Reviews

Reviewer: V10mtn (ukcampsites)

We stayed at La Ribiere en route home from the south of France. Although we only stayed for three nights we wish we had stayed for more. We loved it. It doesn't have a swimming pool or any real facilities for children but what it does have is acres of space and an opportunity to really relax. Having spent two weeks on a busier site in the south, our two children (aged five and seven) started to properly unwind by playing in the woods, reading more and just chilling out. At night the skies were amazing. Chalus is worth a wander and is close by, but we didn't do too much other than walk and play with the kids. The toilets and washing up facilities are excellent. Ann (a very good artist) and Harry (an electrician and Mr Handyman) were superb hosts. We really were made to feel welcome. A genuinely lovely site.

What cool camping says about our site? (Coolcamping)

Known as France’s Lake District, the Limousin is celebrated for its wonderful rolling hills, fox-red cattle, and hordes of Brits trying to escape their compatriots from the Dordogne. It’s also an area integrally tied to the history of the Crusades and Richard the Lionheart, who met his end in the village of Châlus. Camping de La Ribière Sud is just a few minutes away, set in 22 acres (9 hectares) of sleepy woodland and meadow on the former site of a tree nursery. It’s a relatively new site run by two northerners (from the north of England, that is), Ann and Harry. Harry’s an electrician by trade, so everything works like clockwork. Ann is gaining repute as an oil painter and her work appears in the local gallery as well as back home. The site’s centrepiece is a wonderfully painted, genuine Mongolian yurt. Inside it’s a hobbit hole of gypsy chic, wooden struts delicately illustrated by the hands of nomadic craftsmen; outside, a wonderful canvas dome bound in camel hair. But you don’t have to stay in here if you’ve brought your own canvas – there are plenty of pitches in the shade of the towering poplars, all with electricity. Wild boars sometimes pop in for a sniff around, as do the local deer, beneath the ever- present shadows of buzzards. By night you’ll be sung to sleep by the soporific hoot of owls and coos of wood pigeons. The nice thing about La Ribière Sud is the scale of the grounds – you can wander in wild glades and prairie grass without meeting a soul.

Beautiful grounds Written by laurayates (coolcamping)

We stayed at the campsite in our van with 2 dogs in August and had a wonderful, relaxing time. The site was quite quiet on the day’s we stayed which was a lovely surprise after being in some very busy ones on the coast! It was nice to meet two fellow Northerners who are very welcoming. Harry and Ann allow campfires too which is a bonus for us as it did get a bit chilly at night they just wanted us to make sure that we kept an eye on it and put out any remaining embers at the end of the day. The gardens and grounds are a real sight to behold; it was lovely gathering fallen branches and firewood from the Forest floor and lazing round in amongst the sounds of crickets and wildlife in the sunshine during the day. We also took a trip to Limoges for lunch which is only 20 minutes away and for a drink to the local 'pub' in the village of Chalus one evening which was lovely - all the locals and ex-pats where so friendly and most places allowed us to sit outside with our dogs. Camping La Ribiere Sud is lovely, good value campsite which is well worth a visit if you’re in the Limoges region, there is lots to keep you amused in the local area - my only disappointment was not being able to stay in the yurt which was fully booked for August maybe next time!

Absolute luxury Written by Fstone (coolcamping)

Having just spent a week at La Ribiere Sud I cannot recommend it highly enough. I was hoping for a week of relaxation for myself, my husband and our 2 1/2 year old son and we were more than pleasantly surprised.  The site itself is absolutely stunning; the yurt sits in acres of well tended gardens and beautiful woodland which we were free to explore. The hosts, Ann and Harry, were welcoming, friendly, attentive and thoughtful, they made us all feel very welcome and our little boy loved playing with the toys they kindly supplied.  The yurt itself is fantastic, beautifully presented inside and comes equipped with everything you could possibly need, we thought we might be roughing it a little bit but it was more off a home from home with all the small details taken care of too i.e. the kitchen knives were sharp, there were some Tupperware’s, silver foil for picnics, there was a floor standing fan, all these details are often lacking in holiday lets but Ann and Harry have thought of everything.  You get all the luxuries of home but you still feel like you're camping, lying in a comfortable double bed listening to the sounds of the forest outside is bliss. The outdoor space was well thought out too with garden table and chairs and hammocks for relaxing in the sunshine.  The shower and washing up facilities are outstanding, individual heated wet rooms which were spotlessly clean and use of an onsite washing machine.  Each pitch also comes with its own electricity and water supply. The surrounding area is great to explore with something for everyone.  Nearby in Chalus you can hire cycles, go walking; there are places to eat and drink and a supermarket.  There is a lovely swimming lake about 10 minutes drive from the campsite with plenty of activities for families. All in all this is a fantastic, well equipped, friendly and relaxing place to stay.  We'll definitely be going back next year.

By far the best campsite: Maloptera (ukcampsites)

This was by far the best campsite we stayed in on a recent camping trip to France (of four in total). It is run by a British couple, and has been open about three years. There are a limited number of pitches but they are large and there is electricity and water at each pitch. There are four superb wet rooms, a washing up area with washing machine. Toilet paper, soap, washing-up liquid and detergent for the washing machine were all supplied, which wasn't the case in the other campsites we visited. The owners were relaxed about us having a fire (although they plan to install a fire pit and BBQ area) and there was plenty of wood available in the adjacent woodland. The owners are very friendly and welcoming: we were met with a welcome drink and a fresh baguette appeared the next morning. There was only one other family there during our stay but as two of their boys were of a similar age to our two, they all had a whale of a time, and there was plenty of room for them to run about, although there was no playground as such. There are lovely paths through the woods, accessible right from the campsite. The closest town, Chalus, is a short drive away, but we didn't visit it. The area, on the edge of the Limousin-Perigord Regional Park, is attractive and full of wildlife, beautiful walks, villages and other attractions, although we were only passing through en route to somewhere else and did not explore the area in the two days that were there. There is also a furnished yurt on the property which might be ideal for a weekend break as the property is only 15-20 minutes from Limoges airport to which Ryanair operate flights in the summer. The Telegraph (about halfway down page)
La Ribiere Sud Camping
Telephone: (0033) (0) 5 55 78 58 62  hrobinson87@yahoo.com La Ribiere Sud 2 La Ribiere Pageas 87230 Limousin France

Reviews

Reviewer: V10mtn (ukcampsites)

We stayed at La Ribiere en route home from the south of France. Although we only stayed for three nights we wish we had stayed for more. We loved it. It doesn't have a swimming pool or any real facilities for children but what it does have is acres of space and an opportunity to really relax. Having spent two weeks on a busier site in the south, our two children (aged five and seven) started to properly unwind by playing in the woods, reading more and just chilling out. At night the skies were amazing. Chalus is worth a wander and is close by, but we didn't do too much other than walk and play with the kids. The toilets and washing up facilities are excellent. Ann (a very good artist) and Harry (an electrician and Mr Handyman) were superb hosts. We really were made to feel welcome. A genuinely lovely site.

What cool camping says about our

site? (Coolcamping)

Known as France’s Lake District, the Limousin is celebrated for its wonderful rolling hills, fox-red cattle, and hordes of Brits trying to escape their compatriots from the Dordogne. It’s also an area integrally tied to the history of the Crusades and Richard the Lionheart, who met his end in the village of Châlus. Camping de La Ribière Sud is just a few minutes away, set in 22 acres (9 hectares) of sleepy woodland and meadow on the former site of a tree nursery. It’s a relatively new site run by two northerners (from the north of England, that is), Ann and Harry. Harry’s an electrician by trade, so everything works like clockwork. Ann is gaining repute as an oil painter and her work appears in the local gallery as well as back home. The site’s centrepiece is a wonderfully painted, genuine Mongolian yurt. Inside it’s a hobbit hole of gypsy chic, wooden struts delicately illustrated by the hands of nomadic craftsmen; outside, a wonderful canvas dome bound in camel hair. But you don’t have to stay in here if you’ve brought your own canvas – there are plenty of pitches in the shade of the towering poplars, all with electricity. Wild boars sometimes pop in for a sniff around, as do the local deer, beneath the ever- present shadows of buzzards. By night you’ll be sung to sleep by the soporific hoot of owls and coos of wood pigeons. The nice thing about La Ribière Sud is the scale of the grounds – you can wander in wild glades and prairie grass without meeting a soul.

Beautiful grounds Written by

laurayates (coolcamping)

We stayed at the campsite in our van with 2 dogs in August and had a wonderful, relaxing time. The site was quite quiet on the day’s we stayed which was a lovely surprise after being in some very busy ones on the coast! It was nice to meet two fellow Northerners who are very welcoming. Harry and Ann allow campfires too which is a bonus for us as it did get a bit chilly at night they just wanted us to make sure that we kept an eye on it and put out any remaining embers at the end of the day. The gardens and grounds are a real sight to behold; it was lovely gathering fallen branches and firewood from the Forest floor and lazing round in amongst the sounds of crickets and wildlife in the sunshine during the day. We also took a trip to Limoges for lunch which is only 20 minutes away and for a drink to the local 'pub' in the village of Chalus one evening which was lovely - all the locals and ex-pats where so friendly and most places allowed us to sit outside with our dogs. Camping La Ribiere Sud is lovely, good value campsite which is well worth a visit if you’re in the Limoges region, there is lots to keep you amused in the local area - my only disappointment was not being able to stay in the yurt which was fully booked for August maybe next time!

Absolute luxury Written by Fstone

(coolcamping)

Having just spent a week at La Ribiere Sud I cannot recommend it highly enough. I was hoping for a week of relaxation for myself, my husband and our 2 1/2 year old son and we were more than pleasantly surprised.  The site itself is absolutely stunning; the yurt sits in acres of well tended gardens and beautiful woodland which we were free to explore. The hosts, Ann and Harry, were welcoming, friendly, attentive and thoughtful, they made us all feel very welcome and our little boy loved playing with the toys they kindly supplied.  The yurt itself is fantastic, beautifully presented inside and comes equipped with everything you could possibly need, we thought we might be roughing it a little bit but it was more off a home from home with all the small details taken care of too i.e. the kitchen knives were sharp, there were some Tupperware’s, silver foil for picnics, there was a floor standing fan, all these details are often lacking in holiday lets but Ann and Harry have thought of everything.  You get all the luxuries of home but you still feel like you're camping, lying in a comfortable double bed listening to the sounds of the forest outside is bliss. The outdoor space was well thought out too with garden table and chairs and hammocks for relaxing in the sunshine.  The shower and washing up facilities are outstanding, individual heated wet rooms which were spotlessly clean and use of an onsite washing machine.  Each pitch also comes with its own electricity and water supply. The surrounding area is great to explore with something for everyone.  Nearby in Chalus you can hire cycles, go walking; there are places to eat and drink and a supermarket.  There is a lovely swimming lake about 10 minutes drive from the campsite with plenty of activities for families. All in all this is a fantastic, well equipped, friendly and relaxing place to stay.  We'll definitely be going back next year.

By far the best campsite:

Maloptera (ukcampsites)

This was by far the best campsite we stayed in on a recent camping trip to France (of four in total). It is run by a British couple, and has been open about three years. There are a limited number of pitches but they are large and there is electricity and water at each pitch. There are four superb wet rooms, a washing up area with washing machine. Toilet paper, soap, washing-up liquid and detergent for the washing machine were all supplied, which wasn't the case in the other campsites we visited. The owners were relaxed about us having a fire (although they plan to install a fire pit and BBQ area) and there was plenty of wood available in the adjacent woodland. The owners are very friendly and welcoming: we were met with a welcome drink and a fresh baguette appeared the next morning. There was only one other family there during our stay but as two of their boys were of a similar age to our two, they all had a whale of a time, and there was plenty of room for them to run about, although there was no playground as such. There are lovely paths through the woods, accessible right from the campsite. The closest town, Chalus, is a short drive away, but we didn't visit it. The area, on the edge of the Limousin-Perigord Regional Park, is attractive and full of wildlife, beautiful walks, villages and other attractions, although we were only passing through en route to somewhere else and did not explore the area in the two days that were there. There is also a furnished yurt on the property which might be ideal for a weekend break as the property is only 15-20 minutes from Limoges airport to which Ryanair operate flights in the summer. The Telegraph (about halfway down page)
La Ribiere Sud Camping
Telephone: (0033) (0) 5 55 78 58 62 hrobinson87@yahoo.com La Ribiere Sud 2 La Ribiere Pageas 87230 Limousin France