History of the campsite

A new life at the campsite

A professional retraining holds little: faithful friendships, an aperitif with Phil, the meeting of entrepreneurs who believe in the project and the self-denial that rugby has instilled in me. Looking for a campsite to take over, I surfed the net and discovered this municipal campsite in St Maurice de Gourdans. I was convinced that a commune with such a name was located in the Landes (I have Landes origins!) and therefore a little far away. My curiosity made me make a copy and paste it on Google and the surprise was total. St Maurice de Gourdans is in the department of Ain, 1h15 from my Savoy, 35 minutes from Lyon and 1h20 from Geneva.

An exceptional setting

The visit of the site made me discover an exceptional setting with an incredible view on the Ain river. It was love at first sight. It turned into a crush. . . On 01/04/2014 (and it’s far from being an April Fool’s Day ☺), I took my sports bag, bought a caravan, left my family in Chambéry and started the St Mo adventure. In 3 years and with the unfailing support of my friends Abdel and Philippe, my faithful Marcel and local craftsmen, I have transformed this  4-hectare site into a 3-star campsite with 40 mobile homes, 2 swimming pools, a restaurant and entertainment. My guiding principle in the development of the campsite has always been to work around the many species of trees that make it a haven of freshness in summer.

Opening of the restaurant with Patrick

In 2016, my friend and chef Patrick joined me to offer you quality specialities with local products. Your taste buds will remember it! The support of musical artists from all over the world who play in the evening gives an international touch. Come and listen and enjoy all these talents by the pool! This campsite by the river is mine but above all yours and it is constantly evolving.

A haste of peace

My haven of peace is full of surprises: large shaded areas (250 m² minimum) to pitch your tent, a space on a human scale, a warm and available team, 2 swimming pools, a program rich in sports activities during the summer season and mostly free of charge, a restaurant with good local products thanks to a real chef, accommodation for all tastes and budgets: from a simple location to a luxury mobile home!

I will be happy to welcome you as it should be to turn your holidays into unforgettable moments in the heart of nature!
So, if you need a break, don’t hesitate any longer: you’ve found your holiday destination!
We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Jean-Luc Baradel
Owner of camping Les Plages de l’Ain


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