La Jaurie

Europe France Limousin Haute-Vienne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Camping, campfires and an eco-conscience in the rolling hills of the Limousin

If you like your camping accompanied by the sound of cowbells and an eco-conscience ethos, then point your motor to the French South West and seek out the eight and half charming acres of La Jaurie.

This small farm campsite is run by Marcel and Madelinde whose passion and enthusiasm for the land inspires a camping experience focussed around nature and good home-grown grub. Set on a hill overlooking enchanting woodlands and alongside a small meandering river, La Jaurie boasts a lovely collection of old buildings and barns and a camping field, bordered by beehives and an orchard of walnut tress. Chickens roam freely, as does Woef the dog, not to mention Pockie and Rhino, the resident cats. There's even a friendly donkey to meet, so be sure to save a carrot or two.

La Jaurie's scattering of camping pitches come with plenty of space. Take your pick from spots by the vegetable patch, the orchard or down by the stream – the waterside pitches are perfect for campfires. While this is fancy-free camping, there are still all the facilities you'll need for a comfortable stay, plus some bonus extras including a solar-powered cooker and a salt-water swimming pool.

Eating at La Jaurie is very much a social affair, with guests welcome to join their hosts for evening dinner. Every Friday, a five-course family-friendly feast is dished up using the a wealth of delicious produce grown and reared on the farm itself. The restored traditional bread oven is put to work on Tuesdays with tasty pizza pies served up at the communal dining table.

There are plenty of onsite activities to enjoy, including crafts for kids, painting, yoga and even panning for gold. If you want to really get involved you can lend a hand on the renovation of the old farm buildings using traditional building methods and materials. This is also ideal hiking territory with numerous trails to be found around the rolling landscape of the Limousin. Alternatively take to two wheels and cycle the voie verte track along the old railway line.

History buffs will no doubt know this region as the countryside of The Crusades. Richard the Lionheart met his maker with an arrow through the arm at nearby Châlus, while the prominence of 12th century architecture stands as a testament to the region's rich historical past. The landscape is dotted with unspoilt villages with oodles of Gallic charm. The closest you'll get to big city living round here is the historic town of Limoges, (35km away), though we'll wager you don't make it much beyond the tranquil surroundings of this gorgeously idyllic campsite.

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Facilities

5 WCs, 3 showers, laundry with dryer and washing lines, fridge, solar cooker, microwave, covered picnic area with tables and Wi-Fi. Salt water swimming pool, table football, donkey rides, treasure hunt walking trails, nature workshops, gold panning in the river (weather permitting).

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, tourers, dogs (on leads), small groups – yes. Large groups (20+) welcomed in low season.

Nearby

There's direct access to walking routes ranging from 3km to 18km long, maps available at the campsite. One of this routes takes you to the pastures of the first European elephant sanctuary (just 2km from the campsite). 4km away at Bussière-Galant you'll find Espace Hermeline (0033 555 78 86 12), an activities centre with velo-rail (small lightweight bikes on a train track), tree canopy adventure trails, zip line, tennis, bmx trails, swimming and a miniature railway. The route Richard Coeur De Lion links together the 12th century chateaux, churches and historic sites synonymous with The Crusades. The nearby village of Châlus, where old dick met his end, lies nearby. 20km away in the picture-postcard riverside village of Ségur-le-Château with timbered houses and colourful painted shutters, while the historic town of Limoges, famous for its porcelain, is 35km away.  

Food & Drink

Onsite a small shop selling produce from the farm as well as apple juice, vegetables, jams, cold drinks and ice cream and there is a BBQ to borrow. Campers can enjoy a home-cooked table d'hôte meal from €16.50 pp. Breakfast is also served daily. Every Tuesday night in July and August you can enjoy pizza baked in the bread oven. There's no shortage of local restaurants serving tasty, authentic French cuisine – try La Feuillardière (0033 555 78 61 46) in Bussière-Galant, Ferme Auberge de Bellevue (0033 555 58 38 98) in Rilhac Lastours, and Le Sax'o (0033 555 78 50 29) in the nearby town of Châlus. La Table du Moulin 3 (0033 555 00 22 03) in La Roche Abeille is the little sister to nearby Michelin-starred La Table du Moulin (0033 555 00 22 03) and serves top quality food in a buzzy atmosphere without the price tag of it's more exclusive sibling.

Opening Times

April - October.

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The Owner Says

Camping, campfires and an eco-conscience in the rolling hills of the Limousin. Situated in the green hills of the Limousin you will find La Jaurie. A lovely collection of old buildings and barns. On top of a hill, looking out over 8.5 of land, forest, a small river and lots of walnut trees.  Here at La Jaurie we are occupied with nature, organic gardening, doing nothing, good food, wine, and renewable energies. We like to share our passion with those who come to our camp site, gîte or chambre d'hotes. Please note that you are not allowed to use sun products in our swimmingpool - so bring anti UV t-shirts!

Pitches

Level grass field with spacious pitches for 20 tents or small vans, 6 with electric hook-ups. 3 spots for larger caravans. Some of the stream-side pitches have campfire spots.

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Grass Pitch

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 6 Available
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Location

Contact La Jaurie, 6 Impasse de la Jaurie, 87500 Ladignac Le Long, Haute-Vienne, France

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Getting There

See website for directions.

Nearest train station Bussière-Galant, 4.5km away.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews

★★★★★

Beautiful eco camping

Loved this campsite. Relaxed eco camping. Lovely pool. Nice walks straight from the campsite. Local lake swimming, zip wires, high wire courses. Would definitely visit again.
Aug 28, 2019 by Helen
★★★★☆

Beautiful campsite but needs less rules!

Beautiful campsite in the middle of nowhere, our son loved all the animals and play park and pizza evening was great.. just a few too many rules, especially the no sun lotion in the pool when you have little ones so meant couldn’t use the pool as don’t want a burnt kid!
Aug 23, 2019 by Vicky
★★★★★

Idyllic campsite, the stuff of dreams

What a wonderful campsite dotted amongst a farm with animals, vines and woods. Lots of different types of pitches, all generous sizes. Lots of families with younger children, but also a wooded area beside the stream with loads for older kids too - catching critters in the stream, fires etc. We went on some lovely walks (with treasure provided by the campsite!) and bikes rides too. We stayed in a campervan when we went to La Jaurie. We happened to arrive on the day there were loads of tiny chicks hatched just the day before!! The campsite dog ( Wolfy ) is very sweet-natured. We got burgers one night; made by the campsite and they were excellent. We recommend La Jaurie to anyone who wants a peaceful stay in France.
Aug 14, 2019 by Kate Brown
★★★★★

Peace, quiet, donkeys, and the friendliest owners

Rural France in the off-season is incredibly quiet... which was exactly what we wanted. La Jaurie is a beautiful site run by Linde and Marcel, who are the most welcoming campsite owners we've met. There's plenty of space, two lovely donkeys, two fabulous doggos, a gaggle of hens, and some friendly sheep. If you can get a space down by the stream, do – there's loads of room, campfires, and a field with deer just over the bridge. We'll definitely be back :)
Oct 8, 2018 by vicky
★★★★★

Antidote to big corporate campsites

There's lots of big, efficient but very corporate campsites in France but La Jaurie isnty one of them. Very laid back and friendly people. The campsite has a lovely salt water pool, decent little shop - lots of produce from La Jaurie eg honey - and reasonable shower & toilet facilities. There aren't too many pitches so you get a sense of space, and the setting - fields sloping down to a little stream - is fantastic. All in all a lovely spot run by nice people. Oh, and very dog friendly.
Aug 13, 2018 by Bristoldel
★★★★★

Great stay with very friendly hosts!

La Jauri is a great place to stay! Our place was big (especially when compared with other campings), calm and surrounded by the beautiful nature of this region. Next to that, we enjoyed looking at the animals of la Jauri, the nice swimming pool, eating the la Jauri pizza's/table de hote and home made 'confiture' and our kid loved all available toys and the playgarden. You would almost forget to leave the camping ;):-)! We also like the fact that the camp owners care about ecology, grow almost everything by themselves and do their work with a smile. So for us a beautiful experience that we absolutely recommend to visit! Marcel and Madelinde, all the best and see you next year!
Oct 14, 2017 by HedyTimSebastiaam
★★★☆☆

Beautiful, calm, peaceful, but beware the harvest mites in Aug/Sept

We had a lovely time at La Jaurie this August and the hosts were brilliant. The place has a lovely feel and there is lots going on - walks to feed the animals for the kids, lively friendly and delicious communal meals for those who want it, and a lovely pool. However we went at the start of August and kept getting bitten... I thought it was fleas from the animals but on my return home and a bit of research I found we were infested with Harvest Mites, out early this year. (They usually come out in late Aug-October). They are apparently quite common in France (after a bit of research I learnt a lot when I returned home!) especially in long grass, near livestock - any animal that moves is at risk, including humans! http://www.the-piedpiper.co.uk/th5i.htm#harvestmite . I emailed the owners to let them know and they have now marked our pitch (right by the donkeys) as contagious for the rest of the season. The general advice is to have a wash and change clothes after any time spent in the fields where harvest mites are known to live, but this is quite hard when camping... I am posting this up here just to prevent the same thing happening to other families who like us, might not know about harvest mites (or chiggers as they are also known)- if I had known about harvest mites during my stay and was getting bitten I would have gone home straight away and started boil washing all of our clothes, cleaning our car and all of our camping stuff a few days earlier. Without our mitey experience it would have been an amazing holiday, and the pitches with short grass near the house and pool would have been fine - we were just unlucky and it could have happened in any rural campsite. The pool is wonderful and the kids had a ball.
Aug 24, 2017 by woodland1
★★★★★

Peacefully perfect

We came here with some friends for a couple of days' peace and quiet, just to relax, sit about and do very little, which we did, in a beautiful woodland glade, beside a stream, next to an elf village (one of the lovely surprises in this fantastic campsite). Everything on the site is eco-friendly, from the toilets to the swimming pool and the waste water, and we love the idea that the site is returned to nature during the winter months. There are wonderful woodland walks with hidden treasure along the way and beautiful views of this gorgeous part of the world. Despite our stay being so short, the owners made us very welcome. Two days were not enough - we'll be back for more!
Sep 6, 2016 by Angie
★★★★★

Beautiful, natural, friendly

We spent just under two weeks at this lovely campsite in late July. Despite being popular with Dutch and Belgian guests, the owners are friendly and very inclusive. Our 6 year old had the chance to steer a tractor on our first day and activities were put on for children and adults throughout the week that were always based around nature. Tours of the animals, elf hotel building in the woods, balancing on branches, panning for gold in the local river to name a few. We loved the Pizza Night - the most amazing pizzas cooked by Marcel in the campsite bread oven while guests joined together to share the food and watch the children playing all around. The site is very natural, with a choice of pitches hidden behind long grasses, under trees or near the stream. There is a big emphasis on eco friendly camping so bring your eco friendly shampoo and washing up liquid - or you can buy some from the campsite shop. Also worth remembering to bring a UV proof swimming t-shirt for the kids if you have one, if not these are also sold at the shop to prevent people having to wear suncream in the pool (which uses a salt water system rather than chlorine). There's a fair bit to do in the area - the nearby lake with swimming and a tree climbing course and lots of chateaux to visit, lots of nice artist shops in the nearby town, plenty of cycling opportunities... All in all highly recommended.
Sep 3, 2016 by Catherine
★★★★★

The most perfect campsite

We just spend a wonderful two weeks at this perfect campsite. Our two children (6 and 2) had the best time fishing for crayfish in the stream, catching grasshoppers and frogs in the camping fields and making loads of new friends by the pool and trampolines. The pitches are large and beautiful, well-spaced from each other and there is loads to keep a family busy for a couple of weeks on the site alone. As there aren't many pitches, there is a real family feel to the site. Madelinde and Marcel are the loveliest, most caring people who really can't do enough to make your stay enjoyable; the kids loved the activities Madelinde did with them - from natural gobblin village building and feeding the animals to bread bag monsters in the barn when it rained - and we all loved the fun and delicious pizza nights and the meal in the family home. We certainly didn't want to leave at the end of our stay and will certainly be going back again in the future!

Aug 26, 2015 by Clare

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