We stayed here in 2003 and enjoyed it so much that we returned in 2007. The only time we have ever returned to a campsite!
Set in the rolling countryside of Gascony, this dutch run site is very good indeed.
The main 'plus' factor being the size of many of the pitches. They can be enormous! In 2007 we were able to have the FC with awning, a small tent, a full badminton court area with net etc, and room to park cars. There was still space for washing lines etc.
The Chateau doubles as an hotel. Quite upmarket, you can get free guided tours. There is a very good restaurant on site. Probably the best camp site restaurant we have ever experienced, as well as a good bar. Both based in and outdoors around the old stables.
Two swimming pools of decent size (one for younger bathers).
The 'Ablutions' block is split male/female, and is on two stories. A converted huge glass house for plants, originally. They are clean and do a very good job, paper and seats. Though not the ultra modern variety (in 2007).
The grounds are beautiful with a wide range of large trees (plenty of shade when needed). And make for a lovely 'post prandial' wander.
A small shop does the basics, and sells their own brand of wine.
The local hilltop village of Montesquiou is charming. Worth a wander. Has a small supermarket.
The countryside is typical Gascon. Not a touristy part of France, very peaceful and pretty, with plenty of villages and small towns within an hours drive in every direction. This is D'Artagnan country, with a nearby museum dedicated to him and his times. Good cycling with relatively traffic free roads, and a couple of decent rivers within half an hour's drive, plus a local stream, which is navigable, with some portage necessary over weirs.
One of the most exciting experiences we had was to visit a Gascon Bull Fighting spectacle. These are held in smallish bullrings (by Spanish standards), but the bulls are not killed or wounded. The animal is controlled, to a certain extent, by two long ropes attached to its horns and held by one man on each. Though the bull is allowed a lot of free movement. The 'torero' stands in the middle of the arena and gets the bull to charge him. The bull comes at full tilt and tries to gauge the man, who avoids the horns by skilful, last second, arching and turning on the spot, so that the horns miss by inches (usually. We saw a couple of hits). Sometimes he leaps and somersaults over the bull as it flashes by underneath. The skill is superb, the local band plays and the atmosphere is festive. Terrific value!
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