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La Toile Sous Les Etoiles
20 reviews
· Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
4 acres
6 units
6 Glamping
Sociable, rural, bell tent glamping on the Limousin-Auvergne border where campfires are permitted, stargazing is a must and space is always guaranteed
'Canvas under the stars'. That's the direct translation of La Toile Sous Les Étoiles and an appropriate one given the dark skies that this rural part of East Limousin affords. When the sun sets and only the campfires flicker at this brand new glamping retreat, the Milky Way dazzles with its full display. Even the furtherest stars seem to wink at you. Created by British ex-pats Nigel and Olivia Stanton, who first fell in love with the region on holidays of their own, this comfortable take on camping offers an enchanting mix of luxury and ol' fashioned outdoor fun. In a wildflower meadow, flanked by mature trees, mown pathways weave their way between the six different bell tents, each pitched on a flat wooden deck where garden chairs call out for you to sit down in the sun with a good book. Inside, the bell tents are bunting-clad beauties – think vintage chests, oak-framed beds and marble-topped cabinets – where the tiniest touches show real attention to detail. An up-cycled pastis bottle has been turned into a bedside lamp, freshly picked flowers fill a vase and complimentary tea and coffee await. There's no denying this is camping done right. The same thoughtfulness has been given to the rest of the space. Walk past the swimming pool to old farm buildings, where you'll find bathroom facilities and a kitchen, which, though plush, still have a wonderful sense of place. The charmingly rustic washing-up sinks, for example, are made out of deep wooden buckets, while the stone ablutions barn feature exposed corrugated iron along the walls. The kitchen, well equipped for the maximum of 20 guests the site allows, has a range oven, wood-fired bread (or pizza) oven and a private fridge for every bell tent. While such facilities make for easy living, it's the all-round setting of La Toile Sous Les Étoiles that makes it so special. It's easy to see how Olivia and Nigel so quickly fell in love with the place. The young orchard overlooked by ivy-dotted barns, the old farm tracks to stroll along and the reliably brilliant weather. Why wouldn't you want to live here? Throw in the convenient amenities of Auzances, the local town a 5-minute drive away, and the vast regional park – Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches – a half hour drive beyond that and there's everything you could want for. Not that it's all needed. Some days are better spent doing absolutely nothing but lazing beside the pool.
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Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Olivia & Nigel S.Joined in April 2018
4 Ratings · 20 reviews
Peter E.recommends
August 4, 2021
Estelle - Luxury 5m Bell Tent
We had a wonderful stay at La Toile Sous Les Etoiles with our almost 2-year-old daughter. She loved looking for small insects and animals around our private garden (slugs, snails, spiders, grasshoppers...) and walking around freely everywhere on the campsite. The attention to detail of Olivia and Nigel is really remarkable. Everything looks great, works perfectly and is beautiful. Some examples: a handcart to get your luggage from the car parking to your tent, a welcome bottle of wine, a coolbox to get your stuff from and to the fridge, the quality of the private bathroom, the bread delivery service in the morning, the small shop at the reception, the warm welcome, the optional social events, tips and info for trips around the area, kindling wood for your personal fireplace... We'd really love to come back and have the experience for a 2nd time! We also definitely recommend La Toile Sous Les Etoiles for families with young children: they will love it! Thank you Olivia and Nigel, and see you next time!
Katy B.
August 10, 2020
We had a fantastic week at La Toile with our two girls aged 3 and 6. It was everything we hoped for and more! The bell tents, spaciously set in a wild flower meadow with plenty of privacy, are well appointed, comfortable and beautifully decorated with antique French furniture and handmade touches. The outdoor kitchen with gas rings is a great addition and provided some much needed shade on hot days. We also loved cooking on our Kadai Fire bowl and toasting marshmallows in the evenings. The private bathroom, own fridge with cool box and swimming pool are a massive plus when camping, and set this site apart from others we were considering. The communal spaces have been sympathetically restored, and there are plenty of seating areas around the old barn if you want to eat a meal away from your tent. We particularly enjoyed the pizza night where you get to make your own pizza and watch it cook in the old bread oven. Olivia and Nigel are the perfect hosts, friendly and genuine, nothing seemed too much trouble. They gave us daily advice on places to go which were suitable for children. We went to several lovely lakes with beaches and a market, all within an hour's drive. There's also helpful information and leaflets in the reception area, and an honesty shop for any essentials, the ice creams were a winner with our girls. This is by far the best glamping experience we've had and we wouldn't hesitate to book again!
David B.recommends
September 10, 2019
Galileo - Super 7m Luxury Bell Tent
La Toile was everything we had hoped for and we highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it. Firstly, the site was amazing. The field and tents were laid out in a very clever was to ensure privacy for the tents whilst the swimming pool / play area were a good place for the children to play and have fun. The tents was great. It had everything that we needed, the beds were comfortable and the Kadai fire bowl was great for cooking. Nigel and Olivia were amazing hosts. They always ensured we had everything that we needed and that we had plans for the day. The pizza evenings were great (you made your own and Nigel cooked them in the old bread oven) and enabled everyone to get to know each other. Within about an hour fro the campsite there were lots of places to visit and things to do. Closer by there were local markets and several walks form the campsite itself. Overall, we cannot recommend La Toile enough. We had such a fun, relaxing and enjoyable week, I'm sure we'll be back soon.
Shelly ?.
September 3, 2019
We were warmly welcomed by Nigel and Olivia on our arrival and they were the perfect hosts throughout our stay. A lovely bottle of fizz, home cooked cookies and a welcome bag for the kids were lovely touches and greatly appreciated when we first arrived. Every day Nigel and Olivia provided us with great tips on what to do and how to really make the most our stay. We all loved the pizza evening and the night we sat around the campfire chatting to the other guests whilst the kids toasted marshmallows and explored the starry sky with the help of Nigel telescope. The campsite itself is very peaceful and its easy to relax in the many spaces on offer throughout the campsite. The tents are beautifully decorated (as are all areas) and Inside the tent you will find absolutely everything you would need. There was a fire pit to cook on as well as an additional range in the barn so it made cooking very easy and convenient. Its a wonderful place to relax, take in nature, let children run wild and to make new friends.
Jonathan H.
August 22, 2019
This holiday was everything we hoped for and more. After a long drive down from Tours, we were relieved to find we had found the right place as we turned into the parking area only to be greeted with a personalised welcome sign designating our parking space. We then met our hosts Nigel and Olivia who went on to show us round the site and our amazing bell tent for the week. The welcome we received was above and beyond our expectations, with nice touches such as a bottle of fizz on arrival and goody bags for the kids. The homemade biscuits went down a treat! Olivia and Nigel have thought of everything..from your own dedicated bathroom and fridge to a bottle opener on the fridge room wall. The pizza nights are incredible, and as it was on the night we arrived it gave us a chance to meet everyone else. Our children enjoyed meeting the other children and loved the outdoor cinema and ice cream. We had a star gazing /marsh mellow toasting night which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, the children played with the other children to dusk and the adults enjoyed star gazing and looking through Nigel's telescope and chatting over a wine. We had a threat of storms one night and Nigel set up a movie for the children and the adults sampled local cheese and wine. The next morning the weather was a little grim and Nigel treated everyone to fresh croissants/choc au pains. Our boys loved the swimming pool, games area and catching bugs in the bug jar Nigel had made. Our little boys made some lovely friendships and got the most out of every minute of the day playing with their new friends in the meadow but we knew they were in sight. Memories they have made on this holiday i am sure will last them a life time. We definitely hope to be back. ps we are missing noodle the dog!
Paul ?.
August 17, 2019
Our stay with Nigel and Olivia was a real treat, the tents were comfortable and well furnished and the location was beautiful and very relaxing. Nigel and Olivia, seem to be constantly working on ideas to make their guests stay as enjoyable as possible - home made pizza night (great for socialising), star-gazing etc. The site is very safe allowing children to explore and make friends. 20 guests in total which means that the campsite is friendly and not too busy. Deserves the 5 star reviews - we'd love to return to this camp site.
From the host
An intimate but spacious Glamping Site in the heart of France. Just six units in a large flower meadow ensures privacy and space for everyone. Each unit has a private, luxuriously appointed shower room . Swimming pool on site and surrounded by the glorious and varied countryside of rural central France. Each of our 6 accommodation options is unique in terms of style. The five bespoke cream canvas bell tents are of differing sizes and are sited on solid bases and fully furnished with vintage French furniture and bespoke style. . Our vintage caravan ' Luna' - is an early 1970's caravan, fully renovated in 2020 with the interior being re-designed to create quirky, stylish, fully equipped accommodation. All towels and linen are supplied and beds are made up with carefully chosen crisp linens ready for your arrival. We hope we have thought of everything to make your stay with very comfortable. Fully equipped with ample crockery, cutlery, utensils, pots and pans - just what you might have at home. Lighting powered by the sun and candles with low energy LED lighting via solar panels and candles for ambiance. A private and fully furnished dining canopy is sited next to your accommodation with a camp kitchen with gas rings for convenience or a Kadai Fire bowl for barbeques, heating food in the tripod suspended cooking pot, or on a specially designed pan. Your own mains powered fridge (located in a converted barn) and a cool box. The luxuriously appointed shower rooms are housed within an old converted barn. Beautiful Outdoor Swimming Pool with furnished decked surround (the pool is fenced for safety reasons). Other facilities on site include a ‘Guest Barn’ which is fully equipped to cater for up to 20 people, a range cooker and a huge dining table, and our original bread oven in which we will cook you handmade pizzas on pizza nights. A communal fire pit/barbeque area with a 'monster' of a Kadai Fire Bowl. There is also badminton and table tennis available, a cinema area (with DVDs), outdoor and indoor games and a library corner. There is a marquee in our small orchard and a number of secluded seating areas around the site. A small shop onsite has little luxuries, a few essentials and ice creams of course. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you plan your holiday - hope to see you soon!!!
Nearby attractions
It's 20 miles to Aubusson, world famous for its tapestries, with beautiful works of art on offer, galleries and plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as the main museum. There are nearby markets and chateaux for the archetypal French experience and a plethora of activities for families who fancy a spot of adventure. Drive around an hour to; Lac de Vassivière, the biggest lake in Limousin in the Regional Nature Park of Millevaches.  Cycle around the perimeter, sail, kayak or swim in the lake itself enjoying one of the many beaches along its' shore. Similarly, Sioule-Loisirs (27 miles) is a great multi-activity base in the Sioule Gorges, with canoes, kayaks and electric mountain bikes for hire.  The UNESCO World Heritage site 'Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne' (www.parcdesvolcans.fr), provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, two theme parks and even paragliding!  The mountains of the 'Massif du Sancy', a ski resort in winter are, in summer, a natural theme park for walkers & cyclists, there's a summer luge and the cable car will take you to the summit (www.sancy.com).
Food and drink
It's a 5 minute drive into Auzances, where there's a handful of small restaurants and cafés and a market on Tuesday mornings. Plus, all the basic essentials – three bakeries, a butcher's, a pharmacy, a bank, a post office, vets, a furniture shop... a lawn mower store! For groceries, head to the big Intermarché supermarket just on the other side of the village.  The summer months see the addition of a 'pop-up' bar and bistro by the small lake in Auzances, which is very popular with local people - what better recommendation can there be?  There are a number of other, charming 'Auberge' type restaurants within a 15 minute drive.  Each summer, local villages and towns hold antiques/bric-a-brac markets and their own annual fetes.  
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