Campsite

For whom is Le Coteau de l’Herm ?

For those who long for an exciting holiday, full of relaxation and diversion;

For those who wish to linger in the cool shade or bask in the warm sun, surrounded by the breath-taking scenery of enchanting hills and wild valleys, in a paradise so sparsely populated that people have remained friendly and where history goes back to the dawn of mankind;

For those who would discover and wonder at marvels of ancient times; world famous prehistoric cave paintings, roman ruins, medieval towns where one can go back into the middle ages, picturesque villages, old churches and imposing castles, all with exciting and bewildering stories to tell;

For those who like to strolls or take longer walks, feeling part of a green unspoiled world;

For those who enjoy cycle rides along hedge lined roads, through woodlands, beside pastures, amongst steep rocky cliffs, over hill tops from where one can enjoy panoramic views over the Périgord, through villages where the trees form a canopy beneath which one can drink;

For those who love small restaurants where the chef himself might serve the meal, resplendent in his apron;

For those who like to spend their well-earned free time day-dreaming, relaxing, playing in the nude, sun-bathing or just taking in the atmosphere;

For those who seek peace and quiet, perhaps to read a book, to enjoy the scenery, to watch the stars twinkling at night just like in the tropics, to enjoy the sunset’s brilliant colours and the company of their family and friends.

These are the people who should come to France, to Dordogne / Périgord
to the naturist camp site of Le Coteau de l’Herm !

What kind of camping-site is Le Coteau de l’Herm ?

Le Coteau de l’Herm is a beautiful 20 acres naturist camping-site, 94 miles east of Bordeaux, in the Dordogne, the former county Périgord with its chief town Périgueux, called Vesona in Roman time. The site, just half way Périgueux and the medieval town of Sarlat, in the heart of what is called Périgord Noir, consists of a woody area at the top of a hill and a terraced lawn on the south slope of it. The camping area s.s., about 4 acres, offers 50 generous pitches of over 100 m² (120 yd2) each, for tents/caravans/sleepers. Each pitch, in the sun or in the shade as desired, offers a scenic view of the opposite valley and over the surrounding hills. The remaining 16 acres, for a small part almost impenetrable wood, is naturist walking area over lawns and along meandering forest paths.

The camping site offers all comforts:
• large central parking at the entrance,
• reception with all kinds of tourist information,
• spacious, save pitches (cars are allowed inside only to unload and load), nearly all with scenic view,
• half of them provided with electricity (4 or 10 A),
• water taps nearby (less than 55 yd),
• excellent , spotlessly clean sanitary facilities, also adapted for handicapped people, warm water everywhere,
• disposal closet with cleaning shower for chemical toilets,
• washing machines, wringer, hair dryers,
• small general store with camping gaz, small camping and sports goods, food, deepfreeze products,
• daily fresh morning bread,
• large refrigerator for tent campers,
• cooling of ice-packs,
• microwave,
• three barbecues,
• roofed relaxation area with cosy corner, sets of games and strip cartoons for children, and 2nd (indoor) bar,
• nice pergola with tables and chairs,
• outdoor bar with open air and roofed terrace
• camp-fire place
• large Zodiac (Hippo 65) swimming pool with broad “waterbed” ring tube,
• paddling pool and sand-box with small slide for the nippers,
• children’s playground with climbing frame, swings etc.
• table tennis, pétanque, badminton,
• library with English titles as well,
• bicycles for hire per half day or longer,
• pets admitted, if kept on a leash and let out outside the ground.
Every Tuesday a BBQ is organized with pommes frites to order.
Every Friday evening a 3 courses diner is served for those who have subscribed.
Every week wood-gathering with the children and camp-fire.

Footpaths through the woods and over the lawns, some rather steep, but others quite accessible for handicapped people, invite for a walk in Adam’s or Eve’s suit over the whole of the camping ground. The longest walk takes about at least 45 minutes.

Flora and fauna

The naturist camping-site is part of a region with a very rich flora and fauna.
A recent inventory in the near surroundings and on the camp site itself yielded not less than 358 plant species, including 18 orchids, 248 of which (8 orchids) were found on the camp site. Within 2 weeks 76 bird species were spotted, of which 64 on the campsite; 13 of them were birds of prey, a.o. red kite (milan royal), black kite (milan noir) and eagle owl (grand-duc d’Europe). The hoopoe, with his characteristic crest, absent in Britain, is a common presence here. And so are several reptiles (couleuvre snake, lizards), toads, smaller and quite big salamanders. Wild mammals like foxes, does, deer, wild boars and stone-martens are common too, also on our naturist site, but they avoid the rush and noise of campers.
Of the many beetles and butterflies the stag-beetle and the humming butterfly, which with his long proboscis can hang motionless, like a humming-bird, in front of a flower for many seconds, are the two most remarkable insects.

Accessibility of the camping ground

A well maintained asphalt road leads right to the entrance of the camping ground: hence it is very well accessible by car/caravan/camping car as well as by(motor)cycle: no need to approach us in a camping car or caravan wibbling-wobbling on a long dusty or muddy unmetalled road full of potholes.

The camping site is member of the FEN (France Espaces Naturistes), the group of naturist camping sites that in its charter mentions as its first characteristic that the camping sites of the members of the group are open for all naturists, irrespective of whether they have a member card of a local naturist club or of a national or international naturist organisation, or not. The terms naturist and naturism are considered known and evident. Whether the behaviour of a guest is in agreement with this terms or violating the naturist character of the site is the sole competence of the management of the site to judge.