Camping Fans

Lieudit Fans 12390 Rignac France
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A wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

In the words of Bjork, ‘It’s, oh, so quiet'.  We’re in the heart of the Aveyron, one of France’s largest, least-populated, départements, and, we might venture, one of its most beautiful. Yet there’s hardly a soul to be seen. It’s high season, a time when the roads are choked with traffic and café tables permanently occupied by the hungry hordes. Yet Belcastel feels like a slice of France that is still relatively unspoilt by mass tourism. 

A fabled medieval settlement, home to some 200 residents, Belcastel sits on the tranquil banks of the river Aveyron. Its 11th-century chateau and spread of ancient houses, set on cobbled streets, nestles on the wooded slopes along the river bank. The town's humpbacked Gothic bridge, positively demands an impromptu game of Poohsticks. It’s easy to see why this has been officially voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. 

Just down the road, in the idyllic hamlet of the same name, Camping Fans is set within 55 acres of tranquil riverside valley meadows. This picturesque family-friendly site is the pride and joy of wonderful campsite chiefs Pieter and Marcelline Quartero. Essentially, it’s a tale of two campsites: an  ‘Aire Naturelle’ site that caters to the bulk of campers, including a couple of groups in the fully-furnished glamping tents (akin to a miniature circus pavillion on a wooden deck),whileThe Secret Valley is secluded between the wooded slopes of the valley. To call the pitches spacious would be an understatement. Even in the height of the summer season, this place never feels crowded and kids can run around the place as they please. 

The main draw here, though, is the river. Its gently-flowing waters are safe for all children of swimming/paddling ability, and there's a small sandy beach to navigate your way in. With the summer sun in full beam, there's a steady stream of parched campers lining up to jump of the jetty into the cooling waters of the tranquil Aveyron. The river is also teeming with wildlife, from herons and coypus to trout and the sweet-tasting écrevisse (crayfish to you and me) – the perfect addition to a summer salad.  

There's a pleasingly lazy pace to life round here. There are no ‘animations’ for children (‘we think children are much more capable of amusing themselves than whatever we as adults may possibly come up with’) and Pieter and Marcelline pride themselves on their daily break between 12.30pm and 3pm. Fresh bread and croissants are delivered from the village boulangerie every morning in high season – the perfect accompaniment to the excellent morning coffee to be had in the communal barn. 

Camping Fans by name; camping fans by nature – Pieter and Marcelline know exactly what campers want out of an Aveyron holiday under canvas. And no doubt this gorgeous, unspoilt riverside site will be winning a few more fans, season after season. 

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Fans is the name of a tiny hamlet consisting of only three houses. Of these our ancient farmhouse is the biggest.  It is nestled in a wide, open valley on the banks of the river Aveyron in the department of the same name.

The hamlet lies amidst lush grazing fields, fringed by wooded hills with enormous oak trees giving shade along the banks of the lazily flowing river.  It is quiet, peaceful, calm and friendly.  In summer the beautiful golden orioles sing. Quite simply, Fans is a “petit coin du paradis”, a small piece of paradise.

As camping enthusiasts ourselves we were always looking for lots of space for our tent.  Now we have found the ideal place here at Fans, where we live in the old farmhouse and rent out pitches with lots of space for tents, varying from some 200 to 350 m2 or more.

We also provide two big, glorious, fully equipped cotton tents, both sleeping 4. They look a bit like circus tents, made for the ultimate glamping experience! Both are 6 metres long and 4 metres wide, and in the middle are 3 metres high. They will be pitched on a wooden deck on the terraces on the upper field of our campsite, close to the bigger field of the main grounds of the campsite.

And then there is the apartment in our ancient farmhouse, our guest house. There is a large living area with integrated kitchen, and one bedroom with a double bed and two single beds one above the other (although not a bunk bed). The bathroom has a toilet, sink and shower. The apartment is located on the ground floor and is completely independent having it’s own separate entry. Our campsite is situated 250 metres away from the farmhouse. 

The river Aveyron flows between the riverbanks for over 300 metres on our property.  We have laid out a swimming area on the campsite with a small jetty. The water is wonderful to swim in. The current is slow and the water is approximately 2 to 3 metres at its deepest.  We have made a small jetty for easy access and we fixed a couple of sturdy ropes across the river as a monkey bridge. Provided that the waters haven’t risen too high in the winter we also have a small sandy beach. 

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Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

Camping Fans: Wonderfully unspoilt riverside site in the heart of the Aveyron countryside.

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