La Toile Sous Les Etoiles

Europe France Limousin Creuse

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Sociable, rural, bell tent glamping on the Limousin-Auvergne border where campfires are permitted, stargazing is a must and space is always guaranteed

'Canvas under the stars'. That's the direct translation of La Toile Sous Les Étoiles and an appropriate one given the dark skies that this rural part of East Limousin affords. When the sun sets and only the campfires flicker at this brand new glamping retreat, the Milky Way dazzles with its full display. Even the furtherest stars seem to wink at you.

Created by British ex-pats Nigel and Olivia Stanton, who first fell in love with the region on holidays of their own, this comfortable take on camping offers an enchanting mix of luxury and ol' fashioned outdoor fun. In a wildflower meadow, flanked by mature trees, mown pathways weave their way between the six different bell tents, each pitched on a flat wooden deck where garden chairs call out for you to sit down in the sun with a good book. Inside, the bell tents are bunting-clad beauties – think vintage chests, oak-framed beds and marble-topped cabinets – where the tiniest touches show real attention to detail. An up-cycled pastis bottle has been turned into a bedside lamp, freshly picked flowers fill a vase and complimentary tea and coffee await. There's no denying this is camping done right.

The same thoughtfulness has been given to the rest of the space. Walk past the swimming pool to old farm buildings, where you'll find bathroom facilities and a kitchen, which, though plush, still have a wonderful sense of place. The charmingly rustic washing-up sinks, for example, are made out of deep wooden buckets, while the stone ablutions barn feature exposed corrugated iron along the walls. The kitchen, well equipped for the maximum of 20 guests the site allows, has a range oven, wood-fired bread (or pizza) oven and a private fridge for every bell tent.

While such facilities make for easy living, it's the all-round setting of La Toile Sous Les Étoiles that makes it so special. It's easy to see how Olivia and Nigel so quickly fell in love with the place. The young orchard overlooked by ivy-dotted barns, the old farm tracks to stroll along and the reliably brilliant weather. Why wouldn't you want to live here? Throw in the convenient amenities of Auzances, the local town a 5-minute drive away, and the vast regional park – Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches – a half hour drive beyond that and there's everything you could want for. Not that it's all needed. Some days are better spent doing absolutely nothing but lazing beside the pool.

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Facilities

Each tent is individually designed, all are furnished with Vintage French furniture; beds and mattresses, with all bedding, linen, tea-towels, bathroom & pool towels provided. The tents are set on solid bases and are 'carpeted' with coir matting, chests for clothing and personal items and a dresser well stocked with glassware, crockery, cookware. Low energy, solar powered LED lights alongside candles and, of course, campfires. Outdoor furniture includes a dining table and comfortable director's chairs, under the shade of an additional canopy during high summer and deck chairs. Options of a gas ring for morning cuppas or a Kadai fire bowl, which can be used for BBQs, heating food in the suspended tripod pot. There are individual mains-powered fridges in 'the old pig sty'.

Our vintage Caravan 'Luna', sleeps upto 5 and is similarly equipped with bedding, linen, towels, kitchen equipment etc.  Outside, a covered deck to the front will provide a comfortable dining area and an outdoor 'kitchen' with a double gas ring and a cool store (an adaptation of the original fridge from the caravan).  Luna will be positioned in a secluded corner of our site with a private garden area, again equipped with a Kadai Firebowl/Firepit, deckchairs, parasol etc. The caravan itself is 'off grid', with low energy LED lighting powered by a solar panel for convenience and candles for ambience.

A 'Guest barn' houses a fully equipped dining and cooking area, complete with a range cooker and an ancient bread/pizza oven where we cook fresh pizzas on 'Pizza nights'. Private, luxury shower rooms in another barn, exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. Outdoor Swimming pool, surrounded by decking and furniture. Communal firepit and BBQ area, a lovely spot for star-gazing nights - the light pollution here is some of the lowest experienced in Europe Complimentary tea & coffee, basic cooking essentials such as salt, pepper, oil plus washing up liquid and lavatory paper are provided. A 'Medieval' style marquee in the orchard provides another place to relax and socialise in the shade, also ideal for group dining.  Solar shower hut - your chance to shower with a view with water heated by the sun. 'Annexe' tents - we have smaller, 3m diameter, bell tents that can be erected on the same pitch, furnished with one or two single beds giving parents and older children alike more privacy ( 2 available).

Suitable For

Glamping only. Max 20 guests on site at any one time. No campervans, caravans or own tents. Dogs and big groups welcome by prior arrangement.

Nearby

It's 20 miles to Aubusson, world famous for its tapestries, with beautiful works of art on offer, galleries and plenty of restaurants and shops, as well as the main museum. There are nearby markets and chateaux for the archetypal French experience and a plethora of activities for families who fancy a spot of adventure. Drive around an hour to; Lac de Vassivière, the biggest lake in Limousin in the Regional Nature Park of Millevaches.  Cycle around the perimeter, sail, kayak or swim in the lake itself enjoying one of the many beaches along its' shore. Similarly, Sioule-Loisirs (27 miles) is a great multi-activity base in the Sioule Gorges, with canoes, kayaks and electric mountain bikes for hire.  The UNESCO World Heritage site 'Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d'Auvergne' (www.parcdesvolcans.fr), provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, two theme parks and even paragliding!  The mountains of the 'Massif du Sancy', a ski resort in winter are, in summer, a natural theme park for walkers & cyclists, there's a summer luge and the cable car will take you to the summit (www.sancy.com).

Food & Drink

It's a 5 minute drive into Auzances, where there's a handful of small restaurants and cafés and a market on Tuesday mornings. Plus, all the basic essentials – three bakeries, a butcher's, a pharmacy, a bank, a post office, vets, a furniture shop... a lawn mower store! For groceries, head to the big Intermarché supermarket just on the other side of the village.  The summer months see the addition of a 'pop-up' bar and bistro by the small lake in Auzances, which is very popular with local people - what better recommendation can there be?  There are a number of other, charming 'Auberge' type restaurants within a 15 minute drive.  Each summer, local villages and towns hold antiques/bric-a-brac markets and their own annual fetes.  

Opening Times

May–late September.

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The Owner Says

Originally from the UK, in 2017 we moved to France with a big vision of a new future!  Over the last 30 years we have spent many happy holidays camping, caravanning, boating, motorhoming and self-catering, learning to live in bijou spaces without compromising on creature comforts.  A long held dream to open a campsite led us to go down the Glamping route.  Our first year in France was spent creating a special holiday destination and in 2018 we opened La Toile sous Les Etoiles - a place where you, your family and friends are invited to enjoy the natural surroundings, a chance to rediscover a simpler way of life, but with a touch of luxury and glamour! ​We welcome bookings from couples, families & groups (special events) Dogs are welcome.

WE OFFER YOU … Bespoke cream canvas bell tents (and one vintage caravan!)– on solid bases and fully furnished,  well spaced, only 6 units/maximum of 20 guests on site at any one time. Vintage French beds made up with carefully chosen crisp linens ready for your arrival.  Fully equipped; ample crockery, cutlery, utensils, pots and pans - just what you might have at home. Lighting powered by the sun and candles. Low energy LED lighting is installed and candles for ambiance. Cooking on gas or an open fire ; gas ring for convenience or a Kadai Fire bowl for barbeques, heating food in the tripod suspended cooking pot, or on a specially designed pan. Your own mains powered fridge and a cool box. Luxuriously appointed private shower rooms – housed within an old converted barn. Beautiful Outdoor Swimming Pool with furnished decked surround.  (The pool is fenced for safety reasons). A ‘Guest Barn’ fully equipped to cater for up to 20 people, a range cooker and a huge dining table, an our original bread oven in which we will cook you handmade pizzas on pizza nights. A communal fire pit/barbeque area with a 'monster' of a Kadai Fire Bowl.

- NEW FOR 2020!  Vintage Caravan ' Luna' - an early 1970's caravan with the interior being re-designed to create quirky, stylish, fully equipped accommodation for upto 5 people. Current images, artist drawings etc will be updated with photography as the transformation progresses!

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Accommodation

4 bell tents sleeping up to 4 people and 2 bell tents exclusively for couples.
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Cassini

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Getting There

Be warned, La Toile Sous Les Etoiles' address is misleading... especially if using a SatNav! It's best to head for the nearest town: Auzances (‘postcode’ 23700). The campsite is around 4km from the town centre. From Auzances follow the D988 towards Dontreix/Pontamur/Clermont Ferrand. After the downhill sweeping bends coming out of the town, you'll cross 2 bridges. After the second, take the second left (the D4A1 towards Vergheas). Follow this road for 2km, passing through the hamlet of Les Vernades, and continue up the hill and around a sharp right hand, then a left hand, bend. Just beyond these bends, you'll see a crossroads sign. Straight ahead you will see 2 entrances in front of you. Take the right hand of these, into a Toile Sous Les Etoiles' car parking area. It's 50 minutes to Montlucon, where you'll find the main railway hub. It's an hour to Clermont Ferrand Airport and 2 to Limoges Airport. By car, Caen is the nearest ferry port (5hrs 25 mins), while it takes 5hrs 50mins to Dieppe or Le Havre. Calais is around 7hrs by car.

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