La Ribière Sud

Europe France Limousin Haute-Vienne

Mongolian splendour and comfort meets woodland serenity in this simple, immaculate campsite

Known as France’s Lake District, the Limousin is celebrated for its wonderful rolling hills, fox-red cattle, and hordes of Brits trying to escape their compatriots from the Dordogne. It’s also an area integrally tied to the history of the Crusades and Richard the Lionheart, who met his end in the village of Châlus.

Camping de la Ribière Sud is just a few minutes away from there, set in 22 acres of sleepy woodland and meadow on the former site of a tree nursery. It’s a relatively new site run by two British ex-pats from the north of England – Ann and Harry. Harry’s an electrician by trade, so everything works like clockwork; Ann is gaining repute as a mixed media painter and her work appears in the local gallery as well as back home. The site’s centrepiece is a wonderfully painted, genuine Mongolian yurt. Inside it’s a hobbit hole of gypsy chic, wooden struts delicately illustrated by the hands of nomadic craftsmen; outside, a wonderful canvas dome bound in camel hair. But you don’t have to stay in here if you’ve brought your own canvas – there are plenty of pitches in the shade of mature trees, all with electricity.

Wild boars sometimes pop in for a sniff around, as do the local deer, beneath the ever- present shadows of buzzards. By night you’ll be sung to sleep by the soporific hoot of owls and coos of wood pigeons. The nice thing about La Ribière is the scale of the grounds – you can wander in wild glades and prairie grass without meeting a soul.

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The campsite owner says

Welcome from Ann &Harry

La Ribiere Sud Camping site, set within beautiful grounds of 22 acres with woodland, meadows, gardens and pond. Beyond there are pathways through woodland and countryside.

What’s on offer at La Ribiere Sud Camping

Six very large camping pitches 200sq Mtrs each with water and electric.


Available from 1st April 2018 wood cabin in the trees (Sol-i-tree). Yurt and holiday accommodation and there are also 2 self contained rooms each with double bed, en-suite shower room and tea/coffee making facilities. These are available to individuals or couples only (no pets please). Both rooms have outside covered patio area, table and chairs looking out on to the garden and pond area.

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