La Grande Veyière
Camping La Grande Veyière, 24480 Molières, France
A Périgord paradise, particularly for families.
Surely, few areas sum up the appeal of France better than the charming Périgord. The River Dordogne carves this fabled region in two, its banks lined with picturesque villages, high bridges and dozens of illustrious castles – the scene of centuries of combat and conquests. Today the clanking of sword and armour has given way to that of tent poles and fold-up chairs, in what is one of France's most popular camping destinations. Chief amongst the region's most popular sites, La Grand Veyière is arguably the Dordogne’s best family-friendly campsite, a secluded, bucolic bolthole that makes for an ideal tranquil retreat. Overseen lovingly by the warm and hospitable Griet and Philippe, La Grand Veyière’s 11 acres cater to campers of all persuasions, with space for tents, caravans and even a scattering of mobile homes and glamping abodes.
Quiet and intimate on the one hand, the site can also be a hive of activity, with an array of games, creative workshops and even the odd spot of live music in the evenings. Kids will certainly not be bored. The lagoon-shaped swimming pool is the focal point of all manner of shenanigans, and an all-round air of bonhomie prevails; you'll likely leave with more than a few extra contacts in your address book.
Beyond the campsite grounds, this château-studded land can be visited all year round, but in truth the summer months are something special. Take a stroll in the countryside and marvel at the countless species of wild flowers. The diverse landscape is truly a camper’s dream, with shaded streams that are perfect for canoeing, five-star mountain-biking trails, prehistoric caves ripe for discovery, not to mention rock climbing and horseriding. With this sort of heart-stirring countryside, and delectable regional food, it’s very easy to see why the region is a particular favourite of re-locating Brits. So why not join them? Even if it is only for a day or two.
The Owner Says
Our camping is secluded in the tranquil, sloping landscape of the Perigord (Dordogne) at the end of a country lane with no through traffic. Our quiet, idyllic campsite, surrounded by fields and woods, enjoys a convivial atmosphere. This is trully a place where you can escape from the rush of everyday life.
The campsite connects directly with an extensive network of footpaths that weave across the local countryside. We are situated within easy reach of historic sites.
Camping La Grande Veyière is especially suited for people who want to enjoy the quiet intimacy of a small campsite and the delightful surrounding nature.
A delightful family campsite
This campsite has everything a camper needs for a highly enjoyable family camping experience. Sites are spacious and carefully laid out in acres of woodland and stunning meadowland. Vegetation is mature, giving plenty of shade. The welcome is friendly and relaxed, and it is evident that the owners take great care with their campsite and how it is run. Facilities are very good and well maintained, including a welcoming pool. A number of well chosen activities are available for the children every few days, and there are many local trails to explore. Many of the small villages nearby have notable landmarks and the major tourist attractions are about half an hours drive away. Overall, this campsite is a delight to visit and a welcome respite from the noisy bustle in the overcrowded Dordogne sites closer to the river.
Absolutely agree with Mr Skinner above, who coincidentally is an old work mate from 10 years ago, the internet is a small place…
This is the best campsite I've every stayed at, brilliant facilities, kids absolutely loved it. We saw several campsites down by the river with tents and campers pretty much packed in like sardines, this place is the complete idyllic opposite, brilliantly terraced plots arranged around a lovely wood with many pitches including ours having lovely views across a wildflower meadow, this is really did add to the experience of feeling like you were camping out in the wild yet having warm showers, BBQ, washing machines, pool etc all on easy access.
Glad I got in contact with my old mate who advised me you could hire a fridge which saved me lugging one all the way down there.
I’m sure we will be back, such lovely hosts with a fab, fab campsite.
Fantastic campsite – exactly what we wanted :)
We booked our 2 week family summer break here well in advance in order to secure a peak-season (mid Aug) slot and a fridge… It’s always a bit of a risk booking somewhere that is going to be such an integral part of your happiness for such a long and important break based on just a website. Thankfully we needn’t have worried and looking back we are SO chuffed with every aspect of the site and our holiday in the area.
The pitches were fantastically situated around the beautifully wooded site. Ours had ample room for 2 tents, our family table, hammocks, badminton pitch and a parachute canopy – and looked out south over stunning woodland and a wildflower meadow, which was just gorgeous to watch the sun rise and set over.
Only slight niggle was the slightly sloping ground which made keeping beds and tables in one place slightly awkward - however I was able to raid the contents of their wood store which allowed me to prop things up a treat!
The facilities were great – focussed on a collection of lovely old farm building that have been thoughtfully re-purposed for campers. Showers were always hot, toilets always clean, washing up a breeze and there were even free hairdryers, a freezer and a microwave if needed.
Being a little way from the nearest town (Cadouin), we made daily use of the delicious bread/croissants ordering service (order by 11pm for
collection in the morning). We also loved the bar (top pression), pool & ping pong tables, and took advantage of the communal BBQ area and weekly Paella event (nom nom)! The pool was fab (cold obviously, but great on a hot day) as was the play area and woodland walks that let you explore the sprawling site and local footpaths.
Although the site is pretty much in the middle of nowhere (indescribably quiet at night), it’s well situated to use as a base for exploring the surrounding area. We had great days out at various local towns, chateaus and caves, and of course fell in love with the majestic Dordogne river. We highly recommend hiring a canoe (Aquafun were great), taking a packed lunch and pulling up on a beautiful beach only accessible from the river. Next best was the beach at Sors which was the most beautiful spot (complete with a very French
All in all we can’t recommend this place enough. Feel free to check out our pictures of the place here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/danskinner/sets/72157647234693637/