La Vie en Vert
Camping La Vie en Vert, 09800 Augirein, Ariège, Midi-PyrénéesFrance
If ever there was a campsite destined to be on a postcard, it’s this one. The abundance of flowers, the babbling brook running along the back of a lovely old stone house, and 12 immaculately crafted pitches, some right next to the river, make the site a bit of a choccie-box delight. Admittedly it lacks slightly in facilities – there’s no pool and no café – but it does have a small kids’ playground, home-made apple juice on tap, and you can have breakfast in the house, if you like. There’s also a small library, fresh fruit and veg from local farmers on sale, and a BBQ shack available that you can set up right next to the river. Throw in the new tipi – fully furnished and with a wooden dining shelter next door – and the recent addition of Wi-Fi and this quaint, old-fashioned garden suddenly feels all the more modern.
Then there are Claudine and Charles themselves; an ultra-hospitable pair who know the area well and can give you the low-down on the many local highs: biking and hiking trails, water sports on the Bouigane River, chapels, caves, and a string of picturesque rustic villages in both directions. Castillon-en-Couserans is a 20-minute drive and has regular cultural events in summer. That’s if you can wrench yourself away from all the calmness and cuteness, of course.
The Owner Says
On the banks of the Bouigane, in Augirein, in the valley of the Bellongue, Claudine and Charles Daffis live in the open air of the Pyrenean Ariège mountain where they will welcome you in their small camping-garden.
The camping-garden features 12 sites from 80 to 100 m2, grassy, flat, shaded and bordered by flowering hedges (over 300 species and varieties of ornamental and fruit plants). The bathrooms are clean and spacious.
Claudine and Charles raise fruit trees (formerly Southwest varieties) and ornamental shrubs, some of which came to beautify the garden camping, green haven and quiet, ideal for a relaxing holiday and to relax.
You will have a Pyrenean library with magazines, hiking guides, books of history, geography, arts and traditions. But also: table tennis, swings, sandbox, deck chairs, wide barbecue, changing table, river.
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Prettiest site I've ever camped at
Actually stayed here last year but only just learnt it was on Cool Camping. Glad they recommend it. Great site. Claudine and Charles are so lovely and you do feel like your camping in their garden (they refer to it as their garden rather than their campsite most of the time!). Facilities are good and it's really nice being so near to the river. No kids with me, but imagine it would be a great site for kids. Top tip: take Claudine up on any offer of food. She's a great cooK!