Yelloh! VIllage Camping Les Gorges du Chambon
Straddling the border of the Charente and Dordogne regions and nestled inside a meander of the tranquil river Tardoire, Les Gorges du Chambon is a family-friendly campsite that makes the most of its scenic location. Despite its vast 28 hectares (and 132 pitches), there's a real sense of intimacy to the campsite – an infectious atmosphere of neighbourly bonhomie spread by easy-going hosts Pascal and Lidewij.
The whole feng shui of the site is geared towards convivial camping, from the amply-spaced pitches, to the children's playground, to the Romanesque courtyard central hub housing the restaurant and shop in charming, traditional ivy-clad stone barns.
There’s a smorgasbord of activities onsite and off to keep you (and the little campers) occupied. The spacious swimming pool is open all day, though if you fancy a swim, go wild and head down to the riverside or one of the local lakes (Lavaud, St. Estèphe or St. Mathieu) where you can also enjoy a range of other water sports. Tennis courts, crazy golf and a volleyball court will keep sporting campers busy while, if you’re feeling a little more extreme, Pascal and Lidewij can arrange an introduction to hang-gliding – now that's a view that takes some beating.
From Les Gorges du Chambon's secluded riverside locale, a network of inviting footpaths and easily navigable cycle routes (bikes can be hired from reception) spread out across an area noted for its vibrant flora and fauna. The whole of Poitou-Charentes is positively abuzz with wildlife, from the farmlands of the North Charente, the lakes to the East, the forests of the Horte-Tardoire, to the sprawling National Park of the Périgord Limousin. Les Gorges du Chambon is in fact a designated place of interest for France's equivalent of the RSPB, the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux. So be sure to bring your Sibley's Birding Basics.
This idyllic French countryside, of course, goes hand in hand with traditional French markets. Whatever day of the week you'll find a market brimming with local produce to suit. The renowned weekly market of Piegut is 10km away and Chateau De La Rochefoucauld, in the titular bustling village, is a similar distance in the opposite direction. The campsite even hosts its own weekly evening market featuring an artisan foie gras producer, a Pineau maker, pancakes and galettes, plus lots of other lovely organic goodies.
The area is perhaps most famous for its fine wine and nearby, in the village of Charente Perigord, are the caves of Saint Sornin, one of France's oldest vineyards. The short tour here is essential, not least for the complementary tipple of their world class Gamay. Pascal and Lidewij can also arrange tours of the famous nearby Remy Martin Cognac vineyard. Soak up the setting via the small train, taking in the vines, the stills and the cellars, finishing with, of course, a tasting session of the eminent brandy.
So whether you fancy a guided tour through the libraries of Chateau De La Rochefoucauld or tree climbing at the local "acrobranche" centre, or simply embracing Mother Nature beside the gentle babbling of the Tardoire, Les Gorges du Chambon makes the ideal tranquil campsite base.
132 grass pitches, organised around 2 sanitary blocks with: showers, sinks, toilets, a baby bathroom, sluice chemical toilet, washing machine and a tumble dryer. Electric hook-ups available. Bungalows and cabins for hire. Disabled facilities. Baby Facilities. Bed sheets for hire. Small grocery shop and daily bread delivery service. Bar and Restaurant. Paddling pool, newly-rennovated swimming pool with slides, tennis courts, mini-golf, volleyball and children's play area. River 150m away. Bike hire from reception. Games room. Kids Club. Wifi. Safe at reception.
Tents, caravans/motorhomes, families and groups – yes. Dogs are now also permitted on the campsite but not in any accommodation.
Plenty of traditional markets including Piégut Pluvièrs (Wednesday mornings), Chabannais (Thursday mornings), Brantôme (Friday mornings), plus La Rochefoucauld and Nontron (Saturday mornings). Chateau De La Rochefoucauld (0033 545 62 07 42) is an insight into the French aristocracy of yesteryear but if you don't fancy paying the €12 to enter, the photos outside from the town side of the river. Golf de la Prèze (0033 545 23 24 74) is an 18-hole course 7km from the campsite. The Lac de St Estepheis a spectacular lake that's great for a summer's day swim. The lakes of Haute Charente boast a wide range of water sports and you can hire boats and catamarans easily.
Food & Drink
There's a small grocery onsite along with a restaurant and bar. For something really special, head to Le Moulin de la Tardoire (0033 545 66 41 46) in nearby Montbron for some refined, nouveau cuisine. Though a little pricier than other local options, the views from the terrace are worth the decadence alone. For some proper regional street food, head to the farmers market on Tuesday evenings at Varaignes.
Mid-April - Mid-September.
The Owner Says
Welcome in the middle on the Nature in la Charente! our place is a real gem for nature lovers. The large pitches, the forest, the hills and the river makes that you feel so close to nature, that you forget all your worries for a moment. The facilities are comfortable and the camp-site is appreciated by couples and families with children to 14 years. A lot of outdoor activities are possible directly from the camp-site: mountain-bike routes, walking routes, heated swimming pool and paddling pool, tennis, sports field, trampoline, horse riding, crazy golf or rustic golf.
You'll be amazed by the beauty of the site and the area. The pitches are very large, from 100m² to 300m². It's time to make a break so book quickly and see you soon!
We are very happy to welcome you personally and to offer you a cool drink at arrival!
Lidewij and Pascal
132 grass pitches with some 'premium pitches' that come with a covered terrace, chairs and a table, fridge, stove gas, and a barbecue. Chalets, mobile homes, tents and ecolodges, as well as larger pitches (100m² - 300m²) all available to rent.
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From Angouleme or Limoges, head in the direction of La Rochefoucauld. Exit at La Rochefoucald and follow Montbron. In Montbron, follow the direction of Eymouthiers (D6). The campsite is signposted here. After 6 km turn left, and follow the road which arrives at the campsite after 3 km.
Buses run from Angouleme to Montbron. The closest railway station is in La Rochefoucauld, a 20 minute drive from the campsite.
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