This was the second time we have stayed at La Tournerie, the first being in 2012 when the site was owned by Phil and Wendy.
I don't normally do reviews but this small campsite deserves a mention. It had not changed at all since our last visit - it is an outstanding site if what you are looking for is peace and quiet in beautiful countryside but also want to be close enough to towns and places to visit.
Both Sarlat and Montignac have excellent supermarkets and local shops, easy parking and a wide range of places to eat. All around the site is a network of tracks along which you can walk and cycle for miles - the countryside is full of birdlife, butterflies and great views. Russ took us for an off road tour of the tracks in his customised 2CV to a local viewing point where we watched paragliders taking off - great fun.
The site runs up a slope, is very well maintained - the pitches are well spaced and level and the toilet block is absolutely spotless. Showers are roomy and there is an en suite disabled shower / toilet.
The new owners, Russ and Jayne, were very hospitable, helpful and friendly hosts who are clearly going to make a continued success of the site.
This was our first visit to La Tournerie, and the first time we had been to France for 10 years. We made our booking with the previous owners and were not aware of the change of ownership until I emailed with a query as part of our last minute planning. Russ, the new owner, assured me that the site was everything that the previous owner had described, and he was not wrong.
We followed the directions from the website which didn't seem quite right leaving the motorway from the East, but the final section leading into Montignac and then on to the site were absolutely spot on. Follow these directions and you won't go wrong.
When we arrived at the site we were extremely impressed. It really is in the middle of open countryside with not a sound to disturb the peace (except when Russ takes one of his vehicle collection for a run!). It is so quiet that, if you hear a car engine, you look to see where it is coming from. The site is extremely tidy, grass well trimmed and pots of flowers to brighten the place up. The site is sloping, but the pitches are all level hardstandings. There are eight pitches in all, and we were fortunate enough to have one of the two 'doggy' pitches which are completely fenced in so that the dog could wander around as if she were at home. Russ said that he was going to try to make a third doggy pitch.
There is a small facilities block with two WC's, two showers, plus a disabled unit with WC, basin and shower, there are two wash basins and a washing up sink. There is also a washing machine. The facilities were immaculate at all times, plenty of hot water, and nice spacious shower cubicles.
The town of Montignac is about a 10 or 15 minute drive away through the quiet deserted lanes. There are numerous paths and tracks through the woods, although we understand there are wild boar around, so not advisable for evening or night time walks. We used the vet at Montignac to administer the tapeworm treatment for the return to UK, he was very helpful, spoke good English and knew exactly what had to be done regarding Pet Passport etc. We had no hiccups coming back into the country.
The site electrical system seems to all be wired 'reverse polarity' so an adapter with reversed L and N is handy. Strangely enough, the adapter that I bought in Leclerc at Sarlat that I intended to modify was already wired back to front and so corrected the site wiring! There is no wifi on the site, although I think Russ might be considering installing it. However, I got a full strength 3G signal on OrangeF which gave me a good enough internet connection for email, browsing and putting a Sainsburys order on for delivery when we got home.
All in all this is an excellent site for those wanting a quiet, peaceful location. Russ and Jayne were excellent hosts and seem to be committed to maintaining the sites high standards. I don't think too much will change, and neither does it need to. Because it is fairly remote, you can't just wander to the shop for your early morning croissants or baguettes which I always enjoy on French holidays, but that seemed a small price to pay for an otherwise first class site. The only drawback for me was a lack of shade when the weather got really hot. There are some trees but they are quite small, so don't give a lot of protection. As they get more mature this will improve, but for me, when the temperature was getting into the mid to high 30's I could have done with some respite. But then, if you go this far south in mid July I guess you have to expect it to be hot.
Far from the madding crowd, yet only four miles from the pretty town of Montignac and the beautiful Vezere river, Camping La Tournerie is the perfect adults-only base from which to explore the central Dordogne region. Situated in mixed farmland and woodland in the hills above Montignac, this site offers a quiet and tranquil retreat combined with what is probably the best toilet block Ė in the world!
If your idea of heaven is to sit outside on a warm summerís evening listening to crickets and frogs whilst watching shooting stars and satellites traversing an unbroken dark sky, then this may just be the site for you.
Highly recommended, but donít tell everyone because we want to go back!
All I can say is that it is a pleasure to return to their site each year. We have visited on several occasions, for three or four weeks at a time, as this site has many attractions.
Set in wooded countryside, it offers a superb selections of walks along the various tracks, to suit all levels of activity, or equally if you wish to just relax on site, there is certainly a peaceful atmosphere. The location is fine, as most of the Dordogne attractions are within 30 minutes drive or so from the site.
The local town is Montignac, a small attractive town, providing the usual needs for visitors, adequate supermarkets, and dining if needed.
La Tournerie is 8 pitch site, of which two pitches are fenced, thus providing freedom for any dogs that may accompany their owners.
The site facilities are superb, the toilet block is maintained to a very high standard, of which Wendy and Phil are proud, providing washing and showering facilities as well as a washing machine for long stay visitors.
They are active owners, organising and joining in site activities, and their occasional afternoon boule competitions are ' world famous !'.
Anyone visiting this Adults only site assured of a memorable stay, made more so by your hosts.
P. S. We will be back again this July /August.
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