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Soleil Vivarais
Sampzon
Ruoms
Rhone-Alpes   (Browse area)
07120
Tel: +33 (0)4 75 39 67 56
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Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 2 Reviews
                8/10 from 2 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 
 No 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   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   Tennis On Site 
 Beach 1 mile   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 

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Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Nellie24 1 review from this member

Visited this site and area just before the English school holidays began because our teenagers with us had finished their GCSEs. We have a 4 berth caravan and the only access to the camping area where the site is located is over a narrow bridge with a sharp right turn. It is doable but if you have a twin axle vehicle I am not sure how easy it would be. The camp site staff are very friendly but we were hit with an unexpected tourist tax of 33 Euros, still that is probably the fault of the company we used for the booking rather than the site. We had an excellent pitch along the banks of the river although the area we were in meant a very tight turn right and not one caravan made it around the turn without difficulty. So much so that the campers nearby were all expecting problems and kindly helped everyone out. We didn't need to worry about negotiating it on leaving as there is a gate which is locked but the reception staff just gave us a key to open it which defeated any problems. The pitch was medium sized but enough for a caravan, awning and small tent. As I said before, we had a riverside pitch and these are great apart from the fact that the road is on the opposite side and the noise is magnified by the high walls of the river valley. Still you get used to it and it dies down at night. The pitches are sandy and hard and you need rock pegs.

The toilet and shower facilities are immaculately clean, I have never been anywhere where they have been cleaning the cobwebs from the ceiling and the outside windows of the toilets and showers before. Yes there are no toilet seats but the toilets are the ones designed to be this way. I saw them cleaning at least 3 times every day and the site management check up regularly taking photos! The washing machines are coin operated which worked well and you didn't have to keep going to reception for tokens. All explanations are in English if you need them.

There is an on site shop for your basic needs and bread can be bought from there. They have a lovely well thought out bar area and the staff are quite vigilant about kids behaviour i. E. Stopping them messing about on the pool table if necessary. This area incorporates a purpose built stage for the entertainment. We didn't really watch any of it as it isn't what we want to do but it was extremely popular. We did however use the restaurant which wasn't a completely positive experience. We had booked a table the day before and when we arrived there had been a mix up with names. Still they sorted it out even though I could understand that there had been a mix up. Then the waitress, who seemed a little vague, appeared to mix out order up with the next table and they tried to serve us our main course before the starter. The restaurant maitre d recognised there was a problem and apologised. He said he would buy us a drink at the end of the meal to compensate for the poor service which he duly did and there was no service charge. A bonus for us because the teenagers with us didn't drink so my husband and I had two drinks each!

There are tennis courts available with seem shade from the trees although the surface is material based and gets waterlogged if it rains, still doesn't stop you from playing.

There are two pool areas, one in the main part of the site and the other some distance away. It is just a standard square pool with pleasant decking and 3 jacuzzis. There is the usual towel and sunbed issue with people leaving towels and the going out for the day. It is adequate for cooling down but if you want water slides you will be disappointed like the teenagers we had with us. The other area is so far away we didn't use it and this too was minimal in size. Still the river is clean and you can swim in it too. Most people floated around on inflatables or the more daring set off down the river in the rapids part.

There is a children's club and playground but I cannot comment because we didn't use them, they did seem very popular. There are plenty of activities should you want to take part and you can go on walks and canoe trips from the site. That said there is little else in the locality. You have to drive to other towns for shops, bars and restaurants. The village of Baluzac is very nice for an evening stroll but this area is completely focused on the tourist industry with little else going on. The supermarket in Vallon Pont D'arc is very run down and needs maintenance, use the Super you in Ruoms (which is much improved since the last time we were in this region) or drive to Aubenas for more choice.

There were very few English people on the site possibly because we went before the normal school holidays. It didn't worry us but if you prefer a site with more English people then this may not be for you. In summary I would recommend this site to you for your holiday.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gsmith45 9 reviews from this member

Summary: Great campsite in the Ardeche with pools, next to the river. Good location for the region, and there are lots of other campsites within a few km. Nearest towns are 5km away - Vallons D'Arc and Ruoms. Take your own toilet seat and make sure you input the correct tent size if you book via internet!

We visited Soleil Vivrais as two families in two large tents. We booked months in advance via the internet and somehow forgot to enter the appropriate tent sizes. One family noticed the size was wrong on the final invoice, the other didn't – so when we arrived we had a bit of confusion. The desk staff were very helpful in getting it sorted and managed to get two pitches next to each other. As it turned out, our pitch was around 12* 14 metres, so we pitched both tents on one pitch and used the other as a car park and for kids bikes/toys etc. There are a variety of pitch sizes – so make sure you choose the right one!

All the pitches are on hard mud/dust, there are trees and shrubs separating the pitches and quite a bit of shade. I recommend that you ask for a riverside pitch if available – just for the view. Most of the touring pitches are down by the river area anyway, with the rest of the campsite being allocated to cabins for Yelloh and Key Camp. There is a busy-ish road on the other side of the river, with the noise being amplified by cliff walls. There was occasional traffic noise, but it generally quieted down at night and we largely didn't notice it. The campsite had a no noise policy from 10pm to 7am, although they broke it themselves with evening entertainment at the bar area that was audible across the site till around 11-11:30pm most nights. There were security guards (with dogs) wandering about most nights – not sure whether there have been any theft problems. We were unlucky with neighbours who talked into the early hours, and then kids running round screaming from 7am onwards.But that's camping for you!

The site itself seems to have been previously two separate campsites. The main site has a square pool, shops, restaurant and bar and is the one where the touring campers are located. There is a smalls kids' play area, but nothing impressive. The other site is a short walk away and has a small collection of pools (more for the kids, but no waterslides etc). Both sites are alongside the river, which is also suitable for swimming.

Overall the site was of good quality, and well run. Lots of people on the site were in the statics, and there was lively entertainment in the evening, including an impressive rendition of “Mamma Mia” one night. Other than noisy neighbours and some traffic noise the only negative point would be the toilets and showers. All of the blocks were mixed male/female. There were no urinals for the men, and there were no toilet seats either – which combined with the shared facilities meant that either some squatting or dis-infecting and then perching on the edge of the bowl was always required. Easier for the adults, but always a concern with the kids. The absence of toilet seats didn't make any sense to us, and they had adequate space to do something different.

The local area seemed to have lots of campsites – mainly along the river, but with some in the hills as well. Local towns full of tourists. Most of the activities seem to centre along around the river itself. I would highly recommend the river beach at Pradons as scenic and a fantastic place to swim and sunbathe. We also took a canoe trip down the river, but were dismayed at the hundreds of other canoes and the hoards of swimmers that we had to negotiate. Just crowded really.

Overall, a good campsite in a good location.


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