You enjoy living plainly, being close to wildlife?
Our campsite is the right place for you!
From the XIXth century and on, people have been camping with a desire to go back to basics: connecting with wildlife, trees, water...
However, the ever growing number of holiday makers may be of consequence as regards the environment. To go on writing our story, we have to be watchful and preserve what provides us with food. With that in mind, we keep upgrading our amenities and try hard to lessen our impact. But we do need each of you to participate, in order to succeed.
2020 New internet website.
2017 Tasting event: Clairette de Die and local wines one evening a week in summer (July and August).
2016 Putting up of 2 fully equipped safari tents, the Echirou (sleeping 5) and the Pitrou (sleeping 4). Making of 4 sports areas: football, volley-ball and badminton. Renovation of the table-tennis table.
2015 Wifi then available all over the campsite (charged).
2014 Changing of the electric network and setting of electric hook-ups all over the campsite.
Our first website is put on line.
We want you to be able to spend peaceful holidays, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities and reconnect to a rhythm more respectful of our body needs.
We don't run a holiday park, so you won't get thousands of services. You'll have to hang about the market to do your shopping, walk through the forest to benefit from the clear water of the river, wait for the sausages to be done while sipping at your "apéro" drink… Life tastes different here, for sure!
There are no hedges on the fields to separate the pitches. Only a few pickets to mark them. We leave them open, so that people can meet and share, which creates the so specific atmosphere prevailing on our camping site.
The true essence of camping
Year by year improvements
The campsite basics
On the fields
- Shared wood-burning grills
- Picnic tables
- Sports areas
- Spacious and comfortable shower and toilet facilities
- Food-truck on site one day a week (July and August)
At the reception desk
- Clairette wine, beer, honey, wine (local and organic products)
- Ice-creams, cool drinks, bread and Viennese pastries (July and August)
- Brochures and guides
- We lend sports equipments
When everything got started
What a story!
A car-breakdown that changed it all!
A nice story often starts when we expect it less. Ours started by chance in the summer of 1954.
A Parisian family on their way to camping in the Alps, had a car-breakdown just in front of my grand-parents' farm.
Their Renault 4 CV couldn't be repaired immediately so they put up their tent on a field along the Drôme river for a few days.
My grand-father, Henri ARNAUD known as "Riri" was a rather friendly man. He had been in the Resistance during the war and he knew about sharing his home-grown vegetables, a "saucisson", a glass of wine or brandy (called "gnole").
It was an alchemy process: those unexpected guests came to love this Drôme area with its Provence like atmosphere. So they came back with friends of theirs the following year. Later on, other holiday-makers saw a field dotted with tents and felt like camping there in their turn.
It was finally impossible to stop this summer craze, so the farm fields slowly yielded ground to the tents. It then became necessary to adapt the fittings, build a toilet and shower block and plant trees, for the campers to get some shade.
Renée, my grand-mother, was a tree-lover. That's why the job was not left to chance. Right from the beginning, she chose to plant a mix of species. Today our little arboretum counts 60 different ones and more than 300 trees altogether.
In 1994, my parents Joël and Jacqueline took up the family business and started renovating the fittings (electric network, shower and toilet facilities, tarring...). They perpetuated a taste for tradition and added a touch of modernity to it.
In 2010 Oriane and I took up the family torch in our turn. We've been trying to respond to XXIst century needs without losing the original heart and soul our campsite had been based on.
Anyway, the spirit of being together, these moments of plain happiness, like laughing at a barbecue party, wouldn't exist without you.
A team at your service!
Oriane & Jody
Both 32 year old, we have been running this family business since 2010. First of all, our campsite is a place where people can interact and share the simple living mode our family have sustained for 3 generations.