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Domaine Laborde

Lot & Garonne France

02/02/17

From regular contributors and Merryhill Music Festival visitors Joe and Karen

In September this year (2010) we had a 26 day break at Domaine Laborde a Dutch run naturist site in the north of Lot et Garonne and just south of the Dordogne River.

We had a one night stop over at Les Grand Pins Chateroux a non-naturist site but one with the best restaurant on a caravan site we have ever been to.

The trip to Domaine Laborde can be done either on pay roads or none we chose the A20 turning off at Cahors.

The directions provided by the site where brief but sufficient and it is well signposted from several directions no excuse to get lost in this instance.

The approach to the site is like many sites both in UK and Europe via narrow back roads but as said very well signed.

 

On arrival we parked up and went to reception the staff all Dutch spoke good English. There was a pitch allocated to us but as it was the end of the season we had the option of choosing another. I would suggest if you do go that you see if you can do this as though the allocated pitch was fine there were many better ones and we did use another. Cars are not allowed to remain on site after setting up and ample parking is provided.

The site has a central area that comprises of reception where English/French/Dutch and no doubt other languages are spoken,

A bar with external patio area and restaurant again with an outdoor eating area. The meals are basic but good quality if a little on the expensive side.

One of several vegetable preparation areas and shower/wash areas are also located here.

 

Other facilities at the site include a massage room, indoor and outdoor pools (with children facilities.)

The site organise various activities which wind down as the season ends but whilst we were there there were two variety evenings in the bar a duo singing and then a single vocalist - free to attend.

There is a Sunday walk each week about 3-4 miles at a very slow pace sadly not naturist but great to see local area from off road - It's a free extra.

A canoeing day on the Dordogne is available - which is at extra cost.

There are 4 areas surrounding the reception block, on the approach drive to the left are the car parks, tennis court and new built chalets, and some time presumably in high season beyond the tennis courts are several pitches adjacent to what appear to be the site sewage works. To the rear of the reception area is a lower area again with some chalets and pitches situated in a long line between two small lakes. On our walk there we met what I thought was the biggest rat I have  ever seen but am assured it was a Coypu and many flies around the lakes. A beautiful looking area but like the pitches near the sewage works perhaps best avoided.

 

To the right of the reception area is a second lower area which seemed more for those not requiring electrics and more ‘wilderness’.

The main site was to the front area of reception where you have an area and can set up in any configuration you choose within your pitch boundary ideal to orientate for maximum sun.

You have a choice of 3-6-10 amp electrics. There are ample water stand pipes and the wash/shower areas though small and no doubt very busy in high season are ample and serve their purpose. Bring plugs though if you want as none are provided in any sinks.

There are no rubbish collection points on the site and you have to take all rubbish to a central recycling area near the site entrance-still within naturist environment.

A walk around the camping site will take about 45 minutes not including photo or beer stops.

Depending on the time of season the shop and restaurant are open most days.

The site shop has only the basic items for sale but there is daily fresh bread and yesterdays paper both of which have to been ordered the day before. However there are two  supermarkets relatively close and almost daily markets in the surrounding area.

The area has many historic villages well worth a visit; our days would usually be a market or village in the morning then back for lunch and laze naked in the sun-bliss.

The site is run by a Dutch family and can be described as Little Holland when we were there some 95% were Dutch the odd Belgian, Dane, French but not one German?

All in all a good well run site one we’d go back to happily.

Couple of points take plugs for the sinks and basins, only 2 mirrors in wash rooms (queue to shave), caravan pitches not quite level but no major problems.

Happy to chat and show our photos of the area to anyone who asks. ..... We are more than happy to pass on any messages and thanks for another great contribution guys! the Buns

 

 

 

 

 This site was last updated 25/01/17