Camping Belle Vue is well named. What at first might seem like a modest-sized campsite – a mere eight pitches – soon wins you over with its intimate ambience and views over the fields to the local chateau: a grand old building crowning the village of Hautefort that was once lived in by a countess who survived a number of husbands. By night it lights up like a chandelier, and should you visit on a Wednesday evening you’ll find people in period dress strutting around its ornamental lawns to the accompaniment of classical music. Sitting in the northern tip of the Dordogne, just below Limousin, Hautefort is a charmingly low-key village, with a clutch of antique shops, galleries and rustic bars.
The campsite is a rustic and comfortable oasis of calm, with just eight pitches, a couple of pre-erected tents and two rental caravans. It’s well catered for with its cosy Stable Dining Room, decked out in blue-checked tablecloths and exposed brick walls, and a little shop selling basics where in the evening you can place an order for mouth-watering fresh pastries and bread to be delivered piping hot next morning. Owners Cal and Simon, originally from the UK, wanted to escape the rat race and find a slower pace of life, and they certainly did that. As well as welcoming hosts they’re also great cooks and serve up delicious local dishes made with their homegrown veg. Admittedly there’s not much to do, but the surrounding area has a smorgasbord of potential activities. Settle back and savour the honeysuckle perfume in the air and feel your pulse lowering by the minute.
The campsite owner says
Whether you're walking, cycling, horse-riding or just going for a drive, Camping Belle Vue makes an ideal base from which to explore the Périgord region. Just 3km from Hautefort, our small campsite offers a stunning and tranquil setting in which to pitch your tent or park your campervan.
Enjoy terrific valley views of Chateau Hautefort from the peaceful and tranquil campsite, complete with super friendly hosts that will welcome you on arrival and help answer any questions you may have about the local area and attractions.
Like many who return year after year, we invite you to enjoy our friendly, personal service and our exceptional campsite. Where possible we can always be flexible on arrival and departure days in July and August; so please ask for further details.
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