CosyCamp

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Real riverside camping on the banks of the beautiful and historic Loire

Picture the scene; a French summer’s evening at dusk, the heady scent of wild herbs and flowers lingering in the soothing air, a glass of chilled Chenin blanc in hand and the gentle lapping of the nearby river soundtracking this idyllic scene. Throw into this picture an array of quirky accommodation options alongside plenty of pitches for traditional tent camping and you have one seriously super, luxury campsite.

Opened in May 2013, Le Cosy Camp has already become one of the Loire Valley’s best eco-sites (and indeed one of the best glamping sites in France). Occupying an enviable riverside location in the picturesque village of Chamalières-sur-Loire, this is a place positively charged with history – the most evident example being the 12th-century Roman church. Surrounding the peaceful villages which adorn the lush valley floor are highland plateaus and rocky gorges which attract no end of walkers and enthusiasts of all things outdoors. You can hike, bike, trek or climb your way around this unspoilt, under explored region of Central France. Ask on site for routes and rental prices.  

With safari and Canadian tents, gypsy caravans and treehouses to choose from, it really doesn’t matter where you decide to lay your head. The main draw, however, is still the wonderful riverside surroundings and the more back-to-basics atmosphere of the place. Campfires on the terrace draw families together every evening – inevitably culminating in a mountain of molten marshmallows – while the ‘no-vehicles in the camping area’ rule means little ones are safe to run wild without much supervision. It’s just another little sign that your considerate hosts have designed the site with relaxation in mind. From the various gardens (flower, vegetable, orchard, botanical garden, labyrinth, even a ‘garden of  fragrances’), to the onsite bird sanctuaries and wellness centre a stay at Le Cosy Camp will definitely recharge the batteries.

Details

Facilities

63 camping pitches, 1 gypsy caravan, 2 tree houses, 10 safari lodges, 10 canadian tents and 5 cottages. 2 shower/toilet blocks (one is heated during cooler season). Laundry. Baby-changing facilities. Electrical hookups. Heated outdoor swimming-pool and paddling pool. Fishing equipment can be rented onsite. Campfires in designated area in the evening.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, vaccinated pets, large groups – yes.

Nearby

The picturesque village of Chamalières sur Loire and its Roman 12th century church are well worth a visit. The Loire Valley also has several castles to explore. Besides the countless river-based activities to whet your whistle, the region is brimming with lots of other outdoor pursuits to entertain. There's a rock climbing site in Chamalières sur Loire while for the more intrepid, Via-ferrata des Juscles in Pertuis is 19km from the site. Les Ravins de Corboeuf, known as "Le Petit Colorado de l'Auvergne", is a geological curiosity of coloured clays. There's also a leisure park in Neyrial, Yssingeaux, (17km away) with quad bikes, trampolines, mini-golf and archery amongst other activities. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation of Puy-en-Velay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also well worth a visit.

Food & Drink

An onsite snack bar serves up simple, locally dishes. Organic and Fairtrade products are used whenever possible. There's also a daily specials menu dinner and the likes of "pancake family party", plus beef burgers from the grill. Special breakfasts and picnics can be arranged by request. There are many local markets during the day and in the evening in the summer. 3 bar/restaurants in Chamalières sur Loire boasts 3 bars and restaurants while Le Puy en Velay has several places to sample the vino.

Opening Times

Start of March – early October.

The Owner Says

When we opened CosyCamp in 2013, we had a dream : create a different place, stylish, comfortable, natural & ecological. CosyCamp offers a unique glamping holiday experience in a wild park of 4 ha with no car. Eco friendly, botanical gardens, quiet, simple pleasures, “back to the basics”...

We are installed on the banks of the Loire, in a beautiful landscape of gorges. We propose large pitches of 100 to 200 m². But you can also rest in stylish decorated safari lodges, tree houses, or in an authentic wood and canvas tent. Or maybe will you choose the Gypsy caravan or the luxury cottage ?

We have a big family room where you will find bar, restaurant, TV corner, library, board games & wooden games : this is a place to relax, meet, play, read, listen to music..

You will also enjoy the heated outdoor pools and our cosy indoor pool with water jets..

At night fall, we organize a campfire with “norway candles. CosyCamp is a friendly-sized nature campsite. We seek authenticity, exchange and conviviality. You are welcome with your children, a fun play area has been created for them…

CosyCamp is located in the sunny southern part of Auvergne, less than 1 hour 15 minutes  from Lyon. Our picturesque village of Chamalières-sur-Loire attracts holidaymakers for its tranquility and serenity. It charms nature lovers, hikers, fishermens and mushroom pickers. Chamalières-sur-Loire also fascinates roman art fans. The villager is huddled around a Roman church of the twelfth century Classified as a historic monument

In the surroundings, you will discover the outstanding medieval environment : Le Puy en Velay (Unesco World Heritage), the first castles of the Loire,…recharge yourself at Mont Jerbier de Jonc (source of the Loire), discover the impressive landscape of gorges of the Loire by canoe (arrivals in front of your accommodation !) and enjoy the greenway for the cycling.

The equestrian center is at the entrance of CosyCamp.

Accommodation

Grassy pitches with electricity, some with an outdoor kitchen.

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Location

Contact CosyCamp, Les Ribes, 43800 Chamalières-sur-Loire , Haute-Loire, Auvergne, France

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Getting There

On the N88 beetween Saint Etienne and le Puy en Velay : way out Bas en Basset. Follow the "road of the river Loire" up to Retournac. Then cross the bridge and turn right to Chamalières-sur-Loire.

Train station 300m from the campsite.

Airport Saint Etienne (Bouthéon - 50 km).

International Airport Lyon Saint Exupery (79 km).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews

★★★★★

Wonderful campsite with festival feel

Staying a cosycamp was a wonderful experience. It is located a the shore of the Loire and has a beautiful view at a castle ruins. Because there aren’t any cars on the campground it has a some what festival feel to it. The buildings and reception are modern but “cozy”. Free to use bikes and a policy where nothing is forbidden gives it a very relaxed vibe. Highly recommended 👍🏻 Jorge
Sep 12, 2019 by Jorge Zijlstra
★☆☆☆☆

Head and Neck Injury from one of six unsafe pool umbrellas

Please be cautious with regard to this campsite as there are a number of unresolved health and safety issues. In our family’s case one of six dangerously unsecured metal pool umbrellas standing over six feet tall and five feet wide blew off its post and caused a head and neck injury which resulted in hospitalisation, a CT scan and treatment for a severe head ache and whiplash. Two of these umbrellas were by the children’s pool. Two attempts to resolve the safety issue with the owners resulted firstly in a major argument in which our bag was thrown across the pool area by Richard and he told us twice to F*** off and threatened to throw us off the campsite when it was clear that we needed to attend a hospital. On the second occasion we spoke to Sophie who explained that they already knew there was a problem with the umbrella’s missing a safety catch and she attempted to ignore us and then sent Richard to our pitch to ask us not to complain. When we left a week after the incident no action had been taken to make the umbrella’s safe. For a campsite that is allegedly eco in culture and boasts a wellbeing area you simply cannot conduct your business in this unsafe manner or shout, swear and argue with your guests, particularly one with a head injury, irrespective of whether you find them “a bit rude” to use Sophie’s words. The matter was a health and safety issue and a guest has been injured and needed treatment, unfortunately the dispute became about Richard’s ego. We were offered no help whatsoever and no support to attend the hospital. An apology is an alien concept to these people and we wished we had read the negative reviews prior to booking a two week holiday for young family which mentioned rude and dismissive owners. At least the umbrella did not land on one of my children’s heads. The insurance company are now involved and have passed the incident to their legal team. Next year we shall be staying on a Huttopia site who boast excellent safety and customer services standards. Having been keen campers since 1998 we were utterly shocked by our experience at Cosy Camp and hope that they will look to revise their safety and business practices. We also reported the incident to Cool Camping.
Sep 3, 2019 by Keen Campers
★★★★★

I'm not telling you about this place...

Mainly because its so amazingly brilliant that I don't want it to become overcrowded. Set in stunning surroundings the a little campsite is like being at a super chilled festival. There is loads to do from swimming in the river, hilly cycles to the local town, climbing to the old castle at the top of the hill, swimming in the lovely pool or trying the fabulous and exhilarating zipline experience across the river. Thank you so much for a lovely stay, all that and it's all done in an eco friendly way too. Just brilliant!
Aug 28, 2019 by Mike Cutting
★★★★★

A fantastic camping experience!

My family had 10 wonderful nights at CosyCamp. We were introduced to CosyCamp by my sister and were not disappointed with what we found and experienced. A wonderful campsite with many different activities on site to enjoy. We could have easily stayed at the site but ventured out to enjoy many of the beautiful sites. A great trip -to Puy-en-Valey and a memorable visit to Canopy-en-Foret. Thank you for making us so welcome - we will certainly be recommending this unique campsite to friends!
Aug 26, 2019 by Ian
★★★★★

Wonderful family campsite

I hesitate to rave too much about CosyCamp in case the secret gets out as the charm is in the chilled atmosphere and lack of hordes of people! Sophie & Richard run a beautiful eco and environmentally friendly, family orientated campsite which is perfect for those with children from 0 to 16. We have been there for 5 years in a row now and we always have a fantastic time. Thank you!
Aug 25, 2019 by Natasha
★★★★★

Gorgeous relaxed independent campsite perfect for families

Having stayed at quite a few campsites over the years, including some of the chains, we really appreciated CosyCamp's laid back no rules approach. This meant everyone respected the site and it felt like a lovely community. Loads of great touches - from the little fires and marshmallows every eve, to the free bikes and canoes. The kids absolutely loved the zip wiring which was great value too. Lovely riverbank spaces to chill out, lots of space, friendly staff. Highly recommended.
Aug 25, 2019 by Chloe
★★★★★

Relaxed fun filled time away with the family

This is our second year coming to CosyCamp and it won’t be our last! Kids feel at home, staff are always friendly and kind. Very peaceful and tranquil settings. That said the time flies by which is the safest thing so might have to do -0 days next time! See you soon Sophie & Richard x
Aug 25, 2019 by Stuart
★★★★★

Fantastic, picturesque camping

Perfect for young families the warm and friendly couple running this campsite have thought of everything from free canoes and bikes to football pitches and ping pong tables, slack lines and marshmallows in the evening. It’s popular but not crowded and the view from the pitches and pool are beautiful.
Aug 21, 2019 by Emma
★★★★★

Ein ganz besonderes Fleckchen Erde

Wir waren nun schon zum zweiten Mal auf diesem wunderschönen, außergewöhnlichen Campingplatz. Sophie und Richard sind wunderbare Gastgeber. Hier verbringt man eine absolut entspannte Zeit. Alles ist sehr gepflegt (auch die Sanitäranlagen) und mit viel Liebe zum Detail angelegt. So großzügige Campingplatzparzellen findet man sehr selten. Wir haben uns auf unserem Stellplatz wie in einem eigenen kleinen Garten gefühlt. Die Mietunterkünfte sind sehr schön und stimmig in den Materialien in das Gesamtkonzept eingefügt. Die Kinder können sich auf dem autofreien Gelände frei bewegen und der sehr schön angelegte Poolbereich lädt zum entspannen ein, wenn man mal keine Ausflüge in die wunderschöne Auvergne unternimmt. Natürlich kann man auch direkt in der Loire schwimmen. Das Restaurant bietet zudem eine sehr gute Qualität, mit dem Fokus auf regionale Bioprodukte. Wer im Campingurlaub auf das Meer verzichten kann und auf der Suche nach einem Campingplatz ohne Animation, Riesenrutsche und Containerunterkünften ist, der ist vielleicht hier genau richtig. Wir freuen uns auf jeden Fall schon auf das nächste Jahr.
Oct 6, 2018 by Simone
★★★★★

Pitch perfect

A simply fantastic campsite in a beautiful setting with lovely staff. You really can't ask for anything more. The only French site that we've ever returned to. Each time Cosycamp never fails to delight. Formidable.
Aug 29, 2018 by Andy and Kate
★★★★★

Just bliss

Best campsite we've visited so far. Great atmosphere, beautiful lay-out, nice people, great swimming pool, beautiful herb gardens and we had the best spot in town... That's a tip by the way for people who don't need electricity when pitching their tent: reserve a place on the 'wild' field close to the river Loire. More shade than anywhere else and often times more space too, while the closeby river cools things off a bit. Very pleasant when it's 35 degrees celsius for almost 2 weeks. One minor point also needs to be mentioned: the freezer for the icepacks could be better and one extra freezer close to the 'wild' field (where the toolbox-users are situated by the way) would make things even better. Nonetheless: thank you Richard, Sophie and the other members of team-Cosycamp. We had a great time and will be back someday without a doubt. Pierre de Winter
Aug 27, 2018 by Pierre de Winter
★★★★★

Welcoming, beautiful, family adventure!

The best campsite we have stayed in. We are a family of six (children: 7, 6, 4 and 2) and Cosycamp offers is the perfect family holiday. No cars on the site and lots of areas to play and explore allow children as much freedom as it is possible to have. Both outdoor and indoor pools are child friendly whilst still fun for the whole family. The natural setting on the bank of the Loire is stunning but a huge amount of care is taken to keep the campsite beautiful and natural too. Flowers, herbs and vegetables are abundant throughout the campsite. The facilities are clean and well maintained. Food is excellent with lots of local produce used and wonderful daily specials. Above all the staff are incredible. Richard and Sophie work tirelessly and their presence and leadership is faultless. The rest of the staff are always happy to help, in almost any capacity from patiently serving ice cream to youngsters practising their French to politely handling demanding guests! Always service with a smile. This was our second stay and we will be back. The addition of the high wire course (think ‘Go Ape’ - zipping back and forth across the Loire!) since our previous visit was fantastic! VERY highly recommended, although part of me wants to keep it a secret!!! Thank you for the perfect family holiday!
Aug 16, 2018 by Davis Family
★★★★★

Wunderbarer Naturcamping

This camp has exceeded all my expectations! Great layout of squares, greenery, shade, flowers, lovely little gardens unexpected seating sooo cozy with attention to detail. No car traffic, very pleasant !! There is a place for everyone with or without electricity, plenty or less space right on the Loire or further back. Every place is wonderful. The treatment plants are well thought out, adequate and clean. At night it is really pleasantly dark on the course, of course, in the toilets, the motion detectors! At the bar and restaurant there are great delicious dishes and snacks as far as possible bio. In the evening there is always campfire, who wants can grill. There are large waterfront or small to borrow, as well as refrigerators 5 euros a day !! Very convenient! The whole atmosphere. is relaxed you can feel the passion of the team for their idea of ​​camping. !! In addition, there are plenty of options on and around the course to do anything, except swimming in the Loire, paddling on it or hanging over it on ropes !! Sophie and Richard keep it up, you do not need more camping !! C'est magnific !!!
Aug 9, 2018 by Judith
★★★★★

Best campsite in France!!!!

So, I didn't really want to write a review because I want to keep this campsite all to myself!!! I want to live there, work there & never leave!!! But Sophie and Richard have put their heart and soul into creating our perfect holiday location & throughly deserve a platinum review! We discovered Cosycamp on the internet and stayed there for 4 days last year as a stopover. We loved it and decided this year to make it our sole destination and it was even better! Local organic produce (lots grown on site), friendly & helpful staff, a lovely pool and an amazing location by the Loire. We barely left the site (although the local area is stunning so make sure you do). They have plenty of bikes for children to borrow, 5 canoes you can use free of charge, massive fire pits where our girls made lots of friends while roasting marshmallows and more, the list goes on.... If you do go, make sure you eat in the restaurant because their chefs produce outstanding food. The campsite overlooks the Loire where our girls (5&8) spent every afternoon floating around or jumping in off the rocks. There are also Zipwires zigzagging across the river which offers a really fun & exciting way to spend a few hours! The facilities are really good and the choice of accommodation has something for all everyone. Seriously, I could go on... as you can tell I'm a bit of a fan of this campsite but the biggest thing for me was how relaxed I feel after staying there, a real antidote to a modern day life. MERCI encore une fois Sophie et Richard, on a passé un super séjour chez vous... à l'année prochaine! Kate x
Aug 4, 2018 by KateWJ
★★★★★

Fantastic campsite!

Another amazing week at Cosy Camp. Sophie and Richard have created a lovely relaxed campsite in a beautiful setting and look after the site and it's visitors so well. Plenty to do or space and time to do nothing at all-kids and adults have had a wonderful week. I'm sure we'll be back for a third visit!
Aug 20, 2017 by Mindy
★★★★★

Fabulous camping holiday 2016

We were recommended CosyCamp by our experienced camper friends who'd stayed in 2015 and returned with us in 2016. It didn't disappoint. It was our first camping holiday abroad and a bit daunting but the site had everything we needed and more and the owners were really welcoming. Facilities are top class and everything is kept remarkably clean all the time. Nice big family showers make life easier as do the fridges for hire and the washing machines which mean clothes can take up minimal space in the car! Our two girls (aged 6 and 8 at the time) loved it, particularly the pool and the freedom to cycle around the site and meet new friends. We all enjoyed swimming in the Loire on our doorstep and had fun further up-stream at the "beach". Trips to the Velorail and beautiful Le Puy provided great memories. Restaurant is excellent and us Veggies were well catered for. Within a few weeks of returning we decided to book again for our 2017 holidays and our friends are returning too, for their 3rd visit. Can't wait.
Jul 23, 2017 by Ed Kingsley
★★★★★

Uniquely wonderful, can't wait to return

We’ve stayed at CosyCamp for the last two years and are heading back there this summer (bringing others with us). I’m normally highly reluctant to return to a holiday location but knowing what CosyCamp has to offer is just too tempting! We have an eight year old son and the site is perfect for him – he loves the fantastic swimming pool with fun floats, great sports pitches/open spaces where he can usually find a game to join, bikes to borrow, babyfoot and games in the bar/family room, the roman bath for a treat, marshmallow toasting, fetching croissants in the morning, tasty pizza and Verveine ice cream, fishing, canoeing, the list goes on… Most importantly he adores the independence he gets to experience. And we enjoy the relaxation this enables, as well as wild swimming in the Loire or supping a cold beer under a tree while staring up at the ruin of Chateau d’Artias. We’ve met some lovely people on the campsite and beyond, and have been struck by the beauty of the Haute Loire, the ease of visiting ‘sights’ and how friendly (and kind) local people can be. Offsite there are some great activities on offer. Apart from making the most of the scenery, we’d highly recommend nearby tree ‘parcours’, a train trip to Le Puy en Velay (attractive, with a relaxed feel), the Le Corbusier UNESCO site at Firminy, and swimming opportunities at Retournac’s retro riverside lido (with diving boards) and Le Puy’s fancy aquatic centre (with slides, jacuzzis and counter current). Sophie, Richard and their team work really hard to look after the campsite and its guests. It’s clear that considerable thought and investment went into the setting up of the site, and much care is taken to maintain and improve it (not that there’s much more to be done!). We really appreciate the smartness of the bathrooms, the spacious bar and family room, the poolside loungers and sunshades, the seating dotted around the site, and being able to hire a fridge. My only niggle would be that a couple of pitches could do with more shade (trees growing!) but honestly this is a unique, unbeatable site.
Mar 7, 2017 by Smebbs
★★★★★

The perfect pitch!

We spent a terrific week at CosyCamp this August. It is the second year we have stayed and it is a really wonderful site- in fact it might be the best site I have ever stayed. It is in a wonderful location, right on the river and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The facilities are excellent, including the café, pool and wonderful family room. The showers have loads of hot water and the Roman Baths are a great place to relax (and dodge the occasional rain shower)! Loads for kids to do on site and it is a small, car free and safe so they can do lots of exploring as well. But the thing that really makes the site stand out are the welcome that Sophie and Richard provide and the brilliant team they have built around them. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, Sophie and Richard spend time telling their guests about all the activities in the neighborhood that are available are always on hand for advice and will book activities for you. The whole team really goes the extra mile to make sure that you have the best time. We all had a fantastic time, our kids (10 and 8) had a absolute ball and I am sure that we will return!
Sep 6, 2016 by Emma Kendrew
★★★★★

This is what you want

Perfect for kids. Beautiful, well organised, safe. I had booked, then bumped into others on the way round who had already been there, singing its praises. It lived up to the expectations. The kids can roam free. The stuff they want is sorted for them (free marshmallows for toasting!) Plus for parents local craft beer and wine. The hamburgers are great. The raspberry ice cream is great. I also had a health issue with a nine year old, just moving into the bank holiday weekend so it needed sorting before everything closed. Richard and Sophie sorted a doctor’s appointment that day, and an extra night’s stay (because it was by then too late to move on). It’s what you want.
Sep 1, 2016 by Nick Armstrong
★★★★★

Absolutely loved it!

Just back from a 9 night stay here and we are already trying to figure out when we can go back again! We stayed in one of their lovely Robinson tents with a really cute mezzanine level for the kids to sleep on. The tent was brilliantly equipped and the campsite itself is just wonderful. The site facilities are great (pools, games, laundry, play area, bar, restaurant, etc, etc) but it's the whole atmosphere and vibe here that we just loved. We like staying places where you can have real fires, but to find somewhere where they have actually go round handing out sticks with marshmallows for toasting to all the kids was just fab! The random hammocks and social areas around the site give lots of fun areas for the kids to run off to and make new friends, and being on the banks of the Loire was just magical. I'm a keen swimmer and was in the river most days - absolutely gorgeous! Richard, Sophie and the rest of their team are great, always around to offer advice on local activities - I really recommend a dip in the (very chilly!) Cascade de la Baume and Le Lac Bleu, and the bike ride through the tunnels was great (take a torch - I spent the whole 1.3km tunnel desperately hoping the lights didn't go out as we had no torch!) Our girls (7 year old twins) loved it as much as we did and are equally desperate to go back! My only reservation about giving a 5 star review is that it might make it harder for us to book in next time we want to stay! :-)
Aug 31, 2016 by Nicks
★★★★☆

Brilliant

We spent four nights here this August, it was meant to be three, but we got in the holiday swing and forgot which day we were meant to leave. Sophie the owner was fabulous and swung things around to squeeze us in for an additional night. The pitches are flat, reasonably sized, no stones. We did have to walk over other peoples pitches to get to ours, but that wasn't a problem. We were near the restaurant and lacked midday shade, our neighbours had seen sense to bring a parasol. People really go to town here decorating their pitches, bunting, lights the lots, it's really pretty to walk around early evening. You can rent fridges was a really bonus for us. The toilets and showers were impeccable all day, everyday and warm. There was a separate bathroom for little kiddies with a little sink/bath. If you're brave enough to do washing they have a cubicle set up with an ironing board. I only once waited to do washing up, but I could've gone to the other block. I didn't manage to get to use the washing machines, so can't comment as there was always a queue, but they looked new. The whole site is set up for kids, there's tight rope walking, games galore, the pool is lovely. In the restaurant they have a stage with kids toys, plenty to keep them entertained whilst you enjoy a carafe of wine. But the kids do party till at least 10.30pm (and it's noisy till then), but then it's quiet in the mornings. It does get cold at night, our first few nights were freezing. We'd have done well to bring a heater. We also were close to the restaurant and could hear their air-con/fan going off every few hours incl through the night. So if you go... be sure to try and get a pitch a bit further away and with shade. We felt really spoilt here and would love to go back. Sophie and her team are fabulous.
Aug 19, 2016 by Dee
★★★★★

inspirational

Richard and Sophie have made an amazing spot to rest and recover for a holiday - the details in the campsite such as all the games or the boat on the river or the bikes make it a wonderful spot. I am hoping to return so our daughter will do the whole flat rope and there are a few more trips for me in the lovely mountains around that need doing!We stayed in a great B+B on the way down - Le champ de la ferme in Saint Gervais en Belin also if that helps.
Aug 17, 2016 by vanessa
★★★★★

fantastic place

After a first incredible summer at CosyCamp, we cut our holidays in Italy to return to Auvergne. Auvergne is for us a relaxing destination and Chamalières sur Loire is an amazing village. CosyCamp is located in the south of the department and the weather is nice in this part of the country. The site is run by a bunch of friends, caring and passionated people who make you feel at home .The campsite is very large, no cars go through, and respectful of nature and environment. Many aromatic gardens and tasty meals from the restaurant come from local producers. Everything is beautiful, down to Earth, and delicious. Children can swim in the pool, and there are creative and fun activities organised for them.

Dec 4, 2014 by candicen
★★★★★

Perfect place to relax as a family

   Richard and Sophie have designed the perfect place to relax as a family. On arrival you get a warm welcome, they inform you of all the great things to do on the campsite and all the highly recommended places to visit in the local surroundings. The site is car free, plots are large, the amenities are spotless, plenty of places for children to run free and lots of relaxation areas for the adults. The surrounding area is stunning full of history, good food and outdoor living activities.

Highlights of our stay included: fresh French bread delivered every morning for breakfast, exploring the River Loire by kayak, the hotel standard swimming pool, the local French markets and the hidden away medieval villages.

We will be back next summer.

Sep 20, 2014 by Marie O'Rourke
★★★★★

Amazing campsite

We just came back from Cosycamp after spending 15 nights in our own tent, all we can say is book now before they full up! 

Richard and Sophie has created a very unique site in Haute Loire region, the atmosphere is very inviting and friendly; compares to other campsites we've been to it is small yet you don't feel being cramped in because they do not allow car in the sites! On top of that, you have the direct access to the Loire too. Has anyone mentioned their carefully designed herb garden yet? They are very happy for you to use their herbs for your own cooking!

The region itself is stunning and Cosycamp is in the heart of it! If you like hiking, mountain biking you will not be disappointed.

The highlight for us is spending many evening around the communal campfire meeting new people and friends. Even if you are not keen to socialise with other campers in the site, you should at least watch Richard to light one of the Norwegian candle for the campfire once! 

Thanks for the team in Cosycamp for an amazing holiday! 

Sep 9, 2014 by Ratter Camper
★★★★★

Einfach fantastisch

Ich werde auf deutsch schreiben um auch deutsche Reisende für diesen absolut fantastischen Campingplatz zu begeistern :).

Wir hatten dort 10 Tage in Juli 2014 verbracht. Wir fanden es wunderbar. Trotz dem schlechten Wetter hatten wir unseren Aufenthalt genossen. Es ist alles so liebevoll dort.

Die Plätze großzügig, das Restaurant gemütlich, die Gärten(!) und der Pool sehr gepflegt. Die Sanitäranlagen sind sauber und geräumig. Was aber die größte Rolle spielte: das Team. Man merkt, dass die Leute dort gerne arbeiten. Sind immer hilfsbereit und interessiert. Sie bauen mit ihren Gästen eine Beziehung auf. Deshalb ist die Atmosphäre dort so toll!

Nach 10 Tagen CosyCamp sind wir zu einen anderen, vorgebuchten Platz, in den Süden gefahren. Obwohl das Wetter viel besser (weniger regnerisch halt) war und der Camping an sich gar nicht so schlecht, haben wir "unseren" CosyCamp sehr vermisst! 

Der Spirit macht es! Danke CosyCamp!

Jul 26, 2014 by grazy72
★★★★★

Calm, beautiful, perfect

We spent nearly 3 weeks camping at Cosycamp, in our own tent. It was a wonderful relaxing experience. The campsite is new and the owners, Richard and Sophie, and their staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, booking us into local restaurants, and helping us with outings...etc. The facilities are well thought through, for example, there is a large baby bath with a detachable hose as a tap, which was a god send. The showers are powerful and free (push button) and the temperature adjusted well. They have ironing facilities and 2 washing machines and a tumble dryer (all 5 Euros each). The toilets are all unisex and some contain urinals which was a bit awkward on occasion!

The swimming pool is next to the bar/cafe and is large and clean. There is also a very large and shallow toddler pool with wide steps so my crawling one years old and my 4 and 6 year olds had plenty of splashing options. Also the main pool has a big wide slop to get in, so very safe for young kids. The cafe sells ice creams and lollies, lovely coffee and alcohol so days by the pool were perfect.

The site is right on the Loire, there is a little strip of grass and some overgrowth to walk thru to get to the river, so no danger of kids being too close to the water. There are a couple of small gravelly, grassy areas by the river so it is easy to wade in and surprisingly warm. Lovely to swim in and great for the kids to use their nets and have a paddle. I would also recommend booking their spa pool for a private swim (1 euro each for 1 hour). We had a romantic evening with a bottle of wine and also booked a day slot with the kids, lovely having the luxury of a private warm pool to relax in.

We used the next door stables for the kids a couple of times (half hour walk was 7.50 euros each). The local towns are pretty and offer great eating and there are some great antique, junk markets locally. Good local running for me at the 4-6 mile distance but my husband struggled to find paths at a greater distance.

One of the best things about Cosycamp is the freedom our kids had. They disappeared on their bikes after breakfast and were rarely seen! They made lots of friends over the 3 weeks and usually moaned when we dragged them in the car to do something off site. The play park contains a wooden raised house with a slide, and large net swing, a climbing frame and a high net all done in wood and really suiting the site.

I very much recommend Cosycamp. It has the perfect balance of well designed lovely facilities that you need in hot weather, beautiful views where ever you turn and a small family friendly feel. Im not normally into organised activites but their Puy lentil dinner along a large communal table followed by a big bonfire down by the river with our fellow campers was one of the highlights of the trip, and try their steak, one of the best I've ever had!

Aug 31, 2013 by Luppit44
★★★★★

Fabulous Campsite

This campsite is superb and one of the best sites we have ever stayed at. On the bank of the Haute Loire, it’s a truly stunning location.  Waking up every morning, looking at the beautiful hills from within the valley, was wonderful. We wanted to have a rest but to also have the opportunity to do some fun stuff with our 6-year old – we got what we wanted. There were hardly any mosquitoes either – bonus!

There’s plenty to do both off and on site, so if you are looking for a rest, you will certainly get one here; if you want to be active, you can go and do your active stuff too.  It’s good area for cycling both on and off road.  A car-free campsite is quite refreshing and it means that children can cycle around safely. The cars were quite safe in the parking area too. 

All the facilities are well maintained and cleaned regularly. There are two shower blocks, with plenty of hot showers and toilets, even during peak times.  The pool is a very good size and we didn’t experience a bun-fight for loungers, chairs or the large squidgy loungers. The shallow pool is excellent for very small children.

There is a bar and restaurant, which serves simple but good, locally sourced food in the evenings.  One evening a week, they have a family crepe party, which is too nice to resist! Drinks and ice-creams are available throughout the day. It is also a space for families to sit, which is quite welcomed when there’s inclement weather.

For us, the part that really made our holiday was the warm welcome from the lovely owners, Richard and Sophie.  They are the friendliest owners you will ever meet.  They were always smiling and always around if you needed them (not that we ever did). Each week, they took time to give a presentation about what’s on around the area.  Different activities were put on every week for children and families to be involved in.  Our daughter loved making musical instruments from leaves and branches!

Sophie and Richard spoke excellent English but always allowed me to try to speak French. You got a sense that you were staying at their place, rather than just on a campsite.  This campsite is a project for Sophie and Richard – the philosophy you read on their website is not hype.  I was blown away by how lovely it was in the first few months of it opening.  I can’t wait to return to see what it’s like in a few years time.  We will definitely be back.  Thank you!

Aug 28, 2013 by lisaretford
★★★★★

An Excellent Campsite

We are just home from two weeks at Le CozyCamp. The whole holiday was fantastic. The plots are large with (free) WiFi coverage of the whole site. The toilet / shower areas are spacious, clean, modern and plentiful.

What really sets Le CozyCamp above the competition however is the staff. Richard and Sophie were always around the site looking after people and helping non-native speakers with booking outings etc. The other staff were all incredibly friendly, patient and happy to help whenever they could.

The site also has a nice "family room" / Bar (with the emphasis on "Family Room"). It was made clear that we could bring out own food and drinks here as we wished, though ultimately we enjoyed fresh-brewed coffee's, hot-chocolates and home-baked pizza's from the bar on more than a couple of occasions. If you are really lucky, you might get a torrential downpour during which the chef might make a spectacular vegetable soup!

The camp-site also ran a few family evenings serving crepes and the local speciality lentils from Le Puy-En-Velay. Normally, I'm not big on socialising on camp-sites, but we spent a couple of evenings here enjoying good food and wine with our neighbours!

The villages of Chamalières-sur-Loire and Retournac are easily accessible by bike (and the latter boasts a great butchers, fruit and veg store, a lovely patisserie and an average supermarket).

On our last day, we stole a quick look around one of the "Safari Lodges" whilst it was being cleaned and we are seriously considering a return for a week of luxury!

Thank-you very much to Richard, Sophie and all of the other staff who made our stay so enjoyable. Your hard work has paid off and your camp-site is excellent!

:)

Matt Grimley

Aug 19, 2013 by Matt
★★★★★

Excellent campsite, beautiful area

We stayed at Cosycamp for 11 nights in August 2013. It was fantastic. The facilities are kept exceptionally clean, the showers are always hot and you don't need to faff around with tokens. The swimming pool is big enough to not feel too crowded on a hot day and again it and pool side are kept clean. Cosy camp provide comfy sun loungers and cool beanbag beds to sun bathe on. The cafe/bar area provides a limited menu for evening meals but what they do provide, salads, pizza, burgers & selection of desserts are scrummy. There are a good selection of local beers and wines on offer too and of course ice cream. There is a lounging area above the airy bar area which the kids loved to congregate in to play their games together.  

The Cosycamp team provide information on the area in the way of maps and leaflets which are easily accessible in the cafe/bar. We found them very happy to help us with our activity planning. The location is fab. We selected a large tent pitch 200m2 it faced directly to the river which was excellent for swimming in and kayaking on. The whole site is well laid out to include a playground for the kids, campfire area (many a marshmallow toasted), scenic seating areas & BBQ area. There was also an activity afternoon for the children on Tuesday. This was very low key which we liked and involved the kids making musical instruments out of different materials found in nature. It was very well done and both our children aged 6 and 9 enjoyed making them. 

The whole atmosphere of Cosycamp is laid-back but not so much that you feel the need to tiptoe around. I think that fun and relaxation is at the heart of this site. In fact we struggled to get the kids go anywhere else ... you must though because the area is beautiful!

P.S We loved the road cycling in the area its not as full on as the Alpes but you need to like the odd hill!, MTBing still needs exploring! We will be back...

Thank you to the Cosy camp team for a wonderful holiday.

Aug 11, 2013 by the newboroughs

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