Camping Domaine des Mathevies

Europe France Aquitaine Dordogne

  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
One of the friendliest sites in the south. The hosts are delightful, the views stunning, and there’s bags for you and the kids to do.

Natalie and Patrick McAlpine, the owners of Domaine des Mathevies on the outskirts of medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda, first met in India. Their subsequent travels brought them to this neglected campsite and they set about transforming it into the eco-minded sanctuary it is today. A labour of love, it’s a place where adults are as well catered for and contented as their kids – where you can sit back with a frothy latté, play pétanque over a leisurely glass of St-Émilion as a paraglider is swallowed up by the salmon-pink sunset below.

Set on a gentle incline with masterful views over the wooded valley, there are 40 pitches to choose from, many of which enjoy shade from walnut, cherry, fig, apple and plum trees, and all of which have electricity hook-ups. If you’re arriving late and don’t fancy pitching up for the night, there are four spanking new cabins from which to savour the best views over the hills, plus seven more well-furnished cabins dotted around the edge of the site.

Beside the Cosy Nook Café there’s also a self- contained traditional gîte with all mod cons (Sky TV and a CD player) within its exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings. Perfectly sized for a family, with two double bedrooms, it’s recently been refurbished and is partnered by another, Le Point de Vue, a mere two minutes’ walk away. Both have two good sized bedrooms and Le Point de Vue boasts a self-contained, fully-furnished guest wing. The real ace, though, is the spectacular sunset view you can enjoy, and the privacy the place affords; giving you all the amenities plus the chance to retire to your own little palace.

The site itself is a real playground for kids, with a toddlers’ play area near the Cosy Nook Café (so you get to relax with them in plain view). Natalie and Patrick have two kids and it’s this empathy with the little ones that seems to have led to so many thoughtful details to keep them happy. There’s an excellent sand pit for younger kids and a terrific climbing area, but if that’s not enough to keep them occupied there’s a children’s pool as well as a larger swimming pool for adults, as well as tennis courts and a table-tennis table.

The Cosy Nook Café lives up to its moniker with swallow-you-up couches, a cosy ‘daybed’ for reclining on, honey stone walls and delicious bar snacks that together make it one of the most inviting campsite cafés in France. Fresh bread and croissants are delivered every morning; the best spot to take breakfast is under the shade of the linden trees. And just in case you sneaked your computer in with you, the Nook has Wi-Fi as well as satellite TV for movies or sport in the evening. With the gastronomical Mecca of Sarlat close by, coupled with what is one of the Dordogne’s friendliest, most charming sites, you may well find yourself staying much longer than planned.



This is a friendly, but restful place, so be prepared to while away a few hours with a glass of red wine.
The Cosy Nook café-bar houses a good selection of holiday reads and sells a selection of basic supplies such as milk.
There’s a brand-new shower/wash-block with baby-changing facilities and toilets for disabled campers.
Apart from the playground and swimming pools there’s also a tennis court.
If the unthinkable happens and it rains, there is an indoor kids’ area with board games, drawing materials and plenty more things to keep everyone busy. A communal freezer is available free of charge for ice packs.
Charcoal and gas barbecues are permitted on the pitches.
Free Wi-Fi across the campsite.

Suitable For

Something for Everyone!
Lovers of nature, space, quality facilities, small-scale setup, cosy and cool layout.
Campers in tents, campervans, camping cars and caravans.
Glampers who love proper beds, modern, clean, spacious and airy chalets or gîtes with kitchens and bathrooms.
Dogs on leads welcome.


Sainte Nathalene is super central to all local attractions and activities yet in a beautiful and quiet setting without any ambient traffic noise.
There are stacks of things to do locally if the active mood takes you, from lunching in Sarlat to exploring the caves and chateaux. Quality wine here is great value. Canoeing is a must: the Dordogne River is lazily paced and it’s a wonderful adventure for kids (life jackets provided).

Food & Drink

The Cosy Nook Café turns out a bevy of barista style coffees, organic teas, artisan beer and a range of great value wine is on offer thanks to a good relationship with local producers.

In the evening food trucks set up on the terrace and offer a variety of local and world food. Nearby Sarlat takes its cuisine very seriously and its winding streets are full of restaurants and bistros. For something different, Chez le Gaulois (05 53 59 50 64), tucked away in the centre of the old town, serves rustic platters of cheeses and charcuterie, boiled potatoes, salads and melted raclette. Service is great and the atmosphere superb. It’s small and popular so booking is advisable. There’s also Delpeyrat (05 53 28 10 43) in Carsac – a traditional French dining room, producing homemade delights, a great favourite with the locals. In true style meals can go on for some time, so it’s not perhaps the best for restless children. Out of town, try the Pech-de-Malet (05 53 28 14 82) in Vitrac, a family owned restaurant with fab terrace and views across the valley – ideal for kids. Finally, a two-minute drive from the campsite, L'Escale (05 53 59 22 18), in Sainte Nathalène, has a nice terrace and a family-friendly menu including, pizzas, steak frites and ice creams.


April – September.

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The Owner Says

Small is Beautiful.
Back in the day, French campsites were visited and inspected by experts in the field of 'Cool' and 'Camping'!
For their 2011 edition of the Guide Book, they featured only 100 exquisite French campsites with added ooh-la-la.
Following an inspection in the spring of 2010, we were delighted to learn that not only had we been selected to feature in the Guide, but that we came second place out of their Top 5 campsites in all of France!
They loved us for our 'spacious leafy pitches and onsite café that must be one of the cosiest in France'.
Then in 2015 we made the cover of Cool Camping Europe's second edition. It seems Cool Camping couldn't get enough of our gorgeous Infinity pitches.
Since then, Mathevies has matured, evolved and innovated with even more emphasis on providing our guests with quality, space, nature and comfort.
There are still under 35 pitches and we have replaced some of the old chalets with 7 luxury houses - Open Air and Plein Air chalets - for those who don't fancy pitching a tent. Both gîtes have also undergone extensive refurbishment and are stunning.
The Cosy Nook terrace is still THE relaxation zone, set beneath the huge lime trees. It's a place to kick back and take in the chilled music, lounge on the daybeds with a book or a new friend.
In high summer let us do the cooking, thanks to nightly pop up food trucks (think curry, pizza, creole, fish 'n chips, crepes etc) and a fully stocked bar and barista on hand for your daily caffeine needs.
Do the washing up in the fresh and leafy alfresco-style sanitary facilities...
Cool off in the terraced pool, get physical on the full size tennis court, or have a laugh playing boules by the bar.
Kids will enjoy the car free playground and there's even an indoor kids playroom attached to the bar, so something for everyone.
If you prefer a personal and relaxed experience, impeccable facilities and a warm welcome then please come and stay. We offer our guests an alternative to the commercial camping scene, i.e an independently owned boutique style campsite with less than 40 pitches without organised activities. 

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There are a variety pitch types to choose from, spread over 6 acres of landscaped terracing and woodland. Each is individually laid out, all are grassed and vary in size between 100–200sqm. All have 10AMP electric hook up and there are communal water points throughout the site.

Chalet Eden

Cabin Sleeps 4
Situated on a gentle incline, with south facing views over the campsite. Clean, bright and cosy with a holiday indoor-outdoor feel.

Plein Air i

Plein Air

Cabin Sleeps 5 2 Available
Wake up to morning birdsong... offering serenity, privacy and a place to get away from it all.

Le Point de Vue

Camping bungalow Sleeps 7
A stone’s throw away to absolute escape. After a day on the campsite, retreat to your own little palace a short stroll down the lane.

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Getting There

Take exit 55 from the A20 and follow the signs for the D703 (direction Sarlat). Turn right on to the D61 (direction Carlux). In the village of Carlux take the D47B towards Sainte Nathalène; turn left onto the D47 and go through the village of St Nathalène until you reach the only bar in the village. With the bar on your right, take the first road on the right (you will see an old petrol station/garage and agricultural materials) and follow it up the hill where you will pick up signs to the diminutive hamlet of Les Mathevies.

The nearest airport is at Brive-la-Gaillard, some 30km from St Nathalene. Bergerac Airport is the next closest, about 70km to the west. Bordeaux (200km) is a large international and regional airport served by many airlines. Toulouse (200km) is another large international airport served by many airlines and is equidistant to Bordeaux. By air you will almost certainly need a car or pick-up on arrival.


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