St Laurent de Ceris

Camp-Laurent is nestled Amongst the beautiful Charente countryside, on the outskirts of the quaint little village of St Laurent de ceris.  Here you will find a boulangerie, village shop, bar/restaurant, bakery, butcher.

Confolens & The Festival de Folklore

Confolens is the home of the Festival de Folklore, one of France's largest and best known folklore festivals, which takes place annually in August and had over 100,000 visitors last year.

Confolens was built around a fortress first mentioned in the eleventh century. It still has picturesque remnants of its medieval past, including city walls and several houses dating from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries.  It also features a bridge first mentioned in the fourteenth century.

Chateau de La Rochefoucauld

 

Towering above the town of La Rochefoucauld by the River Rardoire in the Charente, the Château de la Rochefoucauld is an impressive castle, with its original 11th century square keep flanked by Renaissance towers. 

It is still the residence of the La Rochefoucauld family,  one of the oldest noble families in France, and has been in almost continuous ownership since it was first built.

Parts of the château are open to the public - there is no garden - and highlights include the beautiful 16th century staircase, highly ornate Renaissance detailing in the ceiling and windows, and the courtyard with its Italianate archways.

Chateau de La Rochechouart

The oldest part of the Chateau Rochechouart, built by the viscounts of Rochechouart, including the gatehouse and the keep going back to the late twelfth century. For the most part, the building is a testament to the turn of the architecture between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance .Defensive element in an area marked for nearly three centuries by the conflict between France and England, the castle is indeed of the fifteenth century decorative elements (twisted columns, bas-reliefs) showing its new use. During the French Revolution, the castle was plundered, its furniture and dispersed archives. The department of Haute-Vienne in 1836 bought the castle of Rochechouart family. The building has since been the subject of several campaigns of restoration and rehabilitation.

Chemin de Feu Charente - Limousin

A railway without train, is this possible? Of course not! Therefore railway enthusiasts have been rehabilitating an X3800 railcar more commonly called "PICASSO"  Discover a new way to enjoy. this lovely line that crosses the Haute Charente and Charente Limousine highlands between viaducts, rivers, meadows and forests. 

 

The Velorail, get in touch with greenery, and let yourself fall in love with the Charente-Limousin! Nature lovers or rail, athletic or not, with family or friends, the vélorail and the train is for everyone! So come on, treat yourself!

 

 

 

The Great Lakes of Haute Charente

THE LAND OF LAKES

Here, the sky is reflected in the Haute Charente lakes.  Spread your towel on a sandy beach in the sun for a nap or a swim,or to stroll on the footpaths along the shores of the lakes; picnic on one of the areas on specially designed banks.  Everything is there to facilitate your stay! 

Walk and Ramble

With hundreds of kilometers of hiking the Haute Charente offeres hikers a wide range of ways to explore and discover.

Horseback riding can be enjoyed for short excursions to day long treks.  As well as fishing all year round A panel of thirteen guidebooks on various towns in the Haute Charente awaits you at the Tourist Office ... Woodland, water, stone ... happiness to discover! and share!

Watersports and the Beach

The boating lake offers windsurfing, dinghy, catamaran, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and mountain bikes ... all in an exceptional setting!

The beautiful beach Guerlie on the shores of Lake Lavaud, one of the 2 great lakes of the Haute Charente.  Another lovely  beach  called Pre Peyras can be found at Roumazieres-Loubert. Here you can enjoy a sandy beach in a natural and enjoyable setting and is only 10 minutes drive from the campsite.

Aubeterre sur Dronne

Conveniently situated on the border of the “South” Charente and the Dordogne, Aubeterre sur Dronne boasts an exceptional cultural heritage which, combined with its beautiful natural surroundings and the famous French “art de vivre”, makes it the perfect place to live and visit.
Officially listed as one of « The Most Beautiful Villages in France» since 1993, it has welcomed pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella in north west Spain, visitors and tourists for over 1000 years. Two important historical monuments add to the cultural status of Aubeterre sur Dronne; the extraordinary, monolithic, underground Church of St Jean and the Romanesque Church of St Jacques, with its stunning façade.

Visitors and tourists can enjoy meandering through the ups and downs of the narrow streets, popping in to admire the many specialist shops, including a leather worker and potters, and then settling down in the village square, Place Trarieux, at one of the cafés or restaurants, comfortably shaded by ancient lime trees.

For the energetic visitor there are activities aplenty. Aubeterre sur Dronne has been designated a “Station Verte” for over 25 years. At the foot of the village, where the meadows meet the River Dronne, are to be found a river beach and restaurant. Church"

The underground Church, also known as "The Monolithic" is open all year round from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm, (7pm from 1st June to the 30th September).

Cycle Routes

The Charente has something for all cyclists – whether you want to take a cycling tour through beautiful traditional French villages or simply cycle to the boulangerie for your daily baguette!


As the Charente is the second ‘sunniest’ region in France with very low rainfall you can enjoy cycling without having to worry about bad weather.The Charente features over 1000 km of marked mountain bike trails helping you to discover the beautiful countryside of the region.  The Mountain Bike routes vary from 6 km to 50 km in length, from 65m to 850m altitude and through a variety of difficulty levels which means that they are suitable for everyone!

cool in the charente  *****

Written by Gwill on August 8th, 2013

Booked for a week and still here 2 weeks later... peaceful, relaxing, laid-back, excellent and clean facilities, no disco & no kids great for getting away from it all and seeing the real France. All hosted by the easy going Tracey & Peter. 

Written by Phoebe on January 1st, 2014

We stayed in August '13, had an unforgettable time.  A true escape.  Relaxing atmosphere after a warming welcome from Tracey and Pete.  Made us feel at ease enjoying a drink together in the evening.  Friendly fellow campers.  Felt comfortable on site.  Great facilities.  We used their canor along the river one day and it was so tranquil and secluded, unforgettable paddle with the damsel flies.  We are looking forward to a return in the future!!

fantastic   *****

Written by Johnandjane on August 11th, 2013

We stayed for two weeks in August.  The site is peaceful, calm and laid back.  Quiet, as it is adult only which we like but hard to find in France.  There are no 'set' pitches so you have the freedom to locate where you want and there is enough space no to be on top of  each other.  There is an above ground pool which is great when it gets hot.  Tracey and Peter are great hosts, they can't do enough for you but give you lots of space.  Exactly what you want on a campsite.  The location is great, in a stunning part of the Charente.  The stars at night are breathtaking as there is no light pollution.  We have really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this site.  

peace and quiet  *****

Written by Chris on September 7th 2013

We stayed in July/august.  This is a superb rural site within easy reach of Confolens and many small French villages.  Not too far away are some superb swimming lakes.  The site is very well kept by Pete and Tracey who make you feel very welcome and find nothing too much trouble.  The facilities are first class with plenty of hot water and space to get changed.  As this is an Adult only campsite you can enjoy the company of other like minded people with plenty of space around you.  The swimming pool is superb for a dip to cool down in the day or late in the evening.  You can find a nice relaxing spot down by the river to read a book or do a spot of fishing.  It is even possible to borrow the campsite canoe.  All in all I thoroughly recommend this campsite to anyone wishing to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful rural countryside.