Nonetheless, that the Midi-Pyrénées is often dubbed “Toulouse and the Midi-Pyrénéan Desert” is something of a misnomer – a reference not to the heat but to the relative absence of activity in these parts compared to the bustling city an hour's drive away. There’s a definite rural feel, a landscape that is home to more farms than any other region in France. And it’s this quiet rusticity, this peaceful countryside charm and pastoral joie de vivre vibe that Country Camping is very much a part of.
In springtime, catch the last of the colourful blossoms as they’re replaced by cherries dangling appetisingly from the trees. In autumn, it’s the peaches, like soft, velvety fists, ripe for the picking. Whenever you come, the shady trees that enclose the 20 grassy pitches provide a natural, green feel that’s in keeping with the pastoral French surroundings. The best spots are actually those with the slightly lower hedges, the gaps revealing views across the neighbouring field and partially wooded valley.
Those looking for a little more luxury can try one of the three, fully furnished safari tents onsite or the wooden bijou chalet. Yet the real comfort of this campsite is the easygoing atmosphere it affords. A small outdoor swimming pool sloshes around under the energy of younger campers, overlooked by the chilled-out bar terrace where quieter kids are setting about a nerve racking game of giant outdoor jenga. After that try the neighbouring stretch of woodland, somewhere to build dens and search for dragons and gruffalos – though the ones around here are French speaking, so kids may have to brush up on their vocab before any unexpected encounters.
In all it’s these simple pleasures that make Country Camping such a great campsite, independently of the pleasant attractions nearby. It’s an easy cycle to the old military village of Saint Ybars, while a drive to the spectacular natural park Pyrénées Ariégeoises provides an endless list of outdoor activities to try. But while these exploratory day-trips reveal the place to be anything but a desert there’s something just as charming about a lazy afternoon back at base, frolicking in the pool and enjoying the ever present necessity of the sun.
The Owner Says
Country Camping is a family run business, located in the Midi-Pyrénées, in the South of France, nestled between sunflower fields and surrounding woodland.
The site is shaded by a variety of trees, a large number of which bear seasonal fruit. Help yourselves to cherries in Spring, plums in Summer and figs & peaches in September.
We offer a traditional holiday experience, whether your preference is the peace and tranquility of nature or simply enjoying the delights of historic French market towns. Just breathe in the wonderful fresh clean air of this unspoilt part of rural France. For your children there is a pool, play park, activities and games or alternatively you can let them freely explore the natural environment at Country Camping, build dens, play hide and seek in the woods, look for glow-worms and make new friends.
Come and sample rural France. Visit nearby markets with their abundance of local food and wine. Participate in the numerous village and town festivals held throughout the summer, where you can eat, drink and dance or enjoy sitting back taking it all in.Visit the impressive Pyrénées where you can walk, cycle or just sit and admire the magnificent views. Or take a trip to Andora, nestled in a valley in the towering Spanish Pyrenean Mountains, where you can eat in one of their pavement cafes or restaurants then take a stroll round the numerous duty free shops.
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Family Camping with Young Children
I never realised this campsite was on Cool Camping! I stayed there last summer (July 2015) really nice place. The owners are super friendly and it's not too busy. Nice quiet campsite.
We spent a lovely week at this site with our two young boys. The owners could not have made us feel more welcome. The facilities are excellent and the children had many fun days splashing about in the pool. The communal cooking events were a really nice touch where you got to meet other families and learn about things to do and places to see. The Bijou Chalet was just perfect set in beautiful shade with great cooking facilities and comfortable sleeping. This region has lots to offer in terms of caves, walking and spectacular countryside.
An excellent campsite, just perfect!
We stayed for two weeks at Country Camping and it's just fantastic. My wife and I and both our children (aged 12 & 10) stayed there for two weeks and originally planned various excursions. However, we all had so much fun that almost every day we spent by the pool with other families.
The children from all families got on very well together and the place is so safe and secure that we felt very happy leaving them to discover different parts of the campsite, knowing that they couldn't run into trouble or harm.
The staff are all very kind and friendly, always making sure that guests are happy with everything. They put on various small events (volleyball, BBQ night, Pizza night, Bonfire night) and all are optional to attend and always great fun.
We stayed in one of the African Safari Tents. They're large enough to land a small aircraft inside and the beds are so comfortable. There is plenty of power sockets in the tent and lots of room for the whole family. Highly recommended!
The toilets are very clean and the showers are warm & powerful.
Talking to other families while we were there everyone (without exception) was very happy with the campsite. Many had extended their stay to enjoy a longer time at the campsite.
Comfortable and Friendly
We had a fantastic and too short stay during July in a safari tent. Having never stayed in this type of accommodation before, we were not too sure what to expect and had used Country Camping as a stepping stone before we travelled to our gite. Oh dear, what a mistake! The bar was set very high with the accommodation being very comfortable and spacious and the general feel of the site super friendly. We had a fantastic time and were so sad to leave. There was a great community feel with pizza night and we also enjoyed the volleyball. Activities are organised which you can dip in or out of; no pressure. The kids (and teenagers!) have a great sense of freedom with the swimming pool, pool table, table tennis etc and if the weather isn't fantastic, films are projected on the giant screen. The owners go above and beyond to make sure everybody is happy and catered for. Absolutely loved it and hoping to go back with friends next year. Big thanks to Yolande and Damian....
Great place to stay!
It's not only the beautiful landscape with a marvellous view of the Pyrenees, not just the remoteness and peaceful tranquillity, the well kept facilities, no, more than everything else you should come and stay because of the warm welcome of a lovely family, who really love what they do! Customer is always first! And you can see that in many small details as toilet paper, dishwashing liquid etc., which are still not standard everywhere. Your kids will find many toys at the pool. Or they go on discovery in the little forest at the bottom of the valley on the foot of the site... And whatever you need, Yolanda and Damian will be happy to give you an help and assistance needed! Great too for overnight stays on the way to Spain!
Wij vonden het op de CountryCamping erg relaxt en gezellig. Alles gaat gemoedelijk en ontspannen, als je wat vraagt is men altijd bereid om je te helpen of het voor je te regelen. De eigenaren zijn een jong stel (denk zo'n 40 jaar) en samen met haar ouders en hun eigen kinderen (2 meisjes van een jaar of 8 en 12) wonen ze daar ook . Wat wij erg leuk vonden is dat je kinderen daar nog gewoon heerlijk kunnen spelen, er is plek zat om een hut te bouwen of 's avonds spannend aan het kampvuur te zitten. Vanaf een terras kon je de kinderen die in het zwembad lagen in de gaten houden terwijl je zelf lekker aan een drankje zat (of gezellig met de bbq meedeed). Toen wij vorig jaar de camping verlieten hoorden we dat ze (naast het organiseren van bbq avonden) vanaf 2015 ook pizza's op de camping gaan bakken.
Voor ons is het zeker een camping om naar terug te gaan al was het alleen al vanwege de mooie omgeving en het heerlijke klimaat.
Petra en familie.
Fantastic site run by a lovely family. There is always a warm welcome for everyone. Lots of .lovely countryside to explore in and around the campsite. Definitely recommend.
looking forward to visiting again in July 2015 after a wonderful visit in 2014.
It is a peaceful campsite with lots to keep our 4 year old son entertained. We stopped in the African Safari tents which were ideal in the height of the French summer. A great base for visiting Carcassonne, Toulouse and Castelnaudary (great for authentic cassoulet).
Always felt we could relax while our son made friends and had fun. Lots of activities organised for the kids too.
What a fantastic place. A lovely family run campsite, situated within beautiful surroundings. Whether you just want to sit by the pool and relax or go exploring, there is plenty to do. Activities for the children are often organised and very well led.
Clean and fresh facilities.
Country camping is a warm friendly family run site. It is a peaceful campsite with lots of beautiful countryside to explore. As a mum of 3 year old twins for us it's the perfect spot to have a fun family holiday where we feel the children are safe to play while we relax. We are always made welcome on our visits.
Wij vinden de Country Camping een heerlijke,rustige camping waar gastvriendelijkheid bovenaan staat zodat je je gelijk thuis voelt. Het uitzicht is prachtig en vanuit de camping kun je direkt aan een mooie wandeling beginnen. Ook voor mensen met kinderen is er genoeg te doen, er is een zwembad en genoeg mogelijkheden om nog ouderwets te ravotten. Afgelopen jaar werd er soms zelfs een kampvuur aangestoken.........heel gezellig allemaal.
Wat wij ook heel leuk vonden was de mogelijkheid om mee te doen aan een gezamenlijke bbq.............lekker en niet duur.
Voor ons is het zeker een camping waar we vaker naar toe zullen gaan!
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