Tent Lodge "Pilotis" (pets prohibited)
This canvas lodge, above the Gorges de l’Ardeche, provides a comfy retreat after days of swimming, canoeing or mountain biking.
- A canvas lodge on a raised deck with two separate bedrooms with beds (linen provided)
- Shaded terrace and open kitchenette area with cooking equipment
- Wash block a short walk away
- Direct access down a cliff path to the river for swimming and sunbathing
The Owner Says
The ideal spot for nature lovers and for those wanting to recharge the batteries, with the background sound of the Ardeche whooshing past, and the hum of nature whilst you're nestled among the shady trees in this stunning tree haven. Drift off in a canvas hammock or meander down the cliff path to the Ardeche to discover unspoilt natural swimming spots, or take it up a gear in a number of water sports available in this wild yet beautiful region.
These authentic tent lodges come with a little kitchenette with cooking facilities and a cafetiere, but with your sink facility being located in the communal area.
Sleeping arrangements comprise of 1 double bedroom a further bedroom with two single beds. There is an additional pull out bed which accommodates two people but this is located in the communal area and not in a separate bedroom. A perfect dwelling to enjoy nature at its best but with a few little home comforts to boot.
Pets are prohibited for this.
Features & FacilitiesA giant communal yurt in the middle of the woods is available for group hire or for general use (yoga routines, story-telling, hide-and-seek). Tent pitches in the woods and in a field with water points, a few electric hook-ups, picnic tables, and hammocks. The self-catering yurts comfortably fit a family of 4. The safari lodges sleep 7 with ample space and have fully equipped kitchens an en suite bathroom facilities. 2 shower blocks, one by the yurts with 6 family bathrooms (sink, shower) and a block with 4 shower cubicles and 5 loos, plus laundry. Bath towel hire €4 each. There's a small grocery shop and a library. The bar, pizzeria and pancake house (see food & drink) opens mornings and evenings selling local wines, beers, fresh juices, water, ice creams, pizzas and Ardéchoises specialities. There's a playground and you can rent mountain-bikes by the day, half-day or for several days.
ActivitiesCanoe on the Ardèche or Cèze. Hire boats and instructors from canoyak.fr to take a 2-hour or 2-day excursion. Park at Sauze and a shuttle bus runs to Vallon Pont d’Arc, so you can pick up your vehicle at the end of the day. Join the throngs at the iconic sandy beach of Vallon Pont d’Arc, or view it from the road above. This stone ‘bridge’ is one of France’s best-known landmarks and epitimises all that is great about the country (throwing off your clothes for a swim in a river sounds appealing to us). Barjac is a short drive away – worth a visit on Friday mornings for market day.
Food & DrinkA recent addition to the campsite is an excellent little restaurant with reasonable prices and hefty portions food. There is a varied menu (including local specialities) and the mussels (with fries) are a particular highlight. There is a small farm shop near the campsite; ask for directions.
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From Nîmes airport follow A54 to Nîmes, turning on to A9 to Avignon/Lyon. Follow signs for Bollène/Montélimar, take exit 19 at Bollène and follow D994, D6086, and D901. Then turn right on D979 into Barjac. Follow signs to Labastide, look for a sign on the left to Les Crottes, then Mille Étoiles signs direct you in. Avignon or Montélimar are the nearest TGV stations, from where buses run to either Barjac or Vallon Pont d’Arc, then take a taxi. Nîmes, Avignon, and Lyon are the nearest airports, 90 minutes away.