Bel Ombrage

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Excellent as usual

Visited for the third year running, this time for nearly three weeks in August. Very busy on arrival but very quiet by the end. It is such a lovely peaceful site with such a simple concept. We had a riverside pitch again which always enhances the visit. This a great family-run site, has a great pool and the team is very friendly and helpful including booking a discounted canoe trip for us down the Dordogne. We'll be back!
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A beautifully shady site with lots of local things to do

A very nice site in a great location in the Dordogne with lots to do nearby and slightly further afield without having to travel long distances. The booking we made with CAMC allocates a set pitch whereas it seems that those who book direct or via other means can select from a number of empty pitches. The pitch we were allocated had great shade bearing in mind the very high temperatures of the Summer. It hadn't been prepared and the grass was quite long when we arrived. It was a substantial pitch that did meet our needs and you can set up as you wish. The welcome was simply to confirm the pitch number and show us which way to go, there was no other local information given but visits to Reception did find the staff happy to answer any queries. The site increased in business over the 11 nights we were there and the noise level did creep up to at times what was less than relaxing. The size of the pitches allows large family Units or group of friends to set up "communes" next door to each other or get lots on one pitch (whereas CAMC bookings are for Caravan Car plus 2 for example, it appears that other bookings were for the pitch). There is no central point and whilst a bar or shop is not the be all and end all it did seem like the site missed a focal point, probably hence why people stayed around their pitches when they were on site and the noise level was more noticeable. The facilities are plentiful and kept really clean. The site does not provide loo roll but that meant that the tidiness around the toilets blocks seemed better than some places. The pool is excellent and was never excessively crowded it only lacks shade - there is none around the pool but was great for a cooling and relaxing dip in the early evening. The closeness of river activities and the historic castles and bastide towns provide lots of opportunities to do and see things of real interest; the river that runs right alongside the site offered another outlet for people although children do need to be supervised. There is a bio supermarket and a petrol station in St Cybranet (1 km) and the local town of Sarlat (about 10 km) has the usual range of supermarkets. Cycle paths and walking routes are plentiful. There were no problems with water supply (plentiful nearby taps), chemical toilet points or electricity hook up or consistency of supply. The waste water points were raised drains that are a little difficult for wastemaster type collecting devices. All in all an area i would definitely revisit and the site would be one that I would consider again.
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Fab u lous!

We've just had another fab-u-lous holiday at this wonderful site. The site itself ticks all the boxes - huge pitches (think 3 + cc pitches), you can pitch where you want, the loo blocks are modern and clean, the shade is wonderful, the pool is fantastic (now heated) and the river Ceou running through the site is beautiful. The owners keep the whole site in pristine condition and are pleasant and helpful. The site location must be in the most beautiful part of the Dordogne valley. The scenery is stunning. There are many chateaux to visit, gardens, pretty villages, beautiful bastide towns, such as Domme, Beynac, Castelnaud and further away Monpazier. There's an abundance of caves with rivers running through & stalactites and stalagmites (gouffre de Padirac), several caves with cave art, Lascaux, Font de Gaume and Les Combarelles to name but a few. You can walk, cycle or canoe.One of the highlights of our every visit is to canoe down the Dordogne, stopping off for a picnic, a drink or even to swim. This was our tenth visit and we were still visiting new places. Sarlat is a beautiful nearby medieval town with warm stone buildings and plenty of restaurants to choose from. la Cantine in the Daglan is an excellent restaurant. Add to this the lovely fellow campers, who keep returning. We can't recommend Bel Ombrages highly enough. We're hoping to be back next year.
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A great site

This is a lovely site and we would endorse all of the reviews that have gone before us. A few points to note; We were there for six nights (not enough) up to the 9th July. It was really quiet, only about a 1/4 full and had the pool almost to ourselves every day. This is just before the season kicks in so no bread man unfortunately. We had no TV reception on our pitch (8) but huge pitch and right on the river, great sightings of the kingfishers. The combination of lack of TV and the World Cup meant that we needed to find a local bar showing England games. We saw one at the Terresses Bar in St Cybernet near the bridge, English speakers and all very welcoming. Football aside the location is great for Sarlat and three lovely castles to visit inside 15 minutes drive. The restaurant at marquesyssac gardens was amazing, incredible views and food superb. Very close to Caslelnaud with its lovely castle and you can pick up a canoe there for a paddle down the river. That was a highlight for us. Back to the site, a couple of things to remember, need an adaptor for the electric, but can hire one on site for a 20 euro deposit. The other point we struggled with was the road in, our sat nav which is a caravan club snooper took us in via Vitrac and it was a very steep and winding road, there is a much better route via sarlat that we would recommend using. This was our first visit to both this site and the area, we will definitely be going back.
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Nice French site

Stayed here for 5 nights. TV reception ok off of tv aerial for local weather and news. Huge level pitches in the woods and we were given a pitch alongside a stream - lovely! We had a huge tree in the middle of the pitch but we had so much space it didn't matter. In fact, the shade was welcome - in August when we stayed it was 30+ degrees every day. And paddling in the stream was a great way to cool down! Loos and showers very modern and clean. All tiled floors. Male and female showers but unisex toilets with no loo roll - for your own sake don't forget your bog roll!!!! Site had a great reception with fresh bread available from a van on site earlyish in the morning. Location good - we explored the area by car and saw lots of lovely old French towns so plenty to do and see. Approach roads are a little narrow but no major problem. Lovey site in a cool location. Plenty of chateaux and castles nearby. We would happily go back again.
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All that s site should be

This was our first visit to this area of France - we usually head for a beach - and after much deliberation we chose this site because of its reviews. It didn't disappoint. It is a pretty campsite of 180 pitches on the edge of village of Saint-Cybranet, about 6 miles south west of Sarlat en Caneda. The small River Ceou forms one edge of the site and some pitches border it. The banks are quite steep although there is a good low wooden fence along the edges of those pitches to prevent accidents. There is access to the river and, near the camp entrance, a small beach and swimming area. The campsite is set among trees so there is plenty of shade although it seems that most pitches get some sun, at times, during the day. All of the pitches look to be of a good size (some were huge) and there are no restrictions on the alignments of tents or vans which means you can pitch up to maximise the available sun spots. Electric points tend to be the typical French two pin variety rather than the standard ISO so make sure that you go prepared with an adaptor. There is a very good, clean pool area with plenty of sun beds although no shade. It can get extremely busy at times so don't expect a quiet swim. A local boulanger visits every morning between 8 and 8.30 with a good selection of bread etc. The main shower/toilet block has just been extended and, like the pool, was always clean. There is a second block near the entrance, a bit more dated but still very clean. During our stay most of the campers were Dutch or Belgium and all very friendly. You are not far from many different tourist spots, the Dordogne, chateaux, caves and pretty hilltop villages. Sarlat has a lovely typical French market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a range of good priced restaurants (we do like our long French lunches!!). I thoroughly recommend this site with the only warning that I suspect it gets very busy during the season!
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One of the best

We had another wonderful stay at Bel Ombrage (our sixth time). Since our very first visit, we have not found anywhere to compare. Lovely owners, facilities and pool spotlessly clean, great size pitches, shady and peaceful site. Plenty to do and see in the area. Will definitely visit again.
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We had another wonderful stay at Bel Ombrage (our sixth time). Since our very first visit, we have not found anywhere to compare. Lovely owners, facilities and pool spotlessly clean, great size pitches, shady and peaceful site. Plenty to do and see in the area. Will definitely visit again.
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Another perfect holiday at this wonderful site

We're just returned from yet another perfect holiday at this wonderful site. This year due to retirement we were able to spend 4 weeks here. Not enough! In June and early July this is a quiet site and we met many lovely people. All the facilities are excellent - the loo and shower facilities are always immaculate and the pools are brilliant. The main pool is a big one and great for swimming lengths, as we love to do. The pitches are all big and ours was huge and next to the little river running through the site. There is much shade, which you need. The area has much to explore - stunning scenery, fortified towns and villages, beautiful chateaux, caves and cave paintings if you travel a little further. And of course no holiday here would be complete without a day rowing down the Dordogne. Just "perfick!" This site ticks all the boxes and the owners, who are lovely, should be very proud of it. Can't wait to return.
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Fantastic Bel Ombrage

We stayed at Camping Bel Ombrage from mid June 17 for three weeks.The site is a beautiful oasis of green with its well maintained/immaculate bushes and in parts a covering of trees which is useful in the often 40 degree daytime heat.That said......at night the temperature did significantly drop,allowing for a peaceful nights sleep.The swimming pools are large and maintained to a high standard.The site was mainly populated by Dutch and British,who were all non intrusive lovely people.Be sure to look out for a charming character called Buzz who stays every summer with his lovely wife Jen for the last thirty years.The funky toilet block was always spotless with useful new washing machines costing 4€ per wash. The crystal clear river which runs adjacent to the site can be paddled down and was a welcome relief for our two border collies in the midday heat. The site is owned by Michelle and Phillipe, who are two of the most laid back easy going people I have ever met. I had to apologise to Phillipe at the start of our stay,due to our young dogs digging several craters in and around our pitch.His reply" I dig also at night" and howled Werewolf like with a big smile!It was also empowering to be able to put a washing line up and park how we wanted to on the pitch. Can you imagine the green short brigades reaction to this blatant mutiny?? There is a small supermarket"Bio" which you can walk to through fields,which sells orgasmic food at premium.We opted to drive 15 mins to Sarlet which has a number of excellent supermarkets.The cycle route is a two minute ride away passing through Countless Sunflower fields. Needless to say we will be returning next year to this picture perfect paradise.

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