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Camping L Ardechois
Route Des Gorges De L Ardeche
Vallon Pont D Arc
Rhone-Alpes   (Browse area)
07150   See Map
Tel: 0033 04 75 88 06 63
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Open: 23/03 To 30/09

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 18 Reviews
                9/10 from 18 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire On Site   Golf   Tennis On Site 
 Beach   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring On Site 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport 

Reviews:  18 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Mumof32011 3 reviews from this member

Really lovely campsite, facilities were all great, pools, kids clubs, playground and shower blocks. Access to the river from this site was a bit tricky for little children but we managed just fine and spent many a happy hour here. Only complaint about this site would be the restaurant, service was beyond awful and the food was a real let down too. I would return here for a few nights if passing by but would not use as a main holiday site again. Pay attention to the directions given to you by the campsite itself rather than relying on via Michelin or sat navs

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: The Morans 9 reviews from this member

We stayed in a mobile home for 3 weeks in August. We have previously spent many a year at Soleil Plage in the Dordogne and wanted to try somewhere new and many peaople told us this site compared well. There are good and not as good comparisons in my opinion.


Lovely green and tree filled site so plentiful shade and not too big to be overwhelming.

The on site shop was fabulous, much better than SP

Kayaking on the river much more eventful

Mobile homes much better than those at SP, great covered terraces and not crammed in together.

Vallon within a 15 minute walk, so plentiful shops and restaurants on the doorstep.

Not as good:

Pool not as good as SP

Access to river is tricky and involves big slippery rocks, unlike SP's river beach and small pebbles.

Restaurant not a patch on SP and service not great. No happy hour, lunch menu lacking - they are missing a trick here.

Had a very relaxing stay with the dog too, liked it but would not return. SP still pulls at the heartstrings.

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Laundry2387 1 review from this member

We paid for a river pitch and for me it made all the difference, but to be fair I thought all the pitches looked good. The toilets were modern and spotless as was the dog shower_yes dog shower!

Only used the pool once and for me it was perfect. Not crowded and again spotless as was the pool furniture etc.

I would imagine in July August it's really busy but we purposely went after holidays so wasn't hectic at all but still alive if you know what I mean.

I would definitely return, the river pitch is expensive but worth it

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Memories 5 reviews from this member

Visited 1st 2 weeks August 2014.

Party of 2 adults and 2 x 15 year old boys.

Having read many reviews were really looking forward to staying on the banks of the Ardeche.

Pros and cons:-

The not so good first, most pitches are too small, not hedged, giving feeling of being on top of your neighbours. During the time we were there the site was full, of very young children. Shower times in an evening were very very noisy with children crying, night times were often spoilt with the sound of crying, grizzling etc. As were the mornings.

Entertainment, so called, was below standard and took place directly outside the restaurant, if you were eating your meal, people seemed to grab tables, chairs and put them anywhere to watch the 'show' - even though they hadn't had a meal.

Beware to check your bill in the restaurant as they are prone to charge for another tables food/drink. We had this twice.

Restaurant staff slow and moody.

Doing the 32km canoe trip, not many places to stop nicely to enjoy a swim or picnic. Access from the site to the river is not easy, lots of slimey rocks to negotiate before getting to a decent depth.

Pool opening time 10am, closes at 8pm in July 7pm in August. No idea why.

. And the good bits.

Facilities always clean.

Sheltered pitches from the sun, although the sun was in short supply for our 2 weeks

Sports facilities.

Walk into town

We wouldn't go back in peak season.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Clears 7 reviews from this member

Stayed 3 nights on way back from Cote d' Azure because we wanted to visit Pont D'Arc. A lovely site by any standards, with huge pitches. We were led to our pitch by one of staff who was actually waiting for us to arrive. He then advised best way to pitch caravan and then enlisted a couple of colleagues to help us push it into place. Serviced pitch and access to standpipe etc was excellent. Sanitation facilities as good as Ive seen anywhere. Pools, restaurants, bars very pleasant, though pool not the largest.

Canoeing down Ardeche was from the end of the site and the guys down there were just lovely, really helpful and accomodating. And the canoeing is the experience of a lifetime, truly stunning. Lots to see in area and the village of Vallon Pont D'Arc a mile away is gorgeous.

Overall, a brilliant site, though perhaps not for an extended stay as probably not enough variety of activities.

One word of warning; after leaving, we headed for Lyon and points beyond following the satnav. This led us to the D262 towards St Montan. Turns out that cars with caravans are prohibited from this route as it drops towards the village, but you are already on it without the possibilty of turning round when you see the first sign. It is a very challenging drive on a narrow, twisty, descending mountain road with several 1st gear hairpin bends. We got through unscathed but it was not the most relaxed 15 minutes of my towing career!

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Vanessawebb 1 review from this member

The campsite itself is lovely, it was extremely clean, and well looked after. My major complaint is that every time I went to the toilet block there was someone in there cleaning it! Not a problem each toilet block had two sets of ladies and gents toilets, you just had to walk round. If the worst niggle I have about a camp site is that the loos are always being cleaned it cannot be bad!

We liked the lay out of the camp site, they way that the pitches were all mixed, private tents were mixed in with mobile homes, caravans, cabins and Eurocamp Safari tents. There was none of the 'Eurocamp' cul-de-sacs you can often get in other campsites. Not that I have anything against Eurocamp I just feel that sometimes campsite owners can give them the best pitches leaving the left overs for everyone else. Not so in this campsite.

We stayed with two children (ages 7 & 9), the camp site was extremely child friendly with a lot of people with young families. Not just child friendly but dog friendly too - I had to suppress a chuckle at the dog showers available on site! Probably being cleaned as often as the human showers and toilet blocks!

Our children enjoyed the swimming pool but did feel that there were rather a lot of rules enforced by the life guards. One lifeguard got nicknamed the 'mean lady' by my 7 year old, when she was told that she was not allowed to use the rubber ring sold to her by the on site shop in the pool as it was too big. The shop did swap the rubber ring for a smaller size, but they probably should not have sold it to use for pool use in the first place. However the 'mean lady' did ensure that there was not running jumping and dive bombing going on in the pool so it was safe for younger children. If your children enjoy those sort of activities it may not be the right camp site for you.

The shop itself is fantastically stocked with most of the things camping holidays need, including items like tent pegs, camping gas and it stays open till 7. 30pm.

Yes the pitches are a little on the small (even the premium ones) but they are very shaded with mature trees, a god send in hot weather. Oh and the electric hook up is on a two pin plug system but the shop did stock extensions (although the cost 12 Euros so if you have one already remember to pack it).

This campsite has seemed to loose some of its Frenchness - to be honest it did feel more like were were in the Netherlands than France! It did seem that the clinetelle were 70% Dutch. All the entertainment was done in Dutch, then English and finally in French. I had hoped my children would pick up a couple of extra French words during the holiday, but now can fluently sing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Dutch. If you want to teach your kids Dutch in the glorious weather of Southern France, this is the place to go!

It is a little overpriced. We were happy to initially pay the costs because we envisaged our children using the kids club etc but unfortunately they did not want to. We did not feel that the entertainment staff were as inclusive as they could be - only finally getting all nationalities involved on the last day of our holidays.

The on site Restaurant 'Le 07 Lounge Gourmand' was very good food wise, the meals were tasty and the service good, if you have fussy children this may not be the place for you. They did not have a child's menu but do half portions of the adult menu, the problem being if you have a child who can read the menu they may not be excited by it ie chicken gujons au gratin - not appetising to a 9 year old, translated to chicken nuggets it suddenly becomes acceptable.

The on site Restaurant also runs the bar area - this the Restaurant owners are less interested in. Basically it has sporadic waiter service depending on how busy the restaurant is, I would recommend order the drinks from the bar. I nearly caused a fight by taking seat cushions from their storage area in bar to put on our bar seats after heavy rain. This was unacceptable to the owners as it might take a couple of days for the cushions to dry and they were taken back off of us (to be honest we were made to feel like naught school children), nothing was given to us in order to dry the chairs we intended to sit on! We were just expected to get wet backsides. In the end I managed to persuade the bar lady to give me a teatowel so I could wipe down our table and chairs - very poor customer service in the bar area! I did bring this up with the camp site but they informed me that the Restaurant was not owned by the camp site and as such are separate.

The main town is just 20 minute walk away so we were happy to go out of the camp site in the evening and found some lovely restaurants and bars.

The site was genuinely quite at night after 10. 30pm, everyone goes to bed after the entertainment finishes. Unfortunately the sound does carry down the gorge so you do hear faint disco noises from other nearby sites until midnight.

There does seem quite a lot of negative points listed above for a camp site which I consider to be generally very good, but I feel that I should mention them. It s truly a very good camp site, in a lovely area, that I would recommend to people.

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