Domaine du Bourg
Domaine du Bourg, 04 chemin des Terriens, 03230 Gannay sur Loire, France
Domaine names are a tricky business. Not those double-yew double-yew double-yew dot internet domain names, but the names of little French estates. Call them something fancy like Domaine de Beauregard and the neighbours think you’re pretentious. So this place keeps it pretty simple. Domaine du Bourg, it says on the gate: ‘Small Market Town Estate’. And what’s inside’s fairly straightforward too. Dutch owners Peter and Trudi de Lange have converted some old farming buildings into a cracking, pretty sizeable home, along with four gîtes, three B&B bedrooms and some dorm rooms for hikers. Beyond the huddle of buildings, meanwhile, is 250 acres of camping space with a trio of canvas safari lodges, a wooden gypsy caravan and a clutch of just 25 grassy pitches (so you can do the maths to work out how much room there is).
The small market town in question is Gannay-sur-Loire, a sleepy little place if truth be told, but the quiet roads and gentle countryside are ideal for exploration by bike. These are available for hire from the site and come equipped with maps. The site is also on the new ‘EuroVélo6’ cycle route, which stretches across six countries from the Atlantic coast to the Black Sea. The French section starts at St Nazaire and follows the course of the River Loire through Orléans and Nevers, before swinging north through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Slovakia and south through Hungary and Serbia, finishing in Romania. So there’s no real excuse for coming here and just lounging around.
The Loire also beckons budding water babies down to its glistening depths. There are plenty of lazy watersports available, including kayaks available to hire from the site. The slow, soothing pace of the river is the perfect antidote to all your worries. Drift along in the sun on what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful rivers in France (and also the country's longest) – it was also awarded UNESCO heritage status in 2002 so is pleasantly free from noise, buildings and commercial fare. Instead the banks are either alive with chirping wildlife or quaint historic villages – the perfect place to pick up yet another buttery croissant as you glide along.
The Owner SaysIdeal Glamping in the Auvergne with a choice of a beautifully restored Gypsy wagon and 3 spacious Safari lodges.
Wonderful family camping
We just spent a few days here to break up a drive from Italy back to the UK and it was glorious! The facilities are excellent, and the site is very relaxed and picturesque, with lots of scope for exploring the beautiful countryside around. There is plenty of safe and thoughtful activities for children, which keeps everyone happy! The owners have created an eco-friendly paradise for campers, and to top it all off they welcome you with open arms to their site and even their dinner table. We will be back as soon as our holidays allow it!
Loire Valley Campsite
I'm a bit out of date now. I actually stayed here two years ago! But, assuming it hasn't changed too much, I LOVE IT! So close to the river Loire (really good for canoeing and really good wildlife) and surely the most historic area in France? Every town is small, old and amazing (plus amazing food!) The campsite is really friendly, loads of space, shade and all round good and natural. My 5 stars are better late than never I hope!
Perfect Rural Campsite
We camped for 3 days in June 2015. As it was off season it was quiet and we chose a secluded corner of the orchard and felt like we had the place to ourselves. The facilities are well kept and modern. Lovely hot showers. There is a covered dining/social area which is useful if the weather turns and even a small swimming pool. Lovely walk to the tiny bakery and some great walks to the river Loire with the dog! We experienced the site at a quiet time - but think it would keep its rural charm at all times. Hope to be back again and will certainly recommend to friends
Fantastic, friendly, family campsite
We camped for 10 days in August 2015 and absolutely loved it. You choose your pitch from a beautiful site either amongst the trees or out in the sun. The amenities are well kept. Cars aren't allowed on the site except for an initial drop off at the beginning of the stay and for a final collection at the end and there is a wonderful playground, making ideal for younger children. There is a bakery and a butcher about a relaxed five minutes walk from the site. All in all it just makes for an incredibly friendly, chilled-out family camping experience. We intend to go back!