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Camping Bel Ombrage
Bel Ombrage
St Cybranet
Aquitaine   (Browse area)
24250   See Map
Tel: +33 (0)553 283 414
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Pitches: 180
Open: 1 June To 5 September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 14 Reviews
                9/10 from 14 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop <5 miles   Bar <5 miles   Restaurant <5 miles   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf   Tennis 
 Beach   Watersports <5 miles   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

Reviews:  14 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Brookside 7 reviews from this member

We stayed for a week at this beautiful, quiet, family site located on the edge of the village of St Cybranet, close to many major tourist locations in the Dordogne.

Access to the site is well-signposted but a little complicated as there are different entrances for the campsite and reception. Not a huge issue but be prepared if you are towing - either a very slow approach is recommended or even better check it out on Google street view before you travel.

The site is beautifully laid out with a modern reception, and pitches varying in size, all separated by hedging and under tall trees giving dappled sunlight and good shade. There is a children's play area, a small games room, and a very modern and clean outdoor swimming pool.

Pitch sizes all seemed very good, and on our riverside pitch we had ample room for our caravan, awning and car, and plenty of room left to have two chairs and a table set up at the riverside as our breakfast area !

There are a couple of shower blocks providing very good facilities for the size of site. The block nearest to our pitch was modern and provided unlimited free hot water and an adequate amount of space within each cubicle, while the toilets were next door in a shared area in the usual French custom. All of the shower and toilet facilities were cleaned regularly, and were generally very clean and dry despite the best efforts of one or two of the visitors. Loo roll is not provided ! The facilities on site include hand-washing sinks and token-operated washing machines and dryers.

This is a family-run site and the owners are very friendly and helpful and speak good English. They are ever-present around the site and work very hard to maintain it's quality and cleanliness, and recycling of rubbish is encouraged and made easy.

There is no shop or restaurant on site, however there is a really nice pizza restaurant within 10 minutes walk from the site, and all of the nearby villages offer cafe bars and restaurants.

The French custom of the local baker visiting site each morning is kept here, arriving at around 8:30 each morning with a good selection of croissant, baguettes etc.

The Le Ceou river (a tributary of the Dordogne) meanders along one edge of the campsite providing many riverside pitches, and a small 'beach' area has been created on site at a bend in the river, deep enough to swim in, but with a large grass area and shallow banks allowing safe access for family sunbathing and cooling off.

This site can be booked via the caravan club website, and so is very popular with British holidaymakers, and we were given a choice of pitches on arrival.

St Cybranet itself is a typical quiet French farming village, but when they are having a fete or celebrating Bastille day expect some noise late into the night - or go along and join in !

As far as local attractions the site is very well placed. Sarlat Le Canada is a beautiful must-see medieval town just 20 minutes drive away, and is the nearest large town for an excellent selection of restaurants and cafe, and a range of supermarkets petrol stations etc. There is a small supermarket in the village within walking distance.

If you are into chateaux and beautiful old French villages, the nearby clifftop and riverside towns of Domme (15 mins) and La Roque Gageac (10 mins) are absolute must-see locations, as are the chateaux Castelnaud (5 mins), Milandes (15 mins), and the clifftop gardens at Marqueyssac (15 mins). Caves, river trips and beautiful villages are in abundance within 30 minutes drive of the site. There are also kids activity places in the locality and cycle hire within 15 minutes walk of the campsite. Canoes and kayaks can be hired at various points along the Dordogne for a one-way paddle down river with a minibus pick-up.

We found this to be a beautiful idyllic site, and we booked for a week and then added an extra night just because it was all so perfect. We will go back to Camping Bel Ombrage.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Pc230 2 reviews from this member

Travelled from Loire valley to this gem of a site

Terrific site stayed 14 nights only paid for 10 (special offer) asked if we wanted a pitch by the river, absolutely fantastic I was with other brits but not isolated, site amenities 5star toilets/showers cleaned all the time local baker visited every morning, pools great, could do with a bar/restaurant on site' local area outstanding,

Hope to return when we retire to stay a month or more

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Cassied 3 reviews from this member

A gem of a site very quiet first week in July, became busy on the second week. Well placed for local trips and attractions. There was a local fete held at St Cybranet on the first weekend of July, all sorts happening including live rock bands for 3 nights, easily heard from campsite into the small hours. There is an almost flat cycle route to Dagalan around 8km but even the main roads in the area were cycle friendly. Campsite owners efficient and hard working. Excellent pool with a plunge pool for non swimmers. Toilets modern and kept clean. Pitch shaded by the river.

Attractive peaceful site in beautiful surroundings and is perfect if you prefer minimal fuss and create your own entertainment.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Carmiechops 9 reviews from this member

We spent 7 days on this site this August. Our pitch was lovely, very private, spacious and shady. There were bins, both recycling and rubbish, and a tap very close to the tent. The toilet block, although being heavily used, was cleaned thoroughly twice a day.

The pools were great, very clean and refreshing. It was difficult to get our daughter to leave! There were two table tennis tables indoors near the pool.

For us this was a busy, quite noisy site. Obviously it was August and high season so if you come here then expect lots of teenage singing in the evening, babies crying etc.

The river on the campsite was a shallow uninviting prospect at this point in the summer.

The owner was pleasant but on arriving information about the site and facilities was limited. We were merely directed to our pitch. On the plus side she put our ice packs in the freezer whenever asked.

The nearby pizza place provided lovely take-away pizzas, we didn't eat in.

We would not return to the Dordogne in high season as we were astounded as to how busy it was. I don't expect to sit in traffic jams in rural France and this was the first time. Although Sarlat was delightful it too was just heaving with traffic and people (especially English people!).

The same can be said of the Dordogne river. We had a lovely canoe trip down it (from Castelnaud), but it was like a motorway for canoes - too busy!

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jacfrosty 6 reviews from this member

Lovely site, we had pitch 16, right on the river which was heaven for our labrador 'teen'. The weather wasn't as it should be at that time of year and we slightly missed an on-site restaurant/bar because of this, but as we booked the site because they didn't have these facilities so I have no right to complain! Lots of Dutch around when we were there most of whom are a total joy. Honestly, if you want to get your children away from all the gizmos of the more sophisticated sites, bring them here. Endless fun by all the Dutch dads and kids building dams etc. I quite longed for my children to be young again. And anyway. Nothing stopped THIS old granny playing in the water!

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Savanne1 23 reviews from this member

We spent 10 nights on pitch 163 which was a very good size, very quiet with a lovely outlook over a wild meadow. We found the site easy to find and its really well located for all the Dordogne attractions. As mentioned in another review there are three entrances to the site and which you go down to get to your pitch depends where you are located. We had booked through the caravan club, check in was quick and easy. Our pitch location was shown to us on a map and we easily found it. Access to the pitches is good and there was even a huge american rv there during our stay. The pitches on the whole were flat (some nearer the pool were more sloping)

We would have appreciated an information sheet but luckily as I'd read the reviews on here I knew about the bread van etc.

The site borders the River Ceou and has several small streams running through it and our pitch backed onto one of these. Most pitches are in the shade of large well established trees and intially this disappointed me but when the temp reached 40c I was very pleased with the shade.

We used the large central toilet block which we always found very clean. You need to take your own loo roll although there is soap from dispensers. The showers and dish washing sinks in the central bit looked new, the showers were always powerful and the cubicles were roomy. We did find the water pressure poor for the washing up sinks and some days the water was only lukewarm. Washing machine tokens could be bought from reception for 2 euros but you need your own washing powder. The bins were well placed throughout the site, with separate ones for general waste, bottles and a third for plastics/cardboards etc. These were emptied reguarly throughout the day.

The pools were very clean and refreshing. They stayed open til it got dark which was great when we returned from hot days out in the car! They arent supervised and men arent restricted to lycra swimwear. There were plenty of sunloungers but no parasols which in the very hot weather would have been much appreciated. There is a terrace with chairs that had shade so I would quite often sit up there whilst our daughter used the pool.

We didn't think much of the bread van that beeped his horn each morning anytime between 8. 30 and 9am. The van was from Cenac which has two bread shops and we would highly recommend the other one which is on the left as you drive through the village towards Shopi. The organic supermarket in St Cybranet also sold very nice seeded bread but didn't open til 9. 30am I think.

We ate at the pizza place next to the site on our last night and like the previous reviewer would NOT recommend it. We felt a bit of an unpleasant atmosphere form the minute we arrived. The woman who took our order I think was in charge and was sullen and very disinterested. We asked for water as well as wine but had no glasses or cutlery. We asked for this but were ignored so we took it from another table, the ladt in charge then scowled at us! Our meals all came out separately, I was almost finished my pizza before another meal appeared. The food was nothing special and the pizza bases weren't freshly made. We did notice the french got much better service.

I highly recommend the market in Sarlat on a Saturday, we got there by 9. 30am and managed to park easily. We went to Domme market on Thursay but other than the nice views I wouldn't recommend that market. Cenac (5 mins drive) also had a good market on a Tuesday. We used Shopi in Cenac and E Lclerc in Sarlat for our food shopping, the fuel being cheapest at Lclerc.

We did a canoe trip through a firm at Castelnaud, plenty of free parking and they took us up stream to Vitrac and we then made our own way back down the river to Castelnaud in our own time. I would highly recommend this, it was a great way to spend an afternoon. Our daughter also really enjoyed the tree canopy/climbing adventure park which can be found outside Beynac signposted off the main road. The zip wires cross the Dordogne and she loved it. Get there early (before 10. 30am) as after this it got very busy.

To sum up Bel Ombrage really is a lovely site, its so laid back, peaceful and unspoilt and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet site with easy access to all the Dordogne has to offer.

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