Huttopia Dieulefit, Quartier d'Espeluche, 26220 Dieulefit, Drome Provençale, France
The camping area itself is spread among a speckling of oak and pine trees, with most pitches out in sunny spaces but a few, at the far end of the site, edging into thicker trees. The whole place occupies a sort of no-mans-land terrain – not quite woodland but not quite open either – and, with enough exploring when you first arrive, you can select precisely the right amount of light, shade and space for you.
Along with the regular camping there are a number of glamping options. Two person ‘Bonaventure’ tents feature double beds, storage and bed-side lamps and are the cheapest of the lot. Then there are a number of other units gradually growing in size and facilities right up to their largest cabanes, sleeping six, with en suite bathrooms, a living room and a fully fitted kitchen that even has a dishwasher. The spectrum of options is quite staggering.
At one end of the campsite there is a lake, almost constantly pimpled with swimming children. It has a long wooden pontoon from which you can dangle your feet before slipping in and inflatable boats and kayaks are allowed. Quite why, then, they have also built a heated swimming pool is beyond us, but it accompanies a children’s playground, outdoor table tennis tables and the volleyball courts. Add in the communal central lodge with books and games to keep you busy on rainy (rainy?) days and you can see how mountain-time is quickly ebbed away.