Beautiful bell tent glamping near the River Dronne
The tiny hamlet of Maucité may be rural – a band of trees wraps around the houses in a green embrace while the River Dronne skirts along one side – but the settlement is not entirely lost to the world. In fact, remote as the place may feel, it boasts two particular assets that the rest of France can be truly jealous of. The first is Moulin Du Roc, a Michelin starred restaurant, less than a kilometer down the road. And the second is Belair le Camping, a newly renovated and regenerated riverside campsite.
Bought by the Pantry family in 2016, Belair le Camping is a fresh, enthusiastic enterprise that has started small and keeps things on a personal scale. The site currently has just five bell tents, pre-pitched and kitted out with double beds and dainty wooden furnishings, and just two grass camping pitches. The lucky glampers and campers that do bag these spots have acres of space to explore. Bikes are available to hire, so you can whizz along the riverside or pedal your way to Moulin Du Roc for that slap up meal, and there’s a raised, over-ground swimming pool where you can while away the sunniest hours.
There are many other ideas in the pipeline, too. Talks of a treehouse are afoot, and a cosy log cabin has just been finished, tucked among the trees in the far corner of the site. An old caravan from the campsite’s previous owners was recently removed and its adjacent wooden shack converting it into a warm communal space with a kitchen area, chiminea, tables and chairs. There's also a projector, so kids can enjoy alfresco screenings, and pool table you can use.
The cobbled avenues of Brantôme are the nearest real attraction of note, its Benedictine abbey a particular highlight, but the real joy of Belair le Camping is the peace of the more immediate surroundings. Birds chirp a sing-song sound track each morning and the hedgerows bulge with fruit as the end of summer approaches.
Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Laura P.Joined in November 2016
From the host
Belair le Camping is a beautiful quiet place, situated in a small hamlet called Maucité, less than a mile from the village of Champagnac de Belair. The village has a boulangerie, and a Michelin starred restaurant, while, 6 miles away is the beautiful town of Brantôme, dubbed the ‘Venice of France’ due to the close proximity to water and the picture perfect streets.
Brantôme is 6 km away, a beautiful town dubbed the Venice of the Perigord. Encircled by the River Dronne, its a popular starting point for boat trips and kayaking. The Plus Beaux village of Saint Jean de Cole is only 7 km away – the Chateau de la Marthonie (00 33 5 53 62 14 15) and Romanesque Byzantine church sit overlooking a charming market square, with the River Cole nearby. There's also a market in Brantôme on Friday mornings and another in Thiviers on Saturday mornings. The village of Champagnac de Belair has a public open air swimming pool during the summer months if the on site pool isn't good enough for you!
Food and drink
It's all self catering here. The nearest boulangerie is in Champagnac De Belair (les than 1 km away) where there's also a Michelin starred restaurant called Moulin Du Roc (00 33 5 53 02 86 00), a local favourite. Large supermarkets and further bars and restaurants can be found in Brantôme.