Review: Domaine Laborde in Monflaquin, France

Review: Domaine Laborde in Monflaquin, France

Our trip through the French Aquitaine region was already half way and we figured that it was time to leave the coast behind. We had visited several wonderful naturist beach campings and our next destination, Domaine Laborde, would take us towards another very famous tourist destination: The Dordogne.
Domaine Laborde is part of the Natustar group, a collaboration of six naturist campings in France with the purpose of promoting their domains and naturism in the region in general.

 

We were up for another scenic ride when we left Arna towards our new destination. The beautiful pine forest in the Landes department, the wonderful chateaux and vineyards in Gironde and eventually the breath-taking hilly scenery for which the Dordogne department is so well known. We can easily imagine why this region attracts thousands of visitors every year but the real bonus came when we arrived at our destination and noticed that we would be staying the next couple of days at one of the most scenic campgrounds we had ever been to. And we would be staying there naked.

Location

Getting towards Domaine Laborde is a wonderful experience on its own, make sure that you have the directions set in your GPS so you can enjoy the ancient French villages, hilltop castles and endless views over the countryside you’ll be passing by. If you really want to get most out of your ride you can take the small roads and drive from one amazing sight to another (and meanwhile save some money avoiding France’s notorious toll roads). But make sure to plan enough time because driving fast is not an option here. The locals do so, but we wouldn’t recommend it if this is your first time in the region.

 

We can of course also understand if you want to get naked as soon as possible. In that case you’ll want to take direction Limoges if you’re coming from the east and from there follow towards Bergerac. Coming from the west, you’ll want to drive towards Bordeaux and then towards Bergerac from there. Keep following the signs to Villereal from where you’ll find great signage towards the campground. Villereal is a nice place to stop for lunch or dinner by the way.
Getting to Domaine Laborde with public transport could be tricky. Bergerac and Bordeaux are the nearest major train stations and both cities have an airport as well. Although Bergerac airport only serves a very limited number of international destinations. After arrival we would strongly recommend you to rent a car at the train station or airport.

Accommodation

The fact that only 125 camping spots are available on this 20ha domain should already give you an indication about the spacious feeling you will have at Domaine Laborde. For mobile homes, campers or any other type of large vehicles in which you prefer to spend your nights there’s a huge lawn available between the entrance and the central building. If you’re coming with a tent you’ll find some much more idyllic spots next to the river.

 

For those who didn’t bring their own accommodation there are plenty of rental options that will surely fit your needs. Four different types of chalets and two types of fully furnished mobile homes which can accommodate up to 6 people should certainly provide you with all the comfort you need during your stay. Several chalets have been adjusted to accommodate visitors with disabilities. Also here they have picked up the latest trend and installed several glamping tents.
We’ve spent our nights at Laborde in a “Chalet Comfortable” and the wooden style of our chalet almost made us wish for snow outside, just for the cosy feeling of looking at it through the window. But we were happy that it was actually warm and sunny. Also very much appreciated was our welcome gift: A free bottle of Domaine Laborde wine. It was like they could read our minds.

Facilities

One reason why France is still the queen of naturist holidays is because even the “smaller” campgrounds have enough facilities to keep yourself busy for a while. Three outdoor swimming pools of which one with huge slides, check. In indoor swimming pool for the colder days, check. A sauna and hammam, of course. And all of this completely free by the way. Talking about free… this is also the first place on this part of our trip where we got free wifi, which is for naturist bloggers in the south of France almost as important as cheese and wine.

 

Personally, we’ll always prefer natural water over a swimming pool so we were happy to find out that Laborde has two lakes on its property in which you can swim or just refresh on your air mattress listening to the songs of the birds in the surrounding trees. When there are no swimmers, fishing is also allowed in the lake.
Other available sports facilities include tennis, petanque and volley ball courts.

 

During high season lots of activities are organised to keep yourself and your family busy: sports competitions, live music performances, potluck dinners, painting classes, it’s all there. In between activities you’ll probably find your kids running from one of the playgrounds to another while you’re having your well deserved nap next to the pool. Volley ball tournaments are pretty exhausting, you know.

 

Your stomachs can be pleased in the restaurant/pizzeria Le Pigeonnier or for a quick bite you can always pass by the snack bar. Make sure to try the mixed cheese and meat platters, they are awesome!
Important basics like bread, wine and toilet paper can be bought at the small shop behind the reception among other things you might need but are not worth a ride to a super market.
Another very interesting facility is a sleeping room for early leavers. Nobody likes to break up camp in the early morning, so at Laborde you can relax and already load the car the evening before without having to sleep under the stars.

Surroundings

We’ve said it a couple of times before, the Dordogne is one of the most wonderful regions of the country. It’s not a coincidence that it has been given the nickname ” the Tuscany of France”. It’s the the perfect region to explore by bicycle, just make sure to stretch before you leave because the hilly landscape might attack your muscles and don’t forget to stop now and then for refreshments. These refreshments can also be found on one of the local markets, in high season not a day goes by or there’s one in some nearby village.
Foie gras, walnuts, chestnuts and prunes are some of the local delicacies which you just shouldn’t miss.

 

For the culture lovers there are many picturesque villages, walled towns and castles which seem like time has forgotten about them for at least a decade or three. Make sure to add Monpazier, Bergerac and Rocamadour on your itinerary. If you’re lacking inspiration for visits, the staff at Laborde will certainly give you some valuable tips.
Wine tasting, kayak trips on the Dordogne river, horseback riding in the nearby forests, visits to the caves of Lascaux and Padirac and long walks in the middle of nowhere are just a handful of the possibilities.

Staff

New management at naturist places often means a well needed fresh wind and we had no doubt that this would be the same at Domaine Laborde, especially when we heard that the new owner had gained his experience at CHM Monta. François and Jacqueline will make sure that all your needs are fulfilled.
Most of the additional staff only comes for the summer months and since we visited Domaine Laborde at the very end of the season we didn’t have the chance to meet them. Except for the girl who we keept seeing cruising around the domain in her golf cart doing all kinds of shores. We never got her name but we’ll remember her friendly smile.

Guests

The previous owners of Domaine Laborde were Dutch and something we have noticed during our travels is that Dutch owners often attract Dutch guests. Although the place has now been taken over by a French couple, we did still see quite a number of Dutch license plates among the campers. The terrace of the restaurant is the place to be for aperitif and around dinner time to meet up with other visitors and François does a lot of effort to bring his guests together. This results in a friendly atmosphere and long talks often fuelled with lots of local wine.

 

A very nice encounter we had at Laborde was with Emmanuel Thomas, a naturist photographer and owner of the website Nature et Naturisme. We had never met in person but we had been in contact for a while because a while ago we used some of his pictures in our blog post with tips for the first time nudie family. And now we just ran into each other. The naturist world is a small but wonderful one.

 

 

Summary

The Dordogne area is France like you have seen it in your dreams and Domaine Laborde is the perfect naked getaway to explore this wonderful region. Or even if you don’t want to explore anything, you’ll certainly have a wonderful time spending your days naked at this great naturist campground.

 

Read more about Domaine Laborde on  NUDE
More info and reservations: https://www.domainelaborde.com
More photos: On our Facebook

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited as guests of Domaine Laborde, but of course all opinions are our own. We are super confident you will love this place as much as we did!

5 thoughts on “Review: Domaine Laborde in Monflaquin, France

  1. OMG this looks sooo nice!!
    France is kicking ass as far as camps and stuff go as i can see, and this is just nudie ones.. can only imagine how many nice looking textile ones are around .. crazy,nice place to be for sure id say.

  2. It’s so refreshing that Domaine Laborde’s website has no “what is naturism” tab, nor “rules.” Such an enrolling website adds to the place’s otherwise obvious attraction. I do not know of a US or CA club that does not dedicate too much narrative to these topics. The site’s photos with clothed bartenders and servers, however, seems off to me; I know that’s a universal custom in France. I think this dichotomy would seem disrespectful in the US. Our staff at Rock Lodge (near NYC) is naked, I think that’s more often true at other US and CA clubs than otherwise? The photos of undressed patrons and clothed handlers seems charmingly zoological to me.

    1. People in France are expected to already know what naturism is about 😉

      Is the clothed staff really a European thing? We never really thought about that. What we do see is a big difference between clubs with volunteers and clubs with paid staff. At the latter you’ll often find more clothed staff.
      Something you will rather see in Europe is that staff at naturist places aren’t necessarily expected to be naturists as well. That could be an explanation. Also, we do hear that guests often appreciate that the staff is clothed, especially in the restaurant. They say it’s for hygiene reasons, although personally we don’t see many hygienic advantages of your food being served clothed. We think it’s often because waiters can come very close in your comfort zone while serving you.

      Anyway, at Laborde the staff was always clothed while working and most of the time naked when they were off duty.

    2. No offence Anthony, but you guys in the USofA, get really easily offended ..and it wouldnt bother me at all in that sence if all the ,well non nudist nudeness ,but still nudeness wouldnt be 24/7 in everyones face, rather its a “movie” ,the industry is the biggest in USA, rather is the thing that once used to be called music, so u see and hear more “those stuff” in this thing called music today more then music it self, + tons of celebs that are celebs for.. i dont even know what for..
      I kinda find that way more disrespectfull toward general population then having a dressed coock,cause no offence, but i woudlnt want a naked dude wiggling hes wiggly around my lunch if u know what i mean ..+ for all i know, most of the nudies at these resorts the guests, are kinda well situated people, like nudies in general are, so therefore i doubt that one will wanna be a coock in a nudist camp or such ,they prolly have a way better job then that , + cause if they are real good then can make way more money at some exclusive restaurant, hotel, cruiser .. so most likely those folks are just ordinary textile pps that happen to get a job as cooks at a nudie resort.
      Same goes for rules, i speak for my self, but i think Europeans (continent ,not EU) arent really that crazy about overregulating things ,i mean ,you guys there pretty much only didnt regulate how much are can one breathe /day ,like honestly…

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