The Ardèche : a land full of discoveries
The Ardèche is an area of exceptional natural beauty and has a way of life that stirs up a variety of emotions among its visitors.
The southern Ardèche is certainly the most well-known tourist area in the region and Le Pommier campsite is situated in a special place on a hillside in the heart of the southern Ardèche in the town of Villeneuve de Berg. Just 20 minutes form the campsite, passing through the Ibie valley, you will arrive at the mythical village of Vallon Pont d’Arc from where you can canoe down the fabulous Gorges de l’Ardèche. You will find natural landscapes of outstanding beauty, such as Balcon des Templiers or the Cirque de la Madeleine. You will also be able to visit the Ardèche caves and the replica of the Chauvet Cave “The Grotte Chauvet 2”, one of France’s most beautiful decorated caves and granted UNESCO world heritage status.
In the mountainous northern Ardèche lies the Monts d’Ardèche Regional Nature Park. Just 70 kilometres from the campsite, it is home to the renowned Mont Gerbier de Jonc (a mountain of volcanic origin), source of the Loire, as well as the ‘route des Sucs’ (famous cycle route) and numerous waterfalls such as the “Ray Pic”.
The Ardèche has a rich heritage with its picturesque villages, like Voguë, Balazuc, Monréal, or Antraïgues sur Volane: home of the late famous French poet, Jean Ferrat. Exceptional cuisine and fabulous local produce await you, such as chestnut purée, goat’s cheese or caillette (regional meatball dish). Once you have tried it, you’ll be hooked! Situated some ten kilometres from Villeneuve de Berg, be sure not to miss out on the remains of the old Gallo-Roman town, Alba la Romaine. Its castle and museum, Muséal, are worth visiting during your stay at Domaine le Pommier, as well as the town of Montélimar, capital of nougat, located slightly further away in the Drôme department of south eastern France.
The Ardèche way of life
During your stay with us at our 5-star Le Pommier campsite in Villeneuve-de-Berg, don't miss the opportunity to discover the culinary and artisanal specialties of our beautiful Ardèche department.
In Ardèche, a change of scenery also means gastronomy! Here, good food is a way of life! The character and uniqueness of the Ardèche is found in its local produce and in its mouth-watering and surprising culinary delights…Wine, strong-flavoured cheese, chestnuts, truffles, honey, blueberries, olives and oils, all natural flavours for you to sample. Taste buds at the ready!
If you love charcuterie, the Ardèche is the place for you! When enjoying an aperitif with family or friends, why not sample a delicious sausage, a ‘caillette’ (regional meatball dish) or some pâté accompanied by some farmhouse bread.
You can then move on to some strong-flavoured cheese. Whether made from goat’s milk or cow’s milk, it is guaranteed to be rich in taste. Goats’ cheeses, such as ‘picodons’ (sweet and sharp), ‘tommes’ and ‘tommettes’ (sweet and creamy) are locally produced specialities. They are also delicious with Ardéche blueberry or mirabelle jam accompanied by a small glass of local wine.
Wines of the Ardèche, it is firstly about the taste passed on through the generations: 3 destinations have been awarded the French “Vignobles & Découvertes” (Vineyards and Discoveries) label, 4 ‘grands crus’ (great vintages), famous for their robust character, but also AOC wines offering a variety of fruity whites or reds in the colours of the south. What better way to sample the range and diversity of the Ardèche than though its wine produce.
Lastly, the fresh or dried chestnut, chestnut flour or purée, whole or in pieces, so many flavours to discover in the AOC “Châtaigne d’Ardèche” (Chestnut of Ardèche). And for those with a sweet tooth, you will love the chestnut cream and marron glacé!
The market is the place to meet local producers and craftsmen, the original culinary masters. Among beautiful encounters and tasting you can take a little piece of the Ardèche home with you to tantalise your taste buds.
The Ardèche : A fabulous region!
The Ardèche is a special region where man and nature are one! The Ardèche is a fervent defender of its land that it protects through its art of living and “art of choice”. The Ardèche is a protected natural reserve and is the only department in France that does not have a motorway or railway, except for the tourist railway, and provides green routes for cyclists. The Ardèche invites you to live at its pace and take time to appreciate the beauty of the landscapes and the true taste of things. A place of culture, heritage and celebration where you stroll around, meet people, discover new flavours, enjoy yourself and have fun and take in some fresh air!