Camping Chateau de Fereyrolles on the Cèze, France
The Camping Chateau de Fereyrolles is the perfect place for naturists who are looking for a relaxing holiday far removed from the pressures and intrusions of modern life. The campsite is situated in a gorge carved out of the landscape by the Cèze river – the only way into the site is to descend a road which winds a mile or so through Mediterranean oaks and wild rosemary and thyme.
Once at the campsite at the foot of the gorge, your mobile will have no signal, and there is no Wifi…… will you survive? (Hint: if you are really desperate, there is sometimes a signal down by the river.)
If you are looking for the five-star experience, with swimming pool, sauna, and luxury accommodation, then this is not the place to come. The amenities at the Camping du Chateau de Fereyrolles are simple, but adequate. The emplacements for both caravans and tents are large and well tended, with plenty of shade. The prices are very reasonable.
Whether you want to swim, or fish, or simply sit and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings, the river is always just a few yards away.
This is very much a family campsite, popular with all nationalities, calm and peaceful. For those who prefer it, there is a selection of chalets and mobile homes available for hire – again, these are basic, but clean. Dogs are welcome, but have to be kept on a lead when on the campsite. There are numerous walks to enjoy, not least the walk up to the ruined chateau which gives the campsite its name – the reward for this walk is some stunning views of the valley below. There is also some lovely cycling – although the first mile, climbing steeply up from the campsite at the bottom of the gorge is not for the faint hearted!
There is a restaurant/bar on the campsite offering an attractive menu at reasonable prices, a good place to enjoy a drink after a relaxing day.
Invited by a friend last summer (2012), and with no previous experience of naturism, I arrived full of apprehension, but returned for many weekends throughout the Summer, so captivated was I by the tranquillity and natural splendour of the setting, and the respect for nature which was evident everywhere on the site. We intend to spend as much time there as we can, this Summer too!
Christophe and Magali, who own the campsite, only speak a little English, but anyone interested in visiting the campsite can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to forward any inquiries. Or if your French is up to it, you can contact the campsite at +33 4 66 24 51 64.
Richard adds: I have not camped here, but I have stayed twice at the neighbouring Domaine de la Sablière, and I can vouch for the beauty of the area. It also offers a great area for walking without clothing (but footwear is essential on account of the sharp stones!)
If you wish to use it as a base for touring, there is a lovely, historic small town called Barjac nearby, and there are many places of historic and scenic interest within reach (Avignon, Uzès, Nimes, Orange, the Cevennes, the Ardèche gorge and so on).