Just got back from a very enjoyable holiday at Les Valades. The owners John-Charles & Laurence are both charming and very happy to help in anyway. As mentioned before, the site is sort of split in 2 parts. The top of the site is quite steep and the main pitching area is terraced on the hillside. These pitches are spacious and divided by small hedges and are well shaded. Following the road down the hillside (which is left open and gives a feeling of spaciousness to the site - I'm sure other owners would try to cram more pitches on!) there are a small number of pitches that you can rent with private shower/toilet facilities (these do get booked up very quickly - tried booking in Feb for Aug but they were all gone) and also a number of lovely chalets & statics. We requested a pitch by the lake and got a lovely spacious pitch overlooking the lake, next to the pool. This was good in a number of ways - it was very quiet in the evening when the pool closed at 8. 30 and the 10 minute up hill walk to the reception area to collect the bread/croissants ordered the night before, although a bit of a killer, meant I didn't put on as much holiday weight on!
There are plenty of things for the kids to do - a heated swimming pool, lake with inflatable things, free canoes, fishing, table tennis, a couple of play areas, boules pitch etc as well as a mini club and my 2 girls (aged 7 & 10) were more than happy to stay at the campsite all day and play & make new friends.
The site has a small restaurant/take away was very good with many of the ingredients locally sourced. There was some very nice home cooked food - steak, confit duck, with vegetables, salads etc along with the more traditional take away menu of pizza, burgers & chips. (Thoroughly recommend the Tarte aux Noix (Walnut tart)!
There are 2 shower/toilet blocks which were well maintained and cleaned on a regular basis - I couldn't fault them.
The site is well situated in the Perigord Noir for many of the tourist attractions - Sarlat, Les Eyzies, Castelnaud, Domme, Montpazier, Belves, Beynac, Le Bugue etc all within 15-40 mins drive away.
Really recommend the site and can't believe there are not more reviews as there were a fair number of British families there as well as a good proportion of Dutch, Belgian & French.
We visited this site with friends and had a large double pitch(with a dividing hedge) to share close to reception. Both of us have large twin axle vans. Access was easy and our pitches big - plenty of room for the vans, awnings and cars. We still had plenty of space to eat outside and put up a badminton net! Each pitch has its own electricity point and water tap. We noticed that the pitches do vary a lot in size though.
Despite being near reception and the bar/restaurant there was never an issue with noise. The toilet/shower block was kept very clean, and cleaned at various times through the day. Despite the site being full, we rarely had to wait to get a shower.
Lots of Dutch campers on site and very few British. There is a programme of events/ children's activities should you want to get involved. Lots of families, but it is more orientated towards younger families, teenagers looking for entertainment could get bored.
The swimming lake was brilliant - enjoyed by everyone. There are canoes moored up that you can take for a paddle round the lake and there are two huge inflatables moored in the lake. There is also a sand 'beach' for the little ones (a little like a very big sand pit at the waters edge) the lake has shallow edges but be aware that it is very deep in the middle (my not-so-little DH jumped in from the top of the big inflatable and did not touch the bottom). There's a very large open area of parkland at the bottom of the site where the lake and swimming pool are - its a lovely setting.
The site does have a steep hill through the top camping area down to where it opens out into the parkland and the lake and swimming pool. Too steep for your ordinary cyclist.
Didn't eat in the restaurant but did have take away chips which were very good. We used the washing machines which were fine, and reasonably priced.
Lots of canoeing in the area, and easy to organise. Sarlat la Caneda isn't too far but gets very busy and parking can be difficult. Plenty of caves to visit and a 'prehistoric parc'. The local towns are pretty and there are a number of supermarkets within approximately 10 minutes.
So overall very clean, very friendly and helpful. The reception/ owners speak good english. We found it a quiet site, with good facilities and things to do, which we loved.
Excellent! asked for pitch near to lake/pool which we got. Pitch situated in trees in total shade, however this was very much needed as otherwise would have been toasted. Very clean site with swimming in lake, free canoes, inflatable trampoline and spinning thing in middle of lake.
You do need a French/English travel adapter and an English plugged caravan electric part for your cable, although reception did have French adapter which we borrowed and luckily had our English socket cable in caravan, Phew!
The campsite is split mainly over 2 parts with the majority of campers being at the top of the hill near to reception. Glad we were not there as it seemed quite packed but still very quiet. You can also book pitches with your own shower/toilet - some of these were always in full sun.
Be warned - they only take cash for all transactions, including pitch booking!
If you are a keen cyclist then this place is for you, otherwise leave bikes, including kids, at home.
The campsite is in great location for visiting surrounding area. Hire your canoes from canoeric at le bugue for trip on the quiet valeze river.
I would definitely go again. Easy to get to. We avoided Paris and went via Rouen, Dreux, Chatres on the N154, then joined A10 outside Orleans, A71 then A20 which takes you all way down to Dordogne, then come off onto A89 to junction 16 to Le Bugue on the D703 to Les Valades. Simple!
This is a fantastic site. On arrival we were asked to follow the owner to our pitch. We had reserved a pitch with private facilities. This was fantastic, a huge pitch with a pod at the back which consisted of shower, toilet and wash basin and wash up area. These pitches were a small walk down to the lake and the swimming pool but quite a hike up to the main reception area. There was a table tennis table near the lake and another near the reception area where there were also some board games etc. You could order bread croissants from the reception for the following morning. There was also a restaurant which we ate at one night each week where the food was great. They also did a take away service and the pizzas were fantastic.
The lake itself had canoes which you could use a trampoline and a spinning inflatable in.
There were quite a few people fishing. The nearest supermarket was approx 10 mins away by car.
The area itself was fantastic with lots if interesting towns nearby. We had a couple of canoe trips down the dordogne.
As previous review said some of the pitches without facilities were quite shady so I would specify what kind of pitch you would like when booking.
Overall a fantastic site and fantastic area. I would like to return another year because there was so much more to see.
On arrival at this site we were shown to our pitch by the very helpful family owners. Found the pitch to be in complete shade which was not to our liking. But when asked if we could change our pitch to one that had more sun. We were quickly reallocated another one.
We found that some of the pitches were something to be desired as not all flat or grassy but were divided with hedges to the side and partly to the front, which greatly restricts your view. Our pitch measured 33x24' not quite big enough for our large awning and to sit out front, but bigger ones are available, be sure to request them.
The complete site is very undulating so hard work if you are disabled or like ourselves a little on the portly side. The swimming pool was lovely but was overrun with Dutch and French children the second week of july.
There is bread delivered to order everyday, but the site could do with having a small shop available. The restaurant meals were delightful.
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