Samoa Tent Lodge (5 Guest Capacity)

Europe France Poitou-Charentes Charente Camping Marco de Bignac

  • Sleeps 5 (max 3 adults, 4 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Private Bathroom
This safari tent offers comfort under canvas on a lakeside campsite in the French region of Charente.
  • Spacious glamping with bathroom, kitchen and separated bedrooms (linen provided on request)
  • Al fresco dining with shaded terrace and BBQ
  • The prime glamping on a large site with lots of facilities

The Owner Says

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Sleeping up to five people, there are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the second with a bunk bed: a double bed on the lower bunk and a single bed on the top bunk.  The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen with fridge freezer, microwave, hob, kettle, coffee machine, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and glasses. The bathroom comprises a shower, basin and toilet. Outside there is a beautiful decked terrace with a table, chairs and a BBQ - perfect for those al fresco dining moments.

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.

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 For

Tents, caravans, campervans, couples, families, groups and dogs all welcome.


It'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 & Drink

There 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.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews


Fantastic site

We stayed for one night at this fabulous site. We were made very welcome although we arrived after the office had closed. The site was very attractive with a lake in the middle of it, which you can walk around. There is a bar and restaurant and although we didn’t have a meal, the food looked very appetising. It is a very quiet and we had an excellent night’s sleep. The owners and their family were very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. We would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it.
Sep 1, 2019 by David Rose

A gem of a campsite

We recently stayed in the lodge for a week and I can honestly say it's one of the best holidays we've ever had. The campsite is very spacious and camping pitches seemed to be very generous. Although we were there in peak season it never felt crowded. Although we didn't use them (the lodge has its own bathroom!) the shower and toilet facilities were modern and well maintained. The pool is brilliant for swimmers and younger children alike as one end is shallow enough for toddlers to safely paddle. On our last night we decided to eat at the bistro, mainly for convenience as we'd already packed ready for our early morning departure. Unlike many campsites who's menus are often limited to anything with chips the bistro at Marco de Bignac offers something far more enticing. Catering for kids, vegetarians, vegans and a more gourmet palate the menu really does have something for everyone. Sara and family have really pulled out all the stops to make this a site where you'll feel immediately welcome. I've already recommended the site to a number of friends and will no doubt be back again in future years.
Aug 19, 2019 by clare saffin Verified Review

Lovely campsite

This campsite is an absolute delight. The owners are friendly, welcoming and approachable. The campsite itself is very beautiful with lots of shade and all the amenities are very conveniently placed, nothing is too far away. The pool is large and clean and lots of fun. The bar looks over the lake which is a beautiful view, it would be nice for it to be open more during the day but they will open it for you as requested. The surrounding area is very pretty, would recommend taking bikes to explore and there’s no local amenities. It’s a calm family friendly site and the kids loved exploring it.
Aug 17, 2019 by arabella

Perfect peaceful pit-stop

We had two lovely restful nights at the very peaceful Camping Marco de Bignac. Pitches are huge, under tall shady trees, and located alongside the beautiful lake. The pool is pristine and long enough for lengths. The owners are really helpful and friendly, and we were impressed by our meal in the bistro. There are no shops nearby so take provisions with you. We’ll definitely return - thank you!

The pool, the lake, the bistro, the people, the peace of the place

We chose this site as a stopover en route to the Vendee. The owners are a lovely English family who make you feel very welcome. The little bistro and bar overlooking the lake is lovely and they have regular musical entertainment in the evenings for those who want it. There was a special calm and peace about the site that we all enjoyed and the pool is the biggest and best we came across in the two weeks and six sites we visited.
Aug 21, 2018 by Malcolm Fleming
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Camping Marco de Bignac is located at Camping Marco de Bignac, 2 Chemin de la Résistance, 16170 Bignac, Charente, France

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Getting There

Heading north on the N10 from Angouleme, take the D11 turn-off (signposted 'La Touche D’Anais and Vars'); at the roundabout head towards Vars and stay on the D11 through Vars, la Portal and Basse; go under the new railway bridge and take a right towards 'Camping and Bignac'. Follow the road for 3km as far as the village of Bignac and make a (signposted) right towards the campsite. Coming from the west on the A10, turn off at St Jean d'Angley onto the D939 and follow the signs to Roulliac; turn left beyond Rouillac onto the D117 (signposted 'Camping Marco de Bignac') and just before Basse turn left before the new railway bridge (signposted 'Camping and Bignac') and follow the road for 3km as far as Bignac, where you turn right to the campsite (signposted). The nearest train station is at Angouleme, a 20-minute drive from the campsite; buses run from there to a bus stop 2 minutes walk from the site.