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An escape to nature and a home away from home

Winner of the 2014 Zoover Award, the 4-star camping Moulin de Surier is one of the 25 top campsites out of 8,500 in the whole of France. Ideally located in the beautiful region of Dordogne-Périgord, here are at least 25 reasons to make this your destination this summer.

TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: MOULIN DE SURIER

Having been a campsite for twenty years, the Moulin du Surier came under new management last July who have given it a new life, with further plans to make it even better. Open throughout spring, summer and autumn, the location is close to magical: spread over eight hectares and surrounded by lush green nature, two lakes and a hundred year-old windmill that gives the camping its name, it has everything to please the eye and the senses.

Guests can pick between different types of chalets and mobile homes fitting between four and eight people comfortably, and with spacious interiors to avoid being on top of each other and enjoy a stress-less holiday. The camping will also turn to ‘glamping’ in 2015 – a more glamorous style of camping with appropriate, luxurious types of accommodation available on site.

As for activities and services, the camping has it all: ping-pong tables, tennis, volleyball, BBQs, swimming in the lake or the pool, fishing for children and professionals, bike rentals a whole range of board games to enjoy with family or friends. Next to one of the lakes is a bar-restaurant called La Guinguette where you can order lunch or dinner from June to September. The swimming pool has its own bar with a collection of refreshments and snacks which can be ordered as takeaways. La Guinguette’s is also the meeting point for evening entertainment: shows with professional artists, disco, karaoke and much more.

The uniqueness of the site also resides in the exclusive access to privately-owned Chateau de Bannes located nearby. Under staff guidance, guests are invited to light a lantern and, together, make a night walk in the gardens of the chateau – an adventure for children and a delight for grown-ups.

On top of this, the region has its fair share of cultural, historical and geological activities given the impressive number of castles and caves nearby. For the sporty type, there is the possibility to go on horse-riding treks, hiking, fishing, play golf, rent quads or organise an afternoon of cycling with the family.

So for the perfect holiday destination look no further and visit the website (in French, Dutch and English).