Toubies Wild Flower Meadow

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Haute-Garonne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Good walks nearby
Poolside lounging and safari tent living in the forested foothills of the Pyrénées

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées Ariégeoises Natural Park, this wildflower meadow, embraced by green forest on every side, occupies a curious geographical space. Too large to be called hills, but not yet the fully-fledged mountains of the Pyrénées, the crinkled landscape of verdant valleys and picturesque hillside towns is a sort of halfway house. You can turn up to a pre-pitched safari tent here without having to drive along a million switchback roads. But the views, of an unfolding Pyrénéan panorama with peaks rising in the distance, are still just as stunning as ever. It’s the perfect foothill retreat.

In total there are just two safari tents on offer, situated 40 metres apart and separated by a copse of tall, silver birch trees. Before them, the meadow slopes away into the forest with views to the wooded valleys and hills beyond. Behind that, meanwhile, are the Pyrenean mountains themselves, which form an ever-changing scene, from misty surreal mornings where snowy peaks float on pink clouds, to black silhouetted mountains against a fiery sunset.

Inside, each tent is well equipped with everything you need. There are double beds and singles, a kitchenette with cooking facilities and an en suite shower and toilet, while a firepit outside the doorway is perfect for an evening barbecue. The luxuries extend further still, to hammocks shaded among the trees (an after-lunch snoozing destination) and a swimming pool a little further down the meadow. There’s even a bamboo gazebo for added shade and, at the top of the field, a special, heated spa pool straddled by a cushioned seating area and crowned with a wicker shade.

What’s perhaps most magnificent about Toubies Wild Flower Meadow is how untouched the surrounding area is. The manmade luxuriousness of your outdoor abode is offset by the un-manicured, informality of the natural scenery. Aside from a few mown paths and seating areas, the place is strewn with wildflowers and shrubbery. Deer, badgers, squirrels and bird-life reign supreme and, through the woods and running down the eastern edge of the campsite, a tiny stream runs, drying out in the height of summer. It forms the boundary of France’s Haute-Garonne and Ariege departments, feeding Le Volp – the river that winds through the bottom of the valley.

Unsurprisingly, the scenery here draws you out. The location is a haven for exploring on foot or by bike and there’s plenty to do nearby. But when all else fails, simply traipsing off for a wander in the trees or lying quietly and watching for the wildlife will always do the trick. Hills, mountains, whatever you want to call them, they’re a blissful place to be.

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Facilities

Safari tents each have a double bed, 2 single beds and a day bed which converts into a large double in the lounge (bedding and towels provided; 6 people maximum). They each have a wood kitchen unit with a 4-burner gas hob, sink, counter height fridge with freezer compartment and a cool-box; en suite, wood cabin-style shower room, with flushing toilet and washbasin; low wattage hairdryers; sockets for phone or laptop charging; and Wi-Fi (free). Pathways and car parks are lit at night by solar lamps. Just outside each tent there’s a firepit area with a low level metal brazier, which doubles as a BBQ. Shady hammock areas in the trees, swimming pool and sun-lounging area, plus the special ‘spa pool’ next to a cushioned seating area.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Respectful groups welcome. No cars in the field (2 minute walk to the car park) and no dogs.

Nearby

For local amenities, guests can walk directly from their tents, along a forest path to St Croix Volvestre in about 20 minutes. The village has a general store, lovely bar-restaurant, pharmacy, tourist office and a beautiful swimming and fishing lake surrounded by grassy banks and picnic areas. It’s an excellent spot for a little wild swimming. In the public area around the lake you will also find 2 all-weather tennis courts, boules courts and a playground. Walking back takes slightly longer than 20 minutes, as it's uphill, but it's through the trees so you can keep cool while keeping fit. Driving takes 5 minutes. The pre-historic caves at Maz d'Azil (0033 5 6169 9771) are highly recommended – they are over 30,000 years old – while the nearby towns of Cazeres and St Girons are positively modern by comparison but are still wonderfully historic old places, with busy markets, cafés and restaurants. There are also outdoor theatre productions in the grounds of the 11th century church in Tourtouse, worthwhile if your French is up to scratch!

Food & Drink

The best of the local markets nearby are in Montbrun Bocage, St Croix Volvestre, Cazeres and St Girons. There are also plenty of bar-restaurants in the area. Le Poulpe, a lovely bistro in the local villages of St Croix Volvestre, and Le Fils de Volp (0033 5 6197 5073) in the village of Le Plan, are particularly good and both only 5 minute’s drive from the campsite. Recent recommendations with contact details are provided in the local information pack in each tent.

Opening Times

June – September

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The Owner Says

Toubies Glamping  is in a truly stunning location - just two luxury lodge safari tents ecah sleeping up to 6 people is on a south facing 4 acre meadow surrounded by oak forests with the most spectacular views of the pyrenees.
Our luxury safari tents are set 40 meters apart on raised wooden decks and are tastefully and comfortably furnished with well equipped kitchens, inside wooden shower rooms (with flushing loos) and beds with quality mattresses and cotton bedding. The safari tents also have large raised covered terraces with views of the meadow, the 5x10m swimming pool (only for safari tent guests) oak forests and hills, and the beautiful mountains beyond. There is also a fire pit/bbq area outside each tent where you can sit in the evenings toasting marshmallows under the most amazing starlit skies. At the top of the meadow is a covered gazebo where you can luxuriate day or night in the large hot tub gazing at the mountains, the beautiful sunsets and starlit skies at night. No cars are allowed on the meadow but parking is only a 2 minute walk along a path through the trees lit by solar lanterns at night. (Don’t worry about carrying heavy bags, we transport your luggage in our 4x4)
Toubies is in a secluded location but has great access to many activities in the area including hiking, walking, cycling (bike hire is available) canoeing, exploring caves and underground rivers, parapenting, high zip wires through the trees, the list is endless. For the less energetic there are the local traditional villages and medieval towns steeped in history, with bustling markets and restaurants serving delicious local produce. We are also only an hour from the beautiful city of Toulouse where you can wander for hours amongst the pretty cobbled streets or shop in the main boulevards; and for those interested in space exploration and technology don’t miss a day visit to the “Cite  Espace”!

Accommodation

2 fully-furnished safari tents (sleeping up to 6 in each tent)  spaced 40 metres apart. Check Availability

Location

Contact Toubies Wild Flower Meadow, Toubies, 31220 Montberaud, Haute Garonne, Midi Pyrenees, France

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Getting There

Sat Navs work fine if you enter ‘Toubies’ or ‘Lieu dit Toubie’. Driving from the direction of Toulouse: take the A64 towards Tarbes and Lourdes. Leave at exit 23 Cazeres. Follow the signs to Cazeres and continue through the town, over the bridge over the Garonne River until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout towards to St Croix Volvestre. Follow the road until you come to the village of Le Plan. Turn right at the roundabout and then left over the bridge signposted to Montberaud. Continue on this road until you see Montberaud Church on your left. Continue for a further 3km until you see the sign on your right for Toubies. Turn into the private lane to Toubies and park on the lane by the sign.
The nearest train station is in Cazeres, a 15-minute drive away, and has frequent trains to Toulouse. There are no buses. To make the most of the area, using a car is highly recommended.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★★

Peaceful, friendly and inspiring holiday

We stayed for a week with our two teenage sons and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience; swimming in the pool (lots of balls, hoops, water guns etc), the hammocks and swings in the trees, the amount of wild flowers, grasses and trees, and bird watching (woodpeckers, jays, Griffin vultures black redstarts). The space museum is less than an hours drive away but apart from that, we were really happy to just buy food from the local village and relax in the very comfortable accommodation. It’s also very quiet (you go to sleep with the sounds of crickets), and I got a lot of reading done. Highly recommended and we would love to return. Debbie and Gary are very friendly and welcoming hosts.
Aug 21, 2019 by Scott family
★★★★★

Lovely relaxing week

Stunning view across to the high peaks of the Pyrenees - this is a truly fabulous location. Our three children adored the archery, swimming pool, hot tub and games box. We all enjoyed relaxing on the veranda or poolside. The tent was spacious and comfortable and well equipped for all cooking. Debbie and Gary were incredibly helpful and the perfect hosts. Thank you for a wonderful week!
Jul 23, 2019 by Lock family
★★★★★

Experience life how it should be lived!

Gary and Debbie were wonderful hosts in this idyllic location set in the near foothills of the Pyrennes. Ideal for families, with use of a good sized swimming pool and hot tub, and plenty of woodland for the young ones to explore, and perfect for couples who wish just to relax. Re-engage yourself back with nature in this serene, magical place! A perfect tonic to the stresses of everyday life. Thank you for an exceptional holiday!
Aug 27, 2018 by wayne batchelor
★★★★★

Perfectly comfortable tent with excellent views and private forest, pool and hottub.

We are a family of four with two teenage girls and we had a great week at Toubies. The tent is more like a cottage with canvas walls and you can see the mountains from your porch. The pool is a good size and when it was hot it was lovely to read a book in the hammocks in the shady forest. The hottub is brilliant in the evening. There are lots of nice restaurants, walks and places to visit in the neighbourhood. We even went to Toulouse for a day. The hosts are very nice and helpfull. We warmly recommend it!
Aug 12, 2018 by Judith and family
★★★★★

Fantastic view, luxurious tent and very welcoming hosts

In the summer we stayed a week in one of the safari tents. It was lovely! For us and for the kids. The view from the tent is stunning. It's quite and enough activities to do in the surroundings. Excellent camping to go with friends (two families). Being together when you want to and with your own familie. Hope to visit again some day.
Nov 29, 2017 by Willemijn Huisman
★★★★★

Beautiful scenery, fantastic accomadtion and lovely hosts.

Had a lovely break at Toubies Meadows. Tents are beautifully done with stunning views looking out over the wilderness. Just the right amount of home comforts to keep us happy without taking away from that lovely feeling of camping and being outside. All topped off with some super lovely hosts. We will be visiting again.
Sep 14, 2017 by Sarah

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