Lyra

Europe France Limousin Creuse La Toile Sous Les Etoiles

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 2 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • Pet Friendly
Some of the best star-gazing in Europe can be experienced during stays in this large and tastefully-furnished bell tent in Limousin.
  • Spacious and comfortable glamping for up to four in a six-metre bell tent
  • A Kadai fire bowl means you can keep toasty while enjoying the region’s starry skies
  • One of just six bell tents on this small glamping site with a sociable atmosphere

The Owner Says

Lyra is a six-metre furnished bell tent. It has a double bed and a day bed that makes into a king sized bed (with two single mattresses) so is suitable for families, couples who appreciate extra space, or perhaps two single people holidaying together.  We can add an extra single bed into this tent if children do not want to share the converted day bed - subject to availability - please ask. 
Eco friendly low energy LED lighting is available in each tent powered by a solar panel for convenience and candlepower for ambience. All our tents are situated on wooden bases and have comfortable outdoor furniture and you can choose to cooking on gas or an open fire: perhaps a gas ring for that morning cup of coffee and the Kadai Fire bowl for barbecues and toasting marshmallows! There are mains-powered fridges and charging points for each tent as well as a cool box inside the tents for the morning milk.
A  luxuriously-appointed shower room is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. A ‘Guest Barn’ is kitted out for our guests’ use, and is fully-equipped to cater for up to 20 guests, complete with a range cooker adjacent to our original bread oven, in which we will cook you handmade pizzas. There's also a communal fire pit/barbecue area where everyone can get together for socialising and marshmallow roasting and a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by decking and more comfortable furniture. The site is perfect for star-gazing at night  as the light pollution here is some of the lowest experienced in Europe.

Features & 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 to ensure a flat, stable base and are 'carpeted' with coir matting, chests for clothing and personal items and a dresser stocked with all glassware, crockery, cookware etc that you could possibly want, making a true home from home. Low energy, solar powered LED lights alongside candles and, of course, campfires.  Outdoor dining table and comfortable director's chairs, under the shade of an additional canopy during high summer. 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 or on a specially designed pan. There is a mains-powered fridge in 'the old pig sty'; one for each tent, with a coolbox and ice blocks too... A second 'Guest barn' houses a dining and cooking area, complete with a range cooker, cooking utensils, pots, pans and crockery, plus gadget charging points. In this barn there is also an ancient bread/pizza oven where we cook fresh pizzas on 'Pizza nights'. Private, luxury shower rooms in a third, centuries-old 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 – the picture on our Home Page was taken in the garden on the night we bought the house!   Complimentary tea & coffee, basic cooking essentials such as salt, pepper, oil plus washing up liquid and lavatory paper are provided.

NEW FOR 2019 - 'Medieval' style marquee in the orchard, providing 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. Comfy deckchairs by each tent provide another venue for whiling away time whilst reading your book, with a cool drink, or perhaps a snooze after lunch? '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).

Activities

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.  
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Location

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.