One month until we open! Free Welcome Packs for April stays

Welcome pack belairlecamping one month
Wow where has the last 6 months gone?

We arrived in France to sign the paperwork in October last year, moved in December and now only one month until we open!

What an experience it has been for the whole family. Ben has been working all day everyday building and constructing the glampsite. I have been busy creating fun and colourful signs and artwork for the site, purchasing the many items for the tents and communal areas and generally telling Ben what I want! Our two daughters have settled in very well, Sienna has started her school and loves her french friends and Lula is happy to run around and enjoy her new home.

We have met many awesome locals and English tradesmen, making life in France easier and certainly friendlier than we could have hoped. No regrets!

Whilst its been fun and we all feel like we are living our dream, the real world is creeping up! We open in one month and though we are on schedule, there are still finishing jobs to be done. We are aiming for a high-end, luxury experience in which is more similar to a hotel experience as opposed to camping. Whether we achieve this or not, we will soon find out!

Free Welcome Packs

April brings the promise of warmer weather, spring flowers and most importantly, running a glampsite and hosting fabulous holidays for friends, family and strangers alike. So we are offering all holidaymakers who stay with us anytime in April, a complimentary free Welcome Pack. We offer stays for a minimum of two nights, with temperatures averaging from 17oC to 20oC throughout April. For cooler mornings and evenings all Belle Tents are equipped with a wood burning stove for warmth and cosiness.

You can fly directly to Limoges airport and use the car hire available or drive, either way when you arrive we will be there to welcome you and so will your Welcome pack, complete with a bottle of wine, cheese and baguette to enjoy!

Click here to book now and we hope to see you soon!

Au Revoir

The Pantry’s

Living in France, what’s it’s really like?

Living in france

Living in France…thoughts 6 weeks on

Before deciding to move to France, my mind was full of stereotypes about what it might be like to live here. I’m sure it’s the same for most people. The French love the French. The French love baguettes. The French love garlic. The French have great wine and adore long lunches. So far so good.

Once we found our dream glampsite and area, I began researching on forums, Facebook pages and journals about what the French are really like. So my opinion changed to: The French not only love the French but actively dislike non-French residents. The French only love French cuisine and wine. The French will only speak French with you (even if they know English). The French can be unhelpful and rude to non-French people. The French love red tape and bureaucracy. The French lifestyle is slow, relaxed and nothing gets done over lunchtimes (12-2.30), Sundays, August or December.

So after 6 weeks living in the beautiful Dordogne area of France, what has been true, false or a complete surprise?

The biggest and most welcome surprise, has been how wonderfully friendly and helpful everyone is. From the schools, doctors, shop keepers, strangers, everyone has been brilliant. Not once have I felt uncomfortable or made to feel foolish. One shop keeper (who owns the most fabulous clothes store in Brantôme) went out of her way to help us find furniture. The advice and time given but expecting nothing but  friendship in return was a pleasure.

This brings me onto another false expectation. Every French person has at least tried to meet me halfway with the language. My attempt at French is met with a wry smile. So between hand gestures and basic language on both parts, dealing with life in France has gone well.

Some things have been true. The French LOVE baguettes. They LOVE a long lunch – nothing opens or gets done between 12-2:30 including all shops, supermarkets, doctors, etc… We have found this a difficult adjustment, often finding ourselves in a ghost town between those hours. Same goes for Sundays, you have no choice but to spend it with your family (whether you want to or not!).

Another true stereotype is the French love French food. As a family, we love an Indian takeaway, British fish and chips,  Mexican fajitas and many other different cuisines. Well that went out the shuttered window very quickly! Either you pay triple the price for anything British (cheddar is €5 for a small cube) and don’t even talk about teabags! Same for Mexican. The only item remotely Indian is Uncle Bens curry, I’ve had to get a food parcel flown in for Bombay potato mix and Mango chutney. And as for traditional fish and chips, well fair enough some things should remain on sacred land.

To summarise, you don’t need to know a lot of French to live here. However, to make friends and make life more fulfilling I am very keen to learn as much as possible. Be friendly and people will be friendly in return. Don’t go out at lunchtimes or Sundays, expect to be bloated on rich food and baguettes and take your time, there’s no rush!

Au revoir for now

The Pantry’s 🇫🇷

 

 

Book direct via our website!

About website

This has been an awesome 48 hours for Belair le Camping (and technically very challenging!).

I’m always up for a challenge and following a minor dabble in website php/coding in my uni days, I thought I would give it a go to set up our own website with full hotel facilities. Blooming hell did I under-estimate that challenge! My brain is not the same (after 13 years completing my degree/2 children/many hours watching reality tv) plus my expectations of template website design were WAY higher!

I did not expect to actually add DNS, HTML, name server etc… information myself. Plus widgets, plug ins, OMG but with help from google, wpbeginners and other helpful sources our website is becoming fully functional.

Thank you to my family members for testing out my booking and PayPal site, your support is massively appreciated!

So I now invite our friends, family, glampers, adventurers and nosy parkers to check availablity, look at prices and test our booking system for any glitches. If you would like to make a serious booking, then we won’t ask for any ££££ until we are open April 2017 and you can see the glampsite pictures (rather than Pinterest images). A discount for friends and family is always available, just ask 😜

Au Revoir for now

The Pantry’s

Dordogne…the Pantry’s have arrived! 

Pantry's Dordogne

I’m sitting here writing my blog snuggled up in our rental gîte, with a glass of vin rouge with a big grin but tired bones.

Been a very busy 48 hours, moving house then staying in Dover with two girls who hate sleeping. Up at 2:30am😪 but the trip to our gîte couldn’t have gone better, thankful for the safe journey.

We meet with the notaire (solicitor) on Monday to sign the Compris de Vente and start formal proceedings, which takes around 2 months. We are committed at this stage so no going back! 😱 On Tuesday we see the campsite and house and gite again, hoping to take lots of photos and put a plan in the place for the glampsite.

But in the meantime, we are making the most of the beautiful sunshine and we have visited a bustling local market in Thiviers, Ben asked for 24 potatoes in French, which the lady found hilarious 😂 After a classic lunch of baguette, Brie and grapes we had a hike around the fairytale chateaux at Jumilhac de Grand, only 6 miles away.

Hence the big grin and tired bones but most of all, a happy soul.

Bon soir  🇫🇷

The Pantry’s