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Kawan Village Le Verdoyer
24470 Champs Romain
English is spoken at this Dutch owned site, now run by the second generation of the Ausems family. It’s very rural, and there is a high regard for nature and the environment on the park which is about ten miles from the nearest town. Facilities include heated outdoor swimming pools, with a water slide, play areas, ping-pong and pétanque. Some of the pitches are a fair walking distance on uneven or sloping terrain from the main facilities. There are some fully serviced pitches. The superb restaurant which is open to the public is bad for the waistline, but you can walk or cycle the calories off around the quiet roads. There is a motorhome service point but if you don’t want to use your motorhome to travel around the area, on-site car hire is available for only €5 per day (+€0,19 per km) but you’d be wise to book this in advance!
23 April to 4 October 2011
From €18.00 per night for outfit, two people and awning in low season on a pitch with water and drainage.
Camping Cheques accepted in low season.
Extra people; from €5.00
5amps mains electric hook-up; €3.00; 10 amps €5.00
Children under 5 years; free
Children 6-11 years; €4.00
Extra charges: include booking fee, tourist tax, Wi-Fi, (available throughout the site) bike hire, tennis and fishing.
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Eat and Drink
As the nearest town is 10 miles away try the chateau’s own bar and the highly recommended restaurant or use the takeaway. The local specialities are duck-based like foie gras and confit de canard. There are also informal “grillade” tables in summer on the terrace.
Fishing, visit the famous knife makers at Nontron or explore villages such as Brantome, Saint Saud or the pretty St Jean de Cole categorised as a Member of the Association of The Most Beautiful Villages of France. In October every year the town of Abjat sur Bandiat (5 km away) plays host to the Conkers Championship of France, as well as having shops and a church to look around throughout the year.
At Nontron stay right towards Limoges and Chalus (D707) and then after a few miles on the left Chalus and Limoges (D85).
10 km further, at a crossroads between Abjat sur Bandiat and Saint Saud, turn right D96 and the campsite is located 2 miles on left.
Planning a trip to France? Caravan Guard’s touring caravan insurance policy offers caravanners the freedom to tour Europe for up to 90 days at a time.
The Chateau Verdoyer
This Bailey Pegasus was making good use of the spacious pitches
The restaurant inside the Chateau is excellent
Large motorhomes are welcome
Many pitches look out onto unspoilt countryside
There’s a childrens play area
Plus the children’s wash area is a really nice touch
The outdoor swimming pools are heated
The bar is well stocked and reasonably priced
Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.