South of France – Toulouse
South of France – Toulouse, Haute-Garonne
We are delighted to present this quiet family run park set deep in the countryside of the Haute-Garonne department of the Occitanie (formerly Midi-Pyrénées) region of southern France and recommended in the Guardian in 2017 as one of the top 10 country campsites in France. The 12 acre park is nestled between fields of sunflowers and surrounding woodland and has superb distant views of the Pyrenees. The park is shaded by a variety of trees – a large number of which bear seasonal fruit – help yourself to cherries in the spring, plums in the summer and figs and peaches in September! The drive from Toulouse Airport takes approximately 50 minutes and the nearest large town (Auterive) with restaurant, bars, shops, weekly market and too many festivals to mention is just 20 minutes’ drive from the park.
Plots on the park are private and spacious and the park is accessible 12 months of the year. The facilities of the park include a swimming pool with sun terrace and bar (open 1st June – 30th September), barbeque area, laundrette, play area for children and a games area with a boules court, table-tennis, volleyball and giant chess and draughts. Themed meals (BBQ, pizza, fajita etc) are available 4 days a week from mid July until the end of August – served in the comfortable seating area of the outdoor terrace overlooking the beautiful French countryside.
Each of the 2 villages within a 15 minute cycle ride of the park has a bakery (one village also has a bar) and there is a local riding stable with opportunities for horse riding. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, cycling and fishing and within half an hour’s drive there’s adventure for all the family at Sequoia Vertigo – a tree top adventure park with a large number of obstacle courses and zip wires of varying difficulties.
The medieval towns of Mirepoix and Carbonne are within half an hours’ drive and Toulouse, the capital of France’s southern Occitanie region is approximately 45 minutes’ drive from the park. The town is the European capital of aeronautics and space industries and known to the locals as La Ville Rose (The Pink City) – named after the pink stone used to construct many of its buildings (and well known for its famous cassoulet and Toulouse sausages!). Enjoy the shops and bars, stroll along the canal path of the Canal du Midi linking the Garonne to the Mediterranian Sea or step inside Concorde at the Aeroscopia Museum.
The Mediterranean seaside resort of Narbonne-Plage is less than 2 hours from the park – its five kms of fine sand and Blue Flag beach are ideal for not only relaxing – but enjoying the many water sports on offer. The Sanctuary of Lourdes – the largest centre for French pilgrimages since 1862 is approximately 3 hours from the park – each year millions of people visit the cave-grotto of Massabielle where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to a local woman.
Skiers and shopaholics will enjoy a visit to the tiny independent principality of Andorra – located in the southern peaks of the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. The principality is best known for its ski resorts and a tax-haven status that encourages duty-free shopping. The capital – Andorra la Vella has boutiques and jewellers on Meritxell Avenue and several shopping centres. Andorra is not a member of the EU, but enjoys a special relationship with it and uses the euro.
Auterive is the closest, large town (Approx 20 mins by car).
Auterive is a beautiful elegant historic town where you can enjoy the culture of a weekly French market. You will also find in abundance supermarkets, shops, cafes and restaurants.
Saint Ybar (30 minute walk, 15 minute cycle)
Beautiful historic village of Saint Ybar where you can sample freshly made baguettes and croissants from the local bakery.
Gaillac Toulza (15 minutes cycle or 30 minutes walk)
Hosts a bar and Bakery, it is also famous for its annual motor cross championships.
Mirepoix (approx 30 minutes by car)
Mirepoix is a town in the Ariege department of the Midi-Pyrenees near the border with Languedoc-Roussillon and between Carcassonne and Foix. It is a beautiful medieval bastide town and holds a weekly food market.
Carbonne (approx 25 minutes by car)
Carbonne is an attractive small town in the Haute-Garonne department of the Midi-Pyrenees, about 40 kilometres south of Toulouse. It is situated is on the Garonne river, at its confluence with the Arize river. Dating from the middle of the 12th century, the village was built in an attractive location on a bend in the river.
Rieux-Volvestre, (approx 25 minutes by car)
The town of Rieux-Volvestre, to the south-west of Toulouse, is a very scenic small town in a picturesque setting and with several buildings of interest to discover. The centre of the town is largely built in the small red bricks typical of the region round Toulouse, adding to its charm.
Toulouse (approx 45mins by car)
Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Its 17th-century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot. A city with a rich heritage.
Toulousain, also referred to as Toulouse, is a French rugby union club from Toulouse in Occitania. Toulouse is one of the most successful clubs in Europe, having won the Heineken Cup a joint record four times – in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010.
Narbonne Beach (approx 1 hour 30 minutes by car)
About fifteen kilometres to the east of Narbonne, City of Art and History, at the foot of the Clape mountain, in the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne in the Mediterranean, lies the seaside resort of Narbonne-Plage. Carrying the European Blue Flag label, the resort is appreciated for its long beach – no fewer than five kilometres of fine sand – which is great for relaxing, bathing, and for sports activities such as sailing, beach volleyball, jet-skiing, sand yachting, catamaran or sea kayak. There is also lots of entertainment in the summer at Narbonne-Plage, such as evening markets, open-air shows and traditional festivals.
Lourdes (approx 3 hours by car)
Lourdes is a town in southwestern France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. It’s known for the Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, a major Catholic pilgrimage site. Each year, millions visit the Grotto of Massabielle (Grotto of the Apparitions) where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a local woman. In the grotto, pilgrims can drink or bathe in water flowing from a spring.
Foix (approx 1 hour 20 minutes by car)
Foix castle with its three towers and soaring walls offers exceptional views of the Pyrenees. Built in the year one thousand, it was originally a military fortress before being transformed into the home of the illustrious Counts of Foix such as Gaston Fébus, author of the ‘Livre de la Chasse’ (Book of the Hunt) among other works, and Henri IV who became King of France. It now houses the Ariège département museum: the bed of Henri IV is on display. The castle’s various rooms are dedicated to the art of building in the Middle Ages, the history of the castle and of the Counts of Foix, as well as temporary exhibitions.
Andorra (approx 2 hours 30 minutes by car)
Andorra is a tiny, independent principality situated between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. It’s known for its ski resorts and a tax-haven status that encourages duty-free shopping. Capital Andorra la Vella has boutiques and jewelers on Meritxell Avenue and several shopping centers. The old quarter, Barri Antic, houses Romanesque Santa Coloma Church, with a circular bell tower.
Skiing is, of course, one of the main reasons millions of visitors keep returning to Andorra each year. Its location right in the middle of the Pyrenees means it has excellent snow conditions and ski resorts at high altitudes, and there are plenty of facilities.
Carcassonne (approx 1hour and 25 minutes by car).
Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts.
Carcassonne also hosts an array of fine restaurants, shops and bars.
- Park open 10 months of the year but homeowners have access all 12 months
- Ground rent: 2,000€ per annum (paid monthly)
- Water/electricity 2€ per day (when occupied)
- Swimming pool (1st June – 30th September)
- Bar and sun terrace: (1st June – 30th September)
- Restaurant – 4 days per week (mid July – end of August)
- Boules court
- Table tennis
- Giant chess and draughts
- Barbeque area
- Childrens’ play area
- Pets welcome
- Subletting permitted
- Horse riding locally
- Fishing locally
- Golf: 48 kms
- Coast and watersports: 2 hours by car
- Toulouse Airport: 45 minutes by car
Trains are available from local stations Auterive or Saverdun. (Same line Auterive nearer Toulouse)
From Auterive (20 mins in car from campsite). The average journey time between Toulouse and Auterive (Haute Garonne) is 30 minutes and the fastest journey time is 27 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 19 trains per day travelling from Toulouse to Auterive (Haute Garonne).
From Saverdun (15 minutes in care from campsite); The average journey time between Saverdun and Toulouse is 42 minutes and the fastest journey time is 39 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 17 trains per day travelling from Saverdun to Toulouse.
From Auterive there are approximately 17 trains per day to Foix and it takes about 42 minutes. The first train leaves at 6.02am and the last train at 8.09pm
To Latour de Carol – Enveitig (Spain)
From Auterive there are approximately six trains per day to Latour de Carol and it takes about 2 hours 15 mins. The first train departs at 8.22am and the last train is at 7.24pm
From Toulouse you can travel to Spain, the Mediterranean coast or most destinations in France itself.
The average journey time between Barcelona and Toulouse is 5 hours and 13 minutes and the fastest journey time is 3 hours and 12 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 7 trains per day travelling from Barcelona to Toulouse.
About this journey The average travel time between Toulouse and Narbonne is 1h27 minutes. The quickest route is 1h08 minutes. The first train leaving Toulouse is at 05:50, the last at 19:49. There is an average of 14 trains a day between Toulouse and Narbonne, leaving approximately every 1h10 minutes.
About this journey The average travel time between Toulouse and Lourdes is 3h18 minutes. The quickest route is 2h19 minutes. The first train leaving Toulouseis at 05:59, the last at 20:41. There is an average of 10 trains a day betweenToulouse and Lourdes, leaving approximately every 1h11 minutes.
Why should I buy a property from Mobile Homes Abroad Ltd / Caravans in the Sun?
No pressure sales
No obligation to buy
Viewing trips available
1) What does a viewing trip include?
Viewing of development at your leisure and tour of the local area.
2) How much deposit is required?
10% deposit secures your mobile home. For special offers the remaining balance is due 28 days from invoice date.
Part exchanges may be considered. Email for further details
3) Do I lose my deposit?
Your deposit will be refunded in full once we have re-sold your reserved mobile home and/or plot, less any expenses that may be incurred by ourselves.
4) What is included in the price?
Furnished mobile home sited and connected on to your own plot.
5) What are the running costs? (At time of writing – July 2019)
Ground rent = 2,000€ per annum (compulsory & paid monthly)
Water and electricity: combined charge of 2€ per day (charged only when home is occupied)
Gas per bottle: purchase locally
6) What are the plot sizes?
Plot sizes =
7) How long can I keep my mobile home on site for?
You may keep your mobile home on the park for as long as you require – the condition of mobile home and plot must be well maintained.
8) Can I sell or rent my mobile home if required?
Yes, we can advertise your mobile home for sale on our website, please click here to view our mobile home resale service.
Subletting is permitted, the site offers a cleaning service (45€)
9) What facilities are available on site?
The park has a swimming pool with sun terrace and bar (open from 1st June – 30th September) and from 14th July – 31st August cooked meals are available 4 nights a week (in the comfortable seating area of the outdoor terrace overlooking the beautiful countryside). The facilities also include a barbeque area, laundrette, a small play area for children and a games area with a boules court, table tennis, volleyball and giant chess and draughts.
10) What facilities are nearby?
The two nearby villages both have bakeries and the town of Auterive (approximately 20 minutes’ drive) has banks, shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, doctors, pharmacies and a weekly market.
The countryside around the park is ideal for walking, hiking, cycling, fishing and horse riding (local stables).
11) Would I need to hire a car whilst over there?
We would recommend the use of a car as this is a rural park.
12) How far are the nearest golf courses and beaches situated?
The nearest golf course is approximately 48km from the park (near Toulouse) and the nearest beach is at Narbonne – approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by car.
13) How far is the site from the nearest airport?
The nearest airport is Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (Easyjet – and approximately 45 minutes by road). Ryanair fly to and from Carcassonne Airport (approximately 1 hour 30 mins by road).
14)What is the weather like?
The climate here is mild and generally warm and temperate with an average temperature of 12.7ºC. July is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 20.9ºc and January is the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 4.7ºC.
Mid May – mid September is the warmest time of the year and July is the driest month of the year.
15) Are pets allowed on site?
Yes – pets are welcome.
16) How long is the site open for and how long can I stay here for?
The park and facilities are open for 10 months per year but homes can be accessed 12 months of the year and you may stay for as long and as often as you wish.
17) Does all work on plots have to be done by site owners?
Owners are responsible for the maintenance of their plots/gardens. Storage sheds can be installed by the home owners.