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Lose yourself in a little French oasis

Castelnau d'Auzan, Occitania, France

About this campspace #s007821

Your host

Alasdair & Fiona
  • 2000m2

  • 24 pitches

Come and experience some Le Poteau magic. Our little campsite and gites provide a warm welcome, great facilities, and a few touches that we hope make us just a bit special. We aim to ensure a relaxing, chilled holiday with just enough on offer to ensure you won’t be bored. Many long-term friendships are forged at Le Poteau. To enhance your experience, we have established relationships with lots of local businesses – some for you to visit, others who come to us.

Delicious meals in the orchard using mainly local produce
Great local wines
Daily bread and pastries delivered
Our small but charming swimming pool
A weekly bio veg stall on-site (grown 50m away)
Appointments on-site with a lovely local masseuse
Lots of suggestions on where to go and what to do in this beautiful, undiscovered part of France

Perfect for...

Those seeking a corner of France where the magic remains. For people who love tradition, great hospitality, vibrant markets, amazing local produce & beautiful countryside and villages.

Ways to spend the night

  • Tent

  • Caravan

  • Van

  • Motorhome

  • Lodge

  • Equipped tent (Tipi, safaritent, bell tent)

Stay warm & dry 🍂🔥

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    Available for all guests

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At this campspace

Animals

  • Chickens

    Our free-range chickens are old ladies which we rescue from battery farms and which would have been put down otherwise. We just love them (so please keep dogs on a lead when in the campsite)

Landscape characteristics

  • Orchard

    Our orchard is used to serve our evening meals and as a chill-out area for guests

  • Vineyard

    Our swimming pool is located beside the vines and there is a nice, short walk around the vineyard

This campspace offers

Shared amenities

Food and drink

  • Drinking water

    Drinking water is available on-site and at the dish-wash areas

  • BBQ

    A BBQ is available for guests in our orchard, or one can be hired for use on your pitch

  • Hot water

    Piping hot water is available in all of our facilities

  • Refrigerator

    We have a free fridge available for guests, or one can be hired for use on your pitch

  • Dishwashing sink

    With loads of hot water

  • Dining table

    We have both a table undercover and out in our orchard available for our guests to use

Comfort & Fun

  • Fire basket

    Available for hire, although we also use fire pits in the orchard some nights - usually accompanied by singing and guitars

  • Decorative lights

    We have sloar lights throughout the site, but try too keep it low so that you can enjoy the wonderful night sky we get here

  • Swimming pool

    We have a 7m above-ground swimming pool located between the vineyard and our wooded area

  • Hammock

    We love hammocks and have them dotted around the site for guests

  • WiFi

    We have a good, free wifi available throughout the site

Sanitation

  • Toilet

    Since we arrived, we have upgraded our toilets and we're very proud of them!

  • Hot shower

    Spacious, spotlessly clean, warm and welcoming

  • Cold shower

    If you really want one!

Electricity

  • Electricity

    10A outlets at each pitch

  • Phone charging station

    Just plug your phone in and charge it for free

For RVs

  • RV Dump station

    Available 1KM away

Pet-friendly

  • Pets allowed

    We have a large, fenced dog walking field. We ask that pets are kept on a lead in all other areas as we have free-range chickens wandering round the site

In case of rain

  • Rain shelter

    We have 2 covered areas with tables for visitors to use if it does rain

Family-friendly

  • Animals on site

    Over the years we have rescued a nuber of animals which otherwise wouldn't be enjoying their retirement! We have free-range chickens, donkeys and cats who have decided that they live here now

Parking

  • Parking on site

    Close to the pitches

Views

  • Sunrise view

    The sun rises over our village's church spire

  • Sunset view

    Sunset is over the vines which surround Le Poteau

  • Forest view

    Not a forest, but like all of the Gers, there's trees, tress, trees everywhere

  • Field view

    We are surrounded by vineyards

Seating area

  • Picnic table

    Located in our orchard - feel free to help yourself to our apples, plums, pears, figs, grapes etc

  • Outdoor seating area

    Located in our orchard - feel free to help yourself to our apples, plums, pears, figs, grapes etc

Not included

Food and drink

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    Wood-fired oven

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    Kitchen

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    Gas stove

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    Cooking basics

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    Dishes and cutlery

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    Electric kettle

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    Coffee maker

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    Coffee and tea

Comfort & Fun

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    Hot tub

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    Sauna

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    Fireplace

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    Fire bowl

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    Firewood available

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    Swimming pond or river

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    Trampoline

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    Sports and games gear

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    Towels

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    Bed linen, pillow and duvet

Electricity

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    EV car charging

For RVs

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    RV electricity hookup

Heating

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    Electrical heating

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    Wood burner

In case of rain

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    Covered kitchen

Family-friendly

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    Playground for children

Views

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    Lake view

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    River view

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    Sea view

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    Hill view

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    Mountain view

Seating area

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    Indoor seating area

Ways to spend the day

Alasdair & Fiona's tips
  • We're convinced that the world's best-value restaurant is in our village.

  • Visit the circular medieval bastide town of Fourcès, Its circular plan makes it unique in the Gers

In the area
  • Hiking

    Fabulous choice of beautiful walks through ever-changing landscapes either directly from Le Poteau or within a short drive

  • Cycling

    Quiet roads, beautiful scenery and towns with great restaurants. Either bring your own bikes or we can arrange bike-hire direct from the campsite

  • Wine or beer tasting

    Wine, Armagnac and Floc - directly from the small artisan producers who love to welcome visitors

  • Horseback riding

    There are a number of stables in our immediate vicinity

  • Swimming

    Either in our own pool or there is a wonderful, outdoor, heated pool at the village

  • Sightseeing

    There is hidden beauty around every corner. Explore this hidden gem.

  • Visiting nearby towns

    Lots of 'Plus Beau Villages' and market towns surround Le Poteau.

  • Wildlife watching

    Deer, red squirrels, wild boar, bee catchers, coypu, owls, woodpeckers, hoopoe - and that's just on the campsite!

  • Fishing

    A very good (and cheap) fishing lake within a 5-minute walk of the campsite

On the campspace
  • Wellness and sauna

    We have a wonderful local masseuse who will visit you on-site

  • Sports like pingpong or volleyball

    The elite athlete can enjoy a game of boules and darts

  • Board games and puzzles

    A selection is available for all guests

  • Outdoor cooking

    BBQ in the orchard

What you can find in the area

Landscape characteristics

  • Lake

    Our lovely little village has a large fishing lake with a lovely path all the way round (with a bar/cafe for a drink at the end)

  • Mountains

    The beautiful Pyrenees are only a 90 minute drive away

  • Urban area

    1 hour drive to the nearest 'big' town. 2 hours drive to Bordeaux & Toulouse

  • Forest

    The Gers is famous for its forested areas

  • Vegetable garden

    We have a fabulous organic vegetable garden just 50m away. Once a week, they provide an organic vegetable stall in the campite

  • Vineyard

    We're surrounded by vineyards which provide great wines, Armagnac and Floc

Animals

  • Birds

    The range of wild birds in the area is fabulous. Bring your binoculars

Surface

Hirondelle - 1 bedroom gite
  • Grass
Etoile - 2 bedroom gite
  • Grass
Nature Pitches
  • Grass
Spacious Equipped Tent
  • Grass

Sustainability practices

  • Waste separation

  • Self-grown food

  • Food products from locals in the region

  • Solar panels

  • Green power

  • Organic cleaning products

  • Water-saving measures

The flowers, plants and grass on our site are only watered using recycled water and non-drinking water.

Your host, Alasdair & Fiona

We are a Scottish couple who took over Le Poteau in January 2017, after falling in love with it one early Autumn afternoon in 2015.
Alasdair has had two careers before arriving at Le Poteau. Pursuing his love of food, he started off as a chef and then moved into hotel management. His second career saw him become a director of a number of education companies, mainly looking to help learners to develop and access worthwhile careers.

Fiona started her career in software marketing. She learned a lot – including the fact that she didn’t want a career in software marketing. While making up her mind about her future career, she made a sudden and fairly random decision to find a job in France. She spent a challenging (having to learn French from scratch) but amazing year working for a lovely family near to Lyon and formed lifelong friendships. This instilled in her a love of France, it’s wonderful culture and kind, welcoming people. On returning to the UK she trained as a teacher. For the past nine years she has been Head Teacher of a Primary School near Newcastle; a great job, working with incredible children.

Rules

We try to keep rules to a minimum, please keep your dog on a lead, respect the site and relax and enjoy yourself.

Cancellation Policy

Guests who cancel at least 14 days before check-in will receive a refund of the amount paid by them (excluding Campspace fees). If they cancel between 7 and 14 days before check-in, they will receive a 50% refund. Otherwise they will not be refunded.

Checking in and out

Check-in between: 2:00 pm–8:00 pm
Check-out between: 9:00 am–12:00 pm

Camping pitch

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

Etoile - 2 bedroom gite

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

Hirondelle - 1 bedroom gite

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

Nature Pitches

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

Spacious Equipped Tent

Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday

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Hirondelle - 1 bedroom gite

Lodge
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8
Max. people
Pitches
1

A very comfortable gite with 1 double bedrooms plus a double bed-settee, in a secluded setting with a wonderful view from the spacious terrace of our lovely local village.

Minimum number of nights: 2
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 0
Child price applies to this age: 18
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 2
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 365

from € 55.00 per night

Camping pitch

Tent Caravan Van Motorhome
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23
Max. people
Pitches
16

All of our spacious and level camping pitches have 10A electricity, free wifi, fabulous and clean toilets and showers as well as the peace and quiet and incredible wildlife that you can expect in the Gers.

Minimum number of nights: 1
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 0
Child price applies to this age: 18
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 0
Guest can book the same day until: 12:00 am
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 360

from € 13.50 per night

Etoile - 2 bedroom gite

Lodge
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7
Max. people
Pitches
1

A very comfortable gite with 2 double bedrooms plus a double bed-settee, in a secluded setting with a wonderful view from the spacious terrace of our lovely local village.

Minimum number of nights: 2
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 3
Child price applies to this age: 16
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 2
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 365

from € 65.00 per night

Nature Pitches

Tent Van
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6
Max. people
Pitches
5

Our simpler, closer to nature pitches just beside the main campsite.

Minimum number of nights: 1
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 3
Child price applies to this age: 16
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 0
Guest can book the same day until: 12:00 am
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 360

from € 16.00 per night

Spacious Equipped Tent

Equipped tent (Tipi, safaritent, bell tent)
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0
Max. people
Pitches
1

Our very roomy equipped tent is both practical and comfortable. For those who love to camp but prefer not to carry all their kit or for those who like a little more comfort with a luxury mattress and sun loungers - it's a great way to get a super camping experience. We provide bedding, towels, co

Minimum number of nights: 3
Maximum number of nights: 30
Child price applies from this age: 3
Child price applies to this age: 16
Arrival allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Departure allowed on: Monday to Sunday
Minimum number of days that can be booked in advance: 2
Maximum number of days that can be booked in advance: 360

from € 33.00 per night

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