Camping L’Etang Bleu

Europe France Aquitaine Dordogne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
Camping in the Dordogne with a swimming pool, gym and private lake.

If you know a little French, even just une peu, you’re likely to recognise that the name of this campsite in the North Dordogne translates as 'Blue Lake Camping'. Sounds rather nice, doesn’t it? And it’s not just near a lake or by a lake, it has its own private lake. It’s just one of the attractions of this pretty and relaxed place that’s close to the attractive town of Brantôme and in the heart of the Périgord Natural Park.

It was in fact the lake that persuaded French-speaking British owners, Marc and Jo, to buy what was a derelict campsite more than 20 years ago. They left their jobs in London to start a more family-friendly life in the sun. They were living the dream — a fact that was documented in a 2002 TV programme of the same name, in fact. Fast-forward through the years and that derelict site is now a lovely place to stay.

In the European tradition, caravans and motorhomes are as welcome as tent campers and there are mobile homes on site too. But in a break from Euro camping rules, choosing a pitch is relaxed, not rigid. Campers are left to choose their spot according to preference, but rest assured, if you arrive when it’s busy, every pitch is green and spacious with access to an electric point nearby. In addition to the lake, which you are welcome to fish, there’s a swimming pool and a well-equipped gym on-site as well as table tennis, pool and table football. There’s a friendly bistro and a bar too with seating overlooking the swimming pool.

Marc and Jo still live on-site and are happy to share their 20 years' experience of exploring the Périgord. They’ll tell you where to get the best menu du jour or where to head to for a produce market on any particular day. They’ll tell you which towns and villages are best to visit and can even book you in for rock climbing, go-karting or zip-lining. No doubt they’ll mention nearby Brantôme. A 15-minute drive from the site, this town is a magnet for visitors with its riverside setting on the Dronne, its lively market and its historic abbey. It’s a catch-all kind of place, a bit like Camping L’Etang Bleu itself — as good for active explorers who want to take to the water as for those who simply want to relax by it.



Our sanitary block has modern toilets and showers, the shower facilities are not unisex.
We have a laundry with washing machine, tumble dryer and an airer.
A well stocked library , including DVD's and games is a your disposal

We are happy for our guests to BBQ as this is part of camping but please make sure that your BBQ is off the ground and that the coals are fully extinguished before you leave it. We do afterall live in the middle of the forest .

Suitable For

We are delighted to welcome all campers whether you have a motorhome , caravan or tent , motorbikes are welcome too.
Dogs are permitted on site maximum of 2 per pitch. Vaccination certificates must be provided. We do not accept dogs on the dangerous dogs list.


We have an abundance of beautiful towns and villages near to us. You will need a car but any voyage is well worth it.  Our local village of Mareuil has everything to meet your  immediate needs and a weekly market on Tuesdays with local producers. Just  15 minutes away you have Brantome 'the venise of the perigord' an absolute must see , from where you can canoe along the dronne river, visit the troglodite caves enjoy the Friday weekly market, have a game of mini-golf or just site by the river and enjoy a picnic.  Brantome is not alone and Jo & Marc will be more that happy to give you an insight to the area and the towns an villages to visit. Just an example are Bourdeilles, St Jean de Cole, Aubeterre, Nontron not forgetting our wonderful capital town of Perigueux and neighbouring Angouleme.
If you fancy a more relaxed day the grand Lake of St Estephe is a great day out. Swimming is permitted in a designated area and activities such as canoeing and paddle boarding are organised in  July and August. You can take a walk around the lake or cycle and take a drink from one of the bars on site. Monday evenings they also have a local producer's market where you can taste great local foods and wine. On occasion they also have live music.
Just from the site or from just a small drive, you can take a number of great walks we can provide local maps to guide you. Take in the wonderful flora and forna of the National Park along with some very interesting historical facts.
If you fancy something a little more exhillarating why not have a go at rock-climbing, go-karting ( which is organsied from the site) or a zip-wire descent after a tree climb experience.
A holiday here in has everything to offer.

Food & Drink

In addition to our on-site bar and bistro, we have a snack bar in out little village of Vieux Mareuil, Gerald and Letitia will be very happy to welcome you . In Mareuil our neighbouring village restaurant Les Prommendes offers a fantastic menu de jour or an a la carte menu.
The local towns and villages offer a great range of options to eat  and of course there is plenty of duck on their menus  !

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The Owner Says

L'etang Bleu is a quiet family run site in heart of the Limousin National Park, thereby offering a wonderful get away from it all kind of holiday. Be enchanted by the nature you are surrounded by. That said we are perfectly situated for you to enjoy all that the Dordogne and Charente regions have to offer.
Why not lounge by our swimming pool, enjoy a cool drink or an ice- cream from the pool bar, whilst also being able to keep an eye on your little ones in the play area. Chance your arm at fishing in the lake ( please put your catch back ) or why not have a game of table tennis, pool or table football. If you are feeling more energetic then our on site fitness suite could be the place for you.
After a day of relaxation or exertion, why not grab a bite to eat in the Bistro, home-cooked food to suit all, special requirements can be catered for so please just ask Jo who will be happy to help. Not to forget our food theme nights when you can enjoy yummy Moules and Frites a real summer special .

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40 grass pitches.
Large grass pitch,   Maximim 6 people i

Large grass pitch, Maximim 6 people

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 40 Available
Large pitches with electric hook up and water.

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Contact Camping L’Etang Bleu, 12 Route de L'etang Bleu,Vieux Mareuil, Mareuil en Perigord Aquitaine 24340

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Getting There

Arriving from Angouleme
Take the D939 direction Perigueux  and stay on this road until you arrive at the entry to the Village of Vieux Mareuil. Take a left turn at the Bar/snack and follow this road up through the village for 2kms. You will see the site sign-posted from the road, take the right turn on the bend and follow the white road to the entrance of the site.
Arriving from Perigueux -
Take the D939 direction Angouleme when arriving at the entry to Vieux Mareuil take a right turn at the Bar/snack and follow the road 2kms up through the village. On the bend take the right turn as indicated.
Nearest train stations are Angouleme in the charente and Perigeueux in the Dordogne. From both stations you can take a bus to the village of Vieux Mareuil. Please note that these are not very regular and we recommend that your prefered mode of transport be by car as we are a rural site.


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