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Camping Du Bas Meygnaud
10 reviews
· Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
1 acre
29 sites
7 Lodging
19 Tent
Quiet and shady camping in the heart of the Dronne Valley
There’s something special about Camping du Bas Meygnaud. Normally if you mention a campsite in France with a pool, on-site restaurant, bike rental, badminton court and a pair of mobile homes to rent your head begins to swim with the sound of screaming children and the clapping bingo-wings of morning aqua-aerobics sessions. However Camping du Bas Meygnaud could not be further away from this commercial camping fanfare. Run by potentially the friendliest hosts on the continent and poised in countryside so sun-floweringly typical of rural France, this is the traditional family camping that everyone this side of the channel is searching for. A blanket of tall pine trees casts a cooling cover of shade over half of the campsite, the skinny trunks reaching high above, spilling their shadows across the grass pitches underneath. This brown and green scene is given colour by the glorious summer sun splintering through the canopy, as well as, of course, the peppering of colourful family tents. Out in the open there is ample camping space away from the trees, ideal for suntan searches and those wanting to camp closest to the amenities – modern, clean and well equipped for families with the littlest of campers. The real pleasures here, though, come in the homely little touches that give Camping Du Bas Meygnaud that friendly local feel. An organic herb garden looks, at first glance, a little over grown but venture closer and you'll find a treasure trove of produce waiting to be plucked and thrown into your evening meal. The busy worker bees that to and fro from the vegetables in flower are also on your side, stockpiling their goods in the beehive that provides honey to campers with a sweet tooth. Some of this produce can be brought in the small grocery shop by reception. Or, if you fancy the night off, enjoy some tasty slap-up regional food and wood-fired pizzas in the campsite’s restaurant. Though the facilities are uncommercial, there's still plenty to make active campers feel thoroughly at home. The outdoor pool is a pleasure in the heat of midday, but hiring a bike and cycling the four kilometers to Brantôme – a wonderfully beautiful little town with excellent eateries and ice-cream to cool you down – is far more rewarding. When you return to the campsite the pool will still be waiting and all the more satisfying as a result.
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Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Caral J.Joined in May 2016
3 ratings · 10 reviews
Carol R.recommends
September 10, 2022
Wooden Chalet
Camping with our dog!
The campsite is set in a shady valley with plenty of shaded plots and some sunny ones too. There is a pool and children’s play area also a block of toilets, showers and washing facilities. Perfectly positioned for walkers, cyclists and site seers alike. Our dog was welcome too!
Daniella S.recommends
August 11, 2022
Large Grass Pitch - 110m2
It was so peaceful (and laid back) that I felt truly relaxed. It isn't flash, but just what we needed. Lying in our hammock under the stars between the tall pine trees... heavenly! The pool was great too! Carla is a multilinguist and ever so kind and helpful. We will be back!
Cristabelle ?.
August 20, 2019
Really loved our time here, will certainly return. Huge pitches either secluded or in the sun. Really clean and appealing pool, and quiet campsite surrounded by countryside. Fresh pastries and bread can be ordered daily. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, we loved it.
Thera ?.
November 27, 2018
Wonderful and quiet campingsite. Pitches partially under the beautiful pinetrees which give enough shelter. Beautiful view on the countryside. I have been here several times and I'm always delighted to return here in summer. The owners Carla and Fred are very welcoming and interested in their guests. Great place for families with children as well as for couples or single people. Never noisy except for Thursday night (live music by local artists). Swimmingpool with enough space around to take a sunbath and to play badminton, table football or jeu de boules and a playing ground for children. You can by drinks and snacks and nice meals at the campingsite. I loved the local beers, the home made pizza’s and the local specialities. The showers have been renovated and are bright and clean. Once a week there is live music which gives you the possibilty to meet other people in a relaxed atmosphere. Nice villages (Brantome, Bourdeilles) and town of Perigueux. Canoeing on the river Dronne. Biking. Local markets. Can’t wait to return to Camping du Bas Meygnaud !!!
Morven ?.
September 3, 2018
We booked 6 nights here this summer based on the other 5 star reviews but only stayed 3, and even then thought about turning away on arrival. The owners were no where to be seen when we arrived. Carla eventually appeared and was very apologetic. As for Fred, he emerged 24 hours later in the “bar” ( no food, no alcohol) with a massive reefer hanging from his mouth. The ladies showers (all 2 of them) had one door hanging off, the pitches were covered in fallen branches, the pool was covered in a layer of leaves and bugs and had no seats around it. This could be a great campsite.... but sadly isn’t. Very disappointed.
Dave C.
November 5, 2017
We've been camping here for more than 20 years, first as a couple, then with our son, and we have always had a lovely stay and never wanted to go home. The owners, Carla and Fred are very friendly and helpful and do anything they can to make your stay enjoyable. During peak season they arrange various entertainments for a range of age groups such as live music and craft workshops. The cafe serves a limited menu of tasty snacks and meals, with alcohol if needed. A small shop sells basic essentials and local delicacies including honey from Fred's own beehives. The amenities block is always clean and functions well. The small swimming pool has its own toddler pool and is a great place to cool off when the temperature is in the mid-30s. The friendly atmosphere and safe environment means that this is a great place for families to come and meet others from all over Europe. The site is rural and tranquil but within easy reach of many of the Dordogne's gems. The picturesque village and chateau of Bourdeilles and the town and abbey of Brantome are a short drive or cycle away. Many more chateaux, prehistoric caves and pretty towns and villages are also within easy reach. The larger town of Perigeux is a 25min drive away and has a number of cultural attractions - a museum of the town's roman past and several cathedrals to name a few. Other towns such as Bergerac, Riberac are a little further and Bordeaux is easily reached on a day trip.
From the host
Our campsite is situated in the heart of the Dronne Valley. Brantôme "The venise of the Périgord" is just 4km away. Camping du Bas Meygnaud is quiet and shady with 50 pitches. We promote respect for both the environment and fellow campers. From the campsite there are several routes and pathways for cycling and walking. Forests, hills, lakes, rivers and rocks provide a lot of natural activities. Locally there is plenty to do: You can visit the botanic garden of Brantôme, Alaije; there is a truffel museum in Sorges, and several water mills in the area where you can learn how to make flour and walnut oil; Brantôme "la Venise de Périgord" has a Benedictine abbey; and, of course, there are the famous caves of Lascaux. At the campsite you will also find bike rental, a swimmingpool, a playground, a volleyball court, badminton and table tennis, plus a boules pitch.
Nearby attractions
Sometimes known as the ‘Venice of the Dordogne’, Brantôme is a lovely little town near the northern edge of the region. Perhaps this billing is exaggerated, however the town has an undeniably charming mix of medieval and Renaissance architecture to admire. On the banks of the Dromme river (just outside Brantóme) lies Les Jardins Tranquille, a lovely garden, which offers exactly what it says – tranquility. The garden's nine acres have large, English-style borders, shady wooded areas and a lovely stretch along the edge of the river. Sorges is a small village not far from Perigueux with a particularly attractive church, which sits on a pleasant square. Sorges is known as the 'truffle capital' and boasts a recently renovated museum (0033 553 059 011), offering an interesting and playful look at the world of truffles.
Food and drink
There’s an onsite restaurant, serving regional food and a variety of snacks. Fresh bread from the local baker is delivered each morning in July and August, and campers can also make their own pizza. Nearby Brantôme boasts plenty of excellent eateries, including Hostellerie Du Perigord Vert (0033 553 057 058); Cote Riviere (0033 553 466 030) – with tables over looking the pretty River Dronne; and La Recre Gourmande (0033 553 457 704) where Colette and Yann welcome you to their beautiful 17th-century home.
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