Long distance love is always a challenge. For Michel, living in Holland, and Sara, in Italy, the only solution was to meet halfway in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France, where, today, the couple have set-up an enchanting, 30-pitch campsite on the banks of the River Dordogne. For the Cool Camping team it has blossomed a long-distance love affair of our own, yearning to be back, embraced by the wrap-around river and the dappled shade of the trees. Of course, Camping La Champagne won’t be relocating to us any time soon. A love like this, however, is always worth the journey.
Set directly on the banks of the Dordogne, nine kilometres upstream from the tiny medieval city of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Camping La Champagne is spread over a trio of flat terraces, with the upper most pitches offering views across the valley to limestone rocks opposite and the lower pitches right beside the water. In the middle, fruit and nut trees provide shade for a handful more tents and campervans, where families fold out camping chairs and make spacious plots their own.
Sara and Michel don’t go in for fancy facilities. There’s no need for a swimming pool with the river so close at hand, while a boules pitch and ping-pong table work well instead of a playground. Along with WiFi at reception, the most modern touches are the mobile homes and glamping options – there’s a trio of furnished safari tents with proper beds and kitchens – while the washroom facilities are clean and well maintained and there are freezers for replenishing ice-packs.
The real joy of Camping La Champagne is its homely, small-time feel. An old caravan has been converted into a cute snack bar down by the riverside and Michel and Sara have a clutch of canoes you can hire to paddle out on the river. Occasionally they cook big evening meals for campers too but it’s all pleasingly ad hoc and relaxed.
It’s the river that dominates locally. Canoeing is a superb way to enjoy it, while, further along the valley, there are beautiful rock faces and cave systems to explore. It’s a half-hour drive to the Cascades de Murel, a breathtaking series of waterfalls with hiking trails beside them and several plunge pools you can leap in to. Five minutes further, Cascade de Vieyres is reached via a more adventurous trail with another popular jumping point for those daredevils who can handle the eight-metre plummet! From splashing and swimming to visiting the riverside towns – there are six of France’s Les Plus Beaux Villages within 20 miles – you won’t be short of things to do. Or of things to miss when you have to leave. Perhaps you too will be lost to the love of Camping La Champagne and making the long-distance journey for years to come.
The Owner Says
Campsite La Champagne is one of those rare hidden treasures that are so hard to find these days. About 30 lovely spacious pitches (from 150m2 up to 300m2), breathtaking views, the river Dordogne at your feet, and fruit and nut trees everywhere, casting a welcome shade. Set in an untouched beautiful green scenery with countless lakes, rivers, forests, valleys and hills, this small campsite on the Dordogne is a true natural campsite.
The campsites stretches about 3ha on 3 different levels. On the bottom level you’ll find yourself on green pitches right on the water’s edge, the second level features a large number of apple trees and gives you a fantastic view of the river, and the top level in its turns provides a spectacular view of the valley and its rock cliffs. This level also holds all the facilities such as showers and toilets.
We do not offer a swimming pool and animation teams. What we do offer are the largest pitches in the region, a crystal clear river where children still have fun for hours and hours building dams and chasing fishies, peace and quiet all around you, a lovely little caravan bar on the river, and a campsite with a truly relaxed vibe.
You’ll find our campsite just across the river from the quiet village of Brivezac, in between the two picturesque villages of Beaulieu sur Dordogne (5 km) and Argentat sur Dordogne (15 km), discreetly hidden in between old nut, fruit, and oak trees.
The area is well known for its excellent hiking opportunities, (fly)fishing spots, challenging cycle routes, canoe rides, caves, castles and adventure sports, and within a radius of about 30 km you’ll find 5 of the most beautiful villages of France (as classified by Les plus beaux villages de France).
Come and Enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of France and this fantastic campsite, the kind that is so hard to find these days.
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