After reading previous reviews we were a little wary of staying here but i can assure you they were all wrong! Pierre & Vacances - Le Rouret en Ardeche resort is fantastic!
We booked a 4/5 person house which was immaculate. There was a bedroom upstairs with 3 single beds and a bathroom. Downstairs there was the living room which had a surprisingly comfortable sofa bed and a very useful downstairs w/c. It managed to fit our family of 5 in very comfortably and there is plenty of storage and wardrobe space. However the selling point of this house was the view from the large decked terrace over the valley it was stunning. I recommend booking a house as they are all new and have lovely terraces surrounded by lavender bushes. You can book apartments in the Vallon district i think its referred to as, however this resort is a little out of the way a good 10 minutes walk to the main centre, whereas the houses are all situated within easy reach of the centre with the shop, pools, reception etc.
As for the facilities the main pool is lovely, perfect for relaxing around! however if you want a sunbed make sure to take down you towels in the morning to reserve a couple! theres also a slide at this main pool in which you collect a rubber ring and slide down a surprisingly long chute.....great for the kids! There's also another pool a little further away from the centre which is good for early morning lane swimming. Also the day after you arrive you can go down the the laundry room just behind the shop in which they give you an umbrella to use free of charge for the week. This proved very useful to take to the pool or on the terrace for a little shade.
There's good shop on site open from 8am - 8pm. If you don't want to queue for your croissants in the morning get down there early! There are also 2 restaurants which we didn't use but they looked very nice, a bar and icecream parlour and reception was open 24h a day (high season only)
Another nice attribute that this resort had was the entertainment in the evening. It wasn't hugely busy however there was a children's festival on the tuesday night with lots of activities and games for the kids, a market came another night, a live band another night and the usual disco!
There's lots of activities to do mini golf, rollerblading, tennis, horse riding, archery, kids clubs, mini farm and don't miss a trip to the mini bateaux which are located in the botanical gardens of the chateau on site. They are small boats that you can navigate along a small canal system for 5 euros. Great for the kids but we did witness a few dads looking like they were having a great time behind the wheel of a mini ferry or tug boat that you can drive!
Food shopping is a little distance away about 15mins car journey to nearest lidl or intermarche but there are plenty of smaller shops and fruit vendors along roadsides.
As for the area i recommend a kayak trip down the Ardeche river through the gorge. There are lots of companies mostly located in Vallon Pont D'Arc which will offer you different length trips. Great day out.
Overall we had a really enjoyable holiday here. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Between Cévennes and Provence, amidst the Ardèche Aqua-fun area, swimming pools, unspoiled river, canoeing on the Ardèche. Children’s and teenager clubs for those aged 3 months to 18 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pierre & Vacances Village Club Le Rouret Grospierres, France - Ardeche