Have just come back following a stay at Les Ranchisses in a KeyCamp chalet and have mixed views about the site. It'is in a beautiful location and a 20 minute drive to the Ardeche river.
Unfortunatley, I was dissapointed as it's a split site with the KeyCamp chalets on the other side of the road with access to the main site via an underpass. Also, the chalets are on terraces so there's no real area to let kids play directly outside. My children are 8 and 5 so had to be accompanied if they wanted to play tennis or kick a ball around on the main site.
There are two main pools and an adult only pool within the spa. The pools are clean but basic. There are a couple of slides but these appear to have 'bolted' on outside the pool area as an afterthought and it's impossible to see the children on the slides from the poolside.
The restaurant was dissapointing too with meals being served upto 10 mins apart per person and poor quality food.
On +'ve note excellent location & staff friendly!
The reception staff were friendly and helpful and showed us to our pitch. Basically our pitch was on the side of the entrance road approx 6 foot from the Pool complex wall. The noise of the pool and the screaming kids and splashing was enormous until the pool closed at 8pm. Peace at last! Only to be shattered by a live band who played until 2320 hrs. So loudly in fact that we couldn't hear ourselves speak in our folding camper & the sound from the speakers was distorted. Our pitch was right on the main entrance so that every camper would walk past us to the bar/shop etc. No privacy at all.
We walked around the site hoping to see a better pitch to be moved to, but frankly they are crowded in and give the impression of a shanty town. It appeared as if good-sized pitches had been divided up into two or three smaller pithces.
The sanitary block was adequately clean, but most toilet cubicles had run out of paper by 10pm. Noisy and overcrowded. We left after one night!
We were at Les Ranchisses in July 2011, two adults in the 40´s & two children 6 and 8 years. Lovely camp site, very calm, nature in the surroundings is fantastic, open and friendly staff at camp site. Restaurent in the camp site is FANTASTIC. Restaurents in the local area are on gourmet level and quite reasonable prices. Toilet facilities were clean, but needs renewing. Irritating that there is no toilet seats. There are TOO many dutch people - you think you are in Holland. But the Dutch are nice poeple, so it is not too bad anyway.In Ardeche you find Dutch people all over, so if yuo want to explore the beautifull Ardeche area, you need to accept the Dutch :-) The owners of Les Ranchisses are also working in the restaurent and you find them around the site constantly smiling to you - nice! In the reception they speak a lot of languages very well. Room for improvement: Toilet seats, soap to wash hand, possible to have a caravan pitch overlooking river, and more pitches with water supply