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Domaine De Gil
Ucel
Aubenas
Rhone-Alpes   (Browse area)
07200
Tel: 00 33 475 94 6363
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Pitches:
Open: April To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 5 Reviews
                9/10 from 5 Reviews

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 Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   No Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Pickles 5 3 reviews from this member

We stayed here for the last two weeks of a very hot August, with high expectations. The communication with the office beforehand was efficient and they were quick to respond to my emails having only booked a week in advance.

Our pitch, 67a, was quite narrow for our 6mx7m tent and the ground was quite gnarled and very dusty due to the hot weather. It was very shady which was fine during the heat of the day but very gloomy when the sun was going down.

We were on the edge of the site but our view of the playing field, woods and river was obscured by the 4 foot high hedge which along with the shady trees made it all feel quite dark and depressing.

The site itself is small but the surrounding woods, play area and river give the impression of a larger space. The river was lovely to swim in, clear, not deep and the children, 4, 7&9 were able to use rubber dingys, tyres, fish and play safely. Sun loungers were placed on the riverside and there were several picnic tables too. Climbing frame, table tennis and tennis court, field plus a small child's play area next to the pool provided plenty of extra entertainment.

The large pool was apparently heated with steps leading into the shallow end, a waterfall at the deep end and jacuzzi for over 16s. The little pool had varying shallow depths with a fountain in the middle, much warmer!

We had lovely pizzas from the bar on our first night but the choice of ice-creams was down to 4 when we arrived and then two in our last week. Their 'End of season' ended on the 27th August, so the restaurant and bar snacks ended too! As did the animations, which we tried once to make friends with some other children, run by the owner's daughter who was very friendly and very keen to speak English.

Even though the site was still full everything felt VERY 'end of season'. Our Dutch and French neighbours said they weren't impressed with the 4* status but to be fair we had no other 4* to compare it to.

The surrounding area is fantastic, lots to see, market at L'Argentiere was our favourite.

The heatwave broke with a magnificent storm which lasted on and off for hours, a few heavy branches came down and our carpet felt like a waterbed, no serious damage but the following days were so grey and chilly. We made for the coast, 2hours to the fantastic beach at Grad du Roi where it was a lot hotter than our tent.

The site is very peaceful and I can see why it is popular but we were disappointed with the general feel and wished they could have chopped down the hedge so we could have fully appreciated the views.

For information: Calais to Macon Premier Classe took 7 hrs, 2x triple rooms, very basic very cheap! Next day 3 and a bit hours to site. Return journey 7hrs via Hotel Marmotte, Chartres, then 3hrs onto Calais. Both very easy to find.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Feeblecat 40 reviews from this member

This is a lovely site, very well kept with spotless toilet/shower facilities. Pitches had varying degrees of shade. Nice swimming pool and alongside a lovely river great for swimming and splashing fun! Had a nice meal in the restaurant.

The site was very busy when I was there, mostly with families with younger children.

I found the staff to be in the main friendly. However, when a problem arose with my mastercard when paying final bill (problem with their system not my card) the female owner was most unhelpful and I had to sort it out with the bank when I came home.

Domaine De Gil is very well situated for visiting the Ardeche area which is stunning. Visited lots of lovely villages, drove up scenic mountains and round gorges and swam in spectacular rivers. Whilst I would definitely return to the Ardeche I probably would try a different site as, although there was nothing wrong with this site, there was just a tad too many under 5's for me.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Francais 3 reviews from this member

We have returned to Domaine de Gil for a second year running, 2009 was the middle two weeks of July, when it was full all the time, this visit the first two weeks of July we found most of the camping pitches were empty for the first week, then the Dutch arrived the second week on mass.

We really like this campsite, the toilet/shower block is kept spotless even when busy, they seem to clean them maybe 3 times a day, closing of either the male or female section, and turning the remainder into a communal whilst cleaning takes place in the other.

There are two separate areas for doing the dish's and laundry, both well equipped and spacious with plenty of stations.

The campsite is quite small with around 80 pitches in total 40 of which are for touring, and are all flat with no terracing and the ground is more baked dusty than grassy, although regular pegs worked fine, so no need to break out the rock peg kit.

We like our luxuries, and take a Satellite system c/w 10' TV and wireless personal audio system, as the campsite is very shaded by trees, a 80cm Dish is required to collect enough signal to be able to receive the UK satellite channels, we use a Freesat system for both radio and TV.

The shop although small stocks all the basics, including CampinGaz cylinders, and is where you go in the morning to collect your freshly baked croissants, baguette's and or pain-chocolat.

Each year we have had one token meal in the campsite restaurant, on our last night, it's a nice end to the holiday, and the meal has always been fine and reasonably priced.

The take-away food which you order at the Bar,is very good, we mostly used that for a portion of French Fries (chips) to have with what ever we had cooked back at the tent, the take-away Pizza's are very good, the remainder of the take-away menu is quite limited as to what you would expect.

We hardly got in the swimming pool during 2009, as it was packed each and every day, so it was nice to almost have the pool to ourselves for the first week of July 2010, even the second week the pool was not as busy as it was in 2009.

It's a great swimming pool with a waterfall feature over at the deep end, there is also a minipool for the toddlers to play in.

The swimming pool is kept spotless, and cleaning takes place both am and pm, and explains why the pool is only open from 10am to 8pm each day.

Reception is next to the bar restaurant, there is a PC for campers to use, small charge for a card that will give time to access your emails etc, in fact they even let us print some documents that had been sent to us, the staff on reception are very helpful and the two Dutch girls Maxime and Nicky speak very good English as does the owner Catherine.

For those with children there always seems to be some kind of animations either happening or in the planning, but nothing that would intrude on grumpy old folks like us, who just want to have a relaxing camping experience.

For the grown ups and teens, there is entertainment at the bar, with live music etc, not every night, and from your tent, you would not be aware that anything is happening.

The campsite has a river beach, which is only around 200 yards walk from the nearest pitch, plenty of space to soak up the rays, there is a wier that drops the water down to the next level, and in the dead of night can seem quite loud, although it is a pleasing sound, and one that you soon become accustomed to.

The Spa town of Vals-les-Bains is close by, and only a 1 mile walk from the campsite gates, which takes you past the Bourganel brewery, if only to sample the Nougat beer!, Vals-Les-Bains is a lovely little town, and nice to spend the day there and leave the car back at the site, once a week it has a very busy market, which seems to take over the whole town.

Further out at about 3 miles you have the main town of Aubenas with plenty of free parking if you can find it, Aubenas has all the main supermarkets, although the best of which is the E.Leclerc supermarket just on the edge of town, and usualy has the cheapest petrol/diesel around.

The Ardeche is quite spectactular, with so many places to visit, see and do, in 2009 the Tour de France rolled into Aubenas on our last day, and in 2010 they arrived in the mountains the week after we left, the climate for both 2009 and 2010 has been superb, not a drop of rain, with wall to wall sunshine and clear blue sky, it's almost the same as the mediterranean, with temps reaching +40Deg C although getting cooler than the med in the late evenings, we have never had a problem with mosquito's at Domaine de Gil, although this could be due to the moving river unlike a still lake.

All in all this is a wonderful campsite, at approx £30 per night for 2 folk with car Pitch+electric in peak, there are cheaper campsites in the area, which we did visit, but none quite matched upto what Domaine de Gil offers, as far as ticking our box's.

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Nights stayed: 11 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Blueexpo97 23 reviews from this member

We were at this site last June and left a review and we'd like to leave a little update.

We still love it and we're going back again next year but a word of warning if like us you have non camping friends joining you . Our family rented a mobile home for 2 weeks -at a cost of 1, 400 euros for 3 of them.

Beware - they do not just expect you to do the usual sweep out and clean down before you leave and get your deposit back. They provide you with cleaning equipment on your last day including window cleaning gear and your duties include de-frosting the fridge, washing (not just sweeping) the floor, cleaning the windows and stripping the beds and taking the linen down to reception all of which is thoroughly inspected before you are allowed to leave !

It took my folks - who are fastidious by the way-a very sweaty 3 - 4 hours before their long journey back. Me thinks that's a bit rich after paying premium prices.

For us campers though this site is still as excellent as last year- the weather was hot, hot, hot, the managers and staff (all bar one) are friendly and helpful and welcomed us back like old friends. If you are not family orientated - don't go at this time though. Unlike last year it was very busy with Dutch families mainly with teeny tinies plus arm bands and armadas of little inflatable boats- so watch out in the pool. Peace and quiet and leafy shade can be had by the river beach though.

All in all this is an impressive , well managed site and a fantastic base to explore the awesome Ardeche.Do check it out.

Date of Visit: June 2008 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Nights stayed: 11 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Blueexpo97 23 reviews from this member

We chose this site because it didn't look too commercialised in area which can be very busy with vast holiday camp style sites.

We weren't disappointed. Domaine De Gil is in a very picturesque location in the hamlet of Ucel in the Ardeche with the convenience of being near to the big town of Aubenas and the funky spa town of Vals les Bains complete with its own 1920's style casino and authentic market. The spectacular gorges are less than a 40 minutes drive away.

The site itself has a rather nasty sharp turn into it and quite a narrow thoroughfare to park for the reception but other than that - the access and pitches are wide and spacious. The reception is modern and right behind it is the bar area- nothing really to write home about here but its functional and leads out to a terrace by the spectacular pool- the campsite restaurant looks onto this. We didn't eat at the restaurant but we could recommend the take away pizzas from the bar. The bar snacks are a bit limited but tasty and the restaurant was always busy. There is a small but functional shop on site for morning bread and essentials.

There are 80 pitches at this site and some chalet style rentals. Unlike many other sites the chalets do not dominate the site and there is plenty of choice of picturesque pitches here although we believe the riverside pitches get booked early. It has a very intimate, friendly feel and because it is small - you get to know the same faces. While we were there for two weeks in early June it was nearly full but didn't seem at all crowded .

The loos and showers are adequate and very clean considering that the site was full most of the time - there was never any problem with waiting or queuing to use them. There is also a well equipped laundry near to the bathrooms and good undercover washing up area - perfect for the weather we had - rain, rain and a bit more rain.

The pool was fabulous with a waterfall feature at the back. It is large and has good sunbathing areas. The only disappointment was that the pool was supposed to be heated but was icy cold in June and the waterfall was not switched on until nearly the end of our stay. As mentioned this could have been to do with the poor weather.

Other things to do on site - it has a large football field - great if you have kids, a small kids play area, little crazy golf(I mean little!) and the ubiquitous petanque area. The walk alongside the river that runs through the site was easy and gave way to many photo opportunities with its old mill house and the hillside village upstream. There is also a little shingle river beach which we believe is bigger when the river is lower in the height of the Summer. One thing to mention- there is a large waterfall in the river which can be quite noisy at night, we got used to it after a day or two.

Evenings on site were quite low key which we were very happy with . As we were there during the World Cup - the bar did host a World Cup party when France vs Netherlands game was on. Not being football fans we weren't sure about joining the fun but our Dutch neighbours persuaded us. It was a good natured affair with our hosts ,the French, being defeated. Even they had to join in the big orange conga round the pool. This said the other football night in the bar we stayed home and you would not have known anything was on. The mainly Dutch clientele are very respectful and even bursting with beer tiptoed and whispered back to their vans and tents.

The area itself surpassed our expectations. Having been to the Dordorgne for the previous 2 years- we didn't think there would be many areas prettier than this. The Ardeche has the beautiful villages with the addition of the breathtaking canyons that have made the area famous. The villages have a Mediterranean feeel with the lavender growing wild in some places and wild flowers abound. The villages are built from a pink hued stone which adds to their charm especially around sunset. And every where but everywhere are vineyards. If you like red wine - you are in for a treat- good cheap and plentiful.

We'll be going back to Domaine del Gil in late June this year to try out our new folding camper and can't wait to go back to both this picturesque site and this lovely area.


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