Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe: You do normally not expect to find such a beautiful little beach in St. Estephe, out in the middle of the countryside. The sand is nice, as is the lake itself. There are a couple of snack bars where you can get drinks, salads, and petite manges. There are campsites, a beach volleyball court and more.

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe: A Perfect place

A perfect place to unwind during our annual trip to this beautiful area of France. Beach, sun, water and a great footpath with exercise stations. Great food at all levels. What’s not to like at Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe? Free hire of kayaks and paddle boards, food and drink nearby, lovely sand for kids to play in, nice lifeguarded lake with showers. One evening there was a local producers food market just along the path from l’etang which served a variety of food for supper.…including local lamb, duck brochettes and excellent local wines for starters…..

Fantastic free day out with children

You can spent the day at Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe and it’s a free – it is beautifully kept and there is lots to do. The walk around the lake takes approximately 40 minutes and there are some pieces of fitness activity equipment along the way to play…its clean and tidy this lake has to be there at the top of the list. Plus free kayak hire and a great walk with a twist half way. Good swimming. Great cheap food. Free wooden sun loungers. Clean toilets and showers and changing facilities. Easy to find and park. All in all a great day out….beautiful.

Great area to spend family time, safe swimming. You can use your own paddle board. Young kids can play on the sand area running in and out of lake water. Very safe area over looked by life guards. The cafe is clean, good food but not gourmet. Priced as expected.
The large lake is in a stunning natural setting. One end has all the facilities and activities for families, but a short walk along the bankside takes you into tranquil woodlands and you can do a 3km walk around the lake. It was amazingly quiet on a warm June day, but I suspect it is much busier in high summer. Lots of free parking available.

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe

Great place for lunch

Good situation by the lake that offers quality cooking at reasonable prices. The service is friendly and efficient. A nice place to sit in the shade outside to escape the Dordogne sun. There is lots to do for families, couples and anyone who just wants a lovely walk. In July and August there is lifeguarded swimming as well as canoes to borrow for free. There is a walk around the lake – 3.5km as well as a cafe and an excellent restaurant overlooking the lake. Parking is free as is entry to the lake area. Shaded picnic area with tables and benches. All in all a great day out.

Fabulous little find

  • Gorgeous little lake.
  • Free, easy parking.
  • Sandy beach or shady, grassy area – you decide.
  • Warm, clean, clear waters to swim – or hire a kayak for free.
  • Well priced little beachside café
  • And official lifeguards on duty.
  • And the duck kebabs at the weekly farmers market (bring your own wine, find a shared table and mingle) were amazing.
  • The French really know how to do this kind of attraction!
  • Something for everyone whatever their age!!

It is hard to believe that such an excellent place is free to visit. There is a huge free car park for both campervans and cars. Free entry to the area as well as free safe swimming and canoes.

The Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe is situated about 8km from Nontron. It is a commune owned facility which has something for everyone. There are many waymarked walks in the vicinity. There is a lovely shaded walk 3.5km around the lake itself which has information boards here and there which explain about the flora and fauna of the lake.There is a very informative tourist office on site which even has an interactive video explaining about the area.

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe

There is a cafe which is open for snacks all day as well as an excellent restaurant for lunch and dinner or even just a drink after walking around the lake. It is possible to fish in the lake (a licence is needed) In July and August there is life-guarded swimming as well as canoes which are free to use.

There is also a campsite on one side. There is lots of shade in the main area with picnic benches scattered here and there. Also a fenced children’s playground as well as a beach volleyball court. It’s the ideal place to spend a hot summers day just lounging under the trees and taking the occasional dip to cool off!

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe: Beautiful lake

This is a fantastic lake with a few restaurants / snack bars and a lovely clean beach and area for swimming. There is also a playground and free canoe hire!! Parking is free too. You can walk around the lake with the children which took about 50 mins. It is a lovely walk with some outdoor exercise machines en route and a self propelled boat ‘bac’ at the far end. There are picnic benches too and lots of shade. A great day out and very cheap.

A beach without being by the coast!

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe offers a great cheap day out for families. Lovely walk around the lake then had a wine at the bar whilst the kids can play in the sand!! If you visit here in September. The life guards are not there and it is very quite as the season closes at the end of August, nevertheless, is wonderful. The kids will enjoy the beach and play area. And the little cafe with nice food is still open. As the cafe is on the beach the kids could play while you eat which was really nice. Lovely walk around the lake.

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe: Small paradise on earth

This place is truly outstanding for relaxing and chilling out. Large parking area, lots of trees and shade, a superb beach, swimming in the lake with at least 3 life guards in attendance and gorgeous ice cream and refreshments from the two kiosks. Above all else it’s very clean, safe and very friendly. And everything is free (apart from the ice cream etc.). Unthinkable in the UK. Highly recommended.

Grand Etang de Saint-Estephe

neilmagson wrote a review Jun 2017
Healing, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
We arrived early in the morning and were probably the first ones there or very nearly the first. So much so we were not sure we had the right place. Anyway we parked the car near to the huts where the food concessions were sited. It must have been low season when we went as…
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Date of experience: June 2017



katybarker123 wrote a review Sep 2016
Sandbach, United Kingdom11 contributions6 helpful votes
Visited here in September. The life guards weren’t there and it was very quite as the season closes at the end of August but we loved it. The kids thought the beach and play area were great. And the little cafe did basic but nice food. As the cafe is on the beach the kids could…

Obidos-lover wrote a review Aug 2016
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom38 contributions17 helpful votes
This place is truly outstanding for relaxing and chilling out. Large parking area, lots of trees and shade, a superb beach, swimming in the lake with at least 3 life guards in attendance and gorgeous icecream and refreshments from the two kiosks. Above all it’s very clean, safe…

mikepK5453ER wrote a review Aug 2016
Frodsham, United Kingdom14 contributions2 helpful votes
Great location with lots to do for all ages and all activities are free – swimming in the lake, volleyball court, area for boules/petanque, free hire of canoes. Snack bars with quite a lot of choice – burgers, crepes, icecreams etc – and friendly staff Would recommend as a place…