This site really ticks all the boxes, whoever you are!(we are a retired couple). Such easy access straight from the main road. Lovely big pitches, lots of choice regarding sun or shade, or both, riverside pitches available. Shops just outside the main entrance supplying most things you would require, including bread and fresh meat and groceries / green groceries and the all important wine, water and english papers! A spectacular position on river Dordogne, right underneath the clifftop chateau and village of Baynac, and a few hundred yards away, canoes available for some fun on the water. Toilets/showers/wash-up facilities are excellent and spotlessly clean. Even when very busy, (on DDay weekend also a public hol in the area) you never felt overpowered by the numbers on site. Never any waiting for loos or showers.
It did seem like everyone had a dog or two, and we don't! The swimming pool was really big(with child's paddler close by) and immaculately well kept with plenty of sunloungers. The grass and borders/hedges were beautifully maintained. Owners were always pleasant and accommodating whenever we approached them.
Just one small gripe, which isn't the fault of the site, but each evening a local tearaway on a baffless m'bike, roared up and down the outside road underneath the cliffside, the reverberating noise was very loud. Altogether one of the best sites we have ever been to.
Couple (48 & 50) - look for peace, quiet and tranquillity, but with a few mod cons).
Arrived Sun 8/9, departed Mon 23/9 = 15nights
First time camping in France, and after some encouraging reports from the reviews and recent UKCS posts/pics, we had no fear that we were doing wrong, or doing it in the wrong place. And we were right! Right to try camping in France. Right to head for The Dordogne. And right to stay here at Le Capeyrou!
The site is a little larger than we normally go for back home, but as we wanted easy access to a shop and somewhere to eat, we struggled to find a nice little farm site, so took the risk! It wasnít worthy of any concern. As it was September, the site was, at most, 75% occupied when we arrived, and probably a tad less than 50% occupied for the second half of our stay.
We took the gamble (as advised on UKCS) to not book in advance, and after a day and a half travelling from the Midlands, via the tunnel, we arrived on site at what some would say is the perfect time. 14:30. Reception had re-opened after lunch, and no ďtea time rushĒ of arrivals. Immediately, we were made to feel welcome. The owners speak perfect English, and are more than polite, pleasant, yet professional. We were encouraged to stroll around the site, and choose from any available pitch we took fancy to. A map was given to us, with occupied pitches (and a couple of reserved ones) crossed off, for our reference. We chose large, sunny, and exposed! End of the row, looking out to an open grassed area, used in part for the volleyball nets, and in the main, a dog walking area. Very open, very quiet. And with the opportunity to spread just a tad outside of the recognised pitch boundary!
To be fair, the pitch seemed to be one of the largest, and measured approx 10/11m by 6/7m. But it seemed ok to protrude a little, as it wasnít encroaching on another pitch. So largish, but not massive. The car went to the side of the pitch, beyond the hedged boundary, which was basically the grassed access road, which in itself, was more than wide enough to accommodate parked cars.
Previous reviews have covered everything loo block related. Mixed gender, clean, ample showers, basins, WCís, no queues, paper provided, lockable doors, constant hot water etc.
We used the older of the two blocks (as it was nearest) and this was more than good enough. The block nearest the site entrance seemed a little more modern, obviously newer, but may (Iím guessing) be busier, as that end of the site seemed more popular. (We didnít have a clear view of the castle from our pitch, the ďpopularĒ end did! That may have something to do with it!) Same standards were kept in the wash up block (decent drainers and shelving), and there was a washing machine (or two?) and ironing board available too.
The one thing they didnít have, was the use of a freezer for tenterís to re-freeze ice packs. They do, however, sell frozen bottles of water at reception. Along with a couple of bags of ice cubes from the supermarket, this process kept our (non-electric) cool box at a perfect temp throughout our stay. Maybe consider hiring one of their fridges during peak season?
We opted for the 6amp electric, as we donít overdo it (No electric cooking/TVís etc), and there was no sign of ďtrippingĒ. 10 amp is available, for the busier families.
The weather here, at this time of year, was warm enough for shorts, but a fair bit of cloud, and short light showers were not unheard of. Not sunbathing weather on the whole (although the last 3 days picked up enough for us to use/lounge around the pool, and top up our tans. Again quiet, spotlessly clean, well looked after, with ample sunbeds, and an excellent place to relax.
The bar area was quiet, and if you wanted serving, more often than not, you had to poke your head into reception. As they are adjoining, that is, of course, no problem.
WI-FI was a little weak, and best served in or around the bar area (seats and tables outside too, of course)
Beynac itself was picturesque, quaint, and downright beautiful!
Perfect in the daytime, but with only one bar and a couple of restaurants, it was probably a tad small/quiet in the evening to be perfect for us. (We do a fair bit of eating out). However, not only did we survive, we could probably get used to it, too!
There are a few hills out and about, but if you have room for cycles, take them! There are flat rides available, if you do your homework, and some of the scenery took our breath away! We only cycle for leisure, never breaking sweat, and we had the time of our lives. Country lanes as far as the eye can see, riverside paths, and off-road (tarmac) cycle paths are all available. Some direct from site, some need a short trip by car before you start. All are perfect!
You know all about the river, and the castles, and the ch‚teaux. You donít need me to tell you just how wonderful this area is!
On the negative side. And I admit, Iím struggling here, so Iíll be over zealous, if I may.
The grass, particularly on the pitches themselves, was a little threadbare. Remember though, we are talking September, after a busy summer, on a popular site, and record temps, I believe! Where there was grass, there were a million tiny soil mounds, which I presume are worms, although we never actually saw any worms! And finally, we had a mole doing what moles do, under our tent, and in our canopy. No damage to the tent/SIG/Footprint, and it certainly didnít affect our enjoyment one bit. I suspect all of these negatives are season related. Common sense tells me that the grass would (should?) be lush at the start of the season, and Iíve been informed we were prime time for mole activity!
No real evidence of bugs, creepy crawlies, ants, dragonflies, mozzies or such like, (remember, we are riverside!) so that was a relief!
Oh, and if you think you can hear buzzing. Look up. Itíll be the blowers on the hot air balloons! Very popular in these parts, it seems!
Wonderful site, wonderful area, and the only reason we wonít be going straight back, is that we donít want to get in a rut, and want our second visit to France to be ďsomewhere elseĒ.
Very, very tempting though, to play safe, and just go back here. Weíd have no problem in doing so! I'm certain we will, at some stage.
Had booked 4 nights here, but soon decided to extend it to 8! This site is in a lovely location, next to the river and with wonderful views of the castle. We arrived at end of August as site was getting quieter, but were told that it had been very busy the previous week! There are two toilet and shower blocks - we much preferred the newer one. Weather was amazing but plenty of trees for shade. Excellent location for sightseeing - Castlenaud, Gardens of Marqueyssac, Domme, Sarlat, canoeing on the Dordogne, Lascaux and much more. Would definitely go back!
We might have been satisfied with this site if we hadnt visited our friends down the road at campsite maisoneuve near castelnaud as it was a far better campsite.
We found the facilities especially play areas for our 10 year olds inadequate the small playground was only suitable for under 6. The site was busy and mainly of English people but it was August hols. The nearby beach wasn't very nice.
On the plus side the location was good and we had paid extra for a fabulously large and shadey pitch with space for our hammocks. Some pitches were not so good and suffered from road noise and no noise. The pool is a good and plenty of sunbeds.
We would not return and only recommended for those with children under 6 or with no kids outside school hols. Also pick your pitch.
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