Moulin de Chaules

Europe France Auvergne Cantal

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Family friendly camping by a former French watermill and a crystal clear brook

It’s a fair old drive to Moulin de Chaules, so take your time to enjoy the wonderfully wild scenery. The Cantal département has long remained outside the main lines of communication in France, and laying eyes upon these uninhabited mountains for the first time is an unforgettable experience. There’s a calming quality to the way the hills and valleys bump into the horizon, like a collage of building bricks in all shades of green. Hiding amongst this scenic splendour, on the Cantal’s southern tip, sits Moulin de Chaules – a peaceful yet family orientated campsite – neighboured by a crystal clear brook and the ruins of a French castle.

Even after such a memorable drive, Moulin de Chaules doesn’t disappoint. Its 49 tents pitches (of different sizes) are all located on the sunny side of the hill, with fruit trees providing shade. Some of these grassy spaces can be found bordering the brook. It is a sublime experience waking up on a summer morning to the sound of rushing water, with the smell of a freshly cooked breakfast spiking the crisp Cantal air. But if water-side shenanigans don’t grab you, then private, terraced pitches with green shrubbery separating you from you’re fellow campers can also be reserved.

Not taking the time to visit the Parc Naturel Regional des Volcans d'Auvergne, home to the largest group of volcanoes in Europe, would be like visiting Athens without seeing the Acropolis. This vast tract of cloud-shrouded peaks, snowy summits and dense green valleys are unsurprisingly ideal terrain for outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers and mountain bikers, as well as hang gliders who can be seen floating around the peaks. The Auvergne region has over 80 extinct volcanoes, which (you’ll be glad to hear) have not erupted for more than 6,000 years, but have instead turned into a rapidly growing tourist destination.

During the summer months, Moulin de Chaules is geared towards families. The campsite features a swimming pool, ‘Youth Corner’ (located in the bar) and a playground with table tennis, table football and giant chess. However if you are sans enfants, then don’t discount this place just yet. Out of season, the camping clientele shifts to holidaymakers who prefer some peace and quiet, with many here to take advantage of the endless walking opportunities the Cantal offers. So, to sum up, Moulin de Chaules really is a campsite for everyone – it just depends what time of year you decide to visit.

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Facilities

49 camping pitches and 4 mobile homes. A dedicated sanitary block with warm showers fed by separate water heaters for 24 hour supply; children’s toilets; adult cubicles and urinals; separate wash basins; a baby corner with dressing room; baby bath with hot and cold water; and a dish washing corner. Washing machines, dryers, and a washing corner for your linen, together with ironing facilities. Disposal point and night-lighting all over the site. All facilities are free with the exception of washing machines and dryers. In high season a central parking scheme is operated to safeguard the children’s play areas. The bar area contains a tablet corner, where (for a small fee) you can catch up with your emails. When the evenings are chilly, campers are welcome to come and relax in the cosy bar.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, kids, groups and dogs – yes.

Nearby

A 1 hour drive away is the exquisite setting of Rocamadour. For pilgrims, Rocamadour's importance lies with the 'Shrine of Our Lady', a complex of religious structures centered on a statue of the Virgin Mary and the tomb of an ancient saint. Tourists come here for its religious interest, historical importance, wonderful architecture, but most of all, for the spectacular views, as Rocamadour is situated atop a rocky plateau overlooking the Alzou Valley. Not far from Rocamadour, The Gouffre de Padirac (0033 565 336 456) is a large system of caves. You descend down a long stairway or elevator, and then take a boat on the river, which flows through the cave. There is a lake 30 minutes away with a restaurant, playground and two water slides, or for an animal encounter head to the Deer Valley in Junhac (0033 471 492 968), where you can ride the small train.

Food & Drink

In the main building there is a bar and restaurant with a lovely outside terrace. In the restaurant, simple à la carte dishes are served using mainly local produce. Snacks and pizza's are also available. A takeaway service is provided with fries, snacks and pizza's on offer. Every morning, freshly baked croissants are prepared straight from the oven! A small shop sells all your essentials and the nearby bakery provides fresh baguettes.

Opening Times

April – October.

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Accommodation

49 grass spaces available. All are located on the sunny side of the hill with some bordering the brook.

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Location

Contact Moulin de Chaules, Camping Moulin de Chaules, 15600 St. Constant, Cantal, France

Getting There

From Paris: follow the motorway A10 and when you reach Orleans, choose the A71. At Vierzon join the A20, head through Limoges and leave at junction 56 (signposted Figeac). Follow the signs 'Centre Ville' and from the town centre, follow directions for Aurillac on the RN122. After 22 km you will arrive in Maurs, turn right (signposted Decazeville) and after another 5 km you will reach junction St Constant. Do not enter the village, but continue in the direction of Decazeville and after 400 meters you will see a left turning signposted Mourjou/Calvinet/Chaules D-28. Take this turning and after 2 km, passing through rocky cuttings on both sides, you will see the sign for Moulin de Chaules on your left.

There's a bus and train station in Maurs. Ryanair fly direct to Bergerac from several UK airports.

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