Gently undulating limestone plateaus with caves and deep river canyons: this describes the Lot region, where the cosy Camping La Truffière campsite is situated. The grounds beneath the oak trees offer spacious pitches, a lovely atmosphere and panoramic views over the valley. An ideal spot for lovers of quietude.
The undulating and partly sloping terrain is spaciously laid out and shaded by oak trees. The pitches are laid out on terraces with magnificent views or on a flat grassy strips. The surface is very firm. Authentic wooden chalets can also be rented.
The Lot river
The playfully designed, heated swimming pool is centrally located in a sunny spot. There is also a toddler pool. With spacious surroundings to relax: loungers are provided. The river Lot also offers swimming opportunities and a 5-minute drive away is a supervised beach shaded by tall trees. There, you can also hire a pedalo or canoe.
In the centre of the grounds is a very sizeable play area with trampolines, a jeux de boules pitch, table tennis tables, volleyball field, fitness course, monkey bridge, climbing wall and playground equipment. Children have all the space they need and will not get bored. Entertainment is also available (treasure hunt, crafts, games day). In high season guests can go on a boat cruise or join group walking tours.
There is a modest restaurant with limited menu, a bar and a terrace. Near the reception is a small shop with basic necessities and bread service. There is a supermarket 19 km away.
There are a few sanitary buildings in different locations on the camping grounds. They are partly renovated and are well maintained.
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This inspector visits Campsite La Truffière every year and inspects the campsite on the basis of more than 200 amenities and other points of interest. The inspector is an ACSI staff member and does not work for the campsite.
Average rating: 7.7
- Toilet facilities
- Price - quality comparison
- Child friendliness
- Sports facilities
- Swimming pool
- Food and drink
Campsite La Truffière is a wooded campsite, with several camping areas. Some pitches can be found on the edge of the large playing field, but others have varying levels of shade in the wooded areas.
On arrival, we were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff in Reception, and allowed to choose our own pitch, wherever we wanted. The pitches were all clearly marked and large. The area where we set up was shaded by many oak trees, and the ground was hard soil, with no grass. This allowed us to set up a hammock and small tent, as well as park our camper van, and still have plenty of space for tables, chairs, and cooking equipment.
There were two unisex sanitary blocks, with paper provided. Both blocks were clean whenever we visited. We didn\'t encounter any queues for toilets or showers. There were no seats in the WC cubicles, which is not uncommon on French campsites. The water pressure in the showers was good, and the temperature fine. The shower and wash cubicles and sinks were in a separate room in the block, and you were expected to leave your shoes at the entrance. This was a good policy, as the floor was always clean.
Dishwashing and laundry sinks could be found outside the block.
During the evening large numbers of moths descended on the sanitary block, we had never seen so many moths in one place. Butterflies and moths abound in the area, so it\'s not surprising they head toward the light of the sanitary blocks at night.
As well as a reception and bar/restaurant, there is a pizza takeaway. We didn\'t try the bar/restaurant, but the pizzas (between €10 and €12 each) were a little disappointing. This is perhaps the only negative we have about the site.
The reception doubled as a small shop, selling essential food items, and cold wine and beer were also available from the fridge. Bread could be ordered for the following morning.
There was a large field for games and a good children\'s play area, as well as two pools. The pool was quiet in the mornings but busy in the afternoons and was more a play pool than a swimming pool. The sunbeds were comfy, but could have done with a few more during busy periods. Parasols provided the only shade around the pool.
A free shuttle bus (a 10 seater Mercedes Vito) was provided 4 times a day to nearby Saint Cirq Lapopie. This beautiful medieval town is well worth a visit with its architecture and many artists shops and eating places. It is possible to walk to the town in half an hour, mostly downhill, but the steep uphill return journey is best undertaken by shuttle bus.
We intended to stay only 2 nights, but remained for 4 nights, and this is a site we would visit again if in the area.
It was towards end of season but the campsite which we have visited twice over the last couple of years looked very run down with the staff unmotivated. All the pitches were very muddy and when we visited two years ago were dustbowls. Really some effort should be made to line the pitches with gravel as any grass is non existent. Lack of drinking water taps throughout the site was a problem which needs to be addressed. Will not be visiting this site again and would advise others not to if they don\'t want to come away either covered in dust or worse still...mud.
The site was clean and tidy. Pitch sizes varied, some very large. Site is in an oak wood so most pitches were reasonably well shaded. The temperature while we were there was over 100 F.
Biggest problem was lack of hot water. Stayed 4 nights and complained twice. All water in upper block was cold and in the lower block only tepid for showering, dish washing and laundry. When I complained again as we left I was told that because the weather was so hot the management thought it a good idea to have the heaters off.
- Guide price 1
- Guide price 2
- Period of opening
- 01-04-2018 till 30-09-2018
- 4 ha
- Number of touring pitches
- 83 (100 - 120m2)
- Number of camper pitches
- Number of accommodation units for hire
* Facilities printed in bold are not included in the overnight rate. Supplementary charges will apply. (This does not mean that facilities which are not printed in bold are free!)
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Campsite La Truffière
46330 / St. Cirq-Lapopie
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