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La Toile Sous Les Etoiles

· Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
4 acres hosted by Pascale D.
6 glamping pitches
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
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, FranceTraditional, ancestral territory of various First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Pascale D.Joined in April 2018
6 Ratings · 22 reviews
Pippa B.recommends
September 2, 2022
Lyra - Luxury Glamping
Amazing. Hosts Olivia and Nigel are so welcoming and friendly and do everything they can to make your stay special. We loved the quiet and beautiful location, the pizza and BBQ nights, stargazing and the pool. What a special place to stay, no wonder guests return again and again - we will 😃
Carmel T.recommends
August 21, 2022
Luna - Luxury Glamping
We cannot recommend this wonderful campsite enough - it is a little piece of heaven in a fantastic part of France. Our stay in the gorgeous caravan, Luna, was everything we wanted it to be - and more. It has been so lovingly refurbished and every little detail carefully thought about. It is so comfortable and we all slept brilliantly - snoozing until gone 8am - something usually unheard of on camping trips. Olivia and Nigel are wonderful hosts - so friendly and helpful. We will be returning! Thank you for a truly memorable and relaxing holiday. Carmel, Paul, Tabby & Naomi
Peter E.recommends
August 4, 2021
Estelle - Luxury Glamping
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 - Luxury Glamping
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.
From the host
Escape for a moment to our little corner of paradise, located near Auzances in Creuse, at the gates of Puy-de-Dôme, in the heart of France. Our six unusual Gîtes are located on the outskirts of a large flowered meadow of 2 hectares, guaranteeing space for all... Our accommodations are unique in terms of style. Everything is done to offer you an unforgettable stay. All you have to do is drop off your suitcases! The five bespoke cream canvas bell tents are of different sizes, set on solid foundations, fully furnished in the French style. Our vintage caravan 'Luna' dates from the early 1970s and completely renovated in 2020. The interior has been redesigned to create original, elegant, fully equipped accommodation. In the warm atmosphere of these intimate canvases, you will have a bedroom, an outdoor kitchen under a canopy with a private dining room, attached to your accommodation. There you will find a camp kitchen with gas fires, a Kadai fire bowl for barbecues. Possibility of heating food in a hanging pot on a tripod or on a specially designed saucepan. Deckchairs, a terrace with LED, solar or candle lighting for a romantic atmosphere. Each unit has a luxuriously appointed private shower room. (toilet, sink and shower) All linens are provided. Beds are made with carefully coordinated linens and ready upon your arrival. A refrigerator and a cooler for each location as well as a space dedicated to washing up. For your leisure activities in our two-hectare park, an in-ground swimming pool, sun loungers and parasols, ping-pong table, outdoor and board games, books, video projector/DVD, small toy library. Mutual respect and good humor included! For nature lovers, waterfalls, hikes and gastronomy in the heart of the Combrailles massif (medium mountain). Not far away: the Auvergne volcano chain, Vulcania and the Sancy massif, an animal park, castles and many other activities to discover... Privatization of the park possible for your family events up to 20 people: You will have in a rural setting, an activity and reception room with indoor kitchen, its functional bread oven where we prepare Pizzas during our convivial evenings, a medieval marquee and a maxi campfire area / brazier.
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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