Camping Domaine de La Serre

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Ariège

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Giant pitches and an onsite nature reserve at this award-winning Languedoc eco-campsite

It’s no surprise to us that when one of our favourite campsites from the Cool Camping France book was put up for sale in 2014, it was snapped up immediately by a pair of avid fans. After all, the site is nothing short of a masterpiece and today it continues to be a fully-fledged, award-winning work of wonder. It’s certainly not lacking in space, nor is it lacking in stonking views and excellent facilities. So what a joy it is that new hosts, Corinne and Patrick are just as welcoming and friendly as the last.

The first thing you notice about Camping La Serre is the sheer amount of room. This is no higgledy-piggledy campsite with people heaped on top of each other, but an orderly, manicured place with masses of trees, well-kept grass, and wide-open skies. There are 14 wooden chalets on site as well as an area for caravans, but the high hedges mean they’re generally unobtrusive. Plus the 48-pitch tent area is entirely separate and comes with similarly vast, enclosed terraces that are shaded by ancient oaks, thoughtfully placed so as not to obscure the views. The newly-built Cabane dans le Arbes ('the hut in the trees') offers a charming alternative if you’re on the hunt for something different. A timber treehouse that comfortably sleeps a family of five, the fully-equipped lodge offers perfect sylvan seclusion and a sweeping panorama of the Pyrenees.

The rest of the campsite is connected via large walkways that have their own names, underlining the impression that you’re in a self-contained universe here. The reception area is fairly simple – a small cabin with an adjacent basic laundry room, a naturalist’s library, and tourist information leaflets – and the owners are always at hand to give out advice, maps, cycling circuits, and more. Around the corner there’s a decent-sized pool, a badminton net, slides and a football pitch, while, on the other side of the reception wall, a huge warehouse is filled with old farming equipment – an eco-museum started by the previous owners and later expanded through local donations. It gives a thorough picture of France’s farming practices over the years and, in the summer months, the site also organise weekly programmes, including slide shows, eco-tourism days and a local product-tasting evening with farmers bringing wine and produce for campers to sample.

Large and spacious as it is, the campsite only takes up a small portion of the total 170 acres on offer. Much of the remaining space is grazed by skinny, summer-shawn sheep, but 15 acres have been set aside and turned into a wild nature reserve that houses various species of orchids, birds, and butterflies. Campers can head off on foot to walk the well-marked (and informative) trails that run throughout or, if you’re looking to head further afield, the surrounding countryside is awash with dips and peaks for cyclists to take on. There are pretty villages to discover and larger cities, such as Toulouse, to visit. You can even be at the Mediterranean in an hour and a half! Something tells us, though, that you’ll be in no rush to get away. After all, we think there’s nowhere better.



Huge pitches, protected by trees with shady and non-shady options, swimming pool, washing machine (€5), large children’s play area, 4 clean and decent lavatory and shower blocks (free), nature reserve .

Suitable For

Caravans, campervans, tents, groups, dogs – yes.


Bikes can be arranged through the site, or you can make a call to Vélomondo (0033 631 94 24 91), who deliver bikes and can advise on routes. Adults and kids alike will love the Parc de la Préhistoire (0033 561 05 10 10) in Tarascon, which has outdoor installations showing how caves are formed by water flowing over rock, examples of the types of shelters used in Magdalenian times, and replicas and photos of drawings and paintings found in other caves. There’s also a restaurant and picnic area. If you enjoyed La Serre’s eco-museum, the Forges de Pyrène (0033 534 09 30 60) in Montgailhard comprises several different areas in a pretty park that’s set in some beautiful scenery. There are exhibitions on sabot-making, and horn-comb manufacture, plus an old forge and bakery. The 10th-century Château de Foix (0033 534 09 83 83) is a one of the key Cathar sights located near the town of Foix, but castle-lovers really shouldn't miss the formidable Château de Montségur, which has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862.

Food & Drink

The site sells fresh baguettes, croissants, and coffee in the morning, as well as excellent bio-wines from local producer Coteaux d’Engraviès (0033 561 68 68 68). There are local food- and wine-tastings once a week on site during July
and August. In the tiny town of Léran you’ll find a very nice British-run bistro called Le Rendezvous (0033 951 42 47 91) which has good lunches and evening meals as well as free Wi-Fi access and regular music nights. Mirepoix has several decent restaurants, the best perhaps being Le Comptoir Gourmand (0033 561 68 19 19), whose elegant meals are made from regional produce.


April – end of October.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to the Campsite and landscape of La Serre, a campsite at the foot of Pyrenees Ariege.

Corinne and Patrick welcome you as La Serre guests, a camping area with 66 pitches, ideally located in a south-east-facing valley 450 meters above sea level. The campsite overlooks the Pyrenees and the castle of Montsegur.

Our 47 pitches for tent, caravans or campervans are on wide terraces, delineated and shaded with no vis-à-vis and all offering different views. There are also 8 cabins and 4 mobile homes, scattered in a natural setting – each have a wide private space. We also offer a tree house in its own private area.

In true family spirit, you have access to a giant playground of 1 hectare with a soccer field, volleyball court, mountain bike tracks, badminton, wooden games for all ages and covered courtyard for ping-pong. The pool and solarium are arranged so that everyone can find peace and relaxation.

Family life, silent nights, comfort, cleanliness and respect for everyone are guaranteed!


48 very large camping pitches, cabins, safari tents and a treehouse.
Camping Pitch 1 i

Camping Pitch 1

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 7 Available
Spacious camping pitch, within a beautiful setting amongst grassy hills and leafy trees!

Cotton Lodge Tent i

Cotton Lodge Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 5
Cotton Lodge Tent, for 5 people

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Contact Camping Domaine de La Serre, Camping La Serre, 09600 Aigues-Vives, Ariège, France

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Getting There

The site is accessed via D625, between Mirepoix and Lavelanet. It is well signposted from both of these towns.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews


Welcoming, clean, spacious, great location

It is a lovely site run by very friendly people in a great location. Lots of room for children to play. Fresh bread and croissants in the mornings, pizza and a beer in the evenings. We could have happily stayed for another week.

Wonderful friendly site in a great location

Super friendly and helpful couple run site. We lived the pitches and the way they were laid out - WC’s and Showers modern and always clean. Location is superb for cycling - trip to Mirepoix on the back roads isb15 miles and well worth it. They have a great selection of local beers and wines to try and the frites to order were excellent.

Lovely tree house

Spent 3 nights in the beautiful treehouse with my partner and preschool children. All really enjoyed the accommodation - super fun bunk beds, great views. We were surrounded by wild flowers, butterflies, birds and squirrels. The pool was fantastic. Lots of pool side space through out the day. Lovely area - visited Foix castle and had a great lunch. Also swam in a glorious nearby lake. Wish we’d had longer to explore.
Sep 2, 2018 by siobhan

Space and friendly people

The camping offers plenty of space per campsite and we liked the great field with the cottage. Every day activities are organized. During the day children can join. The swimmingpool and table tennis were much used. The surroundings are great the mountain activities are all within an hour drive.
Aug 6, 2018 by Femke

Simply Extraodinary

I've seen some camping sites in my life so far, but it is not an exaggeration to say, that this is the most beautiful, I've ever seen!

The whole site resembles more a park and is beautifully arranged. The pitches are huge and offer a lot of privacy, even in the busy season. There are a lot of things to do in the area, starting with a visit to the picturesque Mirepoix, doing a hiking tour in the area (the tourist information in Mirepoix has a great selection of hikes in brochure) up to visiting Carcassonne. 

The facilities might not be the most modern, but they are well kept and perfectly fulfilling their purpose. 

We stayed there for one week and wished we could have stayed longer. For sure we will return one day!

Jun 25, 2016 by Audefleda

Wonderful Site

Dear Francoise

We would just like to say what a wonderful time we had during our 5 days at La Serra. The site is a credit to you and Robert (as is the bird song from dawn to dusk !) As a Forester by profession I have enjoyed many walks through the surrounding woodland and am quite jealous of you having 8 species of Quercus (oak) to choose from ! Your hard work in encouraging your guests to use the surrounding woodland and countryside I'm sure will produce some new naturalists for the future. We look forwarding to visiting again next year.

Our best wishes Chris & Jan Denton 

Aug 14, 2014 by Chris Denton

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