Camping Goudal, Route de Lacaune, 34330 La Salvetat sur Agout, France
There's something in the water at Camping Goudal in the South of France, a lush, homely campsite in the Languedoc hills with a natural swimming lake and an informal restaurant.
Set in the gentle slopes of the Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc, 18-acre Camping Goudal is an established and expansive site on the estate of an old farm. The main reception and entrance buildings date back to 1839 and set the tone for the style of rustic, rural camping beyond. Grass pitches, all with the option of electricity, spread through mature trees and terraced levels gently descend to the lake, fronted by a small sandy beach.
It’s not all back-to-nature simplicity. For luxury seekers, the furthest end of the site has some ready-made glamping options. Well-equipped wooden chalets are accompanied by smaller, slightly more basic cabins, while pre-pitched tents come furnished with beds, bedding, a kitchen set, gas grill and wardrobe. And whether you pitch your own tent or pluck for one of these up-market options, all guests can treat themselves at the on-site bistro. Surrounded by grey-stone cliffs on one side and an ivy-clad old building on the other, diners lounge on a quaint, sunny terrace as they wait for pizzas from the stone-baked ovens.
Despite the lake, Camping Goudal also has a large, man-made swimming pool to accompany the trampolines and playground and run loosely organized, free activities for the kids – den building, bug hunting and the like. It all has a rather homely and homemade feel, as opposed to the commercial programme of European holiday parks. It suits the place down to the ground. Camping here is about family time and exploring the natural, wild surroundings; an atmosphere only enhanced by the ye olde stone dwellings that seem to have grown into the slopes of the site itself. Everything is well worn yet also lush, young and green... There’s obviously something special in the water.
The Owner Says
Calm down everyone
In the beginning of June we literally had this beautiful place for our selves. Except of course from the very friendly hosts Femke and Miguel. The campsite is stunning and in the middle of one the most interesting yet tranquil areas we have experienced in France. Endless meadows, lakes, mountains and lots of animals. Not to forget a pearlstring of charming villages, great food and wine and friendly locals. Go sooner rather than later - with or without kids (we brought three and they loved it!)
Beautiful site, we loved it and will return. Gorgeous green location surrounded by forest, spacious site with big pitches, lovely friendly owners. Quiet at night - only owls to be heard after about 11pm! Small pool and lake on site (not overly appealing to swim in, though we did) - but lovely fresh lakes a short drive away for swimming etc. Great for kids. Feels like you're in the middle of nowhere in this quiet and beautiful national park (even in August) - a hidden treasure.
Classically Cool Camping
This is an as yet undiscovered gem. Only been a Cool Camping site since May 2016, and it’s a classic CC place: beautifully situated (it’s all about the scenery), big pitches so quiet (very quiet when we were there in late August), very green. Cool, basically. For us it was all about stick whittling and starry skies.
We enjoyed a wonderful stay at this very special camp site, during our recent holiday in France. Our accommodation was in one of the Chalets, which was well equipped, perfectly clean and very comfortable. Their lake was a welcome surprise, and we spent many enjoyable hours there. We used this a base to explore the area, including Lac de Raviege and La Salvetat-Sur-Agout, although we need more time to explore properly! Femke took excellent care of us, and was very gracious and discreet. If we are ever in this area again, we will definitely make a point of staying at Camping Goudal. Dave, Roenel & Riani Kenyon