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Camping des Lacs
(In English using Google Translate)
The grassy pitches are hedged and numbered at this park which is owned by the local community but managed independently. Set in the inland area of the Charente region, it is in a fantastic setting beside a lake; as you can see from the pictures we visited the park when it was sunny and also on a rainy, cold day and we still liked it. Although the pitches need some basic maintenance most of them have water, drainage and 16 amp mains hook-up and there is a motorhome service point. Pets are allowed and English is spoken.
Some of the facilities are only open at weekends or in high season but include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, play areas and the nearby water sports facilities.
May to end of September 2011
From €18.00 per night for two people, outfit and awning in low season.
Children under 12 years; from €3.00
Extra persons over 12 years; from €5.50
Electricity; from €3.50
Pets; from €3.00
Prices correct at May 2011 please contact the park for up to date information.
Eat and drink
There is a restaurant on site, but try the fabulous English owned Le Soleil Couchant lakeside bar and restaurant just across the bridge which is open all year.
How’s your history? Does Richard the Lionheart ring any bells? Follow his alleged route, or play a round of golf. Visit the great cognac houses, at Cognac and the cognac and Pineau de Charente cellars.
Aubeterre sur Dronne is a small town, one of the “most beautiful villages in France” with an unusual Romanesque “monolithic” church, carved out of the rock.
In Verneuil on D13, turn left signposted La Guerlie, Pressignac and signs for campsite. The site will be on your right just over the bridge over the Lac de Lavaud.
Don’t forget to take out breakdown cover for when you use your motorhome in France, and if you already have cover in place elsewhere then check your recovery company doesn’t have restrictions on the size or weight of your vehicle. Caravan Guard offer breakdown cover without size or weight restrictions in the UK and Europe, visit our Motorhome Insurance page for more info.
A view of the beach by the lake on a sunny day
All pitches have electricity water and drainage
Hard standing area for motorhomes
There are large pitches all around the site
Tree and hedge lined pitches
Motorhome service point
The outdoor pool is great for kids
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Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.