Bell tent

Europe France Poitou-Charentes Charente Camping La Forêt de Tessé

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • In room Wifi
A taste of the good life in rural France is offered with stays in this spacious, equipped bell tent in the sunny south-west.

  • A fully-equipped six-metre bell tent with electricity, wifi and a separate kitchen cabin
  • Great location, BBQ and picnic table – perfect for al fresco dining at sunset
  • The only glamping bell tent on a small 10-pitch site with a pool

The Owner Says

Our two luxury bell tents are set up in our large grass camping field and can comfortably accommodate up to four people. They are furnished with 1 king size bed for 2 adults,  for additional people there are 2 single beds available and a cot can be added if required. Bedding and electricity is included with your stay.

Next to the tent is your own private cooking cabin with fridge, gas hob, cutlery and crockery and outside you will also have a barbecue and picnic table. We try to provide everything you need for your camping holiday so if you fly and hire a car or ferry and drive to France all you need is your suitcase.

You will have full use of campsite facilities including a shower block with washing and washing -up facilities, and our swimming pool. Towels are available to hire.

Our campsite is in a peaceful French hamlet called Grosbout. The hamlet is quiet apart from the odd car and tractor going by. Take a stroll around the pretty stone houses and if you happen to see anyone don’t forget to greet them with ‘Bonjour’. You can give a carrot to the neighbour’s always hungry horse or watch the little lambs chase each other around their field in spring.

Bikes are available for your use and we have safe roads surrounding our campsite to go cycling, walking or have a morning jog. Although we are in a rural area we are only 10 minutes drive from amenities: supermarkets, French food markets, restaurants, bars, clothes shops etc.

Features & Facilities

A heated shower block with 2 showers, 3 toilets, baby changing facilities and disabled facilities. 12 electrical hook-ups (10amp). Washing-up area, a washing machine and a dryer, picnic tables, BBQ area, motorhome service point and chemical toilet disposal. Table tennis, pool table, table football, pétanque, an outdoor swimming pool and bikes to borrow. Free WIFI. Fridges and freezers available for hire. Daily bread and patisserie delivery to the campsite each morning (order the evening before). Bell tents are also available to hire: fully furnished, they sleep up to 4 people each, with 1 king-sized bed and 2 singles (all with bedding) plus an adjacent cooking hut with fridge freezer, gas hob, charcoal BBQ, cutlery and crockery. Towels are available for extra fee.

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Rent bikes from the campsite and enjoy the emptiness of the local lanes – ideal for cycling and walking – or use one of the local outlets to rent a kayak of canoe to paddle down the river to Château de Verteuil sur Charente (0033 5 4531 1574). The closest such places to grab a paddle and get on the water are just beyond Ruffec (16-minute drive) with information in the campsite's welcome pack. If you'd prefer to drive to the château – a beautiful triangular building with 5 fairytale, conical towers and a dark slate roof – it takes around 20 minutes. Other activities in the locale include lake and river swimming, vineyard tours, a futuristic theme park in Poitiers (1hr drive) and a primate zoo, called Valley of the Apes (0033 5 4987 2020), a half hour drive away.

Food & Drink

As any self-respecting French campsite should, La Foret de Tesse has fresh bread and croissants delivered every morning. Place your order the evening before hand. Nearby, Le Moulin de Condac (0033 5 4530 1224; 15 minutes by car) is a gourmet French restaurant in an old converted mill by the river Charente and comes highly recommended by the Mark and Ildi. Eating on the waterside terrace outside is a must. For those with a sweet tooth, there's an excellent café and cake shop in Ruffec, too, Le Moulin des Delices (0033 5 4531 6205). They're by no means the only options, though. In fact, Mark and Ildi are a well spring of good foodie ideas, and provide extensive information and recommendations in their ‘welcome information folder’ on your arrival.
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Getting There

Leave the N10 motorway at Ruffec at the exits for the ‘D26’ for Bernac/Montjean/Sauzé Vaussais then head towards Bernac/Montjean/Sauzé Vaussais. Continue on the D26 and, after about 1 mile, you get to Bernac. Drive through the village and continue down the D26. Keep going straight and you get into Montjean. After the right bend, take the first left signposted for La Forêt de Tessé. The road immediately splits into two – keep left on the D303. Keep going straight and you will get into La Forêt de Tessé, the Mairie (Mare’s office building) and the church will be on your right. Carry on straight out of the village and you will come to a cross road with a crucifix, keep going straight here signposted to Grosbout and L’Houmelee. After the Grosbout village sign, the road bends to the right with a horse paddock on your right. After the right bend take the junction, turning left. The entrance to the campsite is just on the right there.