Riveco Glamping

Europe France Limousin Haute-Vienne

A peaceful, private, riverside glamping site in rural Limousin with a nearby château to explore and ample space to unwind

The serene River Boucheuse is only a few metres wide as it idles along the side of Riveco Glamping, a small, endlessly green glampsite in the Limousin region. Just beyond the tall, mature trees and thick foliage of the site, the river widens into an oval-shaped millpond, cascading down a weir and continuing south past the nearby vineyards in La Faye. A tributary (romantically named, La Valentine) makes a similarly languid pathway around the local village of Coussac-Bonneval, five kilometres away, home to a 14th-century château and a trio of little restaurants. It’s the perfect patch for a holiday.

The Boucheuse is certainly part of the appeal here. The slower pace of the river seems to have permeated into all life around it. Birds seem to sing all the more harmoniously, the glampsite hammock seems to cocoon you all the more comfortably and the hours of the day breeze by in a haze of utter comfort. Even the donkeys and sheep on the smallholding are friendly, mellow creatures. Give them a wave as you wander down the yellow brick path that leads from your car to the great white geo-dome you’ll be calling home.

The dome itself, the only accommodation at the site, is right beside the river and boasts an extra, mezzanine level inside. On the bottom floor there’s a comfortable sofa area, facing out of the ginormous wall windows, along with some extra storage, while up the stairs there’s a king-sized bed. By night, the centre of the dome can be opened up to reveal a huge, circular window, allowing you to sleep directly beneath the stars. The sky here is blissfully un-polluted and the stars shine wonderfully for all to see, framed by the black outline of the surrounding trees.

Owners Carl and Lesley not only lend their personal touch to the glamping site – bunting hangs above the handy kitchen space and conscientiously placed candle lanterns are dotted around – but they also tend to the smallholdings vegetable patch and animals. The welcome basket when you arrive is always stocked with a few home-grown and local goodies and homecooked meals are available by request. For everything else, you can slope off to the village or head to the excellent Monday evening market in Ségur-le-Château, a local treasure and a wonderfully atmospheric, traditional French scene.

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Facilities

The dome is right by the riverside and the only unit on site, so you have the whole place to yourself. Removable roof for stargazing, king-sized bed on its own mezzanine floor, bedside and soft furnishings, plus bedding, linen and towels supplied. Hot shower, Nature's Head eco toilet and outdoor kitchen all located within a few metres of the dome. Kitchen area has gas stove, freezer box, sink, cooking equipment and BBQ. Star-gazing tours are available for guests upon request (€25). Wi-Fi available.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families (though be aware with toddlers of proximity to the river) and well behaved dogs allowed, yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, No.

Nearby

It's a 5-minute drive to Coussac-Bonneval, a beautiful little village with an 14th-century château at it's heart – Château de Bonneval (0033 6 2919 4906). It is small but has most of the essentials – a restaurant, bar, bakery and so on. St Yrieix la Perche is 15 minute's away, for further amenities. There is also a cinema and a new swimming pool/leisure centre (0033 5 5558 6020) there. It's 50 minute's to Limoges, where quaint, medieval, timber-frame houses line Rue de la Boucherie. The city is known for its decorated porcelain, much of which is on display at the Musée National Adrien Debouche (0033 5 5533 0850), while the Musée des Beaux-Arts (0033 5 5545 9810) showcases the history within the dramatic setting of the former Episcopal Palace. Finally, the Gothic Cathédrale St-Étienne (0033 5 5534 4687) took six centuries to complete. So the least you could do is give it a few moments of your time for a visit.

Food & Drink

A welcome hamper with local produce is provided to help the guests settle in and homecooked food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is also available upon request – it always includes organic food produced on the campsite's small holding. Market days in St Yrieix la Perche (15-minute drive) are the 2nd and 4th Friday each month. Nearby Ségur-le-Château also hosts a producers' market every Monday evening during July and August. Roam the stalls selecting your meat from one, your wine from another, bread from a third and so on, before making your way to the BBQ in the corner where your meat will be cooked for you! If you're around on a Monday it is a must!

Opening Times

May–September.

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The Owner Says

Looking for a holiday with a difference?

Imagine the scene... Just you and nature. The only sounds are the gentle flow of the river, the nearby waterfall, or the singing of the birds.

This is just the start as the real excitement comes in the evening when you lie back in your raised bed and remove the roof to enjoy a night of stargazing that you will never forget. No light pollution here, it's like looking at a whole new world.

First opened in spring 2017, Riveco Glamping was created by Carl and Lesley with the remit of providing a holiday that you will never forget, away from all the hustle and bustle of life, giving couples the time to just enjoy life. Park your car and follow the yellow brick path down to your own private and secluded dome, set amongst the trees and right by the river's edge. On the way down, say hello to the donkeys and the sheep and then, sit back, relax and enjoy your blissful holiday in rural France.

In the Riveco Glamping Dome there is storage space, an air chair, a sofa bed, seating and upstairs is the comfortable double sized bed that takes advantage of the amazing views and sounds. Outside is a decking area for sunbathing or just chilling, and right next to the dome is the kitchen area, with gas stove, freezer box, sink, cooking equipment and bbq area. Next door is the toilet and shower area, the toilet is the same as ones used on posh boats and feels just like a normal toilet but is eco friendly.

Accommodation

1 luxury geo-dome sleeping up to 4 people (and a safari tent planned for 2018).

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Luxury Geo-Dome

Dome Sleeps 4
Riverside location of this two level luxury Dome, with retractable roof and welcome hamper

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Location

Contact Riveco Glamping, Las Gouttas, Coussac-Bonneval, 87500, Haute Vienne, Limousin, France

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Getting There

Heading from Limoges towards Brive on the A20, take exit 42 signed for Meuzac. Turn right at the junction and at the main road go straight across, following the sign for Coussac-Bonneval. After about 10 minutes you will go through the village of Meusac, immediately after you will see a turn to you right, signed Coussac-Bonneval, with a restaurant and lake situated on your right. Turn here. 5 minute's later you will come to a main road, the D901, just before this on your left is a country road signed Moulin de Figeas. Take this turn and follow it down to the bottom, here you will go over a river via a bridge with a waterfall on your left. Immediately after take the fist left marked Las Gouttas. The campsite is located 100 yards on your left, just look for the Riveco Glamping sign at the end of the drive.

The nearest train station is in the village, Coussac-Bonneval, which has links to Limoges and Brive. It's a 45-minute drive to Limoges Airport.

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