La Prairie Etoilee

Europe France Loire Valley Indre

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
Quiet and romantic glamping for grown-ups with campfires in a rural meadow in Central France

France has a reputation for romance and while some might say the best place to find it is at the top of the Eiffel Tower, we’re pointing glamping fans in the direction of La Prairie Étoilée. Situated, rather appropriately, in the heart of the country, this bell tent glamping site has a name that means Starry Meadow. And as well as campfires under the stars, you can have breakfasts in bed, hire tandem bikes to ride around rural lanes and enjoy the French tradition of chef-cooked table d’hote dinners on site. Camping doesn’t get much more romantic than this.

If that all sounds rather grown-up, it’s because La Prairie Étoilée is peacefully adults only. It’s camping for couples and everything is designed for people in pairs. There are three lotus belle tents, each comfortably furnished with the bulbous design ensuring enough space for a kingsized bed among its thoughtfully-chosen furniture. Outside, each tent has a mown garden area with a fire pit, and bamboo-protected cooking and dining area, that’s perfect for candlelit dinners.

But when cooking for yourself doesn’t appeal, you can wander through the wildflowers to the dining barn where a four-course dinner will be cooked for you by one half of the British couple behind this place, Simon — a trained chef. He and his wife, Nadine, can also provide picnic hampers for days out and tips for their favourite authentic French eateries in the surrounding villages and towns.

This is Indre in central France where, as Nadine and Simon put it: “the paths are less trodden”. You can easily spend your days here enjoying simple pleasures; walking around the local village of Crozon-sur-Vauvre, browsing the fresh produce at La Chatre market or pootling along country lanes on those bikes made for two. The pretty villages of the Creuse Valley and the Brenne Regional Natural Park are a little further but worth the pleasant drive. Should you want more excitement, you can find it with watersports and wild swimming at a nearby lake or bungee jumping at the Cluis Viaduct. For many, though, the thought of relaxing in a starry meadow, enjoying great food and reading a good book undisturbed will be exciting enough.

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Facilities

Each lotus belle tent is comfortably furnished with a made-up kingsized bed and a sofa. There is solar-powered lighting and a solar power pack for charging. Outside, each tent has a large mown space with a fire pit and a bamboo gazebo, housing a dining area and camp kitchen with a gas hob, cool box (with exchangeable ice packs), tableware, pots, pans and utensils. A purpose-built bathhouse, a short walk away, houses individual facilities for each tent which include a shower room, a spotlessly clean eco-toilet and a washing-up area. Towels and toiletries are provided too. Elsewhere on-site, there's a small plunge pool with sun-beds and parasols and a licensed Dining Barn where table d'hôte-style dinner are served (when booked in advance).

Suitable For

Glamping adults only. Campers with own tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, kids, groups, dogs – no.

Nearby

There are lots of walking and cycling routes in the countryside surrounding the site and there are even tandems to hire on site. Take a route past Chateau de Lalande (subject of the TV show Escape to the Chateau: DIY) or join one of Crozon-sur-Vauvre's three treasure trail walks which are waymarked by colour-coded signposts. Nadine and Simon are happy to point you in the right direction. There's also a donkey sanctuary in the village where you can walk a donkey and the Parc Des Parelles is less than 15 minutes (nine kilometres) away by car and another nice place to walk with picturesque woodland, boardwalks and picnic spots. It takes about the same time to drive to Sensas’ Parc 36 (+33 (0)2 54 06 94 30), 15km away, where you can waterski or wakeboard or swim or, in the opposite direction, to Cluis Viaduct (+33 (0)06 03 61 58 19) where you can go bungee jumping. Further afield, the Creuse Valley is about 30km west and home to some beautiful villages like Gargilesse-Dampiere and Aregneton-sur-Creuse. Brenne Regional Natural Park is less than an hour away with lots more natural beauty to explore and plenty of wildlife on and around its lakes.

Food & Drink

Order breakfast from a menu of local and organic produce, and a basket of delicious goodies will be delivered to your tent the next morning! You'll find bookable picnic hampers and four-course table d'hote dinners also on-site, all made by chef and campsite host Simon. There's little need to cook or venture off-site if you don't want to but there are some good options if you choose to. In fact, there are 10 restaurants in the Michelin Guide within an hour's drive of site. For a romantic meal, you can't beat the one Michelin starred restaurant Le Février 14 (+33 (0)2 54 03 04 96) in the village of Saint-Valentin — but it's a bit of a drive, 63km from the site. Closer to home, you can pick up supplies from local shops in Crevant, seven kilometres from the site, or head a similar distance to Aigurande for a supermarket, a bar, pizzeria and on Friday mornings, a vibrant market. There's another market with local organic produce on Saturday mornings at La Chatre, 20km away.

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The Owner Says

La Prairie Étoilée is a magical, get-away-from-it all glamping experience, exclusively for couples, deep in the heart of rural France; where paths are less trodden. Here you will find a warm welcome and the perfect blend of luxury, tranquillity and authentic outdoor experiences. With just three tents and a maximum of six guests on site, this is an exclusive yet friendly glampsite, where you can toast marshmallows around your own roaring campfire, sleep beneath canvas in a sumptuous bed and totally relax under a big starry sky.

La Prairie Étoilée is built on slow, sustainable tourism and sound ecological principles.  We partner with local businesses to bring authentic, local experiences to our guests; so if you want to walk with Grand Noir du Berry donkeys, bake bread with local organic flour, or visit the snail farm, you can!  We have tandems to hire for a fun, low impact way to explore the area and maps & walking routes a-plenty.

The kitchen and bathroom structures are built from reclaimed and locally sourced materials - and yes - even the bamboo (harvested an hour away)!  The bathhouse has composting toilets and water saving showers.  You will find recycling & compost bins and drinking bottles (to reduce single use plastics).  All lighting, in the tents and around the site, is solar powered.

Are you foodies? This area is just bursting with local produce from beef to green lentils and the most delicious goats cheeses to great wines.  We make indulging in all the local delicacies easy for you.  You can dine at the on site, licensed table d'hôtes (Simon is a Chef) or order barbecue packs & ingredients to cook yourself.   And then there's breakfast.  Order a delicious breakfast basket to be delivered to your tent.  Make your selection from our menu of local and organic produce and it will be their waiting for you when ever you are ready!

We (Simon and Nadine) left behind busy lives in the UK to create La Prairie Étoilée; a total escape for busy people to come to unplug, recharge and reconnect with nature, themselves and each other; it's been a labour of love!  Time away in nature always brought us back together.  And isn't there something inherently romantic about sleeping under canvas? La Prairie Étoilée is the place to find out!

Social Distancing Measures

In line with the French government's introduction of the "Pass Sanitaire" (Covid Health Pass), please be prepared to show, on check in, that you are fully vacinated.   

In addition:

  • At La Prairie Étoilée there is a maximum of 6 guests on site at any one time 
  • We do not allow visitors. 
  • Hand sanitiser is provided
  • Kitchen & bathroom facilities are not shared
  • We ask that couples take turns to use the small plunge pool
  • Diners are well spaced in the Dining Barn (one end is open to the outside)
  • Check in and out times are strictly adhered to (unless by prior agreement) to enable maximum time to air & clean the tents in between guests
We a scrupulous with our cleaning and sanitising but please do not expect to see any Covid signage on site!



Accommodation

Three lotus belle tents.

Aurore The Stargazer - Lotus Belle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
A beautiful Lotus Belle tent for two with a clear roof; you really are sleeping under the stars! Luxuriously furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay in nature. Situated in a pretty tree lined meadow with lots of wide open space. Private dining / kitchen gazebo, fire pit and exclusively yours, bathroom and washing up facilities.

Amantine - Lotus Belle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Amantine is a beautiful Lotus Belle tent for a romantic stay for two. Luxuriously furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay in nature. Situated in a pretty tree lined meadow with lots of wide open space. Private dining/kitchen gazebo, fire pit and exclusively yours, bathroom and washing up facilities.

Lucile - Lotus Belle Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2
Lucile is a beautiful Lotus Belle tent for a romantic stay for two. Luxuriously furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay in nature. Situated in a pretty tree lined meadow with lots of wide open space. Private dining/kitchen gazebo, fire pit & exclusively yours, bathroom and washing up facilities.

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Location

Contact La Prairie Etoilee, Le Rimbert, 1 Rue Des Coquelicots 36140 Crozon-Sur-Vauvre France

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Getting There

From the A20/E9 take exit 12 (Chateauroux Centre) and use the D920 to head towards Chateauroux; Bourges: Montlucon. Follow this for about seven kilometres then, at the roundabout, take the second exit for the D67 (towards Montlucon; La Chatre). Continue on D943 for about 30 kilometres to La Chatre. At the roundabout take the third exit along the Avenue du Berry which adjoins the D940 Rue Nationale. At L'Embranchement turn right onto D951 (towards Aigurande). Turn right onto the D116 Route de Crozon (towards Crozon-sur-Vauvre).  Turn Right onto Rue Des Coquelicots and follow the road until you see La Prairie Étoilée on your left.
The nearest airport is Limoges  with direct flights to and from the UK. From there you can hire a car or get the train to Chateauroux, which is the closest train station to site (but still around an hour's drive from La Prairie Étoilée). Buses run from Chateauroux to Aigurande (seven kilometres from site). A taxi would then be required to get to La Prairie Étoilée.

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