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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in: After 3 pm
  • Check out: 10 am
  • Please note, that whilst every effort will be made to accommodate guests in Bamburi, occasionally guests may be allocated a different yurt that is near identical
  • Bring walking boots or wellies as the terrain is hilly and can get muddy if it rains 
  • Bring swimming kit and flip flops
  • Mobile phone signal
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One double bed, with extra space for children in single beds

Extra space available

Space for 2 children no charge. in camp beds

Space for 2 babies no charge. cot, high chair and equipment available

Kids & Pets

Children welcome at Le Camp.

Cooking

  • All cooking facilities are located at the shared summer kitchen at the centre of Le Camp
  • Each tent has their own individual fridge and cooking station with gas 4 ring hob at the summer kitchen
  • Two electric ovens, dishwashers, a microwave and barbecues shared with other guests
  • Utensils, pots, pans, bowls, cutlery, plates and glasses provided at summer kitchen 
  • Stays are self-catered but a continental buffet breakfast is available for Easter, May half term and the summer holidays. There's an extra charge, payable to owners on arrival and organised in advance. 

Washing

  • Three shared flushing toilets and waterfall showers in the showerhouse approximately 25m away
  • Two sinks for washing up and two dishwashers at the summer kitchen

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Wood burning stove in yurt for Christmas and New Year
  • Solar powered lighting in the tent and around the camp
  • Bed linen and towels provided, including pool towels
  • Plug sockets in the kitchen area and gatehouse

Entertainment

  • Board games and books
  • Wi-Fi at the gatehouse

Activities

At Le Camp

There are 2.2 hectares to explore with plenty of wildlife to spot. Guests are free to roam and build dens, hunt for bugs and create their own woodland adventure.

The natural swimming pond is heaven and guests can spend hours each day swimming with the frogs or chilling out on sun loungers around the pebbly beach.

There is a sandpit with buckets and spades, ping pong and a pétanque court too.

Guests are welcome to help out with gardening. The owners grow herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers and guests are welcome to help themselves to the harvest. There are also two friendly guinea pigs to cuddle.

Things to do

Vist the dozens of nearby beautiful bastide villages like Cordes-sur-Ciel, spectacular cities like Albi, and colourful market towns like Saint Antonin Noble Val.

Saint Antonin is a 15 minute drive away and is in fact the setting of Steven Spielberg’s 2014 film “The Hundred Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren. The Sunday market is an absolute must-see, and guests can pick up fresh bread, local produce, jewellery, clothing, handmade pottery and souvenirs.

Catch the local train to nearby pretty towns and villages including Najac, Villefranche de Rouergue and Gaillac.

The vineyards of Gaillac are just down the road and there are numerous tasting tours that guests can book on.

The Tarn et Garonne region is developing into the market garden of France and the whole area is becoming dedicated to organic farming.  Nearby there are many fine restaurants, homely bistros, local markets and organic food projects.

Visit Toulouse, one hour away on the train.

Outdoor & Active

There are numerous walking, running and cycling routes in the area, and the owners can provide guests with a map and advice. Some of these will take you through hidden caves and up to remarkable viewing points.

The nearby river Averyon provides plenty of opportunities for watersports and the owners can book long or short canoe trips for guests. There are many wonderful swimming spots, with beaches and rocks for exploring. 

There is also horseriding, paragliding, climbing, karting… all available to book through local businesses.

Le Camp is just 5 minutes away from the Grote du Bosc caves.

Food & Drink

At Le Camp

Tea, coffee, oils, vinegar, herbs and spices provided.

If guests send a list a week in advance, the owners can stock their fridge and cupboards with food ready for them on arrival.

Stays are self-catered but a continental buffet breakfast is available for Easter, May half term and the summer holidays. There's an extra charge, payable to owners on arrival and organised in advance. 

Local shops

The closest supermarket is Carrefour in Saint Antonin, although some guests do most of their fresh food shopping at the Sunday market. 

Places to eat

Beffroi - restaurant just off the main square in Saint Antonin. Very popular so needs booking in summer months (the owners can arrange this for guests)

Bar de la Plage - a small but excellent bar in the beautiful village of Najac. From the outside seating area you can gaze upon Najac’s spectacular chateau. Serves drinks and bar food

Le Segalar - the owners favourite place to eat. A small restaurant very popular with locals. Serves a set lunchtime menu which is excellent value, but you need to book

Meet your hosts

Meet Claire, Nigel & Seiya

Having spent 11 years running a luxury tented camp in Kenya, Nigel is bringing the spirit of Africa to South West France. He is a qualified safari guide and ran photographic wildlife safaris across the Maasai Mara. Following his time in Africa, Nigel worked at an international school in Norway, before returning to the UK in 2015 where he met his partner, Claire.

Claire’s professional background is in digital marketing, but her real passion is nature and the environment. As well as managing the website and bookings at Le Camp, she also looks after the plants and animals, both in the existing wild areas, and in a new organic potager garden in 2018.

Nigel's daughter Seiya, grew up in Kenya where from a young age she would accompany her father on wildlife safaris. Now 22, Seiya is a talented interior designer and is gradually bringing the classic African safari style to Le Camp’s guest tents and communal areas.

In 2016 Claire and Nigel decided to quit their jobs in the UK and move to France to live the “good life”. They fell in love with this part of France, especially the local town Saint Antonin Noble Val and were determined to build a new life here where we could be outdoors as much as possible. They became the owners of Le Camp in June 2017, looking to build upon Le Camp’s fantastic reputation as a family friendly destination in the school holidays, whilst also catering for couples, friends and groups year round.

Wildlife & Environment

Le Camp is situated in 2.2 hectares of oak woodland which guests are free to roam and explore. There is plenty of wildlife to spot, with regular visits from deer, red squirrels, snakes, lizards, owls, and all sorts of birds and insects. There are wild boar too, but they don’t come into the camp, however you can sometimes hear them running along the other side of the boundary fence.

The owners try to encourage as much wildlife as possible at Le Camp, with lots of fruit trees, wildflowers, leaf and log piles, hideyholes and and large areas of the camp left untouched for nature to do its own thing. The lavender outside the kitchen is covered in butterflies all summer long. The natural swimming pond is teeming with frogs, newts, dragonflies and damselflies! Reclaimed materials and solar power are used wherever possible with the grey water from the showerhouse used on pot plants, and all garden and kitchen waste collected to compost.

Getting there

Le Camp, Lieu Dit Pech Contal, Varen, 82330, France

By car

Le Camp can be found on Google Maps and it is possible to navigate to the village of Arnac by Sat Nav, using the postcode 82330. By motorway, Le Camp is a 9-10 hour drive from Calais.  

From Arnac

If coming from the south side of the village, turn left at the war memorial (big white cross) and continue up the road and out of the village (turn right if coming from the north side). You will pass a small sign for Le Camp. Keep going up the winding tree-lined road for 2-3 minutes. Le Camp’s main entrance will appear on your right. Guests should pull in here to meet the owners and unload their luggage. The owners will then direct guests to the parking.

Parking is located about 20 – 200m away, depending on the tent. The owners can transport guest's luggage to and from their tents on changeover days.

By plane

Le Camp is a one hour and 15 minute drive from the airports of Toulouse and Rodez, which are served by EasyJet and Ryanair as well as many other airlines (British Airways, Air France, BMI, FlyBe). 

The airports of Bordeaux, Brive, Carcasonne and Bergerac are just over two hours away. All the major car hire companies are represented at these airports. There are direct flights from many of the UK's regional airports to these destinations during the summer season. 

By train

There is a TGV, as well as a regular train service from Paris to Toulouse. From Toulouse, you can travel by regional rail to Lexos, the nearest train station, a 10 minute drive. The owners can arrange picking up guests from Lexos (no charge) but if arriving without a car, will need to hire bikes to get around as Le Camp is situated in a very private location.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.