Camping La Source
There’s something very wholesome about Camping La Source. Firstly, there’s the air. Clean, pure breezes roll off the mountains and filter through the trees to fill every inch of expansive sky that dominates this charming campsite. Secondly, with a manageable 25 plots, it’s never crowded, which explains the tranquillity. Birdsong and crickets provide a steady background chatter, adding to the all-natural ambience. A walk through the campsite’s woods reveals a surprising variety of trees, including pine, cherry, lime, and walnut, but the stars of this woodland show are the giant sequoias. These towering trees are genuinely impressive; their thick trunks rising from the pine- needle-strewn ground so high that you have to crane your neck to follow them.
The purified atmosphere extends to the nightlife. You won’t find any nightclubs here, but there are bars at the Auberge de la Tour, Saint Pierre D’Argençon, (2 km), and Aspres-sur-Buëch (7 km), but venture a little further afield to Veynes or Serres, (about 15 minutes drive), and you will find popular village centres where the locals and visitors alike, prop up the bars and sit outside in the warm summer evenings. The sleepiness of the local villages perpetuates the calm back at La Source, where you will find there is no light pollution. So why not try your own star gazing night at La Source? Stock up with wine lay out in the open spaces and gaze - fantastic jet black skies, unbelievable stars, and shooting stars, (regular occurrence).
Whether you’re just relaxing or using the campsite as a base for hiking from one picturesque village to the next, and fishing or swimming in the lakes, the wholesome hat trick that greets you every morning is the view. Whichever plot you pick, you’ll be overlooked by mountains close enough to glide from – a fact that some hang- gliding regulars take advantage of by flying from the peak and landing right back at their tents.
FacilitiesOur campsite is open all year round. During the Spring/Summer (April until October) we offer full campsite facilities. In the winter months (November to March) we'd gladly welcome self sufficient Motorhomes and Caravans. Our toilet and shower blocks will be closed but we can still offer electricity (6 or 10 amp), fresh water top up and waste disposal.
Glamping at La Source - We have 2 luxury Lotus Belle 'StarGazer' tents, plus 3 luxury Bell Tents accommodating 2 people in each tent. All tents have their own wooden terrace each with real beds/linen, wooden flooring, rugs, fridge, lighting, gas BBQ and everything you need to enjoy an alternative camping experience. Please call or email us if you would like more details or would like to book.
Chambre d'Hote at La Source - we also has 5 Bed and Breakfast rooms (Chambre d'Hote) available, sleeping upto 12 to 15 guests. The Chambre d'Hote is open all year.
Suitable ForTents, caravans, campervans, dogs (under control), couples, large groups (if they’re sporty) Groups must be pre-booked. No noisy folk between 11:00pm – 7:30am.
It’s all about the Great Outdoors, space and tranquility. Nearly 4,350 miles (7,000 km) of walking trails cover the Hautes-Alpes region, so pack your hiking boots.
The GR94 national walking route runs beside La Source making our site is an ideal refuge for walkers on this popular year round long-distance route. The hang-gliding centre, La Longeagne is above La Source on the Jouffan Mountains, and there is an allocated landing field nearby at Saint Pierre D’Argençon, however, experienced flyers are welcome to land at La Source. The two local airfields in Aspres-sur Buech andSerres (just 6km away) offer Gliding, parachuting and hang gliding. Motor cyclists and car clubs will also find the winding secluded roads up the many mountain passes, an exhilarating driving experience.
Food & DrinkLa Source has its own restaurant and terrace offering breakfast, afternoon tea/coffee with homemade cakes and freshly prepared home cooked evening meals. In Aspres-sur-Buëch, (7 km) you will also find a Cocci Marché, (small supermarket), boulangerie, tabac, (cafe/bar), and butcher. Large supermarkets are located in Veynes and Serres, both about 15 minutes drive away. For eating out, try the Auberge de la Tour (0033 492 587 108), Pont La Barque (0033 492 538 010) and La Sérafine (0033 492 580 600) You will find local cuisine and speciality foods of the region in all these establishments, or you could order a take-away pizza from 'Au Petit Delice' to bring back to the campsite.
Opening TimesOpen all year.
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The Owner Says
We’d love to welcome you to La Source and this beautiful corner of France. Located against the stunning backdrop of the French Alpes, on the northern borders of Provence, the Hautes Alpes is the ideal location for a relaxing break or action packed activity holiday. The region offers a huge variety of outdoor activities for each season and the mountain scenery is truly awe inspiring.
The magnificent Jouffan Mountains (1564 metres), tower above La Source and provide a superb backdrop to the two hectares of stunning wood and grasslands that surround us. Our woodlands are dominated by some superb examples of giant sequoia trees cherry, pine, lime, walnut and many others and with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year makes La Source a wonderful and tranquil place to relax and unwind.
Alternatively, with mountains, lakes, rivers and trails under a vast and often cloudless sky, the French Hautes Alpes offers one of Europe’s undiscovered outdoor playgrounds. Activities and adventures abound and the region offers some of the best mountain biking, cycling, winter and water sports available in Europe. In partnership with local companies and expert guides we can arrange a variety of activities to ensure that your stay is a memorable and thoroughly exhilarating one. From the modest beginner to the truly adventurous, the Hautes Alpes offers something for everyone, there are so many activities to choose from you could holiday here in each season and still find something different to do.
Generally we’re quite relaxed about departure times, but during peak periods (June/July/August) we do ask that pitches are vacated by 12 noon on the day of departure. Unfortunately due to the fire risk, campfires or charcoal BBQ’s are not permitted but we have a large charcoal BBQ which is available for campers to use, of course gas BBQ’s can be used on all pitches.
Our restaurant and covered terrace overlook the stunning ‘Roc de la Tour’ mountains. We converted part of our barn to offer a casual and informal space with a vintage industrial feel offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee with home made cakes and freshly prepared home cooked evening meals with an emphasis on international cuisine. The Restaurant is open all year.
For further information please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lasource-hautesalpes.com
Heading North on A51 to Sisteron, when you reach Sisteron, take N75 towards Serres. Continue on N75 to Aspres-sur-Buech, turn left onto the D993 to Valence, continue past St-Pierre-d’Argençon follow signs to La Source - turn right into the campsite.
Heading East (from Die) follow the D93 over the Col de Cabre to the village of La Beaume then follow the D993 for a few km and you’ll see signs to La Source - turn left into the campsite.
Heading West (from Gap) follow the D994 to Veynes / Serres, just past Veynes turn right to Aspres sur Buech. At Aspres turn left onto the N75 them immediately right onto the D993 to Valence. Follow the windy road, continue past the turning for St-Pierre-d’Argençon and soon you’ll see signs to La Source - turn right into the campsite.By Air La Source is centrally located between the airports of Lyon, Grenoble, Chambery and Marseille, between 90mins - 2 hours away. Further afield are Nice and Geneva approx. 3.5 hours drive.
By Train Eurostar from London St Pancreas to Paris and then get the TGV from Paris to Grenoble. (approx 3 hours) From Grenoble you can get a local train to Gap, Aspres sur Buech or Veynes.
ReviewsAdd Your Review
Rated ★★★★★ over 36 reviews
Return visit and still just wow!
Delightful and peaceful Campsite
BEST CAMPSITE EVER!
The owners were very helpful and kind
Alle sterren juli 2017
Less is More
A breath of fresh air - revisited
Best camping spot ever
Serenity & Great Hospitality
In the summer 2015 my wife and I camped for one week at La Source. We have enjoyed our stay very much. The pitches are large, the view at the mountain is magnificent. The atmosphere at the camping is very quiet and relaxed, we liked the international company: English, German, French, Swiss and Dutch of course. Paul and Judy work very hard to make your stay a success. We had trouble with a rod of our awning, Paul very friendly helped us by fixing this problem. And the surrounding is inviting for nice (not too challenging) trips on your bike!
Koos and Christine
Scenic place with very welcoming owners
We stayed at La Source for about 2 weeks last summer. This small "best kept secret" is indeed worth visiting due to its distinctive peacefulness, scenery, spacious pitches and its numerous possibilities for outdoor activities. If you're looking for a campsite that offers a calm and relaxed atmosphere in one of the most beautiful "low/mid-altitudes areas" of the French Alps, this is the place to go. But what really makes La Source stand out are the owners Paul and Judy. Their hospitality, flexibility and service level makes your stay at La Source surely one without any sorrows. Finally, don't forget to have dinner at their restaurant one time. Judy's cooking is absolutely delicious.
Wonderful 2 weeks
We took our caravan to La Source for a couple weeks in July and from the moment we arrived we knew it was a camp site out of the ordinary! Not just the stunning location but the desire of Paul to ensure we had a pitch that we were happy with for our 2 weeks.
Paul and Judy really make you feel like you are their visitors not just paying for a pitch on their camp site. They helped us with places to visit, lent us their map so Steph could find routes for her running training and of course served great cocktails on the decking.
The Tour de France passed directly outside whilst we were staying and Paul and Judy hosted a BBQ and served drinks on the meadow adjacent to the road - it made for a really great day.
The site is in a wonderful position looking out to the mountains in beautiful countryside, we saw deer and and wide boar in the evening right from out pitch.
When we had an issue with the caravan pump, Judy spent time ringing around and arranging for us to pick up a replacement, Paul provided some wire (cut from his speaker) so I could do a repair - how many campsite owners would go to that trouble to help.
So all in all a really wonderful 2 weeks in a special place hosted by Paul and Judy and their family ensuring we had the best break possible.
We spent a great two weeks in July at this site. The site itself is very nicely laid out, with none of the serried ranks typical of other sites, and good shady spots as well as ones with great views of the mountains behind, and with good clean facilities. Paul and Judy were very welcoming and happy to help us with endless questions about the area - where to walk, what to see, where the best markets are, where to go canyoning (and organising and booking it all for us too), and where to find fresh milk - a rare commodity it seems. And Judy's food is not to be missed; we had several extremely good dinners when we wanted a break from cooking for ourselves. And the fact that there are some B&B rooms was particularly helpful (they're very comfortable by the way) - it meant we could arrive late in the evening after the drive down from the UK and not have to pitch until the next morning, and also could pack up the day before leaving to get an early start for the drive home.
The area is great - loads of good walking up in the hills and mountains, challenging cycling for all levels as well as all the usual organised outdoor activities. All in all, a great spot to stay, with lots to do in the area - thoroughly recommended!
A Rare Gem
This is a stunning site. Mountain views in the field at the back or shadier pitches amongst the trees: you are always close to nature here. It is a quiet site and very relaxing - ideal for couples. Owners Judy and Paul are very welcoming and hospitable. We'll definitely return!
We just got home from our second stay at La Source and it was just as amazing as our previous visit. The scenery is beautiful and it is never too busy at the campsite. We got a very warm welcome from Judy and Paul. They are always helpful and have more than enough ideas for mountain activities. You can borrow maps for hikes and they are happy to make a call for you to arrange other activities like rafting, canyoning (awesome!!) and mountain climbing. We will definitely be coming back!
I don't know enough english words to describe how our stay was nice! It would be easier for me in french! :)
Judy and Paul are warm, welcoming, helpfull, always smiling! The campsite is clean, functional and relaxing. I have nothing negative to say.
I recommend this site for the nature lovers!
If you come, you have to taste Judy's lemonade!
After a long drive we pulled up the tree lined drive of La Source to a lovely welcome from Paul and Judy. Paul spent time with us showing us the shady pitch they had booked for us and making sure everything was just right. The campsite is very peaceful with lovely views of the mountains. The campsite facilities are very good and clean with hot showers. Paul and Judy are extremely attentive and arrange bread orders each day and nothing seems to be a problem for them. The site has B&B, Tipis and camping as well as a restaurant. Judy if a wonderful chef and the meal we had on our last evening was amazing. Her puddings are well renowned in the area and we were told about them in the Information bureau in Serres! We even met Paul and Judy's son and daughter who were just as lovely as their parents and of course their gorgeous dog Cartouche 🐶. Paul would think there was something wrong if we didn't mention the train......but honestly it wasn't a problem! Thank you Paul, Judy and Family for a great holiday. PS Watching the Tour de France on TV today...wish we were there for all the fun! Joanne and Martin BOYLE.
Apologies it has taken us so long to leave this review (practically a year!!). We spent 2 weeks at La Source in September 2014, we had initially planned to stay only a week but enjoyed it so much we decided to stay. It is a really tranquil site and the owners are great. Our car broke down during our stay and without them it would have been even more of a nightmare. The facilities are exactly what you want from a campsite - clean flushing toilets, clean hot showers plus they have the option of breakfast which we did a lot, and we had a few lunches and dinner which were all delicious. We both thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks there and were very sad to leave our new friends Paul & Judy (the owners). We hope to return sometime soon, it really is the perfect spot. Thank you! Laura & Al x
Lovely and peacful
We (2 adults, 3 children 16,14 & 7) stayed for 6 nights at the beginning of peak season in July '14. We were fed up with large busy, noisy, hectic sites from previous camping trips to France, and were looking for something more peaceful and relaxing in a lovely environment. Well we found it.
The owners, Judy and Paul, made us feel very welcome. They are very relaxed and friendly hosts. They have lived in the area for years, so have great knowledge of the area and tips for places to visit (go to Jou De Loup and catch the ski lift up the mountain - but it closes at 4.00 p.m. it- only took an hour to walk down, but which added to the experience).
Site is small and set in lovely scenery with amazing mountain back drop behind and woods, and open fields. I could just sit and gaze for ages – take binoculars.
There has been some discussion of the railway line and noise. Yes there is rail line to the south, and yes a train horn goes off when it passes – but it’s not frequent and it doesn’t run at night. So no, it’s not a problem.
It is a good clean camp site with adequate and nice facilities. It was not busy when we stayed, so there was never a queue for facilities (loo's/showers/washing up). Although with two (or was it three) showers, if the site was near full I could imagine the number of facilities/hot water becoming a bit stretched. Paul and Judy run a B&B from the house so there were meals and drinks open to campers as well. Paul also did a baguette and croissant run every morning. Camping rates were also very reasonable.
There is a large open grass field at the front of the site for children to freely kick about in and a small open games area with badminton net and ping pong table. But that's it. So if you need play areas, pools (and all the hectic-ness that incurs), this might not be the site for you. Our teenage children really liked this site for its peace and quiet. We took our own swing ball, which absorbed some play needs. Whilst our youngest would have liked a pool, and things to climb/bounce on, he was satiated by the free wi-fi access and use of his tablet and football/swingball.
There was plenty to do to fill our afternoon trips, amazing scenery and mountains not a huge drive away. Supermarche about 20 mins drive and small shop in village 5 mins drive. Judy sorted out a canoe trip for us, which was a laugh. There is great walking, don’t forget boots and rucksack !
Would we go again ? - Absolutely yes. I really shouldn't give it a good review as want to keep as our secret spot!
Friendly, clean, relaxing, quiet, lovely scenery, plenty enough to see and do in the area. It’s a lovely part of the world. Just what a holiday should be.
A breath of fresh air
After camping for a week on the south coast (incredibly busy) we stopped off at La Source and ended up staying for 5 nights. The good things said in previous reviews are true, it was a breath of Fresh Air compared to the south coast, it actually felt as though our holiday had just started.
The scenery ranks amongst some of the most beautiful we've seen and there are some spectacular walks to be had, some starting from La Source. The site itself is beautifully clean and the grounds well looked after, the owners (Paul and Judy) give you a warm welcome and were most helpful during our stay - a pretty site and a perfect place to relax. Can't wait to go back.
Ps. the best bit – a choice of fresh bread was available every morning
Tipi - tastic
Just returned from a weeks stay in one of Paul and Judy's Tipi's. It was amazing, literally everything you needed (down to the kitchen roll) was provided. We were lucky enough to experience some thunderstorms overnight as well which were impressive and we stayed perfectly warm and dry. The site itself is immaculately clean if basic at the moment though there I believe plans a foot to modernise, but everything works and is useable and the showers were hot and powerful, nothing like the campsite showers I remember! The views are also terrific from all round the campsite.
Paul and Judy are fabulous hosts, full of knowledge about the area and always had a suggestion for where to go and what to do.
Judy's cooking is also amazing and it was very handy to have the option of eating dinner on site without having to cook.
I can't recommend La Source enough. Go, you will love it. And stay in a Tipi!
Camping La Source
We stayed one night on our way through France and it was a perfect start to our camping season!! The owners were the most helpful, warm and accommodating couple and they are doing great things with the site. Everything is well done, very clean and well looked after. We are looking forward to returning to sample the new restaurant. The area is very beautiful and the owners recommended some good walks and local bike rides. We will definitely return.
We had never visited or stayed in the Hautes Alpes before, what an amazing and beautiful place there is so much to do and see. We went canoeing on the Drome and hiking on routes / maps given to us by the owners, We will come back next year with our mountain bikes to try some of the mountain bike trails..
La Source is a truly relaxing place and a perfect site to explore this corner of France, Our pitch faced the mountains and the rising sun, one morning a small herd of deer strolled through the fields and past our tent. The pitches are large and well spaced with a choice of open field or secluded wooded pitches, the facilities are very clean and overall the site was really well looked after by the owners. We would highly recommend that you stay here and explore the Hautes Alpes, we’ll be returning to La Source possibly to try out one of the Tipi’s.
We just spent ten wonderful days at La Source this May 2014. We have been camping for twenty years now and this site is now in our top three iever. Its a small site which suites us perfectly, there are rooms in the house as well as teepees, its very quiet and spacious plenty of wildlife in the fields around you. The campsite is very well maintiained and the owners are doing some plans to update bits and bobs but as it stands now the toilets are spotlessly clean as are the showers and plenty of hot water. The site is well located for touring the area whether it be the Haute Alps or the Vercour and Paul and Judy had plenty of suggestions of places to see and things to do as they are very experienced in the area which is really useful.. We couldn't fault the site and would reccommend it to anyone who wants a small well run site with stunning scenery all around run by charming people who's concern is your enjoyment.
A Real Gem
We stayed at La Source for 6 nights in June 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed it; this has to be one of the most chilled and relaxing campsites we've ever stayed at. There will be a change of ownership this year and the new owner plans to convert part of the barn in to a cafe and erect some tipi type tents for hire already set up.
The campsite is listed as being a waterside location but it isn't (unless you count the ditch). Swimming is available in some ponds but they are some distance. A visit to the Gorges of Méouge is a must for dip in the river there too.
Visitors should be aware that a train track runs past the bottom of the site with a nearby level crossing at which the train is obliged to sound its horn. The last train at night is around 11 PM and the first in the morning is about 6 AM. In the still mountain air the sound of the train whistle can be heard echoing around the valley. It was a shock the first night but after that we hardly noticed. You would be well advised to select a pitch as far away from the road/trains as possible for maximum peace.
Some pitches are under trees and some are in the open. I would never recommend camping under trees but apparently some people like the shade that it offers and are prepared to put up with bird poo, tree sap etc on their tents - not to mention the flies.
The writers of another review (Bottom Bracket) were there again with their tandem during our visit. Long may they keep returning.
Best Camping Site I Have Ever Been To !!
Camping La Source
Camping La Source
We have stayed a week or two at La Source 3 times over the last six years, first in a Tourer and now our campervan. There are not many campsites we keep on going back to but this is one of them. The area is great for walking and cycling. Hang gliders often float silently above the site which is situated near a handsome range of hills. The English owners go out of their way to be helpful. The facilities are always super clean and best of all the washing up sinks are indoors! Highly recommended.
Camping La Source
Camping La Source
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