Bell Tent

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Gers Domaine Le Poteau

  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 0 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • In room Wifi
A luxury Bell tent. Ideal for couples with a beautiful open outlook of a calm, rural spot in Lea
  • Comfortable bed for a great nights sleep
  • Gas cooker
  • Delicious welcome pack

The Owner Says

Fancy a little more luxury?  Our lovely 5 m Bell Tent is wonderfully roomy and just a little bit romantic. It is ideal for couples but we are happy to add beds for children if you fancy a family glamping experience. We think we’ve included everything but if you have any specific requests please just ask…..
  • Comfortable bed
  • Gas cooker and gas
  • Dining table (2 x chairs)
  • 2 x sun loungers
  • A hammock
  • Dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Washing up utensils
  • BBQ
  • Fire Pit
  • A welcome pack of olive oil, salt and pepper, local wine, tea and coffee and washing up stuff

It was almost a decade ago that Cool Camping first pulled into the gravel drive leading to Le Poteau Campsite. Situated on the edge of the sleepy village of Castelnau d’Auzan, this charming spot lies in the heart of Gers’ bountiful wine- and Armagnac-producing départment. Hidden among the corrugated corduroy of vineyards, the campsite’s immediate appeal made it a shoo-in for our very first guidebook to France. It also made it a firm favourite with Scottish couple Alasdair and Fiona Downes, who visited the site in 2015 and promptly decided there was nowhere else they’d rather be. Today they’ve packed up the tent and live in the small house across the driveway, tending to all the new arrivals in what is now their garden.

The campsite itself, though kept to a manageable 20 or so pitches, sprawls out to offer ample space. There’s an assortment of shrubbery, small trees and bushes to obscure your tent from your neighbours, whilst across the driveway, a covered dining area and a cute terrace bar are there to be sociable in. Alasdair was a chef in his former years and cooks up a mean four-course meal a couple of days a week, enjoyed in the shaded setting of the orchard. Glance at a menu board on other days of the week, and you can pre-order some of his traditional French food to take away instead.

The church spire of pretty Castelnau d’Auzan peeps above the surroundings. The village is a short walk away and has its own little tourist office and a few bar-restaurants. You get a real taste for agricultural France as you pass tractors chugging along roads lined with tall trees that have grown from either side of the road and entwined together above you. There are as many of these tree tunnels as there are vineyards around these parts and they seem to echo the rustic, picture-perfect atmosphere of the settlements. Montreal-du-Gers, Fources and Larressingle are all designated plus beaux villages and can be easily reached by bike. Or you can simply stay put in the garden-like setting of this plus beaux campsite. Long may its years of secluded success continue.

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  • Balance due 30 days before your holiday
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
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Features & Facilities

Electrical hook-ups available. Wash-block with showers, toilets, basins, hair-dryers, shaving points, washing machine and tumble dryer. Covered washing-up sinks. Boules court. Small, above-ground swimming pool. Firepits available. Donkeys on-site, lots of wildlife and a small pond on the edge of the vineyard.

Activities

Alasdair is a keen cyclist and has the lycra to prove it. The quiet routes and wide range of options is one of the things that attracted him to Le Poteau and he is very happy to give tips and advice on where to go. From meandering rambles through country lanes to lung-busting challenges, there's plenty of choice. He and Fiona also have decent knowledge of the local walking routes – just ask. Montreal-du-Gers (9km), Fources (12km) and Larressingle (18km) are all Plus Beaux Villages and essential visits – the photo opportunities are unmissable! In Castelnau D’Auzan (5–10 mins walk) there is a large outdoor pool (larger than the above-ground one on the campsite), tennis courts and a park. You can also try wild swimming in Lac d’Aignan or Lac de Lupiac (each around 30 minute's away).

Food & Drink

Evening table d’hôte meals are served in the orchard around 2 times a week – Alasdair used to be a chef and whips up some fine fodder – and take-away French food is also often on offer. Local wines are served with dinner. They also make their own zingy lemonade, which is excellent. Fresh bread and croissants can be ordered in the evening for the next morning. In the village (walking distance) there are several small restaurants and an epicerie. The nearest traditional market is in Eauze (10km) every Thursday.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

‘Une Vraie retrouvaille’

We went there without thinking too much, without waiting in particular. ... I was thrilled as much by the place as by the welcome of Fiona and Alistair, Scottish couple. Everything is clean and made with taste / charm. Pay attention to Covid sanitary rules. You can find the prices of yesteryear ... no tolls, no traffic jams to get there. We just loved it!
Jul 13, 2020 by Linda R
★★★★★

A real gem, you won’t be disappointed by a stay here

We spent a fabulous week at the campsite last year. It is well laid out with plenty of room between pitches. Good facilities that are immaculately clean and kept clean all day. Lovely to just chill at the quiet site and use the pool, also lots to do in the local area, some great markets and a short walk into the village where you can supplies. The owners are excellent hosts, very welcoming and ever so helpful. We cant wait looking to go back.
Jul 7, 2020 by SHB

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Getting There

The N124 from Toulouse takes you nearly all the way there; you join the D931 towards Eauze where you take the D43 to Castelnau d’Auzan.

This is a very rural location and the nearest train stations – Auch, Agen and Mont de Marsan – are all around an hours drive away. The nearest airports are Bordeaux (1½ hour's drive) and Toulouse (1¾ hours).