The region between the Dordogne and Charente Maritime
Nature, Culture and escape
Discover beautiful landscapes: valleys, vineyards, Plains rivers, waterfalls and lakes. History is omnipresent in our region: prehistoric caves, castles, Romanesque churches, Roman baths. A desire to visit cities: Brantome, Périgueux and Angoulême or Oradour sur Glane, this martyr village of the second world war and Confolens, known for its festival. Many museums are to visit with children: BD, paper, truffle, prehistoric, knife, size of stone, contemporary art.
Dordogne markets are festive and delicious! Porcini mushrooms, truffles, foie gras, duck breast… In Cognac you will find caves to visit and be seduced by the Cognac, Pineau, but also the Charentais wines. In the Limousin: The cow limousine of course! But do you know the Charentais cricket and the cagouilles?
Move and have fun:
Lovely spots for physical exercise are everywhere in this area. Tree climbing parks, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, lakes (pedal boats and boat rental), bike trails, golf, pitch and putt, horse riding …
We recommend some nice trips during your holiday with the whole family: Surrey bike, farms, fishing, adventure park, boat trips, Deer forest, monkey park, little train in Cognac, waterfalls, … ..
and much more things to do…
The camping is located at the gates of Périgord in a region where quality products are an art of living.
Wednesday morning: Piégut plovers
Saturday morning: the Rochefoucauld and Nontron
St Mathieu, Varaignes on Tuesday evening with the possibility to eat in
There are also very many Bracs odds in the surrounding villages.
Nice visits nearby the campsite
Vineyards that were cultivated in the Middle Ages adorn the slopes of Saint Sornin, dominated by the manor house at the village of La Fenêtre.
The Sornin wine carries the label “vin de pays charentais”. There are guided visits and tastings available, but make an appointment first.
Piégut-Pluviers is an important local centre; it is home to a good deal of businesses and holds a very significant local market every Wednesday morning, (the best-known of all the Haut-Périgord area). 15 minutes away by car.
Things to see : a Gallo-Roman road, the vestiges of a 12th century military castle, the church at Pluviers with its 17th century retable, and the menhir at Fixard.
A large portion of the Périgord Limousin Natural Park is to be found in the Périgord vert.
La Rochefoucauld castle
This visit is an absolute must during your stay. A beautiful castle, well-restored and maintained, and with a chocolaterie at its foot, on the river, for a much-needed ice-cream or mug of hot chocolate after your visit!
During the medieval period, from the 5th to the 15th century, the Charentais countryside was covered in churches, priories, abbeys and castles.
These monuments are still largely intact and are evidence of an era that was both fascinating and unappreciated.
The Charente is one of the richest French departments in terms of Roman art: there is practically one Roman church in every single commune. When you know that there are more than 400 communes then you know that amateur historians are going to really appreciate the area.
Some of these churches possess very beautiful wall paintings from Roman or Gothic times, which tell sacred tales and are evidence of the deep faith of the people of the Middle Ages.
The town of Montbron is situated on a hill overlooking a bend of the River Tardoire. It used to be the home of the line of descendants of ‘Robert de Montbron’, between the 10th and 15th centuries. The town subsequently became the property of the mother of François 1st after the Hundred Years’ War and after the Religious wars.
The Castle: This was partly destroyed by order of Charles 7th, converted in the 15th century and is currently being restored; there is a polygonal tower, two frescoes from the Renaissance period and several exhibition rooms.
Nearby: the fountain, the Barbacanne ramp, sculpted stones representing a shell and a chimera, and vestiges of the church of St. Pierre.
Lake of St Estèphe
The pond of Saint-Estèphe is one of the largest and most beautiful stretches of water in the department. It lies in a rural area of meadows, woodland, ponds and granite outcrops (nearby are the picturesque Roc Branlant (wobbly rock) and Chapelet du Diable (Devil’s rosary)). A large beach with facilities to spend a refreshing day by hot wetter.
This is a medieval village built on a hillside which has kept all of the charm of its rich and prestigious past.
To see: 13th and 16th century castles containing weavers’ and a Charentais slipper-makers’ museum workshops; pigeon lofts, a tithe barn (now an inn), a church with pietà and crucifix (16th and 17th centuries).
There are numerous watermills that produce flour or oil with stone wheels, or which are used by smithies, and which are to be found along the 2 main rivers in the area, The Tardoire and The Bandiat.
At about 1 hour of the camping:
The Thermal baths at Chassenon
This is an exceptionally well-preserved site of one of the most beautiful thermal baths in France. Guided tours.
Angoulême (35 min)
National Comic Strip Museum (CNBDI) and the cobbled streets of the Old Town.
One of the prettiest French villages, with its beautiful monolithic church.
Brantôme (45 min)
Known as the ‘Venice’ of the Perigord, with a superb market on Friday mornings.
The castle at Puyghuilem
The most beautiful Renaissance castle in the region.
The caves at Villard
Very beautiful caves with prehistoric cave drawings.
With many visits to Cognac, Pineau and wine producers.
With its famous Limoges Porcelain makers.
Oradour sur Glanes
The Memorial Centre.
The region of Saint Mathieu in the Limousin
The lake at St. Mathieu, Rochechouard, the route of Richard the Lionheart with its numerous castles.
Its old town, its museums and its renowned food markets.