Sous Les Étoiles Normandie

Europe France Normandy Calvados

  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
A charming dog-friendly campsite with an on-site bar and grill in Normandy

An appropriate way for campsite owner Steve Davis to practice his growing French language skills might be to sing that most French of ballads: “Non, je ne regrette rien”. The song, made famous by singer Edith Piaf, neatly summarises Steve and wife Dawn’s feelings about leaving the UK behind to run a campsite in Normandy. They have no regrets and, we’ll hazard a guess, nor will you should you choose to pitch up in one of their super-spacious pitches.

Sous Etoiles Normandie offers 50 pitches ranging from quite large (for campers with tents) to very large (big enough to accommodate twin-axle motorhomes), all spread across 14 green and leafy acres. Mature trees and hedges ensure there’s plenty of privacy, though even if that’s what you’re after, chances are you’ll soon be drawn to the festoon-lit communal areas of this site on a former farm. Le Cowshed Bar & Grill serves up a menu of international favourites from 6 pm to 9 pm each night and, in the summer months, Le Snug is the place for a refreshing pression (draft beer) or Normandy cider. These renovated former farm buildings are the rustic but lovely heart of the campsite run by a couple with an eye for what looks good and works well.

Steve says it was TV programmes extolling the virtues of a life in the country that inspired the move to France after his early retirement from movie post-production. He and hospitality expert Dawn made the move in 2019 and, after a lot of work, have transformed an existing mediocre campsite to one that gets glowing reviews.

Situated 40 minutes inland from the port of Caen (from where ferries ply the route to and from Portsmouth), Sous Les Etoiles Normandie is both an excellent place to pitch up for a night and a holiday destination in its own right. If you’re staying for more than the night, you’ll have time to discover the D-Day landing beaches and nearby village museum, to visit medieval Bayeux and Mont Saint Michel and to explore the Normandy countryside. And, if you're planning on using the place as a stopover, be warned that plenty of campers who book in for a night end up staying a week. You might be tempted too, once you’ve experienced the campsite’s “La Vie en Rose”. If you’re not yet fluent in Edith Piaf that’s: “life in happy hues”.



Once a working farmstead, the grounds (14 acres) have been re-designed with 50 large individually marked pitches, hedges, apple trees and borders overlooking lush green fields.
Our all new sanitary area with new wet rooms and toilets opened in mid 2019. The area is disabled friendly too, with a large separate disabled and family shower and toilet room. Making it a perfect trip for all ages and abilities. We have bought all new washing and drying machines. Wash settings from a 15 minute to an hour wash.
Recreation and games areas. The games room is a fantastic way of bringing family and friends together and engaging in a spot of 'light' competition. Plus some outdoor activities.

Suitable For

Our pitches are split into zones for tents, camping cars, caravans and twin axle caravans.
We accept domestic pets on the campsite, so long as they are kept on a lead at all times. There is a veterinary practice close to the village capable of dealing with the necessary injections and worming for return to the UK.


To the North of Saint-Martin-des-Besaces are the D-Day Landing Beaches, where they celebrate the anniversaries of the landings every June. Bayeux with its medieval center contains cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and the towering, Norman-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. It also is the home of the famous tapestry.

To the South is the historic and pretty village of Domfront, established in the 6th century and within Normandie's Regional Natural Park a protected area of forest and bocage.

To the East in Suisse Normand (little Switzerland) is Clécy with a miniature railway and the River Orne for canoeing and fishing.

To the West lies the breathtaking Mont Saint-Michel, a small island off the coast of Normandy, that is famous for its magnificent Romanesque-Gothic abbey buildings and beaches along the Cotentin shoreline.

Within the village, there is a Museum dedicated to the liberation of the Bocage Region and for the more adventurous is the Viaduc de la Souleuvre, which is a partially demolished railway viaduct over the Souleuvre River in La Ferrière-Harang,and is now used for bungee jumping.

Food & Drink

Le Cowshed Bar & Grill - Long ago when the campsite was a working farm the kitchen was a milking shed. Now fully converted to create our seasonal tasty menu. All cooked to order for you. We only choose the best ingredients for our food. The chicken is real breast meat only and the beef is 100% Angus.

Some of the items on the menu:
100% Pure Angus Beef Burger 150g
Manhattan Beef Hot Dog
Chicken Tikka Curry and Rice
Beef Chilli Con Carne
Camembert Bites
Chicken Nuggets
Aubergine Bourguignon
Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

Le Snug Bar - Serving cold beer and wine. We also stock a selection of local Normandie cider. Doux, brut and poire. Many sodas and soft drinks.

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The Owner Says

Camping Sous Les Étoiles Normandie, "Under The Stars", is a family run campsite in the village of Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.
Steve and Dawn offer all visitors a warm, friendly welcome and endeavour to make your visit to Normandy as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

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50 spacious pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes.
Large grass tent pitch Zone A5 to A14 i

Large grass tent pitch Zone A5 to A14

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 5 10 Available
Standard grass pitch. No car but 2 cyclists or motorbikes. Electric hook up available at extra cost.

Grass touring pitches A1 to A4

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 5 4 Available
Large grass pitch, space for caravan and car or motorhome with optional electric hook up. The average area for each pitch is 100m². Maximum stay 2 nights

Large individual grass pitches B1 to B8 i

Large individual grass pitches B1 to B8

Grass Pitch with EHU Sleeps 4 8 Available
A super private pitch for campers. Large grass with space for caravan and car or motorhome with optional electric hook up.

Extra large grass pitches C1 to C24

Grass Pitch with EHU Sleeps 5 24 Available
Perfect for campers wanting a large grass pitch with water and a light drain. Space for twin axle caravans and a car or motorhome with optional electric hook up.

Serviced premium grass pitch Zone D1 to D4

Super pitch (EHU, water, waste) Sleeps 6 4 Available
These premium sized caravan and motorhome grass pitches are large enough for the biggest twin axle and long motorhomes and still with plenty of space to enjoy. Water, electric hook-up and grey water drain

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Contact Sous Les Étoiles Normandie, La Groudiére, 14350 Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, Calvados France

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Getting There

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La Groudiere, Rue Slaugham, 14350, Saint-Martin-des-Besaces, Calvados, France

A84 Autoroute Exit 41
1. Follow the signs for Saint-Martin-des-Besaces,
2. When you are at the village traffic light crossroads turn right and follow the signs for Camping.
3. Pass through a second set of lights and you will see another camping sign for a left turn into La Groudiere, Rue Slaugham.
4. At the end of the short road you will see the campsite entrance.
 49°00'31.8"N 0°51'31.8"W 49.008837, -0.858822

40 minutes from the Port of Caen


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