The Domaine de Sévenier and Spa, a 5-star establishment in the heart of the southern Ardèche, is located in a quiet and secluded spot in rural Lagorce, yet only 5km from all the tourist amenities of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc and from the splendours and activities of the Ardèche river. For a well-equipped holiday rental, including a heated swimming pool, bar/restaurant, relaxation area and playgrounds; for an intimate 5-star luxury campsite at the heart of the Ardèche gorges; for a tranquil location, yet only five minutes from the celebrated Pont d’Arc Cave and the facilities of the town of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc; for the perfect combination of active family holiday and relaxation and rest – for all this, you need look no further than the Domaine de Sévenier and Spa.
From the A7 autoroute, exit at Montélimar Sud (coming from the north) or Bollène (coming from the south), and follow signs for Pierrelatte, then Bourg-Saint-Andéol on the N7. At Bourg-Saint-Andéol follow signs for Saint-Remèze on the D4. At Saint-Remèze, continue in the direction of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc on the D4. As you enter Vallon-Pont-d’Arc turn right onto the D1, signposted to Lagorce. The Domaine de Sévenier is 3.3 km on your right, between Vallon-Pont-d’Arc and the village of Lagorce
It is to Albert Seibel that we owe the construction of the buildings which account for the charm of the Domaine de Sévenier & Spa, in Ardèche. The property was an historic site for the hybridization of grape varieties.
By the mid-19th century, imports of American vine plants also meant the importation of a phylloxera, a pest aphid. Unfortunately, this terrible insect literally devastated the French vineyard, which would never have recovered without the hybridization technique invented, developed and marketed by Albert Seibel and his colleagues. His plants were so successful that they represented ¼ of the French vines for half a century. Made in Ardèche and Drôme, on the estate of Sévenier in Lagorce, near Vallon Pont d’Arc, the Orgeat in Montboucher, and Bellande in Aubenas, we can say that the creations of Albert Seibel helped save the vineyard French.
With the creation of the AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée) and their strict specifications, the vines from hybrid grape varieties were largely removed in the middle of the 20th century, but there are still some plots here and there, and some varieties are still marketed under the poetic names of Plantet, Rubellande, Chancellor, King of the Blacks, Ray of Gold, Aurora, Colobel or Verdelet. You can still drink Seibel, and not only at the Table de Seibel but also at 5 stars restaurants.
With the decline in sales of hybrids, and the death of Albert Seibel, the fortune of the latter was quickly lost, and the Domaine de Sévenier was sold
Over the years the place gradually became one of the favourite playgrounds of village children. Many Lagoroises fondly remember the excellent moments spent in their youth at the Domaine de Sévenier a place of parties, meetings and friendship, long before it became a luxury camp site.
Richard Chalvet, creator and the owner of the Nature Parc l’Ardéchois campsite bought the property in 2004, with the beautiful 5-star camping project we know today. After many administrative procedures, the rehabilitation work began in September 2008, and ended in June 2009; it was an long, arduous project but worth it.
Today, the Chalvet family manages the Domaine de Sévenier & Spa, a 5-stars campsite : since its opening in July 2009, 1500 trees and shrubs have been planted, a heated swimming pool installed and a courtyard paved between the bar / restaurant and the reception. Additionally a fountain, the communal barbecue, and the innumerable small dry stone walls have also been developed. 2017 saw the creation of the beautiful wellness area with its three small spaces: its panoramic terrace overlooking the Gorges de l’Ardèche, sauna and jacuzzi, massage and beauty area, and fitness room. And for 2018, a new area will be added which will include a reception room that can accommodate weddings, seminars, birthday parties accommodating up to 60 people.
Sophie is a graduate in interior design and is always keen to use high quality resources and materials which are in turn complimented by her desire to be environmentally friendly whenever possible.
Visitors adore what has been achieved and return again and again to this most beautiful 5-stars campsite in Ardèche.
Our partner: Nature Parc l’Ardéchois campsite
For an unrivalled experience of pure campsite life, for tents, caravans or camper vans, discover our second 5-star establishment, on the banks of the Ardèche river.
Richard Chalvet and his team will welcome you to their green, shady, flat park of 6 hectares, on the borders of the Ardèche river. Some of its distinctive features include original bathrooms, the cave « Chalvet", its fortified castle, dedicated to children, and the premium space of 200 m ².
Since its creation in 2009, the Domaine de Sévenier and Spa has been a proud member of Les Castels, the longest established association of outdoor hospitality businesses in France. The association brings together the most beautiful 4- and 5-star campsites in the country and promotes luxury, human-sized establishments, where quality and friendliness are the priorities, and where guests feel welcomed, comfortable and secure. Castels campsites are often located in historical settings which have been passed down from generation to generation and which place a strong emphasis on architecture and local heritage. The owners are all independent enterprises, free to develop their own particular characters. When visiting a Castels campsite, you will feel the special imprint and soul of the owner! The Domaine de Sévenier and Spa is a natural partner for this approach. In October 2017, we were proud and delighted to host our fellow owners of 4- and 5-star campsites for the annual congress of the association.website
La Clef Verte
Since its beginnings, the Domaine de Sévenier and Spa has set its sights on becoming a 5-star ecological campsite. Chalets are all equipped with solar water-heaters; buildings are insulated with wooden wool, cork or hemp; taps are equipped with water-saving devices. Environmental protection is one of our top priorities and is taken into account in all our projects and purchases. For instance, we have over time replaced our thermal equipment with more ecological, less noisy electrical devices. Guests are provided with the means to efficiently sort their day-to-day waste (bags for sorting, composters etc). We also give them all the information necessary to help with the conservation of our environment. Since 2010, we have held the coveted La Clef Verte label, awarded to environmentally-friendly tourist establishments.website
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