Le Camp started as a small and stylish family run business. We intend to keep it this way. Green, wooded and undulating, Le Camp is large enough to offer space and privacy whilst still maintaining an intimate, exclusive feel. We are located in one of France’s most beautiful and unspoilt regions, with stunning and uninterrupted views over the Aveyron valley. You will find us about 90 minutes North East of Toulouse, close to the Gaillac wine region and the beautiful medieval towns of Saint‑Antonin‑Noble‑Val, Cordes‑sur‑Ciel and Najac.
Le Camp offers a complete luxury camping holiday experience. Each of our seven tented retreats is surrounded by plenty of private space and so there is a great appeal to stay in and relax. However, the local area also offers so many things to do, it is impossible to fit it all in. If peace and quiet is what you are looking for, you will certainly find it here. If your children are looking for holiday friends, they will find them here. You can relax knowing they are safe whilst they roam free with their new friends, exploring the natural environment and meet our pets and wildlife.
Natural Swimming Pool
Our natural swimming pool was one of the first in France and is still one of the largest in Europe. Cleansed naturally using gravels and reeds it is a unique chance to swim in harmony with nature. The perfect place to relax and watch the butterflies, frogs and dragonflies that are attracted by the fresh water and vegetation.
Our swimming pool has been carefully designed for everyone to enjoy. At 20 metres long, serious swimmers can really get going. The pebble beach and its surrounding rocks and plants is a wonderful, natural environment for young children to explore. Dive off the pontoon, hear the frogs’ chorus, or snooze under a tree on the day bed whilst listening to the gentle sounds of water. Your kids won’t want to get out! Not that it matters, because with absolutely no chlorine, salt or other nasty chemicals, you can rest assured that the water won’t harm their delicate skin or our fragile world.
Our Canvas Hideaways
We have created a small number of tasteful, spacious and comfortable canvas hideaways in our wooded hillside retreat. Each tent sits on a raised wooden platform and is designed to sympathetically blend with the surrounding landscape, combining natural colours and materials. Consisting of pale canvas, extra king size beds, comfortable wooden lazy chairs with plump cushions and shaded outside space. Solar power provides lighting and phone charging stations for your comfort.
The Woodland Spa
Sitting amongst the oaks, it is a unique indoor / outdoor shower experience. Light, airy and warmed by the sun, the individual shower rooms are spacious and comfortable. We provide beautifully scented organic toiletries and we recycle the grey (used) water to irrigate the flower garden. Hand built in 2018, three of our exclusive tents now have en-suite safari style showers, using the surrounding trees and plants in their unique design as you wash away the day with a valley view.
Plentiful toys, books and games, sand pit, plastic darts, table tennis, petanque and den building materials. Hide in the woods, chase frogs or hunt for glow worms. Le Camp is a safe place for children to roam free, run wild, make friends and be themselves. Our resident pets love a cuddle: young dogs Alfie and Monty, dwarf west african goats Fred and Percy, and not forgetting the camp cats! Children often enjoy help us with daily jobs like watering the vegetable garden, grooming the goats and collecting firewood. We are happy to encourage them and teach them about sustainability and the environment.
The Summer Kitchen
Make a cup of tea, light the fire, or cook up a feast. This is your own fully equipped indoor/outdoor kitchen and a chance to self cater in style. With a fridge and individual cooking station for each family, here you can comfortably cook alongside other guests and share your favourite recipe over a glass of wine. Eat outside under the shady pergola or prepare a picnic to enjoy by the river. We have designed the summer kitchen to be a home from home experience. It has dishwashers, an electric oven, microwave, sharp knives, and all the utensils, pots, pans, bowls, cutlery, plates and glasses you need. If you want a splash of vinegar, a dash of oil, a pinch of salt, or some herbs and spices you will find that we’ve provided this too.
Of course, no camping holiday would be complete without a barbeque, so we’ve designed and built our own oil drum brai for some serious grilling! Each morning we provide complimentary hot drinks including fresh bean to cup coffees. Breakfast pastries & bread rolls are available to purchase, fresh from the oven. We encourage guests to recycle as much as possible, and provide separate bins for compostable kitchen waste, glass & mixed recycling.
Whether you need to spend a few hours working, or just print a travel document, our camp office and WiFi is available to you. With desk, monitor, printer, scanner, USB mouse and keyboard, you can either book a time slot to plug in your own laptop, or just ask us to print something for you. Here you will also find leaflets about all the best local attractions, walks and restaurants but please do not hesitate to ask Claire for ideas and to make bookings on your behalf. She is here to help make your holiday planning as easy and fun as possible!
We've returned to Le Camp every year for 8 years. We love it. With only 7 tents in the large wooded valley, there is space to unwind in peace and tranquility. Our (now) teenage boys roam around the valley, jump in and out of the magical natural pool, play games and make friends with other children on the site - exactly as they did when they were 5 and 7 and we first came. They still love it as much.
We, Claire and Nigel, have been the proud owners of the Le Camp since 2017. Before moving to France, Nigel spent 11 years as a Professional Safari Guide and camp owner in Kenya. This invaluable experience has helped bring the spirit of Africa and the genuine feel of luxury camping to our little corner of South West France. In low season, Nigel’s favourite thing to do is re-explore our beautiful local area on his Canyon gravel bike.
Le Camp’s hostess with the mostest is Claire. When not in the office or making endless morning coffees, you can usually find her weeding, pruning or turning compost to keep Le Camp’s natural spaces healthy and beautiful all year. As your concierge, Claire has tried and tested the best local restaurants and activities, ready to recommend and book on your behalf.
We love our animals and they are very much part of the Le Camp experience. Two super friendly dogs, three elusive cats, two naughty goats and a couple of guinea pigs are waiting to welcome you to our beautiful camp!
To celebrate the launch of our new bilingual website, we are offering a 5% discount to guests paying in full by 31/01
Samburu and Maasai Mara tents upgraded to magnificent safari lodges
Le Camp listed in The Times Travel feature “The 50 best holidays in France for 2020” under “Family Trips”.