We stayed for one night at this campsite on our way to the south of France. On arrival we were charged nearly 10 Euros in tourist tax for just 1 night - this is 10x the normal tax rate in France. Apparently it is the local mayor who decides on the rate - he should know that this greed will certainly be putting me off ever returning. The receptionist gave us very little advice about which pitch we were on - we were just told to find one within quite a wide area. We moved the caravan away from the reception building and immediately hit problems with a very tight site with little turning opportunities and very few pitches available - it was a bit of a nightmare finding one - no staff to help us and took 1 hour of searching. The animations team did approach on their buggy but instead of helping they all tooted their horns and laughed at us. We eventually found a group of 4 pitches that were free - we were so relieved and got pitched up. My wife and daughter went to the pool area and I got everything set up. It was only then that I discovered the reason for the 4 empty pitches - the electric did not work. In fact all other caravans within the area were leading cables into trees and other electric points - it was a mess. So clearly the management knew that these pitches had no electric and did nothing to warn us. I went back to the reception to discover they were now closed (it was only 6:30pm) and there were no details of who to contact. I pressed the button for 'emergency assistance' and stood there for 15 minutes and no one arrived. So, we spent our night without electric. Before the pool closed I joined my wife and daughter who was now on the water slides. On the top area was covered with green algae and lots of people were slipping over on it - so dangerous, filthy and clear that no one had bothered to clean for some time. We got going very early then next day - so happy to leave and will never return to this campsite. There was one up-side to this experience though... when we arrived at our final campsite in the south of France it was SO much better that it made this horrible experience all worthwhile!!
5 Impasse du Bontemps , Vernioz, 38150, FranceView on map
Why stay here ...
An attractive, well-tended site, Le Bontemps is situated in beautiful parkland along the Varèze River. It's popular for both stopovers and longer stays, offering an excellent range of facilities and large pitches arranged in groups and partially separated by neat hedges. There are also several useful ‘stop and go’ pitches for overnight stays.
A large heated pool with slides is ideal for the whole family to relax, and there’s an extensive list of activities available in summer. You can also fish in the site's own carp pond.
The nearby town of Vienne has a prestigious history, with several impressive Roman monuments including the Temple d’Auguste et de Livie built in around 20 BC and an amphitheatre, which is still used today. Lyon and Valence are also both within an hour’s drive, and the Côtes du Rhône vineyards can also be reached by car.
Around and About
Vienne, Lyon, Valence, Vernioz, Grenoble, Palais ideal du facteur Cheval, Parc du Vercors, Cycle routes, Walking trails, Forest adventure, Hot air balloon rides, Horse riding, Vineyards, Châteaux, Safari.
12 miles south of Vienne. From the North take exit 9 from the A7 (SP Vienne/Valence) Continue on the D1407, after 1.2miles/2km continue on the N7 (SP Valence) for 5miles/8km. In the village of Grand Chemin turn left onto the D131 (SP Reventin/Les cotes Arey.) Continue for 4.3miles/7km then turn right on to the D37 (SP Vernioz) the site will be on the right approx 1.2miles/ 2km after Saint-Alban de Varéze. From the South take exit 12 from the A7 (SP Chanas/Annonay) Continue on the N7 towards Vienne for 8.5miles/14 km, in Auberives-Sur-Varéze turn right on the D37 SP Chesysseiu/Vernioz, continue for 5.5miles/9km passing through Vernioz and the site will be on the right. Please do not follow sat nav directions to this site.
- Distance to Calais: (kms)
- Lat 45.425626 / Lon 4.928564
- Michelin map no.
- Nearest port: Le Havre (707 kms)
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