Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Summer Getaway {Camping Les Ormes}

I've mentioned before that I like tents, and I've also shared how much I enjoy stealing away for a day in a fabric "fort," so, as you might imagine, when I spotted this image on Cote Maison I was completely smitten.

After visiting the property's website, Camping Les Ormes, located in the French countryside, immediately joined the list of luxury camping (or perhaps I should say glamping,) locales I've bookmarked over the past couple years.

Situated on 25 acres, Camping Les Ormes is open from late-April until mid-September. It offers 100 campsites, as well as a number of luxury "desert tents." The grounds, including open fields, forest, an animal farm, and a lake with a white sandy beach, allow for activities such as biking, hiking, and fishing.


For those who prefer more of the luxury side of the experience, a pool, tennis courts, a restaurant and bar, a small boutique, and on site masseuses are sure to please. While my family's luck with camping has never been the best, surely this is "camping" even my mom could get behind!


During high season, a breakfast of fresh bread and croissants is delivered directly to your tent, and during the rest of the season, you can enjoy the breakfast buffet served on the restaurant's terrace five days a week.


The food at Camping Les Ormes is not quite standard camping fare; consider this sample menu for a typical summer day--

*Bread with homemade hummus
*Gazpacho of watermelon and pineapple
*Duck breast with honey thyme sauce accompanied with a puff pastry tart with fresh tomatoes, goat cheese, and basil and a Roquette salad with fresh summer fruit, parmesan and pine-tree grains.
*Swiss nut cake with orange and maple syrup.

While I'd pass on the duck, to everything else I'd say, "Yes, please!!"


Beyond the activities available at on the grounds, nearby villages offer the opportunity for shopping local markets, antiquing, wine tasting, visiting historic chateaus, and playing a round of golf.


Gorgeous views. Activities aplenty. Gourmet food. Close proximity to historic villages. Sounds like a pretty perfect summer getaway to me. There is only one thing I am left wondering about Camping Les Ormes-- how soon can we go?

16 comments:

vicki archer said...

This is what I call camping...xv

studioJudith said...

Count me in for this trip -
I must run over and add a bookmark, too!

Simply Mel said...

Okay, I can definitely be a camping girl now!

Jane Flanagan said...

I'm crazy about the top image!

Rachel Follett said...

Now that is my type of camping! How cool!

Haven and Home said...

Yep, I could spend all day in the first picture!

Bri said...

That's it. I'm planning a trip to france. Dig the "glamping" as well!

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Wow... can I come??

pam@pixelimpress said...

oh, this is awesome. i could so do this type of camping. my husband seriously wants to camp but i'm not into no running water, no 'bathroom', no electricity. there's a glamping place in montana that's a good possibility for us. unfortunately its' rates our more than the ritz! pam

ps i hope you'll play along
http://pixelimpress.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-heart.html

Richard and Jean said...

Hi. I have a blog at www.picturecamping.com where I feature people's posts about camping, and I would like to send my readers your way. Of course I would give you credit for quotes and would link back to your site.

Thanks for considering this,

Jean B. in SC

PS: I would soooo "glamp" if my budget allowed for it! My hubby wouldn't but I could live without him for a nice long weekend or two...

Jayne said...

What an incredible find Courtney! This would be so fantastic to visit. I have gracefully accepted that I am not a rugged camping person so this would be ideal. Thanks again for your visits and kind comments. Have a great weekend, Jayne.

Blueprint Bliss said...

Just lovely.

alissa said...

haha my kind of camping! count me in - i like that menu :)

Alicia said...

Vicki took my line!!!!
No duck but yes to everything else too. Camping & getting fresh baked croissants delivered...masseuse...think the airfare has gone down to Europe????
American blog womans getaway????

Des said...

This is so awesome! I have to agree with everyone else, this is camping I could handle.

Courtney said...

Alright, everyone, I will let you all know when I book the trip for us so that you all can book airfare too :)