We stayed at this campsite for two weeks in a Roan static. Static was immaculately clean, and in very good condition and located approx 400 yards from the pool, reception etc. The statics are mixed in together, Vacansoleil, Eurocamp, Roan and the sites own vans. The vans are very close together, there was less than 2 metres between our bedroom window and the next van so you can hear footsteps and other sounds quite clearly. Some vans aren't quite as close by, maybe 4-5 metres, but it is pot luck which you get as it depends which part of the 'row' you are put in. The site has lots of trees so is very well shaded. There are touring pitches, but this is mainly a holiday park for statics.
Ranc Davaine is a medium sized site but the entertainment is loud and very intrusive, despite us being some distance from the bar area, one night they had a singer, and I could hear every strangled word through closed windows AND earplugs. This went on til midnight most nights, some louder than others. Quiet time is supposedly 11pm onwards.
The pool is fab, but touted locally as a 'parc aquatique' so non-campers can pay to use it, which meant it was very busy, especially at the weekends. To guarantee a sunbed at peak period you need to be at the pool by 11am. They do not allow you to reserve beds, and if you leave the pool to eat you must clear your beds. The lifeguards remove towels from beds if unoccupied after 30 minutes and this is enforced. You cannot wear bermuda shorts and this is also enforced. There are no parasols, so take hats if you need shade.
The river is very nice, we spent a lot of time there. Be aware that the sunbathing/sitting area is the other side of the river so you must wade across. River/beach shoes are essential as the river bed is obviously all stones and don't take electricals with you, the current can be strong in places and we saw lots of phones take a swim on the journey across the river! Little ones will need carrying across. The depth of the river varied, I suspect there is some sort of dam/control further up river, some days it was very low, others it was mid thigh at it's highest point across. There are some 'rapids' for the kids to go down on rubber rings and a lovely deeper swimming section. It's in full sun all day.
There is a shop on site that sells basics and bread etc and prices are reasonable. There is a takeaway that does pizza, chips, frikadel, nuggets, that kind of thing. 8 Euros for a large pizza, 5 Euros for frikadel and chips. Chip portions are massive.
We didn't use the bar so can't comment, but the icecream bar is very nice, Carte D'Or icecreams, 3 euros for 2 large scoops.
Site is located near St Alban Auriolles, about a 10 minute drive from Ruoms where there is a large supermarket and very large weekly market. Maybe a 15 minute drive to Vallon.
There is purportedly WiFi on site, your courier will give you a code to access it, Roan give you one code per device, Eurocamp one code per van, the codes are unique so can only be used on one device at a time. WiFi worked intermittently for the first 5 days of our stay then stopped working. Site initially said it was a fault and to be repaired, then the 'free Wifi' notice was taken down so we suspect it was all turned off and we never got access again.
All in all we had a lovely holiday, but I think that was despite the site rather than because of it. It's in an amazing part of France, and the location is good. It is very noisy in peak season though, so if you like peaceful quiet evenings sitting on your terrace, or early nights, then maybe look for a smaller site. We wouldn't return.
Rating it 7/10 overall as we can't fault the pool, or vans, or shop, or service (we need for our daughter to see a doctor whilst there and they couldn't do enough) but for ambience and noise for us as a family, we'd rate it 5. 7 seems a good compromise. Offpeak I suspect this site is very different, although possibly a little like a ghost town with all the empty statics
Ranc Davaine is a large campsite, with a mixture of touring pitches and mobile homes. It accepts Touring Cheques, and used to accept Camping Cheques. Pitches are ‘irregular’ and set amongst the oak woodlands, usually with a tree forming the boundaries between pitches. The road used to run through the site, so there are two distinct areas. Below the road is an area dedicated to touring pitches, and a mixed area with some touring pitches and some mobiles. There is a sanitary block serving this section, and this is kept immaculately clean – but it is ‘unisex’. There is always hot water, and the showers are powerful. There is a washing up area, washing machine, showers, toilets and urinals, and washbasins in cubicles, in this block. A hairdryer is supplied, but it not very powerful. This section of the site is adjacent to the Chassezac river, and there is river access at two or three points down steps. There is a boat launching ramp at one end of this area.
Across the road is a much larger camping area, again with a mix of touring pitches and mobile homes. These are also irregular and the boundaries are usually trees, or occasionally a stone wall. There are several toilet blocks serving this area, all immaculately clean and modern. Pitches in both areas have little grass, because this is a southern site, but are generally sandy type soil, which drains well and doesn’t seem to become waterlogged even in heavy rain.
The site has a huge pool complex, with an indoor poor, paddling pool, waterslides, jaccuzzi area, whirlpool, and waterfalls, and a more formal squareish pool for serious swimming. There is a sauna and gymnasium adjacent to the pool, and a toilet block for pool users. In May/early June we have, however, been the only ones in this pool – though some days it can get quite busy. Next to the pool is the bar, restaurant and take-away – all excellent, and the restaurant offers some lovely food but not at bargain prices. Temperatures in this part of the southern Ardeche can reach almost 40 degrees, even in May / June, but the bar / restaurant outside area has a ‘misting’ device which sprays cooled water over the whole area, and can be a welcome relief. Take-away food is good, and reasonably priced.
There is a small supermarket on site, selling a good range of products, including fresh bread and milk. Reception is opposite this, and on two levels – reception staff are friendly and speak good English. Reception closes over lunchtimes – and this can be a couple of hours. Don’t arrive around this time as it can be very hot waiting around!
We’ve been there in May/June and at the beginning of September – and though I understand there is organised entertainment in high-season this has not been a feature when we've been there, so I can’t comment. This is, however, a big site, with big site facilities!
There are absolutely masses of things to do in the area – the river being prominent – but you’re near to the main Ardeche river which is fantastic for canoeing, and the there are some sandy beaches near the Pont d’Arc with lots of other lovely spots along the river. La Beaume is in a nice situation on a bend in anothe river, and worth a visit. Ruoms and Vallon Pont d’Arc are both tourist towns with great markets, and both within easy driving distance. There are plenty of walks around the area, Dolmens just up the road, and natural sites are everywhere. Birds of prey fly over the site, and there are coypu in the river. There's fishing, too, on the river.
We’ve visited this site several times over the years, and always enjoy it. However, many more of the touring pitches are being taken over for mobile home use, and some of the better pitches have already gone. One year we had a lovely pitch, absolutely adjacent to the pool – but there is now a mobile home there. However, it is still somewhere we’d go back to.
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