Mille Etoiles

Europe France Rhône-Alpes Ardèche

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Camping and glamping right next to the Gorges de l’Ardèche, a camping field, luxury yurts, safari tents, a beautiful river, and welcoming hosts

On a shady, wooded hillside overlooking the Ardèche River, Mille Étoiles is easily one of the most beautiful campsites in all of France. The forested land, sitting high above a canyon of sparkling, turquoise waters, is so fairy-tale-perfect, in fact, that weddings aplenty have taken place here.

Experienced campers who celebrate the great outdoors get the most out of a stay at Mille Étoiles. The surroundings are a treasure trove of footpaths and trails, while the wooded setting gives a slight wilderness feel, despite the fact that every little comfort is catered for – from lanterns at night to posh toiletries in the wash-rooms. Those seeking extra luxury, though, are just as welcome, nesting themselves in the growing glamping side of the campsite.

Mille Étoiles test-drove a few yurts in 2003, with no electricity or water, way before glamping in Francetook off, and cite nature as their  star attraction. One look at these nomadic Mongolian yurts and fancy family bathrooms, though, suggests that there’s a lot more to the campsite than the enchanting surroundings.

Raised on pine platforms, the yurts (now 'electrified') are each scattered a decent distance apart, with sumptuous double beds inside draped with large mosquito nets. Each one is themed (for example boudoir, Edwardian safari, Indian, Thai) and furnished with chunky wooden chests or canvas wardrobes, ethnic pictures, and recycled bedside tables. Starched, comfortable hammocks swing outside, while, within, a practical kitchenette has a fridge, stove and coffee machine, where you can make your hammock-ready brew.

There are a further two safari lodges, divided inside into rooms, including a well equipped kitchen and dining area, and providing the most space for large families. ‘The Village’, meanwhile, is a tent-only camping field, that has been recently development to encourage more campers. Situated on the other side of the handcrafted pizzeria and café, the field is near a facilities block and all guests share the kids’ playground and campsite library. If wildlife is the only luxury you need, bag one of the camping pitches there or in the woods.

Its a 20-minute scramble down a steep decline from the campsite to the water and, once on the river bed, walkers can follow the river the length of the gorge. If all that splashing about doesn’t wear you out then counting the stars certainly will. With no electricity on site, they shine brighter than you'll ever have seen before after dark and sit like a sparkly blanket above the trees. They are the mille étoilesthat give the site its name and will get you well on  your way to a good night’s sleep. 1, 2, 3…

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Facilities

A giant communal yurt in the middle of the woods is available for group hire or for general use (yoga routines, story-telling, hide-and-seek). Tent pitches in the woods and in a field with water points, a few electric hook-ups, picnic tables, and hammocks. The self-catering yurts comfortably fit a family of 4. The safari lodges sleep 7 with ample space and have fully equipped kitchens an en suite bathroom facilities. 2 shower blocks, one by the yurts with 6 family bathrooms (sink, shower) and a block with 4 shower cubicles and 5 loos, plus laundry. Bath towel hire €4 each. There's a small grocery shop and a library. The bar, pizzeria and pancake house (see food & drink) opens mornings and evenings selling local wines, beers, fresh juices, water, ice creams, pizzas and Ardéchoises specialities. There's a playground and you can rent mountain-bikes by the day, half-day or for several days.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, canoeists, nature-lovers, dogs – yes.

Nearby

Canoe on the Ardèche or Cèze. Hire boats and instructors from canoyak.fr to take a 2-hour or 2-day excursion. Park at Sauze and a shuttle bus runs to Vallon Pont d’Arc, so you can pick up your vehicle at the end of the day. Join the throngs at the iconic sandy beach of Vallon Pont d’Arc, or view it from the road above. This stone ‘bridge’ is one of France’s best-known landmarks and epitimises all that is great about the country (throwing off your clothes for a swim in a river sounds appealing to us). Barjac is a short drive away – worth a visit on Friday mornings for market day.

Food & Drink

A recent addition to the campsite is an excellent little restaurant with reasonable prices and hefty portions food. There is a varied menu (including local specialities) and the mussels (with fries) are a particular highlight. There is a small farm shop near the campsite; ask for directions.

Opening Times

April–November.

The Owner Says

On a shady, wooded hillside overlooking the Ardèche River, Mille Étoiles is easily one of the most beautiful campsites in all of France. The forested land, sitting high above a canyon of sparkling, turquoise waters, is so fairy-tale-perfect, and the luxury yurts are pure heaven, making for a truly enchanting experience!

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Accommodation

33 camping pitches, 11 yurts, 2 safari lodges and 2 tents on stilts.

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Location

Contact Mille Etoiles, Mas de Serret, 07150 Labastide de Virac, Ardèche, France

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Getting There

From Nîmes airport follow A54 to Nîmes, turning on to A9 to Avignon/Lyon. Follow signs for Bollène/Montélimar, take exit 19 at Bollène and follow D994, D6086, and D901. Then turn right on D979 into Barjac. Follow signs to Labastide, look for a sign on the left to Les Crottes, then Mille Étoiles signs direct you in. Avignon or Montélimar are the nearest TGV stations, from where buses run to either Barjac or Vallon Pont d’Arc, then take a taxi. Nîmes, Avignon, and Lyon are the nearest airports, 90 minutes away.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews

★★★★★

A perfect holiday bubble

We rented a yurt at Milles Etoiles for a week at the start of August and it totally surpassed all expectations. Nadine and her team are so friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere on site feels like you are in a different world - it's a perfect bubble, away from real life yet close to loads of activities to keep you busy if you want. The yurt was great - very comfortable, clean and loads of space for a family of 4.Even though it was hot, mid 30Cs in the day the yurt stayed pretty cool and we had no problems sleeping. The kitchen is really well equipped and more than adequate to make family meals however we made the most of the restaurant on site eating delicious pizzas and salads at a very reasonable price most evenings! The shower blocks are clean and spacious and we never had to queue. The walk to the river, whilst strenuous in the heat, was more than worth it and by the end of the week our 5 & 7 year old were totally acclimatised and we managed it in 35 minutes each way - just make sure you take plenty of water and walking shoes/trainers with you. The river swimming was the best and we could have simply done this all day everyday exploring different rocks to jump off and just being but we did venture out had great days at the Chateau des Roure only 10 mins down the road and the Chauvet Cave 2. We can't wait to come back next year!
Aug 18, 2019 by Johanna Angell
★★★★★

Amazing experience and we didn't want to leave!

What a fantastic holiday! We rented a yurt for a week at the start of August - we weren't quite sure what to expect but Milles Etoiles completely surpassed all expectations and Nadine and her team are so friendly and welcoming. The yurt was very comfortable, clean and extremely well equipped. Although the temperatures were in the mid 30Cs in the day we didn't overheat at all. The attached kitchen was perfect to make family meals but I have to say we made the most of the lovely restaurant on site- amazing pizzas and salads etc that are very reasonably priced indeed. The walk to and from the river, whilst strenuous in the heat, was more than worth it and by the end of the week our 5 & 7 year old were totally acclimatised and we managed it in 35 minutes each way. You really feel like you are away from everything but yet so close to some great attractions and we had a great day at the Chateau des Roure just 10 mins down the road. We felt like we were in a bubble whilst on holiday, we all completely relaxed in the wonderful atmosphere on the site -we felt like we were in a different world. We can't wait to go back next year.
Aug 18, 2019 by Johanna Angell
★★★★☆

Friendly non commercial campsite, fantastic location

Just had a fab week here. The owners are friendly & the 30-40 min hike down the gorge to the river is well worth it for a relatively remote and peaceful stretch of river which is great for swimming & jumping off rocks. It’s way quieter than much of the surrounding area which was the highlight for us and the campsite has a very laid back, relaxed feel
Aug 7, 2019 by Emma A
★★★★★

Totally delightful.

The site is great, the location is amazing. My group and I camped in our own tents before leaving and returning to stay in a Safari Tent for two nights. The Safari Tents are amazing, I would 100% recommend to anyone considering it. When camping we had a good sized pitch and the toilets were clean and well maintained, you do need to bring loo roll. The site is located in a beautiful spot a nice distance away from Vallon and feels rural without being inaccessible. The restaurant on site does a good pizza and wine although you will need to check which days it is open. There are two BBQs which we made use of (make sure you bring your own charcoal). We only saw one other group using them when we stayed however it was mid-May and everywhere was very quiet. The Safari tents are amazing, the website doesn't do them justice. The owners of the site are great, it would have been better if I had brushed up on my French before leaving as there was a language barrier but they were very hospitable and helpful. The outstanding thing about this campsite though is that you can walk down through the forest to the river. It takes about 20 minutes walk and it steep at points but worthwhile. I wouldn't hesitate to go back again at the same time of year.
May 20, 2019 by Freddie
★★★★★

The most peaceful stay under canvas

To many, camping is just a cheap holiday. But it can be soooo much more. We stayed this lovely place in 2015, and it is one of the very few camping spots we have returned to: We were at first not keen on the idea of camping around Vallon Pont d'Arc, with its multitudes of crowded campsites and canoe-hire businesses and teeming with holidaymakers. However, just a few kilometers downstream of Vallon is an altogether otherworldly place, and it feels a lot more like the depths of rural France with trails through forests and over high country, charming old villages, basic country food and a sense of profound isolation. Nestled among all this, on a wooded plateau high above the southern bank of the Ardèche Gorge, is Camping Mille Etoiles. It is about 4km off the main road which passes through the nearest village of Labastide de Virac, but the only road noise we heard came from the occasional motorcycle gunning along the gorge road on the opposite bank about 2km away. With temperatures nudging 40˚C in early August we were thankful of a campsite which offered plenty of shade, nestled in the scrubby garrigue of (mostly) evergreen Ardèche oaks. For a very reasonable outlay, we were in a site with all the facilities we would would need, without any frippery: a bar and restaurant offering good fare at reasonable prices, an office where basic provisions can be bought and fresh bread delivered daily, a dedicated wood/charcoal barbecue area next to the restaurant (gas BBQs only on camping pitches), plenty of space for kids to play (cars are not allowed on site except to load and unload), bikes and donkeys available for hire, and sufficient loos/showers/sinks/wash-up facilities/washing machine/electric hook-up etc etc. in good order. There is no pool. It is not needed. At the northern end of the camp is the cliff edge of the Gorge (some stunning views) around 200 metres above the Ardèche river, with direct access to it via a sometimes steep 20-30 minute scramble with small children. The rewards are a quarter-mile stretch of crystal-clear water, slow-flowing, some shallows, deeper pools to indulge in some rock-diving, ample space with some shade to 'beach', and gorgeous views of the canyons in both directions. We had to suffer the twice-daily onslaught of canoe-and-kayak rush-hour, but took comfort that we were in far better shape than those poor dehydrated paddlers in their boats sweating under their life jackets. And the peace and quiet when they had passed was all the more sweet. Yes, there is little grass and the ground is firm, so rock pegs are a sensible choice. But pitches are mostly level and there is a healthy mix of tents, campervans and hikers just passing through on the GR4. So bring a hammock or two, a good read, do some stargazing, listen to the cicadas, try to get a glimpse of wild boar or coypu snuffling about the brush at night beyond the campsite fence. And relax.
Sep 12, 2018 by el basso
★★★★★

A wonderful, peaceful haven in a busy, busy area

Loved this site. No frills, wonderfully French, great pitches and location and fabulous restaurant. On arrival we were made to feel very welcome by Nadine, the owner. Know that her English is not great, luckily for us this is not a problem. Also worth knowing that you need to pay for your reservation up-front, whether you decide to leave early or not. The site feels a long way from the main road, but in reality it's only 10-15 mins from Labastide de Virac. Pitches are a really good size, spacious and with loads of welcome shade. The toilets are clean if not a little limited in number, but this was not problem even in July. The on-site restaurant is wonderful, great French food as well as pizzas and a communal BBQ making it easy to meet people and spend time together. The climb down to the river is not easy, but there is a longer way as in the previous review. It's well worth it though. A lovely little beach to pass the time of day and have the best river swimming ever. Just wear trainers to walk down. Highly recommended.
Jul 30, 2018 by Emma and Mark
★★★★★

amazing campsite

I thought I should leave a review as we have just returned from the Ardèche and Milles Étoiles and was shocked to notice that no-one had submitted a review on this site for four years. For anyone worried about the lack of reviews, don't be, it's a fantastic site. We travelled by car from the UK down through France with two stopovers and arrived in the Ardèche to blazing sunshine and 35° heat. Mas de Serret is well off the beaten track and about 45-60 mins drive from the A7/E15 autoroute (depending on your appetite for hairpin bends). We were greeted by Nadine who signed us in and showed us to our enormous camping pitch. All the pitches are amongst the trees with pools of sunlight in places and ample spots for hammocks and washing lines to be strung. Our pitch was the first one through the gates which meant we were next to the restaurant - this was busy from 6pm onwards with campers and visitors who just come for the wonderful pizzas, but was always dying down by 11pm so that the only sound past midnight was the chatter of the cicadas (which you get used to after 2 days). The only downside was the noise of the bin men at 5am (!) on two mornings, but that was it. The rest of the campers were a mixture of French, Dutch, English and a few Germans and our two young children quickly made friends with all the others there, running around the site in the mornings and evenings playing on the boat, swinging on the swings, talking to the goats and donkeys and generally raising hell, while the parents sat around the site relaxing or enjoying glasses of wine and/or Leffe at the restaurant overlooking the play areas. There are lots of activities to keep children, teenagers and adults entertained - cycling, walking, canoeing, donkey rides - but we mostly spent our time swimming in the river, which was an amazing experience. We tried a few spots including the beaches around the Pont d'Arc (which is crammed full of people and marshalled by over-zealous lifeguards), but the best spot is at the gorge directly below the campsite. We made the trip several times in the 10 days we were there with a 6 and 8 year old. There are two paths, a steeper one and a longer one and we would recommend the steeper one for most people. It took us about 20-30 mins to descend the twelve switchbacks and a little longer to come back up. The path is rocky in patches and there is a scramble at the bottom, but otherwise it's fine - just make sure you take some food to fuel you for the return journey as well as the swimming, because you won't want to leave once you get there. In terms of sightseeing, we can recommend the town of Avignon which we were lucky to hit at the tail end of their version of the Edinburgh festival (so lots of street performances), the caves at Orgnac, the Pont d'Arc obviously and the town of Barjac. The latter has very picturesque narrow streets teeming with interesting shops and restaurants and also hosts a small Carrefour which is a much more pleasant experience than the crazy supermarket in Vallon. This really is a truly special site and one that has inspired me to start planning next year's trip already - this time maybe driving up from Spain or Italy in a hire car...?
Aug 5, 2016 by Toby
★★★★★

a fantastic campsite

We haven’t enjoyed all of cool camping’s recommendations but this really is a special site, worthy of being in cool camping. In the heart of the Ardeche gorges, its also the only non-commerical site in the region. We camped (there are now more tent pitches than yurts), and our pitch was huge and unlike the other sites in the area we were not crammed in uniform lines. All pitches are in a lightly wooded area which we really appreciated because we needed the shade. The cool camping description is now 2 years out of date, french owners Nadine and her partner have taken over. they don’t speak much english but are really friendly and laid back. They have 5 year old twins so the site is really child-friendly with a pirate ship, see saw, tree house and table tennis table. As no cars are allowed on site apart from for unloading, it makes it feel really safe for kids to run around. the car park is really close so its not an inconvenience. The paddling pool in the cool camping description no longer exists so the nearest water is a 30 min walk (with kids) to the river but its truly a beautiful spot. There are no camp fires but its so hot you don’t need them! but there is a communal BBQ area by the restaurant (which sells great pizzas for 7 euros). The only downside is that no toilet paper or soap is provided but you soon get used to it. washing up and showers are clean and modern.There is loads to visit in the area including the castle in Labastide de Virac which has the best view of the region from the parapet. Kids love the ghost in the dungeon. Its also a beautiful village with a great shop selling freshly made cheeses. Don’t follow the travel directions from Lyon on the Mille Etoiles website, get off at junction 19! be prepared for traffic jams if you travel on a Saturday.
Aug 15, 2012 by gibspan

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