Domaine La Chapelle
Domaine La Chapelle, D162e1, 19360 La Chapelle aux Brocs, France
With its vacant valleys, deserted forests and seldom-visited villages, Limousin might just be France’s most overlooked region. It's not nearly as popular as the Loire to the north or the Dordogne to the south, but this neglect from tourism only adds to the appeal as Limousin offers something all campers crave – the opportunity to get off the beaten track. Hiding in the region's rural depths sits Domaine la Chapelle; a small, welcoming campsite with only six pitches. Throw in some nearby world-class historical sights, picture postcard villages and endless miles of walking trails, and you’ve stumbled upon a very cool campsite indeed.
This family-friendly site caters to the canvas contingent and B&B brigade alike, with a selection of apartments, eco-lodges and traditional farmhouses also available. Roland and Angelique are thoughtful owners and have limited their field to only six pitches, so there's ample room for everyone to relax. What's more the facilities (hot showers and proper loos) are immaculately clean, with campers rarely having to queue. As an accomplished chef, Roland takes care of the cooking and specialises in Correzienne cuisine. In the onsite restaurant guests can order fresh bread rolls and croissants for breakfast, whilst a tasty evening feast can be enjoyed on the large terrace, with sweeping views over the hilly surroundings.
When it’s time to hit the road again, there are plenty of sights in the vicinity. France’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings, Grotte de Lascaux, were sealed for years until discovered in 1940 by four boys out searching for their lost dog. Often referred to as the prehistoric equivalent of the Sistine Chapel, this vast network of chambers are renowned for their artistry, with animal figures depicted in shades of yellow, red, brown and black. A one hour drive north-west will lead you to the grand Chateau de Hautefort. Standing in an enviable position overlooking the Auvézère Valley and Hautefort village, the Chateau is surrounded by incredible French formal gardens and was recently listed as a historical monument.
In the summer at Domaine la Chapelle, children play in the swimming pool or playground, while parents sit out in the sun pretending to keep an eye on them. With these kid-friendly facilities, the site attracts plenty of families seeking a summer holiday. So, if you’re after a more mature camping experience then you might find the ‘family vibe’ here isn’t for you, especially during the school holidays. But otherwise, if you’re a fan of rambling, horse riding and cycling through unforgettable and often deserted landscapes, you’ll be dialling those digits already. Bon Voyage!