Camping La Champagne

Europe France Limousin Corrèze

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A small, relaxed, Dordogne riverside campsite with canoes to hire and safe swimming spots.

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.

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Facilities

25 electrical hook-ups. 5 toilets, 5 showers, disabled facilities, 4 wash basins, 4 dishwashing sinks, a washing machine, a freezer (for ice packs) and 6 outdoor drinking water taps spread out over the campsite. BBQ are allowed, but no campfires. Mobile homes include a double bed, 2 singles, a kitchen, bathroom, living room and terrace. Safari tents include a bunk bedroom a double bedroom, a kitchen and living space and a terrace. Fresh bread service in the morning (July & August only). Small bar with drinks, ice cream, and snacks overlooking the river and free WiFi around reception. Volleyball/badminton pitch, small football pitch, boules court and table tennis table. Fly fishing for trout and grayling possible directly from the campsite (even from your own pitch if you're on the riverside). Swimming, canoes for hire and rafting all available too.

Suitable For

Everyone! Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, caravans, groups (12 people or more should contact in advance), families, couples, dogs...

Nearby

The Dordogne Valley needs little introduction and at Camping La Champagne, on the banks of the river, you couldn't be much better placed. Fishing, canoeing, hiking and biking are all on hand for the active traveller, while historic riverside towns like Beaulieu Sur Dordogne, 9km away, are nearby for those wanting something more sedate. The latter has a good tourist information centre (+33 565 332 200) and is a handy place to get your bearings and make plans for the rest of your stay. The town is also home to Corrèze Sports Animations (+33 587 060 414), who hire kayaks and canoes for downriver journeys between Argentat and Puybrun (with or without a guide) and rent mountain bikes for local circuits. There are 5 of France's Les plus beaux villages (most beautiful villages of France) within 30km of Camping La Champagne – Curemonte (16km), Carennac (23km), Loubressac (24km), Collonges la Rouge (25km) and Autoire (27km) – while the dramatic medieval castle of Les Tours de Merle (+33 555 282 231) is 30km away, as are the 11th century towers of Tours de Carbonnières (+33 555 287 084; free access all year round) and the Renaissance Château de Montal. For classic Dordogne caves try Gouffre de Padirac (+33 565 336 456), complete with an underground boat ride through the interconnected caverns, while Grottes de Presque (+33 565 403 201) are around the same distance away (25km – a 30-minute drive) but lack the drama of the river running through.

Food & Drink

There's a riverside bar on the campsite, selling snacks, drinks and ice-cream, while fresh bread is delivered each morning during the school summer holiday season. Once a week Michel and Sara also cook a big dinner for those interested (you'll find out more at reception upon arrival). Elsewhere, there is a small bar in Brivezac – Le Destin (+33 664 458 316) – a 1km walk away but, for maximum choice, drive (or cycle) the 9km to Beaulieu sur Dordogne where there is a range of bars and restaurants. Sara and Michel recommend Chez Colette (+33 555 286 360), a small cosy restaurant with a real focus on local produce, Bar Des Voyageurs (+33 555 911 834) in the main square, Les Flots Bleus (+33 555 910 621) for a riverside setting or, for something quick, La Pizza (+33 555 912 578), which is self explanatory. For lunches, A L'Abri du Moulin (+33 555 911 141) is also a great choice and has English owners.

Opening Times

June–October.

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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.

Accommodation

30 large grass camping pitches, 2 mobile homes and 3 safari tents.

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Safari Tent - Riverside

Safari tent Sleeps 4
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Safari Tent - Standard

Safari tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
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Camping Pitch - Riverside

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 15 Available

Camping Pitch - Standard

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 29 Available
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Location

Contact Camping La Champagne, Lieu dit La Champagne, 19120 Brivezac, Corrèze, France

Getting There

Follow the A10 from the north in the direction of Orleans and Toulouse (A71). At Vierzon, continue following Toulouse (A20). For the next 300km you will stay on the A20. After Brive-la-Gaillarde, take exit 52 for Noailles and then follow directions to Beaulieu sur Dordogne. Just before you arrive in Beaulieu, take a left in the direction of Argentat (D12). After 5km you’ll arrive in the village of Brivezac. Here you take the bridge on the right over the Dordogne and, once you crossed it, right again. After 300m Camping La Champagne is the small campsite on the Dordogne on your right hand side.

The closest airports are Limoges (146km), Rodez-Marcillac (121km) with train stations at Brive la Gaillarde (45km) and Tulle (42km).

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