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General

  • Quiet and scenic site halfway between Dijon and Lyon
  • Well placed for visiting the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine areas
  • Flower-filled gardens with pool, pétanque and play area

If you’re one of those old romantics with a soft spot for days filled with flowers and wine you’ll fit right in at Les Ripettes, a peaceful little spot just outside Pont de Vaux in the Rhône-Alpes. Flowers are courtesy of owner Isabelle, who dedicates many of her days to planting all sorts of plants at her park to ensure the place is constantly bursting with blooms.

And the wine – well, the wine comes from the many vineyards dotted all around this verily verdant part of the world. You’re not restricted to just one variety, either: head north to sample the deep reds of the Burgundy region or plot a course to the south to sip the famed Mâcon-Villages whites or the lighter Beaujolais reds. All of these can be reached with a drive of an hour or less, and with heaps of vineyards awaiting the tipple-seeking tourer it’s perhaps a good idea to clear a decent space in the car boot for your purchases before setting off.

Midway between Dijon and Lyon, Les Ripettes is handily placed not only for visiting wineries but also for birdwatching, pottering around in the surrounding wetlands, canoeing on the Saône river, and taking in the various historic castles and churches that are scattered across the local area. But it’s not just the location that makes this such a fab choice – it’s also a mighty friendly and relaxed place with plenty to fill your time if you choose to skulk about on site for a while. Games of volleyball, badminton, table tennis and pétanque await, along with a swimming pool for cooling dips and a play area for the amusement of les enfants.

Secretly hoping for a prolonged period of doing nothing? This is the place to embrace it – take a wander through the gardens and select a spot in which to settle with your book or tablet. Should you run out of reading matter, there’s a little library to peruse and free wifi to keep your gadget updated. Or you could gather the fam over a board game acquired from reception and pop open a bottle of wine that you’ve picked up on your travels.

In high season you can also purchase wine, cold drinks and ice creams on site and order your bread and pastries to be delivered for tasty morning munchies. Over the summer a snack bar opens three times a week and there’s a pizza takeaway service once a week. At other times it’ll take you 10 minutes or so to drive into town for slap-up restaurant meals or to hit the supermarket for all your barbecue essentials.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Pétanque

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Location

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  • Les Tourtes, Chavannes sur Reyssouze Pont de Vaux, L'Ain, France, 01190
  • Timezone Europe/Paris CET (GMT+01:00)   GPS 46.4441°N 4.9817°E

Directions


From Paris and the north:
Exit the A6 at Tournus (Junction 27) and continue through Tournus on the D906 towards Pont-de-Vaux and Mâcon. At Fleurville turn left and cross the River Saône heading for Pont-de-Vaux on the D933A. At Pont-de-Vaux turn left at the roundabout then, after 200m, turn right onto the D2 (CrispiPiz Pizza bar on corner) signposted Saint-Triviers-de-Courtes. Follow the road for approximately 4km and when you see the water tower on your right-hand side take the next left, and immediately left again. The entrance to campsite is on the left.

From Lyon and the south:
Exit the A6 at Mâcon-Nord (Junction 28) and take the RN6 towards Chalon-sur-Saône. At Fleurville turn right then follow the directions as above.

Local attractions

There are wine-based days out galore around here for both the committed oenophile and the casual sipper. Take tours, taste the wares and pick up single bottles or several cases – all up to you. The Burgundy region is an hour’s drive away, and the vineyards and wineries around Mâcon about 20 minutes or so. From Mâcon you can follow the wine trail down the banks of the Saône river as far as Beaujolais, popping into numerous vineyards that overlook the river as you go. (Should you prefer to head straight to Beaujolais it’s about a 50-minute drive).

Probably best not to spend all day every day sipping wine, however, not least because you’d miss out on all the other attractions in the area. Perhaps take a trip to Cluny Abbey, 45 minutes away, or visit the Bresse-Domaine des Planons museum, half an hour away, to give the kids an insight into local life in the 15th century. And you couldn’t possibly leave without visiting a château or two – maybe the ruined medieval Brancion will take your fancy, or perhaps the immaculate 17th-century castle and formal gardens of Cormatin are more to your taste.

A spot of gentle exercise is almost certainly a good idea too when your hols are likely to involve much guzzling. Walks close to the site take in the wetlands that are a real birdwatching haven, and villages full of timbered farmhouses with decorative Saracen chimneys to keep an eye out for. Horse and pony riding trips run from an equestrian centre five minutes’ drive away, or you head to Mâcon for a pleasant paddle on the waters of the Saône in a canoe or kayak.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Les Ripettes cancellation policy

No penalties

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

Tax

Local eco/city tax of €0.33 per person over the age of 18 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Pool
Only park guests are authorised to use the pool.
Swimsuits are obligatory and swimming shorts or Bermuda shorts are not permitted.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 15/05 and 15/09 (subject to weather conditions).

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Taxes
Local eco/city tax of €0.33 per person over the age of 18 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 10pm and 7am.

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