Le Camp

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Tarn-et-Garonne

  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
The most refreshing campsite pool you’ll ever swim in, plus thoughtful touches of luxury throughout

If there’s a better feeling than that of gliding smoothly through a crystal-clear natural swimming pool while eye-to-eye with frogs perched nonchalantly on rocks, then we’ve yet to experience it. The chirp of crickets, the buzz of dragonflies, birdsong, and, of course, the croaking chorus of those ubiquitous frogs provide the soundtrack to a wonderfully wild swim which proves the perfect introduction to Le Camp, a secluded southwest campsite set in leafy surroundings and combining five-star facilities with a truly relaxed atmosphere.

The site is owned and run by Claire and Nigel, a British couple who took over the running of Le Camp in 2017. Nigel previously ran a luxury tented safari camp in Kenya, where he also worked as a professional wildlife guide, and the spirit of the classic African safari, “luxury in the wild” as he aptly describes it, is clearly key to their ethos. It's all subtly reflected in the furnishings and chilled out atmosphere at this soporific French escape.

Don’t worry, though, the essential spirit of camping still remains. The central cooking area lets different visitors meet and chat while they prepare dinner, but there’s none of that cringeworthy group action. Sure, there’s a little court set up for an impromptu game of pétanque and a badminton net hangs between two trees, but there are no chalked-up league tables or happy-camper types urging you to join in the fun. The vibe is as natural as the surroundings and guests can socialise as much or as little as they desire.

Perhaps most impressive is just how different it could have been. Sitting in the stunning Aveyron Valley in the Midi-Pyrénées region, this formerly run-down campsite used to have some 38 camping pitches but for the past 10 years the previous owners have allowed the the surroundings to flourish, shrinking it down to just a handful of safari tents and woodland yurts. The eco-credentials, too, are impressive. ‘Grey’ water is recycled, solar lighting is used and the pool is cleaned naturally by gravel and plants. Local, organic products are used as much as possible, and most of the furniture has been hand-made.

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Facilities

Seven tents, all with wide beds, solar lighting and, in all but the 2 woodland tents, dry composting toilets. Shower block with 3 shower rooms. Full range of kitchen appliances, crockery, utensils and condiments. Covered outdoor seating area with open fire place, a book exchange, magazines, games, power sockets, Wi-Fi. Free laundry. BBQ and salad/herb garden to help yourself to. The natural swimming pond is fully fenced with a safety gate. Pets are not permitted, but the site itself has two friendly dogs and cats, plus two handsome goats to feed (not to mention all the wildlife on site!)

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families, kids, large groups, yes. Tents, campervans, caravans – no. Dog – by request only (usually one well behaved dog is permitted).

Nearby

The Midi-Pyrénées region is home to over a dozen villages (officially listed as ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’). This is more than almost any other region in the country. There are over 1,000 climbing routes around the Gorges de l’Aveyron and the landscape is criss-crossed by way-marked walks. Head to the nearby St-Antonin-Noble-Val to enjoy a spot of kayaking, hiring your boat for the day from Location Canoe/Les Pieds dans l’Eau (0033 563 68 24 80). Alternatively, buy a fishing licence from a local newsagent and do some angling for trout from one of the area’s many bridges. Further afield, the Forêt de la Grésigne offers the chance to experience the largest oak forest in Europe. If it rains, take a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Albi and check out its Toulouse-Lautrec museum (0033 563 49 48 70). 

Food & Drink

In the nearby medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val, characterful La Corniche (0033 563 68 26 95) is exellent and the views are knock-out. Or seek out the riverside Manjocarn Café (0033 563 68 25 85), hang out of choice for all the local climbers and so laid back its unbelievable, with great locally sourced and produced food. 

Opening Times

1st May – 30th September.

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The Owner Says

Le Camp offers luxury camping, or glamping if you prefer!  It is a unique holiday experience. Here you will discover the thrill and adventure of sleeping under canvas without the discomfort of traditional camping. We offer the luxury of a hotel and the self-sufficiency of a private villa. Set deep in the countryside of South West France, a little off the beaten track, at Le Camp you will find peace and tranquility amongst the trees. Encounter nature in style in your own private hideaway.

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Accommodation

7 safari tents.

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Location

Contact Le Camp, Le Camp, 82330 Varen, Tarn-et-Garonne, France

Getting There

Le Camp is situated in South West France, an hour and a half's drive from the airports of Toulouse and Rodez or a 9–10 hour drive from Calais. Follow directions, which are sent when you book.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 9 reviews

★★★★★

Best Hen Do ever!

I don’t know where to start! Our hen weekend at Le Camp was just perfect. Claire, Nigel and Seiya went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best possible time. The pool area is pure bliss and perfect for sipping rose in the sun and playing games! The communal kitchen and outdoor (covered!) lounge area is also very well designed and made cooking for 23 very easy, as well as allowing for great long-table brunches and dinners. We also really enjoyed dancing around the fire in the evenings! The tents are amazing, really comfortable beds and great communal balconies for an aperitif. They are so beautifully set up by Seiya that you feel like you’re in a luxury outdoor apartment. And the shower at Mount Kenya tent is next level. Can’t thank Le Camp enough really for helping to organise such an amazing weekend! We had wine tasting with Luci from local company Tasting the Lot when we arrived on the Friday which was so much fun, delicious and informative! It was also accompanied by local dishes to complement the wine. We also had Suz and Sara from Amulet Therapy & Massages Sarah Olley come and do massages on the Sunday which some said was the best massage they’d ever had! Claire organised all of our food shopping for us so everything was there when we arrived which was so helpful and also sorted out our wine from a local vineyard - highly recommend the rose!! 100% recommend Le Camp for an exclusive hire for celebrations but can equally imagine it's wonderful for families and children! We all can’t wait to come back!
Jun 25, 2019 by Rozenn Logan
★★★★★

The best weekend at the most beautiful place!

I organised a hen for 20 people to visit Le Camp and I was blown away by how helpful Claire and Nigel were. They went above and beyond to make the experience as easy and as smooth as possible for us so that we could just arrive and enjoy ourselves. They even went shopping for us before and had everything waiting for us in the fridge when we arrived, which included local produce and local wines and beers. (Delicious!) The camp itself is so beautiful and idyllic. The natural pool was so lovely to swim in every morning and was it lovely to see and hear all the frogs too! The Safari Tents were comfortable, clean and cosy and the views were incredible too. A highlight for me was showering in the the outside shower whilst looking out at the picturesque view and listening to the cuckoo call. They also helped us organise a kayaking trip down the River which was amazing fun and beautiful scenes. I would reccommend this place for families, couples, hen weekends and anyone that enjoys the beautiful simple things in life. 10/10 in every single area. Thank you Claire and Nigel for everything you did to help us have the most amazing weekend ever!! We are definitely coming back!
Jun 6, 2019 by Emma Noble
★★★★★

Swimming and freedom for children...

I've just come back from 8 days at Le Camp. I went with my partner and our 5 year old daughter. So - first things first...the pool is what makes this campsite really special. The weather was mostly very hot, and the pool was perfect to take a dip in and get some relief from the heat. It has a shallow pebble beach area, and then an area that's 1 metre deep and then it dips sharply to 2 metres in depth. So if you're in to diving you can do that. If not - there's plenty of spots to just hang out and watch the wildlife - lots of frogs and a few grass snakes which are completely harmless. Our little girl had just had a week of swimming classes before our trip to Le Camp (the first proper swimming classes she's ever had). The timing was perfect. Within the course of one afternoon she transformed in to a little fish - diving and swimming the length of the pool. It was wonderful to watch her develop confidence in the water and catch frogs and watch the snakes. She loved every minute and for the first 2 days we couldn't get her away from the pool - which was fine by us. The other wonderful thing about this site is the freedom that children get. It feels safe. There are only a few families on site and you get to know everyone. All the children mingle and make friends and then they're off running around the site. To allow our little one to run off and have the freedom she needs (we live in a city) was wonderful. We stayed in a yurt (Bamburi) which was nestled in the trees and near the toilet block. It was very comfortable and clean. There was a seated area further up from the tent but we found the seats a bit uncomfortable also didn't use that area as much as we'd have liked. Nigel and Claire own and run Le Camp - their service was excellent. If you needed to book anything up, they'd be right on it and make sure it was done. It felt like 5 star hotel service. The cooking facilities are communal, but there's enough space for everyone - you have your own fridge, hob and workspace with storage underneath. Everyone could cook and sit with their own families to eat but there were also plenty of opportunities to talk to other guests and families. I met so many wonderful people. This is not a cheap camping holiday by any means - but the pool, the freedom for children to run around and the level of service definitely make it worth every penny. I would love to return and maybe use it as a base to drive onwards to the coast or over the Pyrenees to Spain. Thank you Nigel and Claire for a really relaxing break. I will treasure the memories - especially of the pool!
Aug 16, 2018 by Selma
★★★★★

Idyllic place to stay

Le Camp is a very special place - we’ve just returned from a week’s holiday there & feel extremely fortunate to have discovered it. Our 3 kids (9yrs, 9yrs & 7yrs) spent the week making life-long friends, swimming in the stunning (and huge!) pool and playing in the beautiful grounds. If you can tear yourself away then there are lots of activities within 20 mins or so (mountain biking, tree parcour, canoeing, hiking, river swimming etc) and you’re surrounded by beautiful hill top villages to explore too. The owners, Claire & Nigel, are incredibly hospitable & offer lots of invaluable advice for outings/restaurants etc as well as making bookings on your behalf. In short, a wonderfully relaxing & hugely fun holiday for all ages in beautiful surroundings.
Jul 22, 2018 by Zoë
★★★★★

Beautiful camping site with wonderful hosts

Fabulous camp site in a beautiful part of France with loads of charming towns and villages and fun activities. The area is not especially touristy and so you can really feel 'away from it all'! The accommodation is as luxury as camping can be whilst still feeling connected to nature which is all around you in the wooded setting of the site. The facilities are comprehensive and good quality and the natural swimming pool is the most relaxing dip you could wish for. Nigel and Claire are helpful and friendly hosts. Highly recommended!
Jul 15, 2018 by Hannah
★★★★★

Relaxing time in a beautiful place

We spent a lovely relaxing week at Le Camp in September 2017, in fact we only planned to stay a few nights but couldn't bring ourselves to leave. We stayed in Meru which had a wonderful elevated view over the valley and was very comfortable with a large double bed and even an ensuite loo. The site felt very peaceful with the pitches spaced out and carefully positioned to maximise both views and privacy. Nigel, Claire and Seiya offered a warm welcome and were great hosts throughout our stay. Most of the week we had great sunny weather in the mid 20s and sun bathed, canoed, walked and mooched about in St Antonin Noble Val. We had 1 rainy day but had what turned out to be a fantastic time relaxing and chatting in the communal area. Nigel lit a roaring fire around which everybody naturally gravitated and enjoyed the bonhomie. Le Camp is a lovely place in a beautiful area of France and we look forward to returning soon.
Jul 13, 2018 by Simon
★★★★★

Heaven for children!

We felt our London blood pressure falling as soon as we walked through the gates – there is a genuine stress-zapping atmosphere at Le Camp!
It's a peaceful hideaway in a stunning part of France. Nights under canvas but in a fabulously comfy bed; woken by the birds and then being served up an amazing latte; lots of activities locally and Sally to help organise them for you! We had the best family-day EVER – a trip down the Aveyron in a canoe which was hilarious fun!
The pool area is a mini nature reserve in its own right and the pool itself, dreamy to swim in. The kids especially loved swimming with the frogs!
The kitchen is brilliantly laid out with your own fridge (which we soon stuffed with the amazing local produce!) and the whole campsite was beautifully kept in a natural and totally unpretentious way. 
Our tent was spacious with gorgeous hand-made furniture and set well apart from the other tents/yurts and also had my favourite spot – the chair on the verandah overlooking the kids in the pool!
The only problem was trying to extract the children when we had to leave in our now super-relaxed state – they couldn't bear to leave! We'll be back!

Apr 19, 2016 by sassickle
★★★★★

5th stay and still amazing

We have just got back from our fifth week at Le Camp. Our children are now 7 and 10 and we have been coming since my wife found Le Camp on the Internet and said it sounded like a great place to go on holiday. I agreed until I saw the price of the tents and yurts. This is no cheap camping option but that is not the point and it is pretty clear from the moment that you arrive that this is not a campsite. In fact, we have found it's actually great value - our experiences of holidays in France have involved finding gites arriving at them and being disappointed by something or other and then spending a lot of time driving to places to keep the children entertained. As a family we would rather spend a week at Le Camp than two weeks somewhere else.

You could easily spend the entire time swimming in the incredible pool, bouncing on the trampoline, reading, playing badminton, fishing for trout in the stream at the bottom of the hill, contemplating the Milky Way and restrict yourself to a couple of forays to local markets for supplies. There are a heap of excellent things for children to do within 20 minutes drive or so including Kayaking, tree climbing at the French equivalent of Go Ape, caving (both in caves that you pay to have a tour and in ones that you can find in the surrounding hills if you know where to look (ask Stephen).

The accommodation is beautifully looked after, the tents and yurts an adventure in themselves, the showers are open kitchen area are a highlight - especially if you get a few families with children of similar ages.

Sally and Stephen are extraordinary people who have put their lives into creating a wonderful place that is hugely appreciated by everyone who comes to share their dream. The breakfast, as high class a continental breakfast as you could possibly imagine - local sausages, cheese, preserves, croissants and baguettes baked that morning, endless cappuccinos and the limitless patience of the hosts when it comes to booking things and giving advice about what to do, how to get there and the books in the library that they think you will enjoy.

It would be lovely to think that everyone could experience a Le Camp holiday but the reality is that while the location and the campsite are a big part of the package, without the incredible eye for detail and total dedication to making the whole thing work that Sally and Stephen put in, it wouldn't be the same. They remain committed to making Le Camp, small and special.

Apr 12, 2016 by Bessie Samuels
★★★★★

Best Holiday Ever

Le Camp is one of the most incredible places we have ever visited. My wife and I stayed in late June 2015 and from the moment we arrived, we felt as though we were in Paradise. The tents are just stunning, as are all the facilities on the whole site. The pool is like nothing on this earth, and for us, keen sports people, to start the day with a decent swim in a full length, but yet, natural swimming pool was the most amazing experience. The local area has so much to offer and we did something special every day. The mountain biking (guided) was some of the best we have ever done. Stephen (the owner) knows the local area very well and he sent us off with maps and faultless instructions on 2 amazing hikes. Sally (his wife) organised a superb day of canoeing for us. We visited 2 fantastic castles and 2 amazing markets. Nothing is too much trouble for Sally and Stephen - they have countless ideas, suggestions and ways of making your holiday special. They go out of their way to do as much for you as they can - we even went on a guided adventure run with Stephen which took us up trails, across the river and though caves - a truly special experience which we could not have done on our own. The tents are absolutely beautiful and every little detail has been thought about. Neither of us have ever slept so well. This holiday was 100% perfect and we booked for the following year before we left, which says it all.

Apr 12, 2016 by georgefarmer

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