We decided to stay at this site after reading the positive reviews on this very web site
Sadly, the days of personal pizza deliveries to your tent are a thing of the past.
We arrived to be greeted at the barrier by the owner who looked in a state of panic. I feared the site might be full. We later realised that he was not expecting anyone and spoke no English. So we started with some basic schoolboy stuff and were soon joined by one of the residents of the mobile homes. He was French and spoke very good English. He was able to provide us with lots of useful local information. If he hadnít have been there we would have struggled.
We arrived on 10th May. Very much the low season so didnít not expect all the facilities to be up and running. The pool was open and the ladies toilets and showers were open. The laundry was closed, as was the snack bar. It was not possible to order bread or any baked goods and the nearest small supermarket and boulangerie were 6 miles away in Seix.
We had planned to stay 10 nights but left after 6 due to the fact that the place is so isolated and we were the only people on site. (The owner of the static left shortly after we arrived).
On the positive side the site is well located for a range of beautiful walks. The tourist office in Seix has about 30 walk leaflets from which to choose and they cost 75 cents. The lady there was very helpful.
The pitches vary from about 90 sq m to 120 sq m. Being the only outfit on site we had our pick and had more than enough room for the caravan, awning and 3 cars.
The toilet block is dated but clean. In May the heating was not switched on so it was a bit chilly in there.
To sum up, the site might have a much better feel in July and August but in May, for us it felt a bit depressing. We like peace and tranquillity and a site that isnít packed but this was too quiet.
Bear in mind that my ratings are based upon my experience in May.
We had a lovely stay at this small campsite. The surrounding countryside is stunning and if you enjoy walking whether that's short strolls or major hikes, you are in for a treat. This is a remote area so if you want to go shopping down the High Street, forget it. Having said that, unless you're very fussy, you can get most things reasonably localy. The campsite itself is in a beautiful location by a very lovely river. Everything was spotlessly clean and the owners could not have been more helpful.
PERFECT PEACE! Tucked way down in the Midi Pyrenees this is a little slice of heaven on earth, the site itself nestles in the foothills of the mountains and is edged by a mountain river along one side. From here there is an abundance of mountain trails for all fitness levels - from a gentle 20 minute stroll along the riverbank to the next tiny village for a leisurely beer in the sun or a more demanding 4500 feet 'walk' up to the peaks at Gusto there is something for everyone.
The site itself is immaculately clean with the two French owners working tirelessly to make sure every aspect of your stay goes well. The two toilet and shower blocks are cleaned at least twice every day and were always spotless, the pool area was also kept immaculate and this made for some welcome relief from the heat. There is a fridge, washing machine and tumble drier available for guests to use, but sadly no freezer.
The pitches are a really good size with plenty of additional space. The electric hook-up points all have the european round 2 pin sockets so make sure you take the appropriate fittings with you, (we used a standard 3 pin plug with adapter).
The owners are extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble - from advice on the local area to delivering fresh home baked pizza from their kitchen right to our tent - fantastic.
They have created a communal decking area near the pool which was perfect for an ice cold beer in the sun to a relaxing coffee in the evenings, this area also hosted an 'open' night once a week with the owners inviting everyone to a bbq or paella evening.
A grasp of the French language would help as this is very rural and un-commercialised. Plenty of forward planning will help as there is so much to do, but not on your doorstep.
All in all a fantastic place to stay and we will definitely be going back.
Really lovely, shady site, with good-sized flat pitches under trees, all near to the toilet/shower block. We had booked two pitches side by side and that's what we got. The whole site was spotlessly clean (including the gents loos) and there was almost always hot water for the the showers. There were plenty of washing-up sinks, laundry sinks, and two washing machines and a tumble drier. It is very quiet: when we were there everyone had piped down by half ten and there was almost no noise (even from the nearby road) until well after seven.
The (French) owners are very keen to help and they work their socks off; they take bread orders by about 6pm and the bread is there for you at 8. 30 the next morning - including great croissants from the baker in nearby Seix. About once a week a barbecue/paella evening is held; it costs about a tenner a head and the food is very good and the atmosphere very friendly and convivial. On other evenings, simple (but filling) meals can be ordered from the little bar. The pool is very clean (but men and boys need speedos not loose trunks). We also swam in the icy little river which rushes past the site; the strong current and the temperature put it out of bounds for small kids but our pack was aged 11 and up and they had a marvellous time. It was great to lie on your back out of the current and contemplate the last of the snow high up on the surrounding mountains, from which at least some of the river water must have come.
The local area is stunning. The nearby village is very pretty, and Aulus-les-Bains to the east and Seix to the west are both very lovey - Seix is much bigger with more shops and cafes and a fromagerie which is well worth a visit. There are lots of dazzlingly beautiful local walks, including one up to the Cascade des Arcs from Aulus, which is pretty hard uphill for people who live in flat bits of England, but easily do-able if you allow four hours plus for the actual walk and some hanging about admiring the falls. Kayaking and riding are also available locally for the adventurous. It takes about an hour and a half whichever way you go to get to Tarascon, which is near to various caves containing prehistoric art - Niaux, Bedheilac and so on. You need to book a few days ahead for Niaux, where the art is stunning. Bedheilac wins for outstanding geology, and you can just turn up on spec. There is also canyoning available in Niaux which (according to those who went) was well-run and packed with the usual dare-devil stuff.
All in all, a lovely area, and a lovely campsite with lovely staff. Please excuse the superlatives but this was probably the best campsite I have ever stayed at.
We stayed here for 3 nights over a weekend and wished we'd stayed longer.
When we arrived it became apparent that the staff were very new and very french - different to what we expected with it being an english owned campsite. As it turned out they had left 3 days before we arrived, not that we had been told. It has been taken over by a french couple who were very eager to please. The lady owner (?) in particular was so keen to tell us every local walk, and make sure we were having a good time (every evening!).
On arrival we were told to choose our pitch wherever and tell them where we'd pitched. As it turned out the site was almost empty except for a couple of other English campers. Very tranquil. This sort of approach sums up the campsite feel really - casual, friendly, simple.
This is a small campsite (40 pitches I think), with clean facilities (with toilet seats!), hot water, soap and nice extras like a fridge for communal use, washing machine/tumble drier and a 'family' room stuffed with British books. Pitches flat, with electric hook up/water very close to all pitches. That is about it though. Don't expect lots and lots of frills (or the cost that goes with them!).
Its a pretty shady site, with lots of trees, nestled in the valley between two mountain ridges. Its right next to a little river for paddling, and the little town you can walk to has a little bar and pizza shop. A short drive (10 mins?) to the ridiculously pretty local town of Seix gives you a bakery, convenience store, tourist information and a weekly market.
We did a lot of walking while we were there which were beautiful. The french owner lady seemed to know every part of the local area and was very useful. The tourist information can give you a map. They also have a couple of folders at the campsite with lots of walks detailed.
The only negative issue some people had was that they had either paid all or part of their booking to the previous owners which caused some problems on checking out. We never experienced those problems as we hadn't paid in advance though. There were also inevitable teething problems around them not knowing how to use the computer or having a card machine, although I expect they have that sorted now. Also no snack bar or hammocks as advertised when were were there.
We couldn't have had a warmer welcome from the owners and nothing was too much trouble (not that we WERE much trouble. I hope!). The site is clean, spacious and well maintained with hot and cold running chickens and the best utility block I saw in any of our French camp sites. They even had SEATS on the toilets! A rare treat in France.
The village is tiny but only a hop skip & jump away, and there's a decent enough hotel bar there. Lovely views and walks from the camp site itself; even lovelier a short drive away.
GO to this camp site. They don't get a lot better.
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