Samoa Tent Lodge

Europe France Poitou-Charentes Charente Camping Marco de Bignac

  • Sleeps 5 (max 3 adults, 4 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Private Bathroom
This safari tent offers comfort under canvas on a lakeside campsite in the French region of Charente.
  • Spacious glamping with bathroom, kitchen and separated bedrooms (linen provided)
  • Al fresco dining with large shaded terrace and BBQ
  • The prime glamping on a large site with lots of facilities

The Owner Says

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Sleeping up to five people, there are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the second with a bunk bed: a double bed on the lower bunk and a single bed on the top bunk.  The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen with fridge freezer, microwave, hob, kettle, coffee machine, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and glasses. The bathroom comprises a shower, basin and toilet. Outside there is a beautiful decked terrace with a table, chairs and a BBQ - perfect for those al fresco dining moments.

Situated in the beautiful countryside of Charente, this spacious (20 acres), rural campsite sits on one side of a pretty lake. With all the amenities you could wish for, it's family-owned and run, which just serves to underline its greatest assets – pure, homespun tranquility yet with enough in the way of facilities and activities to make you never want to leave.

Fresh bread and pastries can be ordered each evening for next day collection at reception – a French camping must – plus there's plenty of tourist info stashed alongside the main desk, along with local walking and cycling maps, board games and puzzles. To top it off, there's even a mobile beauty therapist who drops by from time to time!

It's a convivial place, with regular events during summer, including live music evenings, dedicated food evenings focused on things like moules-frites and BBQs, and a popular boules tournament every Sunday afternoon. Plus there's fishing on the lake and an abundance of wildlife around the site. The neighbouring village of St-Amante-de-Boixe is worth a visit, home to a majestic 12th-century abbey church and some lovely nearby woodlands for walking, and the regional capital town of Angouleme is only a 20-minute drive away. That is, of course, if you can tear yourself away.

Features & Facilities

Two sanitary blocks, one of which has been recently renovated and is heated. Both have toilets, showers, wash basins, an accessible bathroom, a family bathroom with baby bath and baby-changing, chemical disposal, dish-washing and clothes washing sinks. There's also a freezer, electric hook-ups, a washing machine/ tumble dryer, a small shop, fresh bread and pastries every day, a small library and free Wi-Fi in the bar. As for the fun stuff, the site has an outdoor swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts, boules, fishing on the lake, a children’s playground and table tennis.

Activities

It's a 20-minute drive to the city of Angouleme, capital of the department of Charente, where you'll find an alluring old district of narrow streets and small squares, ancient ramparts, a cathedral and castle – and lots of appealing pavement cafés and restaurants too. Closer to the site, you should visit the abbey at St-Amant-de-Boixe, the ruined ancient Roman amphitheatre at Les Bouchauds, and, to the north, the lovely old chateau and mill town of Verteuil-sur-Charente. In the opposite direction, consider making the short trip to the river beach and water sports area of St Yriex, where you can go swimming, canoeing and sailing. There's also the old town of Cognac. There's good swimming in the river here but it's most famous, of course, for its cognac producers, where you can sign up to guided tours and tastings.

Food & Drink

There is a bar and restaurant on site, which also does takeaways. Otherwise, nearby restaurants include the traditionally French Le Taillefer (05 45 39 70 39) in Montignac, 5km away; Les Nymphéas (05 45 21 52 96), a simple, good-value brasserie in Marcillac Lanville, 10km away; or, in Angouleme, Angolo d’Italia (05 45 90 51 74), an excellent local Italian, or Chez Paul (05 45 90 04 61), which serves good (mainly French) food and has a garden.
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Location

Getting There

Heading north on the N10 from Angouleme, take the D11 turn-off (signposted 'La Touche D’Anais and Vars'); at the roundabout head towards Vars and stay on the D11 through Vars, la Portal and Basse; go under the new railway bridge and take a right towards 'Camping and Bignac'. Follow the road for 3km as far as the village of Bignac and make a (signposted) right towards the campsite. Coming from the west on the A10, turn off at St Jean d'Angley onto the D939 and follow the signs to Roulliac; turn left beyond Rouillac onto the D117 (signposted 'Camping Marco de Bignac') and just before Basse turn left before the new railway bridge (signposted 'Camping and Bignac') and follow the road for 3km as far as Bignac, where you turn right to the campsite (signposted). The nearest train station is at Angouleme, a 20-minute drive from the campsite; buses run from there to a bus stop 2 minutes walk from the site.