This is now the third time we have visited this site so I thought an updated review was necessary.
The site has undergone a lot of improvements over the past 18 months and now has an Italian restaurant and refurbished outdoor bar area. There looked to be a stage so I assume there is entertainment put on during high season, although we were there in September so I can't comment on this. Improvements have also been made to the pool and sunbathing area and the centre of the site is now a lovely space to have a glass of wine and listen to the cicadas.
There is a good children's play area, a pétanque court, a basketball court and even a bouncy castle. Having no children in tow I can't comment on this to a great extent, other than the fact the facilities looked good.
The main draw continues to be the river and the waterfalls. It seems that some work has been done here also as the deep swimming area seems to be clear of the large boulders that were there before, presumably moved to make it safer for those who queue up to jump 20ft off the rocks into the crystal clear waters below.
Whilst there this time we spent some time exploring the local vineyards and discovered some lovely Cote du Rhone wines that were produced within a few kilometres of the site. The vineyard over the main road even bottles 'les cascades' wine which is very good and a great souvenir to take home.
All in all still a lovely site with the majority of visitors being French or German. Despite this the staff speak excellent English and the fact this site takes Camping Cheques keeps it firmly on my list of 'favourites'.
We stayed on this site for 8 nights, having originally only booked for four. The site itself is fine, but it is the location that really makes this campsite. The main camping area was busy with some decent sized pitches and plenty of shade (necessary in 35 degrees c!). However, if you go down to the separate bit by the river it is absolutely stunning, with a picturesque river 50 yards away(through a security gate so that the hoards of tourists don't get in and use the sites facilities during the day). The river has a natural beach and plunge pools, with a series of amazing waterfalls just up-stream. We spent our time lazing in the river and building dams. The river beach got very busy during the day, but in the evening you more or less had the place to yourself, and a moonlight dip (with or without a cozzie!) was just superb.
The site is near to Rocque Sur Ceze which is a beautiful mediaeval village on a hilltop, but doesn't function as a village at all. It is worth a morning's walk around but the only thing it has on offer other than lovely old buildings is a small creperie. If you cross the pretty bridge at the bottom of the river there is a good restaurant that does a decent priced lunch. There is also a cafe/restaurant directly opposite the campsite on the other side of the river. This would be a long way to walk to, but if you hitch up your shorts and tread carefully it is possible to wade across and still look decent enough to sit down for a meal.
As I said, the campsite is fine, toilets were clean and never a queue. If you camp down by the river it is a long way to walk to the toilets, but worth the effort for the peace and tranquillity in that section. That area of the site is fine for tents, and there were a couple of caravans, but the approach is steep and uneven so I wouldn't risk it with a big unit. There is a pool, but why would you bother when there is the river on your doorstep? There is also a small basic bar and restaurant and you can organise canoeing trips from the site.
We had to drag ourselves away after 8 days but only because we'd promised ourselves some time in Spain. In hindsight I wouldn't have bothered with Spain and would have stayed at Les Cascades instead.
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