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BelRepayre Airstream & Retro

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Ariège

  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Hot tubs
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Europe’s first retro Airstream trailer park, in the foothills of the Pyrénées

A couple of decades ago, Perry Balfour and his wife, Coline, set about transforming a beautiful part of the Ariège countryside into a themed trailer park. Having built up to an impressive collection of 15 Airstreams, they have, more recently, scaled it back to a more modest collection of three, each painstakingly restored to its former glory, then decked out in 1970s-era fabrics and flea-market paraphernalia. These glistening beauties are the real deal, too, and have come all the way across the Atlantic.

Though the exteriors look majestic – especially when winking simultaneously in the Ariège sunshine – the interiors look even better, with their cute little bathrooms and showers, funky bedrooms, and plethora of aptly psychedelic touches that includes floral curtains, retro crockery and ancient music magazines. Sliding a scratchy Sly and the Family Stone tape into the cassette player and putting your feet up on the sun lounger outside is a pretty cool experience, to say the least.

Elsewhere on site, there's a dainty little pond, an activities field and a nearby wood to explore. The well-stocked 'general store' has essential food items and fresh organic vegetables from the local area and there are, of course, vintage clothes on sale, too. The new addition of a red, cedar wood hot tub is a particular delight and, if it strikes you as a little too modern, has timeless views of the snow-topped Pyrénées that no doubt even the most ancient of forefathers and mothers would have enjoyed.

Yes, if ever there was a campsite to help you trip back in time – this is it…

Details

Facilities

3 Airstreams for rent, each equipped with outside furniture and kitchen (linen and towels included); a slightly old-fashioned but well-maintained block with 3 toilets and 3 showers; field for ball games and frisbee. Cedar-wood hot tub for up to 5 people, pétanque, table tennis, badminton, bike tracks (bike hire can be arranged), small shop, washing machine. No campfires, but BBQ available.

Suitable For

Glamping only. So no tents, campervans or caravans of your own. Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Nearby

Hiking and mountain-biking; bikes rented on site or delivered (00 33 6 31 94 24 91). One of the best local routes, involves heading through the village of Manses and up to the rock church of Vals. There are several medieval castles close by, too, the marvellous Château de Montségur included. Discover Ariège by microlight with Partag’air (00 33 5 61 01 92 00) in Troye-d’Ariège.

Food & Drink

Decent organic food sold on site, plus local produce and fresh bread and croissants are available for delivery each morning (order the day before). The Airstreams have cooking facilities. Mirepoix has great cafés and restaurants, and a good farmers’ market every Monday on place du Maréchal Leclerc. Try Le Comptoir Gourmand (00 33 5 61 68 19 19), where you can feast on mussels and monkfish in a converted barn.

Opening Times

End April–mid September.

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Accommodation

3 vintage American Airstream trailers: a Spartan from 1947, a Curtis wright from 1949 and a Silver streak from 1953.

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Summer Suite - 1982

Vintage caravan Sleeps 4

Location

Getting There

If you get the train, the owners can arrange to come and pick you up from Mirepoix, Pamiers or Carcassonne. Otherwise a car is recommended as the campsite is 'away from it all'.

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