Set in beautiful Uzès, L'Albiousse is a lovingly renovated 18th century B&B with an exquisite courtyard and five comfortable bedrooms.
How would you describe Le Camp in a nutshell?
Le Camp is an exclusive luxury camping destination in the countryside of South West France. So much more than a ‘glampsite’, guests describe us an an outdoor boutique hotel, with all the comforts of staying in your own villa. The tents of our wooded hillside retreat harmoniously blend in with the surrounding landscape. There are safari tents and yurts, as well as a penthouse safari tent with its own private outdoor kitchen and bathroom. It is a small, family-owned business that manages to retain the true spirit of camping but lives up to the highest standards at the same time. Expect very comfortable beds, impressive views, invigorating surroundings and an unbelievable pool.
What was your inspiration to open Le Camp?
Having spent 11 years running a luxury tented safari camp in Kenya, I really got to know how to create first class outdoor holiday experiences. Le Camp gave me the opportunity to continue the safari spirit of ‘luxury in the wild’, but without the risk of lions coming into the camp at night. The deer and hedgehogs we get here are much friendlier!
We fell in love with the local area first, then discovered Le Camp, fell in love again, and became the owners in 2017. Our family is based in the UK and this region of France has great transport links so we can get back to see them easily. It also means guests from across the world can reach us easily too.
What is the philosophy of Le Camp?
Le Camp’s ethos combines the best of the outdoors with comfortable and stylish accommodation. In the school holidays, Le Camp becomes a very sociable family destination, with children making friends for life, roaming and playing freely and safely in a natural environment. We don't impose a digital detox on guests, but most choose it and see their children thrive on the fresh air, freedom and adventure in the great outdoors.
Having run my Kenyan camp completely off-grid, we want to keep Le Camp’s environmental impact to a minimum. We will install more solar power (we are definitely blessed with sun here) and build new facilities out of natural local materials. Claire is obsessed with composting and “grow-your-own” and Seiya is brilliant at upcycling. Nothing goes to waste here!
Do you see any changes in your guests when they leave compared to when they arrived at Le Camp?
Each week we see people arrive stressed and tired from their busy lives. As the week goes on it is as if a weight is lifted and the positive effects of connecting with the natural world, and connecting with each other become apparent. When our guests leave they look visibly relaxed and happier. They have been able to spend quality time together without modern day distractions, and most have made new friends too. Parents are always boasting to us about how many books they have managed to read during a single week here, as they were able to relax in the knowledge that their children were playing safely and happily. Everyone comments on how well they have slept, with the fresh air, luxurious beds and the gentle sounds of nature. The funniest changes are when the occasional adult (or child) arrives with a phobia of frogs or lizards, but by the end of the week they are holding them in their hands taking photographs with them.
Who should visit Le Camp?
Anyone who wants to enjoy the great outdoors without compromising on comfort. Guests can socialise with each other as much or as little as they like. It is not a “one-size-fits-all” destination. We listen to our guests’ specific requirements and suggest the best accommodation and activities for their perfect holiday. Le Camp has always been really popular with families as it provides a unique opportunity for children to explore nature and make new friends in a safe environment. But it can also be a chilled out haven for couples, groups, travelling friends, outdoor sports enthusiasts, wine buffs… this region has so much to offer!
To you personally, what is so special about Le Camp?
We love nature and the outdoors and here you really feel part of it. Even the kitchen and showers are open air. There’s no traffic noise, no light pollution and no worries. Even though our tents are beautifully decorated inside, nothing can compare to the beauty of nature. We are blessed to have both.