Low sea­son at la Garenne: time for relax­ing activities !

Walk­ing, cycling, or going for a car ride

The sur­round­ing hills of the Eyrieux Val­ley offer ample oppor­tu­nity for lovely walks, cycling tours or car rides. Descrip­tions of these are avail­able at the reception.

The Dolce Via
A beau­ti­ful walking/​cycling trail, at a stone’s throw from the camp­site, runs along the rail­way track of the old steam train, now called ’Dolce Via’. The rail­way track once linked La Voulte-​sur-​Rhône to Saint-​Agrève, sit­u­ated at a height of 1,4OO m., and ran all along the Eyrieux river through a wild and pic­turesque landscape.

The for­mer rail­way, dis­used since 1968, has now become a sim­ple trail. The way is rel­a­tively level and suit­able for walk­ing and cycling (use moun­tain bikes or com­muter bikes).

Orga­nized activ­i­ties in Mai, June and September

In Mai, June and Sep­tem­ber you can par­tic­i­pate in (orga­nized) activ­i­ties, such as pétanque com­pe­ti­tions, excur­sions, summer’s evening walks, wine tast­ing, bar­be­cues, live music nights, etc.

Summer’s evening walks at Mir­mande and Crus­sol Cas­tle (alternately)

At reg­u­lar inter­vals through­out the sea­son, we pay a visit to the charm­ing medieval vil­lage of Mir­mande (listed as one of the most beau­ti­ful vil­lages of France). Our stroll uphill through the mean­der­ing paved streets takes us to the pretty romanesque church of Saint Foy at the top of the hill.

Or we visit the ruins of Crus­sol Cas­tle, a 12th-​century medieval fortress perched on a rocky spur, oppo­site Valence, look­ing down on the Rhône Val­ley. We begin our walk at the park­ing lot below the cas­tle ruins. At the top, we are rewarded with fan­tas­tic views !

(We go by car from Saint Lau­rent du Pape to the park­ing area at Mir­mande or Crus­sol Cas­tle, where our walk starts.)

Walk­ing hol­i­day in June

In June we organ­ise a three weeks’ guided walk­ing hol­i­day through the scenic coun­try­side of the Eyrieux Val­ley. There are three walks a week : on Mon­day, Wednes­day and Sat­ur­day. Walks will vary in length and level of difficulty

Enjoy your dinner !

Le Bistro’

Our restau­rant ‘Le Bistro’ over­looks the swim­ming pool, as does the enclosed out­side ter­race, where mul­berry trees pro­vide ample shade for relax­ing with a cool drink or an ice cream.

In the kitchen Nils is the ‘chef’. The food he cooks is sim­ple and hon­est, pre­pared with fresh ingre­di­ents, which are often sourced from the sur­round­ing Eyrieux valley.

His dishes com­prise French spe­cial­i­ties, like bœuf bour­guignon, gratin dauphi­nois, or sauté de dinde. But also tasty Ital­ian pas­tas or the pop­u­lar Aus­trian schnitzel.

Bar­be­cue and spare rib evenings

On week­ends fes­tive bar­be­cues or spare rib evenings are alter­nately held on the out­door ter­race of the restaurant.

The bar­be­cues go with var­i­ous home­made sal­ads and ‘baguette’, whereas the grilled spare ribs go with sal­ads and chips.

Now and then the evenings are accom­pa­nied by live music.

Indone­sian evening

On Wednes­days we ‘go ori­en­tal’ and orga­nize an Indone­sian evening, a tra­di­tion which has sur­vived at the camp­site for almost twenty-​five years, and has been handed down from father to son!

Together with our team, Nils cooks var­i­ous dishes from the Indone­sian kitchen : nasi goreng, ren­dang, sam­bal goreng telor, gado gado, ajam pedis, saté, …

All the dishes are home­made and pre­pared with care.

Piz­zas and snacks

Deli­cious freshly made piz­zas can be taken away every day, except on Wednes­day.
There are ten dif­fer­ent pizza top­pings to choose from.

Chips and snacks can be taken away.

Prac­ti­cal information

In Saint Laurent-​du-​Pape

In the vil­lage of Saint Lau­rent (5 min­utes’ walk from the camp­site) you will find a bak­ery, a small super­mar­ket, a butcher shop, a tabac shop (news­pa­pers and cig­a­rettes), and a post-​office (lim­ited open­ing hours !).

A doctor’s and dentist’s surgery are in the vil­lage square. We will be happy to help you to make an appointment.

A hos­pi­tal is in Valence (20 min­utes’ drive from the campsite).

In La Voulte-​sur-​Rhône

In La Voulte-​sur-​Rhône (5 min­utes’ drive from the camp­site) there are two super­mar­kets (Car­refour and Inter­marché), a few restau­rants, chemist shops, petrol sta­tions, a garage, a post office (with cash dis­penser), and sev­eral banks (with cash dispensers).

Every Fri­day morn­ing a weekly mar­ket is held in the mar­ket square below the castle.

There is a vet­eri­nary surgery in La Voulte. We will be happy to help you to make an appointment.

Fresh bread

At the camp­site we sell bread daily through­out the entire sea­son. You can order fresh bread for the next day at the recep­tion office (until 6.30 p.m.).

ACSI Camp­ing Card

In the low sea­son there is an extra reduc­tion with ACSI Camp­ing Card.


Descend­ing the Ardèche river is a real chal­lenge, and a unique oppor­tu­nity to dis­cover the wild and spec­tac­u­lar scenery of the Gorges of the Ardèche and its amaz­ing nat­ural phe­nom­e­non : the Pont d’Arc.



Climb­ing, clam­ber­ing and slid­ing. The chil-​dren have the time of their life, while enjoy-​ing an excit­ing day full of action and adven-​ture. For the entire fam­ily to take part in.



Dis­cover on your bike the old rail­way through the Eyrieux Val­ley. Now under the name of ‘Dolce Via’, it forms a mag­nif­i­cent cycle track between St. Lau­rent du Pape and Le Chey­lard, while run­ning through a wild and pic­turesque landscape.


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