Uzerche isn't known as 'the pearl of the Limousin' for nothing. It’s cluster of ancient, turreted buildings, clambering up towards the steeple of its hilltop church, creates one of the most scenic townscapes in all of France, while the languid pace of the river Vézère imbues a sense of calm and serenity across the entire settlement. Slithering around the town in a tight loop, it’s as if the river has squeezed the old centre upwards, the grey-stone buildings crowning the surrounding valley with their spikey rooftops and rows of classical arches.
Were you to climb the church tower and peer from the narrow windows, it would be a struggle to pick out the neighbouring village of Condat sur Ganaveix. Though just six kilometers away, the flanks of trees and numerous shallow valleys disguise it among the countryside, but it’s on the edge of the village, nestled among such lush surroundings, that Camping Moulin de la Geneste is found.
Spread across 10 acres but with only around 45 camping pitches, Moulin de la Geneste is a country campsite as naturally suited to its surroundings as the birds in the trees and the trout in the river. Much of the site is made up of unmanaged pockets of woodland and long grasses, while three specific camping areas provide space where tents can be pitched or motorhomes parked up for the night. The attitude is pretty relaxed. Events are suitably spontaneous and homemade – be it floating candles on the lake, a treasure hunt, story telling in the fairy garden or feeding and brushing ponies – but there are plenty of happy constants to keep you busy through the day. Boules and basketball courts entertain in the warm summer evenings, while managed footpaths lead you through the trees by day, to quiet picnic areas and streams perfect for kids to dabble and splash about during the midday heat.
When you do head elsewhere, though, there is plenty to do. Uzerche itself has a wealth of important heritage – the central abbey is a sign of its pinnacle of influence during the 1100s and the surrounding fort-shaped buildings that were a style of the time have led to the French saying “He who owns a house in Uzerche has a castle in the Limousin”. It’s not a place of fast-paced, fist-pumping modern life, of course, (though join the local canoe outfitters and you’ll certainly find some speed on the downstream rapids) but for a little casual exploration there are few better spots – it’s as if the town were tailor made for aimless ambling.
When you slide your rook across the chessboard back at Camping Moulin you can’t help but feel the timelessness of the whole area: The beautiful Limousin, its mature woodlands and ancient settlements, and the age-old beauty of camping out beneath the stars. “Beware”, their website warns, “You may find yourself staying longer than you planned”. It’s not a counsel to be taken lightly.
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A really wonderful site in a beautiful area of France
Stunning Scenery, impeccably clean, friendly and welcoming owners
Above and Beyond
Fantastic Short Break
Wonderful place to escape
Best Campsite in the World. Fact.
Nature, Sunshine, Owls!
Peace, nature, starry skies.
We stayed on this site for four nights, really in order to make our journey south a little less frantic and it ended up being one of our favourite sites. Steven and Sharron are very welcoming. On the first night of our stay there happened to be a communal curry night. Made from scratch by Sharron, it was a stunning curry with all of the trimmings homemade. Definitely not to be missed. The site is peaceful, tranquil, full of lovely areas to sit and stroll. The pitches are generous and well cared for. The shower block is beautifully clean and maintained.
The surrounding area is full of things to see and do, without the press of tourists present further south.
We will be back for sure! Thanks for the stay!
Magical is precisely the word!
Possibly my favourite place on earth...
I simply love this place. As per the other reviewer, we too have visited this campsite for the past 3 consecutive years and quite possibly will again this summer. Yes, there are other lovely campsites and areas to visit in the UK and France, but every one I visit I find comparing to La Geneste. There's something magical about the atmosphere here. Time slips away (as do our two boys who vanish into the woodland for hours on end!). There's no swimming pool, club house or bar, but it is all the better for it. Fun is made for adults and kids by going for walks round the site, feeding the animals or messing around in and on the lake. The site is incredibly safe for children (albeit the lake is pretty deep, so best to keep an eye on non swimmers), and mine love the freedom they can have here having their own special adventures, usually with some other kiddies they've met along the way! Everyone gets to know each other and the weekly curry nights enforce that. The site is about a 10 minute drive from Uzerche, which is a beautiful small town and has lots going on throughout the summer. There is a lovely large municipal swimming pool just outside the town that was refurbished a couple of years ago which we always make a couple of visits to as well as some lovely lakes all within a few miles of the site.
The campsite suffers from no light pollution at all so has the most spectacular view of the stars at night. Most evenings, we put the boys to bed in our tent, grabbed a bottle of red wine (and some other campers) and headed down to the barbecue area by the lake for the light show to begin. For the last three years we have been blessed with meteor showers and usually got to see at least 10 shooting stars per evening.
Sharron and Steve work tirelessly to make their campsite as friendly (not just from their welcome, but also the other campers on site) and as hospitable a place as it is possible to stay. They go so far above and beyond just running their site as a business, but genuinely want their visitors to enjoy their time away from home as much as it is possible and for everyone to become friends - it really is a very special place.
a little patch of heaven
I cannot recommend this campsite enough. We have been coming here for 3 years now and we've just booked up for our 4th. We never intended on sticking with 1 campsite, always planned on trying as many different ones and different areas as possible, but we fell in love with "the fairy garden" as the kids call it. There is so much to do in the surrounding areas, we haven't even scratched the surface. We've spent many a day lazing around the campsite, boating on the lake, walking around the gorgeous grounds and feeding and watching the animals. The area around the campsite is very tranquil, hills and woods as far as the eye can see. There are many swimming lakes near by, lots of quaint towns and the dordogne is a short drive away. The owners are so friendly and will do anything to make your stay better. We attended the curry evening last year which was amazing. The food was excellent and it was great getting together with other campers and some of the locals. We can't wait to go again this year!
The "coolest" camping we have been to
When we first parked the car at the entrance, we really felt confused...what kind of place ist this? The reception is a garden house...nobody was around...it felt a bit dark...we were desperately in need of a nice holiday after a really har year of work...we have been to several "cool campings" before, and this one didn't seem to fit quite in the picture...
As we were searching for a pitch to put our tent at, the owner came towards us...and I remember how suddenly that strange feeling change and finally completely dissappeared disappeared ...within an hour we felt we were in a unique, magical surrounding.
It is such a great place...how to describe it...very simple and yet full of details ...surprising "corners" ......nice People, not a "Glamping place" , not stilysh but beautifull...peacefull... genuine...often you dont even feel like you are in a camping place at all... a place where you feel free and cared for...The owners love what they do and make you feel at home. The kind of place that you think doesnt exist any more...Its cooler than the "Cool campings" we have been to...because its not "designed" ...it is real...of course I would not be against a good espresso machine or mini-bar above the lake ...but here you realize that having a perfect holiday ist not about haven EVERYTHING...but about having the REALLY IMPORTANT things...The kind of place your children can never grow out of ...We made a course in green wood work with a lovely guy (ex-fire man, definitely very nice!!!)...joined the very delicious curry-evening...if you happen to have friends that do not like camping (as we do) they can rent out one of the wooden-cabins which are really amazing... I love visiting new places, always new places... but here I dream of coming back again, year after year, with my daughter and her friends ...at the age of 4, 5, 6 10 ,13... since it is the kind of place that children connect to at a very deep level...and they can enjoy in a new way as they grow older...THANK YOU for running this place the way you do!!! We definitely weill come back!
Mobile-homes and chalets are 1st class comfort.
Camping area is lovely and surrounded by trees.
The facilities are brilliant and super clean.
If I had to resume it in one word...Paradise
Thanks for the amazing week-end
A piece of heaven!
Our family have now visited this site three times in the last four years and wouldn't dream of camping in France without staying here as part of our holiday.
We love this site. It's as quiet and relaxing or adventurous and fun as you want it to be depending on your mood. You can leave the site to explore the surrounding area or lose whole days in this beautiful campsite where nature is quite literally all around you. Our children who are now 7 and 5 find endless things to keep them happy that don't include games consoles or TV, though the WIFI helps if you need it.
The facilities are good and kept immaculately clean and the English family that run the site are friendly and helpful. There are unique touches all over the site which show great attention to detail, from the benches in just the place you'd like to sit and enjoy the view, to the homemade chessboards and fairy garden. Sharron's weekly curry nights are a fabulous social event where campers and locals all gather to chat under the marquee with wine and delicious food.
As the description very accurately says, we always stay longer than we mean to and leave, already looking forward to our next visit. The best campsite we have ever stayed on.
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