Durham, United Kingdom
August 15, 2004
Monpazier, Les Eyzies, Les Grottes de Rouffignac, La Roque Gageac, Castel Naud, Rocamadour, Sarlat, Lascaux 2, Chateau Biron, Bergerac.Best Things About the Resort:The location, standard of toilet and washing facilities, bike hire.Resort Experience:This was our base for our week in the area. It’s a well-equipped campsite which is also well patronised by the big European camping chains (we used Eurosites at the time, which are now part of the Eurocamp group). That means you can be reasonably confident the standards of cleanliness and site maintenance will be good.
There is on on-site restaurant, which we did not use, preferring instead either to self-cater or eat out, there is a swimming pool of a good standard and clean.
The camp site itself is on the side of a hill in a stepped terrace layout, lots of nice trees and a large pond used by anglers.
The location ideally places you to explore numerous fantastic sights within a 90 minute drive (see the activity journals), and some, like la Roque Gageac and Castel Naud that can be taken in very easily by hiring bikes from the site office.
Any downsides? Well, in a word, rats. From near dusk through the night they were everywhere. A large pond on site and the inevitability of poorly cleared away barbecue leftovers are a bad combination. You can here them running around in the night and it can be a real distraction. My Belgian neighbour on site bought himself a couple of big snap-type rat traps at the Super-U super market in Belves because the rats were bothering his wife. After baiting them with banana (did you know rats like banana? neither did I) and securing his traps to the tent-pegs (so a half-dead rat did not stagger off dragging his brand new trap with it), he set them at teatime the first night and had two in half an hour. Then another two, then another two... Sometimes he had to finish them off manually by walloping them over the head. I never did find out what he was doing with them.
Anyway, some campsites are prone to this problem despite the best efforts of the owners, and this one is. So if you have a phobia, camp somewhere with no natural water source nearby - this place is not for you.
From journal Walking with Beasts