Le Camp

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Tarn-et-Garonne

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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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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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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