Grass Pitch (3)
- Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
The Owner Says
Situated in the beautiful countryside of Charente, this spacious (20 acres), rural campsite sits on one side of a pretty lake. With all the amenities you could wish for, it's family-owned and run, which just serves to underline its greatest assets – pure, homespun tranquility yet with enough in the way of facilities and activities to make you never want to leave.
You can camp with your own tent, campervan or caravan. Pitches are flat and grassy and most have electrical hook-ups (please book this as an additional extra if required), with the choice between full sun and shadier spots, set beneath the rows of young, leafy trees. There are drinking water points dotted around the place and one of the two shower blocks has been recently refurbished, with brand-new showers, wash basins and toilets and a separate accessible bathroom with family-friendly facilities. The result is the provision of services you'd often expect on large scale commercial sites, though with a much nicer, smaller scale twist. Fresh bread and pastries can be ordered each evening for next day collection at reception – a French camping must – plus there's plenty of tourist info stashed alongside the main desk, along with local walking and cycling maps, board games and puzzles. To top it off, there's even a mobile beauty therapist who drops by from time to time!
It's a convivial place, with regular events during summer, including live music evenings, dedicated food evenings focused on things like moules-frites and BBQs, and a popular boules tournament every Sunday afternoon. Plus there's fishing on the lake and an abundance of wildlife around the site. The neighbouring village of St-Amante-de-Boixe is worth a visit, home to a majestic 12th-century abbey church and some lovely nearby woodlands for walking, and the regional capital town of Angouleme is only a 20-minute drive away. That is, of course, if you can tear yourself away.
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About Camping Marco de Bignac
Suitable ForTents, caravans, campervans, couples, families, groups and dogs all welcome.
NearbyIt's a 20-minute drive to the city of Angouleme, capital of the department of Charente, where you'll find an alluring old district of narrow streets and small squares, ancient ramparts, a cathedral and castle – and lots of appealing pavement cafés and restaurants too. Closer to the site, you should visit the abbey at St-Amant-de-Boixe, the ruined ancient Roman amphitheatre at Les Bouchauds, and, to the north, the lovely old chateau and mill town of Verteuil-sur-Charente. In the opposite direction, consider making the short trip to the river beach and water sports area of St Yriex, where you can go swimming, canoeing and sailing. There's also the old town of Cognac. There's good swimming in the river here but it's most famous, of course, for its cognac producers, where you can sign up to guided tours and tastings.
Food & DrinkThere is a bar and restaurant on site, which also does takeaways. Otherwise, nearby restaurants include the traditionally French Le Taillefer (05 45 39 70 39) in Montignac, 5km away; Les Nymphéas (05 45 21 52 96), a simple, good-value brasserie in Marcillac Lanville, 10km away; or, in Angouleme, Angolo d’Italia (05 45 90 51 74), an excellent local Italian, or Chez Paul (05 45 90 04 61), which serves good (mainly French) food and has a garden.
Camping Marco de Bignac is located at Camping Marco de Bignac, 2 Chemin de la Résistance, 16170 Bignac, Charente, France