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Camping Chez Rambaud

Europe France Limousin Haute-Vienne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
A hidden gem crowded by lush fields, swimable lakes, rolling forests, and traditional villages

The Limousin countryside rolls with wave upon wave of buttery hills, peppered with distinctive honey-hued cattle and pointy-hat chateaux. Chez Rambaud is truly out in the sticks, about a mile from sleepy Les Salles-Lavauguyon on the Richard Coeur de Lion route. It’s so well hidden it might take a few goes to find it, but its vantage point on a gentle hill is the perfect place to pitch up. The site is small yet wide-horizoned. It’s also immaculately clean, but not to the point where you’ll feel bad if you drop a few baguette crumbs. Owner Neil welcome you in his flower-filled garden, after which he'll leave you to your own devices. Since the site is small and bijou there are no painful odysseys to get to the sparkling toilet and wash-block.

Camping Chez Rambaud is still in its nascency, so there’s not a great deal for kids, save for petting the pair of friendly goats that nibble the corner of the camping meadow. For the adults, passing the time is not a problem as there’s a great library packed with thrillers. But fortunately for les enfants, a few miles away beautiful Lac de Lavaud has a sandy beach and swimming area – even if the water is a bit creepy. There are bags of local things to do, too, from wine-tasting, rambling, and cycling to exploring markets and summer festivals. If you fish, you’re in luck, for the Charente and Vienne rivers are nearby and Neil can help you acquire a permit. There’s plenty of farmhouse produce for sale and you can help yourself to fresh herbs from Neil's colourful garden. Coolher home-made sausages can also be bought for monumental morning fry-ups.



Electric hook up points with 10amps on each pitch. The wash-block (heated in winter) is spotless and the showers warm and powerful enough to wake you from your slumber. Laundry facilities and special access for those with reduced mobility. Dishwashing area, chemical toilet waste facility and information in reception with numerous brochures and maps and a library of books. Petting farm. Campfires not permitted, but BBQs off the ground okay. There is no WiFi at the campsite. If you really need it, however, there is free WiFi access 10 minutes away at the Massignac Tourist Office.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, and dogs (on leads) – yes.


Bike hire is available 10 minutes away at Verneuil. The historic cities of Angoulême and Limoges are both within range. So, too, is the eerily preserved site of Oradour-sur-Glane, its peace belying a macabre day in 1942 on which 642 people were killed by the Waffen SS. The village was looted and set on fire and it has been kept in exactly the state it was left, with burnt-out cars and derelict buildings. On a lighter note golf, bird-watching, kayaking, and horse-riding can all be organised. The Espace Météorite Museum (0033 5 55 03 02 70) at Rochechouart offers a fascinating insight into the devastating space rock that crashed here 200 million years ago. Brantome lies 30 minutes to the south. Take a punt along the river before stopping exploring the subterranean grottos and eighth century Abbey (0033 5 47 45 30 12). Two vast lakes – Lac de Mas Chaban at Massignac and Lac de Lavaud – lie 10 minutes away. Enjoy swimming, pedalos, fishing and watersports at both. You’ll also findplaces to eat and drink. If you have time, hop on the Velo Rail in nearby Confolens and pedal for miles on a disused railway line. Ask Neil for information about local markets. For antique buffs there are plenty of vide greniers (car boots), where you might happen upon a real gem.

Food & Drink

In reception Neil sells a selection of homemade marmalades made from locally sourced ingredients along with home grown seasonal salads and vegetables. The campsite's resident poultry can supply you with fresh, free range eggs too and there is a herb bed for you to use. This area of Limousin, however, is real gastro country; renowned for its chocolate, walnuts, and artisan food. So at some point you better head out to sample it. For lunch or dinner try Hôtel de France, Rochechouart (00 33 5 55 03 03 87), more French than Gainsbourg and much prettier, with wonderful views and a rustic seasonal menu. The steak haché (€15) is delicious.

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Contact Camping Chez Rambaud, Camping Chez Rambaud, 87440 Les Salles, Lavauguyon, Haute-Vienne, France

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Getting There

From Angoulême follow D12 and N141 to La Rochefoucauld, then hop on to D13, following the sign for Sauvagnac. Les Salles-Lavauguyon is the next village.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 22 reviews


Incredibly peaceful, beautiful location, excellent shower block, friendly host

This campsite is set in the heart of the countryside and was the most peaceful place we've ever stayed. The pitches are big, separated by hedges and come with a wooden picnic bench/ table. Lovely and quiet. Great shower block - hot showers! Friendly and very helpful host. Can't wait to go back. Thanks Neil!
Aug 26, 2019 by Hester Chapman

Peace and quiet, heaven. Beautiful surroundings. Very well kept site. Clean toilets, bliss.

We stayed here in May, we liked it so much we came back in July. On campsites I always get stuck next to the screaming kid or the thump thump of music. NOT HERE. I can sum it up in one word, HEAVEN. You can sit back relax read your book undisturbed. Look at the most beautiful sunset views. Not only do you get an immaculately clean shower room and toilets, you don't keep having to push the button on the shower for it to stay on. Just stand under and enjoy it at your own temperature. You can walk into the village and get your morning bread and pastries. Along the way you will be followed by the Limousin cows and here the frogs croaking while being in the most wonderful countryside. Also there is a local bar now that is open from 3.30pm ran by the locals, so makes for a friendly atmosphere. 2.50 or 5.00 euros for draught lager, that's good for France and you can walk back. what more could you want?? There is so much on the doorstep, etc lakes, history, swimming, kayaking, chateau and a supermarket 10 minutes drive away...perfect!
Jul 21, 2019 by Tracy and Paul

A real Rural Gem

This is such a beautiful small site the showers are hot and clean Neil is the perfect host highly recommended we have a large caravan and couldn’t find a better spot surrounded by green fields ,trees and Limousin cows Perfect not forgetting walking the resident goats Tres Bonne
May 27, 2019 by Gill Verified Review

Peace and quiet.

We had stayed on busy campsites in Portugal, Spain and France. Then you arrive at Chez Ramboud. Its like stepping into another world. So quiet and tranquil. No music from a nearby bar, no screaming from the any football match on TV. Yet its all available 15 minutes away. Or.....just stay here and listen to the grass grow.
Sep 30, 2018 by Brett

What a gem!

It was our first night camping in France this year and we couldn't have been more pleased to stay at Chez Rambaud. We were so impressed by the lovely picnic table and umbrella that were provided, something we had not come across before. The other residents were very friendly and it felt very cosy. Neil couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and invited us for a coffee at his home, since we had brought no cooking gear. It was by far our best camping experience in France this summer! Thank you so much, Neil!
Aug 30, 2017 by kathleenmerrill

Merci beaucoup Neil and Nicki!

This site is a small slice of paradise! We are a family of five and we loved every minute of our week long stay at Chez Rambaud.  There is plenty of walking, cycling and swimming (nearby lakes) in close proximity and Nicki and Neil are warm, welcoming and knowledgeable hosts who are glad to advise on local attractions and amenities.  They are generous with their time and take care to attend to the small things that make all the difference.  The younger members of our family are 10, 8 and 6 and they were fascinated with the wildlife – not least the goats, who they were able to feed and walk!  They also named the chickens and were delighted (as were the adults) to eat the delicious eggs they produced.  I think Nicki may have been a little amazed by how quickly we managed to plough through her produce though and she may have to put the chickens on bed rest before our return next summer!  A booking for next year was essential in order to stem the tears on departure day.  This is a beautiful campsite with a very friendly atmosphere where relaxation comes first.  With only eight pitches, I only feel safe writing this review knowing that we are already booked in for next year. 

Aug 24, 2015 by Jules

French rural bliss.

You can keep your Eurocamps, cheesy entertainment and screaming kids at the pool his is French rural utopia at it's best!! My girlfriend and I stayed at Chez Rambaud for five nights at the start of August and absolutely loved our trime there. We were greeted warmly by the lovely owners Nikki and Neil who made us feel very welcome from the first second and were shown our pitch so we could get our tent up. The site itself is gorgeous. Tucked away in rural bliss the site has views down the valley,over the maize field and the resident sheep, chickens and goats. At night the sky is beautiful and it's so cool to wtach shooting stars while having a beer after dinner. Wash blocks are spotlessly clean and modern and there is a lovely garden teeming with butterflies, toads and all sorts of wildlife. There is also a freezer to store your freezer blocks and gin etc. We spent a sunny day at the site doing some sun bathing and relaxing and I was amazed at the peace and quite you get there. When all the other campers are out it is bliss to just sit and back in the tranquility of the surroundings. Neil, constantly toiling away in the garden, brought us a basket of potatoes, apples and cucmber from the garden one day as a present which was a lovely surprise. Nikki was always tending to the animals ( more like pets! ) and it was great infectious to see how passionate they are about not just the site but thier life in the French countryside. We were trated more like friends than punters which was brilliant and they were very helpful when it came to local knowledge and days out etc. The beautiful site, small number of pitches and lovely owners made our stay here very memorable. It is a testament to Neil and Nikki that when we were there two of the other pitches had already booked five week stays for next year!! Get your booking in soon for 2016 as this gem will fill up in double quick time. Keep up the good work Nikki and Neil.
Aug 23, 2015 by Paul

Peace and tranquility

We stayed 3 nights at Chez Ramaud during our recent 2week French trip, this site is so peaceful in the middle if beautiful real rural France. It is a delightful walk or cycle ride to local village for fresh croissants for breakfast. The site has only 8 pitches which makes it intimate, the facilities are immaculate and clean. Neil and Nicki really make you welcome and will put themselves out to help, even sharing their fresh grown produce from the garden.  Neil was a great help with our kayak when we realised its pump was at home!  The area is beautiful and peaceful. There is a lake nearby providing great water and beach fun. Would highly recommend thiis site for fellow campers who like to be away from the masses. 

Aug 14, 2015 by joncooper27

Wonderful hosts... Beautiful campsite!

Wow.... Where to begin! During our three week holiday in France our 3 night stay at Chez Rambaud really sticks out in our mind! I would go as far to say it's one of the best campsites we have ever stayed on. We were greeted by Nicky and Neil who were the friendliest hosts... Offering advice on places to visit and helping my husband with where to go fishing. We left after three days feeling like we had known them for years. Now the campsite itself... Just 8 massive pitches so it's always peaceful. Incredible views, gorgeous sunsets and incredible stars with no light pollution at all! The most immaculate toilet facilities i have ever seen... Home grown veg... Lovely goats, sheep, chickens. Lovely antiques and beautiful bits of furniture for sale in reception! I could go on for ages! Thank you Nicky and Neil for such a wonderful stay. We are already planning our return! 

Sadie and Pete

Jul 27, 2015 by Sadie

Absolutely lovely.

we stayed at Camping Chez Rambaud for 3 nights, and Wow what a lovely place , hosts Nicki & Neil were so cool and friendly and could not have done more to make our stay enjoyable,
Small quiet and relaxing campsite, very clean and well kept beautiful gardens, Excellent facilities, Will definitely be returning.

Thanks again for a fantastic break.

Rich & Jen.

Sep 12, 2014 by jen & rich

the secrets out!!!

The secrets out about our favourite site in the Limousin. We have been coming to chez rambaud almost every year since Neil & Nicky first started. It might be a small site but it is BIG on hospitality. The grounds are always well kept,and the toilet & shower block is immaculate (you don't have to take your own loo roll). If you want to know where to go and what to do, just ask your host's, and they will give all the info you need, Neil & Nicky have time for everyone, this is not a take your money, now get on with it site, everyone's treated as a special guest. There is nothing better, after a hard day's sightseeing than sitting down with a glass of red, and just taking in the peace and quiet and beautiful French countryside. Although we tour other areas of France, we always return to chez rambaud, before heading home.

Aug 15, 2014 by dave&fiona

Absolutely lovely

What a lovely site!  Delightfully small - only 7/8 emplacements - and consequently beautifully quiet and tranquil.  Don't expect swimming pools, play areas and a lively bar - instead beautiful countryside, gorgeous night sky, serene and quiet camping, super friendly and helpful reception from the hosts Nicky and Neil, and perhaps the occasional bleat from a goat.

We took our campervan and stayed for 3 nights, but wish we had stayed longer.  The quietness and tranquility of not just the site but the entire area was refreshing.  Situated in a national park, we found beautiful and near deserted lakes, medieval churches, an abandoned and overgrown castle, and delightful sleepy villages.

The facilities are kept immaculately clean.  Nicky and Neil were incredibly friendly and attentive hosts who made sure they highlighted the attractions of the area that most suited our tastes.  It was impossible not to feel completely relaxed and at ease at this lovely site, and it was clear by how friendly and relaxed all our neighbours were, from families to couples, older and younger, alike, that all found the same.

If we come back this way, we would not hesitate to stay here again, and for longer.

Aug 9, 2014 by Rick182

An absolutely perfect stay

I could rave about this place for hours. Neil and Nicky are wonderful hosts and have created one of the loveliest campsites I've ever seen. Rambaud is in stunning countryside and near all sorts of fab places to visit/things to do. It's a small campsite, which makes it even better, set in its own little valley with a stunning chorus of birdsong and a rather brilliant collection of silly goats and chickens. The shower blocks were immaculate (and accessed via a very pretty garden), and the lovely big pitches with their own picnic tables were a delight. We took the bottom pitch and enjoyed an uninterrupted view of wildlife, woods and fields. Nicky was brilliant at recommending sites and activities that kept us safe from the tourist crowds too. Highly, highly recommended. 

Jun 13, 2014 by Rosie and George

Little Piece of Paradise

We popped in to Chez Rambaud for 2 nights in the middle of a 3 week french road trip and wished we could have stayed longer.  Nicky and Neil have truly found a little piece of paradise - the views of the surrounding countryside are just stunning.  Our 2 year old son loved playing with Gypsy and Rose-Lee the goats & Bella and Blossom the sheep; searching for grasshoppers or frogs in the nearby ponds.  The hosts couldn't have been more friendly or helpful, even down to letting us have fresh lettuce from their garden for our supper.  Thank you so much both for a fabulous stay. 

Sep 6, 2013 by ClareB

excellent site

We stayed an extra few days because the English couple running this site were so friendly and helpful. A small site with good pitches, each pitch having a picnic bench with parasol, plus clean and well looked after facilities. Good views of the surrounding countryside. Waymarked walks nearby. Within driving distance of several interesting places.

Aug 21, 2013 by Anna

Great Experience

We arrived at the campsite after a bit of a long drive from the coast expecting to take a few goes at finding it after reading the Cool Camping review but we found it straight away no trouble. Chez Rambaud is a brilliant campsite small, well formed and peaceful with lovely clean showers and toilets and gorgeous surrounding countryside. 

Nicky and Neil are brilliant hosts making you feel instantly at home on the site, Nicky grows all of her own vegetables - you can even pick your own lettuce and herbs which is a lovely experience. 

The surrounding area is great for walking and so peaceful but also only a stones through from the little village of Les Salles which has a few small shops and about 20 mins drive from a few bigger places which have supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Nicky gave us lots of information on what we could do in the local area and we went swimming in the Lake and visited Oradour-Sur-Glane which was a very sobering reminder of the 2nd World War and its brutalities - especially for the French People. 

Chez Rambaud is all in all a fantastic campsite which I will definitely be visiting again for its welcoming hosts, great value and feeling of complete and utter detachment from the stressed and strains of UK living - thanks Nicky and Neil! Laura, Wes, Basil Brush and Frankie (Dogs!) 

Aug 15, 2013 by laurayates

Fantastic campsite

My goodness, what a treat to camp here - wonderfully friendly and helpful hosts, immaculate bathrooms, stunning views and lots of animals to keep us entertained. We knew this site was something special the moment we arrived, Neil and Nicki made us feel welcome immediately and the setting was just perfect. Nothing was too much trouble for them, delving into their tasty produce made for a wonderful accompaniment to our dinners and the surrounding area constantly threw up lovely places to see and things to do - from the frescos in the village church to the swimming in the natural lake nearby. It really does have something for everyone. Neil and Nicki should feel extremely proud of the business they have carved, it's truly wonderful! Thank you both and we hope to see you again in the future.

Naomi and Sam

Aug 14, 2013 by Sgt.PIlko

Brilliant campsite!

Stayed for a short break last week and only wished we could have stayed longer. Nicky and Neil were perfect hosts, friendly and helpful. The site was spotless-including showers and toilets and the location is perfect for exploring the local area.  Only 9 pitches make this site feel homely and Neil and Nicky have a special knack of making the guests feel very welcome. We loved it here and will definately come back. Thank you for making our stay so memorable.

Aug 11, 2013 by Wendy & Adam

Bliss in haute vienne

Wonderful location. Lots of lovely little touches like the herbs for campers and the flowers in the immaculately clean washroom. Nicky and Neil are excellent welcoming hosts and create an atmosphere that runs right through the campsite. They are both a mine of local information and are very generous in their time, nothing is too much trouble- one night  they were up at 2.30am helping someone with the awning that was flying away in a storm. This is by far the best campsite that we have ever stayed in and we would have no hesitation in recommending it.

Martin and Yasmin

Aug 10, 2013 by MARTIN BROWN

Idyllic all round

We give it 10 out of 10 in all aspects. The small number of pitches allow campers to thoroughly enjoy the idyllic, rural, peaceful setting and Nicki and Neil are wonderful friendly, helpful hosts. They're very committed and their attention to detail completes the pleasant ambience of the site. There is lots to do in the area, but also relaxing on site is very enjoyable. The kind of campsite you'll  want to come back to again and again. Hillary and Alex

Aug 9, 2013 by Hillary Masardo

A pleasant surprise!

We arrived at Chez Rambaud after the long drive from Reims and it was the perfect place to land, really relaxing and Nicky and Neil were great hosts and really good fun. We had originally planned to go to a different campsite but - thanks to the mysteries of the Coolcamping website which forwarded our accommodation request to Chez Rambaud instead of the one we thought we were going to - we ended up here and what a find! It’s the perfect location if you’re looking to get away from it all, in the middle of some beautiful countryside but with enough locally to keep you busy, especially if you like the great outdoors. Nicky gave us details of a wide range of things to do from kayaking which was great fun to our visit to Oradour sur Glane which was an amazing if thought provoking experience. The campsite is kept really clean and spotless and nothing is too much trouble for Nicky or Neil - they work really hard and have made this a gem of a campsite. We would definitely stay here again. Jane & Paul
Oct 10, 2012 by Janieb

Lovely campsite

We had a lovely stay at this campsite. The pitches (8 in total) are great with a fantastic view of the beautiful surrounding countryside. The toilets/sinks and showers were always immaculate and the herb garden was great. We loved the free range hens (and eggs) and the other animals. Neil and Nicky, the hosts, were able to advise us on lovely places to visit -we particularly liked Brantome. We had a really relaxing time and wouldnt hesitate in recommending the campsite. We hope to return soon.
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