 
★★★★★

Perfect mix of activities and calm

They have really cracked it here with the balance of plenty to do without making it overwhelming! Beautiful site, lovely pool, good mix of activities. Great casual pizzeria by the lake and lovely restaurant too. My son loved the impromptu daily football match!! A real gem of a campsite!
Aug 15, 2018 by laura cassidy

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Great ! many thanks for your really nice review .. we love to read that you enjoyed your stay .. children and parents had a good time ! that's perfect ! see you next time then !

★★★★★

Hospitable cool vibe

This year, for the first time ever, we returned to the same campsite. The two families that own La Parenthese are full of energy and enthusiasm and charm. We love the choice of open pitches, the bar and restaurant. Jazzy Brunch was fabulous! Try Sebastien's burgers by the pool along with some great music. Interesting mix of fellow guests, arriving in an eclectic range of transport to camp or glamp in the safari tents. In low season it can be quiet, but of course once the schools are out it is much busier, I feel it's a wonderful place for slightly off peak season and deserves to be better patronised at this time. The area around is really worth exploring, the many Bastide towns have great markets and good restaurants. Nothing is too much trouble and we so enjoyed the company of Artiste (the elderly labrador). Au revoir Geraldine, Alban, Estelle and Sebastien. We will return next year with our granddaughter for some glamping!
Jul 19, 2018 by teresaburlington

Response from La Parenthèse Camping Les Ormes

Thank you so much for your nice review ..it was nice to meeting you again this year ... and hope seeing you next year with your daughter and her baby !! hope Artiste will still be with us !! he loved so much to stay with you!! many thanks for your kindness. take care of you two ! 
★★★★★

Yippee!! NEW OWNERS bring TLC to Les Ormes

Love the new owners... two French couples that bring oodles of energy, enthusiasm, fun, ideas, investment and hard work to rejuvenate the campsite. What was perhaps becoming a bit tired in places is now fresh. As before, a great choice of camping pitch and glamping options to suit most needs and budgets. Inimitable farmhouse chic character with friendly mix of NL/FR/GB of all ages. Good, clean (and even stylish) loo/ washing block facilities. Excellent range of catering for tent take-away or eating on the (newly covered) terrace or lakeside area. Comforting feeling of safety and security (we have young and teenage children). For us, it's a small piece of heaven. If I could change one thing... in addition to the pool, it would be amazing if the lake were clean enough to use for swimming and use the sandy beach for sun-worshipping. Look forward to return visit next year.
Aug 7, 2017 by MoreScotchPie

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