Huttopia Le Moulin Huttopia

Europe France Languedoc-Roussillon Gard

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
Family-friendly camping on the banks of the Ardèche, with pitches scattered among shady birch trees

It’s impossible to talk about Camping Le Moulin without talking about the River Ardèche. Curling its way through central France for almost 80 miles before joining the Rhone, it is without doubt one of the most scenic waterways in the entire country. And nowhere along the river offers quite the drama of the gorgeous gorges section, where limestone walls climb up to 300m high and arches, crags and crescent-shaped beaches shimmer in the sun.

Spread across the north bank of the river, on the edge of Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche, this large, family-friendly campsite has tried its best to match the splendour of the river. Camping pitches are scattered among mature birch trees that offer shade and shelter during the heat of the day, while pre-pitched glamping options provide extra comforts for those who don’t do the ‘real camping’ thing. Facilities are abundant – there’s an onsite restaurant, WiFi, a playground, volleyball court and boules pitch – and the whole place is pristine and well kept. Admittedly, it lacks that family-run charm (logo-wearing staff reveal that the campsite is part of a franchise) but as a family-friendly campsite it’s difficult to beat. A day lounging on the sun terrace, while your children play in the pool will quickly win you over.

For all the campsite’s wares, however, the river remains the winning feature. The best pitches in the site are those that sit closest to the waters edge, with splintered views between the trees. It’s a moment’s walk down to the water’s edge, where most campers spend their time, reading a book in the sun or paddling about and swimming. Perhaps the biggest marvel is that, despite the terrific gorge and the spectacular geological features, the river itself is slow, safe and very easy to navigate. It is one of the most popular canoeing and kayaking routes in the country and perfectly possible even for families that have never paddled before. How handy it is, then, that you can hire canoes from a rental company directly next door to the campsite. They’ll even pick you up further downstream, so you can take it easy as you drift through the gorges and never have to worry about paddling back again. Bliss.

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Facilities

There's a heated swimming pool and surrounding wooden decking with a snack bar and pizza restaurant during peak season. A central lodge with internet and free Wi-Fi, a small grocery store, a playground, boules pitch, table tennis, table football, volley ball court and indoor board games. 'Camper's corner' shop for any essentials you've forgotten, a library corner and tourist information in reception. Activities for children throughout school holidays.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, families, groups, couples, pets… everyone!

Nearby

It's a couple of hundred metres from the campsite entrance to the Tourist Information Centre (04 75 54 54 20) in Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche, a good place to begin getting your bearings, but it's closer still to the nearest canoe hire point. There are two almost directly opposite the campsite – Les Bateaux du Pont (04 75 04 60 85) and Canoe Le Moulin (04 67 73 30 73). It's possible to hire a canoe, slip it in the water and head downstream but most begin with a lift upstream to the top of the gorge. From there it's an easy drift through the incredible limestone scenery back to base. The local caves – Grottes de Saint-Marcel (04 75 04 38 07) on the Route Touristique de Gorges – is also a must see. Carved by the same combination of water verses limestone as the gorge they are staggeringly beautiful.

Food & Drink

The bar-restaurant onside serves excellent homemade pizzas, along with a host of other snacks and drinks best enjoyed out on the terrace. It's only open over the May public holidays and through July and August. Outside of those times there are still plenty of great eateries in Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. It's a 15 minute walk into the centre of town or head to the local spot, Quai Sud (04 75 98 78 76) a hundred yards or so along the riverbank. It has an excellent waterfront terrace when the weather is good.

Opening Times

April – October.

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At the gateway to the Ardèche gorges, in the pretty village of Saint Martin d’ Ardèche, enjoy a nature escape with a beach and direct access to the river at Huttopia Le Moulin- Ardèche campsite.

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Accommodation

121 camping pitches and 80 glamping units (wood and canvas tents and chalets).

Camping Pitch with electricity

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 3 Available
Two hours from Lyon, treat yourself to a holiday on the water’s edge. Discover the treasures of southern Ardèche, the Gard and the Vaucluse or canoe down the Ardèche before returning to the Huttopia Le Moulin campsite for a dip in the swimming pool or a local aperitif on the lovely wooden terrace

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Location

Contact Huttopia Le Moulin, Camping Le Moulin, 07700 Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche, Gard, France

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Getting There

By car: from Lyon take the A7 towards Marseille and leave at exit 18 for Montélimar. Take the road towards Pierrelatte, continue to Bourg-Saint-Andéol, and then take the road to Saint-Martin d’Ardèche.
From Marseille take the A7 towards Lyon, then take the exit for Lyon/N7. Continue on the N7 then take the road towards Barjac and finally follow signs for Saint-Martin d’Ardèche. By train: Montélimar SNCF train station (40 km)

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