Camping La Chatonnière
Never has a campsite harnessed so much power of nostalgia. Like the city image of a handsome, sun-tanned Parisian cycling around beneath the Eiffel Tour, La Chatonnière is the archetypal vision of the countryside, all parceled up into family campsite form. Picture, if you will, quintessential French camping and then get out your checklist… Send us a postcard if anything’s not ticked off.
For starters there’s the river, glistening in the sun as it flows languidly around long, sandy meanders, perfect for paddling, swimming and cooling off from the midday heat. Along it’s edges the grass has been systematically worn down by picnic blankets and sun towels or grows in shrub-shaped patches beneath the dappled shade of trees. Then there’s the fantastic number of tents, giving a real traditional feel to the place. Campervans and caravans are still very much welcomed, but the apron of grass at the very bottom of the site (where cars are not allowed) mean it’s still the old-school camping clan that thrive.
It’s the atmosphere, however, that’s most fitting. Utterly relaxed and laid back, the place has a plethora of excellent facilities yet none of that Euro Camp feel that’s become more common in recent years. There’s badminton, boules and table tennis, bikes for hire and boats you can borrow to dabble about on the water, plus a small shop where they sell ice creams and deliver fresh, pre-ordered bread each morning. It’s both remarkably casual yet wonderfully well organised. Precisely what you want in a campsite.
The surroundings are, in fact, all part of a designated nature reserve – Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin – an added reason why the focus here is on keeping things simple and natural rather than artificial and commercial. Even their facilities are suitably green; the toilet flush uses water from the river, the shower heating is all aided by solar panels on the roof and any leftovers from the shop? We’ll they get fed to the owner’s goats of course!
So with the atmosphere in top order, facilities to boot and surroundings green enough to be given ‘Parc’ status, it surely leaves just one more box on the checklist – a little culture française. How about a spectacularly grand, 12th-century château within easy walking distance? Big fat tick for that one.
We have thre modern sanitary blocks, one of which is heated including facilites for person with reduced mobility, a family bathroom, two baby bath spaces, washine machine and dryer and a covered washing up space.
There is WIFI throughout the campsite, fresh bread every morning, a small shop and a tourist information ofice.
There is badminton court. a trampoline, ping-pong table, pool table, football table, children's paly areas and an outdoor fitness area with a view of the river.
Bikes, go-karts, canoes and kayaks are available on site. You will also be able to buy a fishing license at the campsite reception and fish in the river.
Kids will be able to enjoy board games from our library. Small children can play on the nearest beach while all other swimmers will be allowed in the river.
Suitable ForThe campsite is ideal for family holiday, couple retreat and nature lover.
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Opening TimesFin mai - mi-septembre.
The Owner Says
La Chatonnière is a small, green campsite on the edge of a little river with its own sandy beach. We rent Mobil-Homes, Tents, Safari Tents and camping pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes.
Our three-star campsite is located in a peaceful area in the Dordogne, not far from the Limousin border. Because this area is very special in terms of landscape and nature, it has obtained the status of a Nature Reserve. The name of this new nature reserve has become: "Périgord-Limousin Regional Natural Park" and is well known across the country. For peace, tranquility and the chance to really enjoy the flora and fauna of France, there are few more refined places.
The campsite "La Chatonnière" is located a few steps from the village of "Jumilhac-le-Grand" where you will find all the amenities such as shops, a swimming pool, a tennis court and restaurants. The impressive Jumilhac-le-Grand castle is part of the Richard the Lion Heart castles route, a renowned route that hosts some of the most wonderful castles in all of France.
Our terraced campsite is located in a green valley on the banks of the Isle River. The pitches are separated by bushes. Trees will always provide shade although there are plenty of sunny spaces to be find if that's what you're after.
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