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Camping Aux Mêmes
Time seems to expand at Camping aux Mêmes. In days gone by the site was a traditional Gascony farm, set in the heart of the Gers countryside, with rolling hills and magnificent views of the Pyrénées. It was bought by Janet and Peter back in 2003, and they made a home from the farmhouse and opened the land to campers. The rolling hills and views are still there, of course, embellished by a lovely blue pool, a kids’ playground, and a bar area, where you can enjoy the site’s tranquillity.
Far enough away from the mountains to enjoy the warmer, more settled climate of the south of France, but close enough for days out in the peaks, it’s a simple, uncluttered site that’s perfect for anyone searching for peace and quiet. Young trees that Janet and Peter planted on their first arrival have now grown to provide spots of dappled shade, while a couple of pleasant pitches on a lower terrace are shielded by mature fig and plum trees. From both areas you get views of the local church and sunflower fields; classic features of the area. Traditional France, in other words, where you can leave behind the stresses and strains of everyday life, and have plenty of time to do all those other nice things.
Hot showers, disabled facilities; children’s play area, table tennis, swimming pool, shop, WiFi, terrace café/bar open for lunchtime and evening meals in July and August. Campfires not allowed, but BBQs OK. Live music most weekends in July/August.
Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs (on leads) – yes. Groups – by arrangement only.
Head to nearby Masseube (3.5km), where there are tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course (00 33 5 62 66 03 10) and a cinema. Sailing Lac de Thoux St-Cricq (00 33 5 62 65 75 45) is also nearby. At the right times in summer, you can catch live music at the Marciac Jazz Festival (00 33 5 62 09 31 98), Vic-Fezensac Latin Music Festival (00 33 5 62 06 56 66) and the Samatan African Music Festival.
Food & Drink
The onsite restaurant serves lunchtime and evening meals in July and August. L’Auberge d’Astarac (00 33 5 62 65 48 81) at Moncorneil-Grazan does great local food. O Mon Plaisir (00 33 5 62 66 02 14) at Masseube has good local set menus and, for something a little special, Les Quatre Saisons at Ornezan has slightly more pricey but excellent food.
GPS Location - N43 25.688 E0 36.734
Via Autoroute: A62 or A20. At Masseube centre take the D27 towards Bellegarde. Past the Masseube sports stadiums and continue on up the hill through the trees. Take the first road on the left and Aux Mêmes is the first farm on the right. Aux Mêmes is well sign posted in the area and at the entrance.
Nearest Airports: Toulouse; Pau Pyrenees, Tarbes Lourdes
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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews
Peaceful and relaxing.
Fabulous, peaceful campsite in beautiful location
Tranquility, simplicity and just superb personal care.
The twins really liked it!
Anna, myself and the twins, aged 7, stayed at Aux Meme for a week during August 2015. We stayed in Jan and Pete's Gite, so not camping and it was great. Next time we will camp though. The site is quiet, has a great swimming pool and the bar and 'fast food' Jan + Pete can provide is very good. I also thoroughly enjoyed the breads and croissants they ordered for us each day. Highly recommended.
My wife and daughter stayed at the site for 2 weeks during August 2014. We had never been to France camping before and chose this site as a base to explore the region. Jan and Pete were fantastic hosts who were extremely friendly and helpful, nothing was a bother to them! The site proved to be a good base for the Pyrenees with wonderful views. The facilities were excellent and we had a very relaxing holiday. We would definitely recommend camping Aux Memes.
Fantastic family campsite
We stayed at Aux memes in August this year and had such a relaxing and care free time. Jan and Peter are a lovely couple and really make you feel welcome from the minute you arrive. We had a huge pitch right by some fields with beautiful views out across to the Pyrenees. We would quite literally sit and stare at them. The children adored the site - making lots of other friends and loving the pool and cycling up and down the fields. Facilities were spotless and everything you need. In the evenings we would play table tennis - go for walks or hang out in the friendly bar area. One Saturday we ate there and the pizzas were homemade and delicious. It is lovely ordering pain and pastries to pick up the next morning - freshly made in the local boulangerie. You really feel like you have got away from it all at aux memes and the days can happily roll by. We had a couple of day trips - one over to Spain which was exciting and the other to some local caves. The children are still talking about them! Other people went walking in the Pyrennees or visited local artisan markets. Auch is worth a day trip for the food market. We would definitely like to go back to aux memes - it is a beautiful site and part of France. If you want to get away from it all this is just perfect.
Stayed a week and could easily have stayed longer. The hosts couldn't be more welcoming or helpful. The cafe/bar area serves great coffee/beer/wine at sensible prices and the food is freshly prepared. On two of the evenings whilst we stayed there was live music during dinner by professional visiting groups...a really pleasant way to spend an evening. The pool and communal areas are spotless and cleaned throughout the day. The cool camping comment above is correct about shade but the trees are maturing so in a few years time this won't be a problem....but shade can be found around the site and near the pool (the hosts lent us a parasol during our stay). Offers a good spot for trips in to Marciac for the jazz or for day trips in to the Pyrenees or simply enjoy the many quiet towns and villages in the area. We'll be going again!
Hard to leave.
A perfectly tranquil spot for the family. The children made loads of friends and a beautifully relaxed and safe campsite. Janet and Peter are so welcoming and are fabulous hosts. The little bar has a terrific ambience, the confit de canard is to die for and the musical evening soirées are fabulous. We all struggled to leave even after 3 weeks. I would highly recommend this beautiful site and look forward to visiting again sometime in the future.
Camping aux Memes
We have recently returned from a 12 night stay at the delightful Camping aux Memes. The site certainly lives up to and deserves its wonderful reviews. Once you arrive at the entrance to the site, with its well tended planters and geraniums, nestling in the rolling countryside, all doubts about the wisdom of such a long drive are dispelled. The warm welcome from Janet and Peter further reassured us that we had chosen the right place! Pitches are large with amazing views over the countryside and the Pyrenees. There is a lovely central area encompassing an open air restaurant and bar (with free wifi), a reception area with access to maps and guide books, a lovely clean pool, a ping pong table, great trees for climbing and good shower and wash facilities. The facilities are clean and comfortable and though small in number, i.e. two showers, the small number of pitches on the site mean that there is never a queue. There is a personal touch to the camping here that we have never experienced before. Janet and Peter know all the campers by name and nothing seems too much trouble to them; for example when our daughter was poorly Janet efficiently set up an appointment with the GP that day. The restaurant is a laid back focus for the evening, with local musicians playing a couple of times a week. Janet's cooking is excellent, with a simple menu which is ideal for families. The local area presents lots of opportunities for activity, though our children loved the site so much that we didn't venture far from it! The consistently good reviews on UK camping websites means that Aux Memes is busy with lots of English families, a big plus for our children who made instant friends, with whom they were never short of a den to build or a tree to climb. Aux Memes is definitely on our, 'holiday heaven' list!