Domaine de Pradines

Europe France Languedoc-Roussillon Gard

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
If you like your campsites to come with a healthy dose of history, check out Domaine de Pradines

If you like your campsites to come with a healthy dose of history, check out Domaine de Pradines. According to official documents connected to the property, the site was once owned by a certain M. Cambacères, a key official in Napoléon’s government. Indeed, Napoléon is said to have stayed here during the period of his Egyptian campaign, for which Cambacères planted some trees following the outline of the imperial eagle as a welcoming gesture.

Not impressed? Well, architectural evidence shows that the site harks back at least to the Knights Templar. Still not enough? Okay – how about the discovery of a 4th-century Roman coin on the grounds? (Yes, it really happened.)

Today’s incarnation of the campsite is in the capable hands of Virginie (from France) and George (from Scotland), who have been in charge of the place, along with their respective families, since 2006.

Situated slap-bang in the middle of the Parc National des Cévennes and Parc Régional des Grands Causses, Pradines is as idiosyncratic as they come. It boasts Turkmen yurts, a series of vaulted buildings that date back to the 13th century, wooden chalets, and an almost unbelievably large tract of land (370 acres/150 hectares) that’s mostly left wild.Almost.Seventy-four acres (30 hectares) have been reserved for the main camping site, a vast and fairly unruly space that has a touch of the savannah about it, helped by the African-style BBQ-eating area and tall, blonde grass.

 Campers can choose to take one of the huge spaces around the periphery of the field, or lose themselves completely in the woods. Either way, it’s unlikely you’ll be disturbed by your neighbours unless they’re shouting through a megaphone; and unless you have powerful binoculars, you won’t be seeing many of them either.

 While the owners admit that the rugged feel of the site isn’t for everyone, it’ll certainly suit anyone with a sense of adventure or with a yen for nature. Besides, it’s not so rough really – the amenities include a shower block ensconced in a charming old vaulted stone barn, a kids’ playground, a pool, a restaurant, a reception with a well-stocked shop... you can even get wi-fi here if you need to.

 The real idea, though, is to get a bit closer to nature. To take a memorable hike or adrenalin- pumping raft trip through one of the nearby gorges – the Tarn, Jonte, and Dourbie are all within easy reach – outdoor playgrounds that offer a multitude of activities, from climbing and hiking to kayaking, rafting, and canyoning. You can even paraglide if you want to see the area from a bird’s-eye perspective. Or explore the forests, granite hills, and magnificent caves of the Cévennes; a decidedly different landscape, also in close proximity.There are places like the charming holiday town of Meyrueis to visit. Or try Millau, once the largest pottery-production site for export throughout the Roman Empire and home to the marvellous Millau Viaduct, the highest bridge in the world (designed by Sir Norman Foster).

Guided walks and maps are available from reception. Plus there’s canoeing, climbing, parascending, horse-riding, potholing, and caving nearby, and, of course, the campsite’s expansive terrain, which includes wild flowers (including 30 species of wild orchid among other rarities), birds, and butterflies. Maybe you’ll find something older than a coin from the 4th century bc. A dinosaur footprint maybe?

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Facilities

Three communal BBQ areas, 50 huge pitches, 48 of which have hook-ups, some close to sanitary block, others further, sun, shade, a bit of both and finally there's semi-wild camping for the more adventurous or complete tranquility seekers. 9 hot and 2 cold showers (including a hot shower with disabled access), washbasins in cubicles, washing-up sinks, washing machine, and dryer. Swimming and paddling pool, 2 tennis courts, boules court, children’s playground. Restaurant with a beautiful vaulted ceiling typical of the region, takeaway food options, shop, Internet access and WIFI near reception, volleyball and badminton courts. No campfires (local government decree).

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans, cars – yes. Groups by arrangement.

Nearby

An embarrassment of riches awaits. There’s the Grotte de Dargilan caves (00 33 4 66 45 60 20) or the famous Roquefort cheese caves (00 33 5 65 58 56 00); the Micropolis Insectarium will appeal to creepy-crawly lovers of all ages (00 33 5 65 58 50 50). Fremyc (00 33 6 58 13 48 48), in Meyrueis, organises rafting, canoeing, walks, bike rides, speleology tours, via ferrata, and more. Airzone Parapente (00 33 6 60 84 76 23) can organise tandem rides over Millau and the Grands Causses. Randals Bison (00 33 4 67 82 73 74) offer cowboy-style riding on their bison farm. Great walks and wild river swimming are easy to find and there are a variety of activities such as canoeing down the Tarn river, hiking, horse riding and visiting Templar strongholds all locally accessible.

Food & Drink

Pradine’s auberge serves food in July and August (check opening-closing dates) in an ancient building with an impressive stone vault. It has a pleasant grassed terrace and there is also a small shop on site which serves fresh bread daily, basics and local produce. The village of Lanuéjols has 2 restaurant-bars called Hôtel Bel Air (00 33 4 67 82 72 78) & La Bonne Adresse, which is informal and family-run. Meyrueis is a bustling village in the summer with a weekly market, shops and wide range of cafés, restaurants and bars such as Hôtel Family (00 33 4 66 45 60 02), Hôtel du Mont Aigoual (00 33 4 66 45 65 61), which has good food and a down-to-earth atmosphere, and Le Jardin des Glaces (00 33 4 66 45 43 75), which serves up local specialities. For local restaurants, try Ferme Auberge de la Tindelle (00 33 5 65 59 18 39) and Auberge de Cadenas in the neighbouring village of Veyreau. Farms in the region rear unique brebis sheep that produce rich milk used to make Roquefort in you've guessed it Roquefort not far from Millau. Try Au Marché Paysan – Magasin de Producteurs Fermiers in Millau (00 33 5 65 61 39 35) as well as Terres d'Aigoual in the Parc des Cévennes also a cooperative of small local producers.

Opening Times

Camping officially from the start of June – mid September, in May too depending on the weather. Yurts can be rented mid April – mid October. Gîtes and chalets open nearly all year (reservation necessary).

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The Owner Says

Domaine de Pradines, is a unique place - that's what we are told by visitors!  We feel quite priviledged to live here surrounded by unspoilt nature with wild spots for you to discover and for us to share with you.  Silence, tranquility, dark, dark skies, loads to space left wild, little traffic, insects, authenticity, no queues, good local products, time for yourself and to be together, feel cut-off from routine, time to come back to what really matters, take the time.  We truly feel we are priviledged to be living here and would be happy to share to that with you.  We are situated in the beautiful and diverse Cevennes National Park, 35 mins from the pleasant town of Millau and access to the A75, 2hrs from Montpellier, Béziers or Nîmes.

Accommodation

There are 50 camping pitches, all spacious, some with electricity (bring a long lead).
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Bungalow for 2 to 4 people

Static Caravan Sleeps 4
A comfortable bungalow for 2 to 4 people, tucked away in the pine forest, with its own outdoor area to kick back and relax.

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Large Yurt 2-4 pers

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 4
A large Yurt in a natural setting for up to 4 people. Our yurt campment has its own shower & toilet block.

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Small Yurt 2 persons

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2
A cosy Yurt set within a wild meadow with wild flowers and on the edge of the wood.

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Furnished Tent 3-5 people

Bell tent Sleeps 5
This Furnished Tent is a spacious canvas mini cottage with room for up to 5 people to sleep.

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Furnished Tent 2-4 people

Bell tent Sleeps 4
This Furnished Tent is a spacious canvas mini cottage with room for up to 4 people to sleep.

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Le Nid - Wooden Tree Camping!

Tree house Sleeps 6
'Le Nid' - is a wooden camping structure just like a crows nest or a tree house, for a stay with added fun!

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Starry Bubble

Quirky Sleeps 4
A quirky tent with a clear pvc dome over the bedroom on the 1st floor. Living area on ground floor.

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Grass Pitch Grand Terrain

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 13 Available
A choice of spacious pitches in a meadow with open views set in the stunning Cevennes National Park.

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Location

Contact Domaine de Pradines, Domaine de Pradines, Route de Millau, D28, 30750 Lanuéjols, Gard, France

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Getting There

Pradines is 35 kms east of Millau, and 11⁄2 hours north of Montpellier, 2 hours west of Nîmes, 3 hours’ drive south of Clermont-Ferrand.

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