Sous Les Étoiles Normandie

Europe France Normandy Calvados

  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
A charming dog-friendly campsite with an on-site bar and grill in Normandy

An appropriate way for campsite owner Steve Davis to practice his growing French language skills might be to sing that most French of ballads: “Non, je ne regrette rien”. The song, made famous by singer Edith Piaf, neatly summarises Steve and wife Dawn’s feelings about leaving the UK behind to run a campsite in Normandy. They have no regrets and, we’ll hazard a guess, nor will you should you choose to pitch up in one of their super-spacious pitches.

Sous Etoiles Normandie offers 50 pitches ranging from quite large (for campers with tents) to very large (big enough to accommodate twin-axle motorhomes), all spread across 14 green and leafy acres. Mature trees and hedges ensure there’s plenty of privacy, though even if that’s what you’re after, chances are you’ll soon be drawn to the festoon-lit communal areas of this site on a former farm. Le Cowshed Bar & Grill serves up a menu of international favourites from 6 pm to 9 pm each night and, in the summer months, Le Snug is the place for a refreshing pression (draft beer) or Normandy cider. These renovated former farm buildings are the rustic but lovely heart of the campsite run by a couple with an eye for what looks good and works well.

Steve says it was TV programmes extolling the virtues of a life in the country that inspired the move to France after his early retirement from movie post-production. He and hospitality expert Dawn made the move in 2019 and, after a lot of work, have transformed an existing mediocre campsite to one that gets glowing reviews.

Situated 40 minutes inland from the port of Caen (from where ferries ply the route to and from Portsmouth), Sous Les Etoiles Normandie is both an excellent place to pitch up for a night and a holiday destination in its own right. If you’re staying for more than the night, you’ll have time to discover the D-Day landing beaches and nearby village museum, to visit medieval Bayeux and Mont Saint Michel and to explore the Normandy countryside. And, if you're planning on using the place as a stopover, be warned that plenty of campers who book in for a night end up staying a week. You might be tempted too, once you’ve experienced the campsite’s “La Vie en Rose”. If you’re not yet fluent in Edith Piaf that’s: “life in happy hues”.



There are eight toilets and seven showers in the campsite's communal wash block, including a spacious wheelchair-accessible family shower room and toilet. The wash block has points for hairdryers and electric shavers and a baby changing area. There are indoor and outdoor covered washing-up sinks (four in total) and there's also a laundry room with a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The site has swings, boules, table tennis and a games room with a pool table and table football as well as a bar, restaurant and a small shop with camping essentials. Off-ground barbecues are allowed on-site and from summer 2022, there will be a communal campfire area.

Suitable For

All types of campers: tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, pets (on leads) – yes.


It's less than one kilometre to Musee la Percee du Bocage, dedicated to the liberation of the region at the end of the Second World War. The more adventurous may want to head 12km away to the Viaduc de la Souleuvre (+33 (0)2 31 66 31 66) a partially demolished railway viaduct over the Souleuvre River for bungee jumping and zip lines. Bayeux, with its medieval centre of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, is a half-hour drive north of the site (36km) and home, of course, to the Bayeux Tapestry, which you can see in the Bayeux Museum (+ 33 (0)2 31 51 25 50), and the Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame.  Beyond the town (about 40km and a 45-minute drive from site) are the D-Day Landing Beaches. About the same distance east is Clécy, known as Suisse Normand (little Switzerland), because of its dramatic landscapes and setting on the River Orne. It's a centre for outdoor activity and also home to one of Europe's biggest miniature railways, Chemin de Fer Miniature de Clécy (+ 33 (0)2 31 69 07 13). An hour's drive south (63km) is the sixth-century village of Domfront within Normandie's Regional Natural Park a protected area of forest and countryside. And must-visit Mont Saint-Michel is about an hour's drive (80km) west from site.

Food & Drink

There's little need to head off-site for food as fresh bread and pastries are delivered to the site every morning and the on-site Le Cowshed Bar & Grill serves evening meals. There's also Le Snug Bar (opened in busier times) which serves beer, wine and Normandie cider. Le Snug also acts as a small campsite shop selling essentials and local produce.

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The Owner Says

Camping Sous Les Étoiles Normandie, "Under The Stars", is a family run campsite in the village of Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.
Steve and Dawn offer all visitors a warm, friendly welcome and endeavour to make your visit to Normandy as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

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50 spacious pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes.
Large grass tent pitch Zone A5 to A14 i

Large grass tent pitch Zone A5 to A14

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 5 10 Available
Standard grass pitch. No car but 2 cyclists or motorbikes. Electric hook up available at extra cost.

Grass touring pitches A1 to A4

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 5 4 Available
Large grass pitch, space for caravan and car or motorhome with optional electric hook up. The average area for each pitch is 100m². Maximum stay 2 nights

Large individual grass pitches B1 to B8 i

Large individual grass pitches B1 to B8

Grass Pitch with EHU Sleeps 4 8 Available
A super private pitch for campers. Large grass with space for caravan and car or motorhome with optional electric hook up.

Extra large grass pitches C1 to C24

Grass Pitch with EHU Sleeps 5 24 Available
Perfect for campers wanting a large grass pitch with water and a light drain. Space for twin axle caravans and a car or motorhome with optional electric hook up.

Serviced premium grass pitch Zone D1 to D4

Super pitch (EHU, water, waste) Sleeps 6 4 Available
These premium sized caravan and motorhome grass pitches are large enough for the biggest twin axle and long motorhomes and still with plenty of space to enjoy. Water, electric hook-up and grey water drain

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Contact Sous Les Étoiles Normandie, La Groudiére, 14350 Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, Calvados France

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Getting There

Leave the A84 Autoroute at exit 41 and follow signs for Saint-Martin-des-Besaces. When you reach the village traffic light crossroads turn right and follow the signs for Camping. Pass through a second set of lights and you will see another camping sign for a left turn into La Groudiere, Rue Slaugham. The campsite entrance is at the end of the road.


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