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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Summer Destinations
An escape to nature and leisure TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: DOMAINE LA GARENNE
The family-owned 4-star camping Domaine la Garenne was built to guarantee peace and quiet to its visitors from April to October. Spread over a large area of 14 hectares with plenty of space to ensure privacy between campers, it is the perfect summer getaway. Ideally located in the hills of the Drôme des Collines in south-eastern France, and surrounded by beautiful oak and pine trees, campers can bring their own tents or caravans and make their choice of location among the 40 pitch sites available, with access to sanitary facilities, free hot showers and electricity. Otherwise, guests are welcome to make their pick among a range of mobile homes and chalets, fitting between two to eight people comfortably. These are built in sustainable and ecofriendly materials, mostly wood, to guarantee comfort and quality. Particularly family-friendly and free for children under 3, the camping has its
own two swimming pools as well as a paddling pool and a large range of sports facilities including a football pitch, an area to play the traditional pétanque, a ping-pong table and a trampoline. With activities organised by the staff during the day, parents can relax at the bar and regroup with the family at the catering service available every evening during the high season of July-August. Although relaxing by the pool or grabbing a book from the camping library (available in French and Dutch) is always an option, there are plenty of activities to enjoy during your stay at Domaine la Garenne such as hikes leaving from the camping, bike rental to explore the region, horse-riding in the surrounding nature or a visit to nearby Valence. Also available in the surrounding area is the beautiful artwork of Facteur Cheval – a unique castle to visit with the children
in an afternoon, after delighting your senses at the Cité du Chocolat in nearby Tain l'Hermitage. For those seeking a more local culinary experience, the baker will provide you with fresh bread in the morning and local farmers come by twice a week with fresh fruit and vegetables. On top of this, you can buy fully organic goat cheese and honey provided from the farms nearby, which are also open for visitors. The camping Domaine la Garenne has something to offer to all, from children to adults, in the idyllic setting of the Drôme des Collines. Please go to the website – available in French, English and Dutch – for more information and bookings. www.domaine-la-garenne.com
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