We spent two weeks at Soleil Vivarais, and our holidays were excellent: sun, warmth, and the locals are adorable. The gorges of the Ardèche present a grand spectacle, that you absolutely must see. It's the first time that I've been on a camping holiday with the family (parents and 4 children) and I can say that it was very pleasant, the campsite was very well equipped, we were staying in a mobile home for 4/6 people, by the garden, well equipped and spacious. The rules of hygiene were respected, except perhaps for the food destined for pizzas, which were left open to the air, and to flies. Every evening there was entertainment, the bar closes around 10:30, which is a bit early when you're having a good chat. €1.50 for a large coffee is a bit expensive. A single lifeguard for two pools, 600m apart, is a bit light. Always a lack of sunbeds around the pool. It's a campsite where you can stay without stress, it's very peaceful, we slept with the windows open. Unfortunately (for us French) there were not many French to make friends with, lots of Dutch who are not disagreeable, but not very friendly, shame, it would have been nice to have linked up with them. Germans, always very discreet, and the English very kind. In summary, we had a brilliant holiday here, and we didn't want to leave. And then there's a river with a waterfall, and little fish around your feet, you can fish there, and a large part is reserved for the campsite. Happy holidays in the Ardèche!
We’ve been going to this campsite for 4 years, and it’s superb! Every time we have had a super holiday. The children have never wanted to go anywhere else! What’s more, every year they meet up with the same friends. It is a peaceful campsite, and the whole staff is very friendly!! So everything is perfect! And this year we’re going again. And we’ll have a great holiday once more!!!
This year will be our fourth time at les Coudoulets. We have had such a fantastic holiday here .Main reasons are the personal touch from the family owners who you see all eating together at lunchtimes, but will still get up to assist you at the bar !The pitches are segregated by hedging and many are by the river which is accessed by sturdy stairs. The river is shallow but enough pace to enjoy floating down the rapid. The bar is very reasonable and the pizza hut excellent with homemade pizza. Very clean pools
It is extremely clean and well cared for. We have been to many of the larger and more commercial and indeed far more expensive site but always come back here. If you want peace but some entertainment, good reasonable prices and English speaking helpful owners you cannot go wrong here. We met some families who have been here for 14 years.
A great value site, very well located next to the village and beaches. The owners are very friendly and helpful, and the site is child and dog friendly. All facilities are clean and well kept. We like very much this site and will definitely return.
Superb pleasant campsite, with a very good entertainment team, a smashing manageress. Well, yes, the pool is up high, but that’s better in some ways, as its saves people who want to relax from hearing the racket of the children.
I recommend this to everyone! I’ll be back.
We hired a mobile home for a fortnight (28/7 to 11/8), and we loved it all: the location is magnificent (and lots of activities in the area, such as accrorock, canoe/kayak, …).
The mobile home was comfortable, shaded and clean.
The pool and the river were clean.
The friendliness of the whole team, including management: a big thanks to the children's club staff for their time and their motivation.
And the brilliant evening entertainment! What a joy!
Campsite shop: you can only get the basics, but on the other hand, you can get warm bread and croissants for breakfast, which are super!
Around 4km from the site, at St Sauveur de Montagut, there's a Carrefour market, with good prices, and everything you could want. No need to do a 28km round trip for a hypermarket.
In summary, we'll be back for our next holiday! It was great!
We went to this campsite in August 2008. We have been to about 20 different sites in France and this was one of the nicest. Although it is quite a large site, it is set out very well, and all pitches are within easy walking distance of the pool, restaurant, shop and entertainment. We were at the edge of the site in a Keycamp mobile and it took us about 3 minutes to get to the "action". They have a takeway with pizza, kebabs, chips, salads and a restaurant with quite a good range on the menu. Take your rubbish with you in the car if you go out as the campsite bins are off-site and for us, were quite a walk away. If you go to the river beach be careful of people fishing. Our daughter got some line and a fishing hook wrapped around her legs, luckily the hook caught in her beach shoe so she wasn't hurt, but it did put us off the river beach. If your French is quite good there is a very nice museum about 4km away which we went to. It is the family home of the author Daudet (not sure i've spelt that properly). We went as a family of four and had our own personal guide. Most of the tour was in French, but the guide did have a few English words and gave us a sheet which described what we were looking at. Beautiful home and small silkworm farm. This may not sound interesting and our 15 year old son didn't want to go, but enjoyed it when we got there. The other thing we would recommend is canoeing down the Ardèche. We did a 6km trip on two two-man sit-on-tops. There are a few rapids, but nothing too horrendous, although the rapids just before the Pont d'Arc were a bit scary (for me, not for the rest of the family who thought they were great fun) but manageable. For the four of us it cost 64 euros and it takes about 2 hours to do. We went at 10am and got picked up at 1.30pm which meant we had some time on the river beach. There was a small cafe which sold drinks and burgers etc, so it was easy to pass the time watching others going down the river until the minivan came to get us. The Ardeche Gorge is stunning and worth a drive - it took us an hour and 30 mins, but we did keep stopping to take photos.
This campsite is divided into two parts: a low part, close to the river, with the activity centre, pitches and mobile homes. Evening activities finish at midnight, and the site is quiet. Access to the river is easy, lots of French clients. On the other hand, the pool is quite a long way away, up a hill: we took the car, and it was not practical to let our 6-year-old daughter make the trip on her own. The pool is situated in the higher part of the site, along with the hotel, the luxury mobile homes, and the restaurant.
The toilet facilities are very clean, there is a children's club, but the places are limited, and priority is given to children who have not already had a week. The pool is open from 10am to 7pm, without evening swimming, which frankly is a shame. The slides are even more restricted: 11am-noon and 4-6pm, said to be because of water restrictions!
The welcome is universally good; friendliness depends on the person you encounter...
Conclusion: we had a good holiday, but nothing special.