Nestled on the undulating southern slopes of bucolic Gascony – a land famed for it’s douceur de vivre – Camping La Vie en Rose exhibits the fabled ‘sweetness of life’ and then some. Stretching over seven breathtaking acres of tranquil wildflower meadow fringed by enchanting oak woodlands, the views from this beautiful Haute-Garrone glampsite are breathtaking, with the peaks of the Pyrenees towering tantalisingly on the horizon.
After being met with the warmest of welcomes from hosts Emma and Jamie Fulton, the lucky glampers are leisurely ambled to the one of the three spacious bell tents. Well, we call them tents… but that doesn’t really do justice to the scale and style of these canvas palaces. Sat atop timber decking with shaggy rugs throughout, each bell tent boasts a staggering 45 metres of square footage! There’s a lounge plus two separate bedroom tents including a deluxe ‘superking’ room that’s ideal for parents. Outside, a fully-equipped campsite kitchen has the answer to all your culinary needs, while the über-luxurious timber washing lodge is the very definition of hi-spec with hot power showers, marble wash basins, organic soaps and fluffy towels.
With an assortment of outdoor entertainment (pétanque, swingball, slides & swings), well-stocked games room (books, pool table, ping pong), and lots of other conscientious touches (cots, high chairs, and breakfast delivered fresh to the tent), it’s clear that Camping La Vie en Rose is a site run by people who know the ingredients for a fuss-free family holiday. With all the comforts of a boutique hotel at a snippet of the cost, this is the ideal break for families looking to really get away from it all.
And when it’s time to venture forth, this pocket of South-West France has a wealth of scenic and historical eye candy to sample. Head to the beach at Lac de la Gimone for a refreshing summer swim, or take your little lords and ladies to the fortified city of Carcassonne – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that hosts jousting, troubadours and medieval fairs. And of course, there’s the Pyrenees calling all weekend Wigginses to test their cycling stamina on the Col du Tourmalet & Col d’Aspin.
Named after the signature tune of France’s national songstress, Edith Piaf, a stay at at Camping La Vie en Rose really is a “Life in Rosy Hues”. And swinging lazily in the hammock, admiring this secluded patch of Pyrenean paradise, we reckon France’s iconic diva would approve.