Le Bontemps

5 Impasse du Bontemps , Vernioz, 38150, France

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Ideal for ...

  • Active stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Walking

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.

Things to do on site ...

  • Daytime entertainment (high season)
  • Evening entertainment (high season)
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Minigolf
  • Paddling pool
  • Playground
  • Tennis

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Barbecues allowed:: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities -: good
  • Late arrivals area with electric hook-up
  • Motorhome service point
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Swimming pool
  • Takeaway
  • TV room
  • Wi-Fi charge

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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.

Sites key: Overseas Site

Postcode:
38150
Region:
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Distance to Calais: (kms)
811
GPS:
Lat 45.425626 / Lon 4.928564
Michelin map no.
333

Transport links

  • Nearest port: Le Havre (707 kms)

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Would not recommend - Needs the CHMC to reasses.

Le Bontemps
Arrived at this site at about 4:00 pm after a long journey. Went to book in at the office where there were 3 members of staff sitting around talking. We were greeted , half heartedly, in French- no problem I speak the Lingo , well enough to know what was said !!. They had obviously had to wait for us to arrive before they left work. We booked in and were told our pitch number- not shown to it. This site has a mixture of chalets and tourers , so having driven around the chalets, looking for said pitch, avoiding low branches and tight corners, we were eventually shown to our pitch by some nice chalet owners. The CMHC really do need to re-asses this site. ‘A well tended site” - no not at all . We walked the site and found taps and drains that hadn’t been tended for a long time. I would add we were in the main touring area not the overnight stopover area. “ a large heated swimming pool with slides” - yes but when was it last cleaned? Algae prevalent around the sides and on the slides. Pool showers out of service as were pool toilets. So what happens? Swimmer use toilet and shower block closest to the pool. We’ll get onto that next. Number of toilet blocks - described by the CMHC 3 . In reality ONE, which was shared with swimmers. That one toilet block had 4 showers and four toilets !!!. One of the toilet blocks had been decommissioned some time ago(I was told this by one of the site staff)The other toilet block was out of order. Apparently a problem with the hot water boiler. This site has apparently been open since 12 April. It is now 21st May. The reception was supposed to have been open 9-12 and 2-6. I tried to get my bread from the office after 9:00 but no one to be seen so stopped ordering bread after day two. Their brochure does state that bar and restaurant not open in low season so we have to accept that. A previous reviewer mentioned tourist tax. In nearly 30 years of travelling to France I have never paid such an extortionate rate. Didn’t realise it was down to the local mayor though. As for location very limited to do things unless you enjoy cycling and walking. I really do think that the CMHC should review whether or not this site should remain in its brochure. It was probably an excellent site years ago but it is now very tired and needs money spent on it. I would hazard a guess that it is under new ownership but irrespective this is a very poor site by normal standards. Would not recommend even for a stop over.

Fran57

Reviewed on 16/06/2024 11:46

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Not as described - disappointing.

Le Bontemps

My family (2 adults, 2 kids, 2 grand parents) spent 10 days there last August. The site feels very unloved and uncared for, certainly not as the clubs description depicts. We couldn't find a close water tap so had to walk from one end of the site to the other. Swimming pool was freezing, kids paddling pool was dangerous, with missing drain covers that leave a large hole which you can't see through the water. The cleanliness of the pool area wasn't great. The crazy golf course was a mess and broken in places, the tennis court doesn't exist anymore. The outside excercise area has broken equipment. At some point you could see that this site would of been wonderful, with beautiful gardens and well kept pitches, unfortunately it isn't like this now. If you want a basic and cheapish site then this just about achieves that, however it certainly isn't up to the CAMC standard, I suspect it hasn't been checked by the club for quite a while.

Ed7

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Reviewed on 17/02/2024 16:04

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Le Bontemps

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!!

Alison Wilkinson

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Reviewed on 21/08/2023 14:55

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Le Bontemps
Just stayed overnight at this site and have done so over 20 years. On arrival on the 27th july there was no wifi, the electric point needed 2 x 25 cables, could not use the water tap on pitch as it was faulty. The bar was closed. The onsite restaurant was closed, the onsite shop was closed. The chemical waste toilet broken. The whole site was near empty (not surprised) and it looked very unkempt. Cannot blame covid as we came from another Kawan site that had everything open and was full.

GARYG53

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Reviewed on 30/07/2020 17:06

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So good we stayed there twice in one trip!

Le Bontemps
Excellent. Despite turning up in the low season, food and drink still available. The coldest beer in three weeks of testing across Europe. The "Stop & Go" plots are an excellent idea. Beware of getting lost in Vernioz. Rush hour and a rubbish sat nav made it a.challenge. Worth the effort though.

AndyWF

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Reviewed on 12/10/2016 17:27

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