La Forêt du Morvan
There’s always something a little magical about camping in forests. They’re dark, mysterious places full of unseen dangers, lurking beasts, and the constant fear of getting lost. Even on the sunniest of days a dimly lit forest interior can feel like a very quiet, twilit world, where even the birds seem to keep away. Luckily, perhaps, the site at La Forêt du Morvan isn’t quite in the heart of the forest and has cleared plenty of space for its 25 pitches to let the sunshine and birds in. But there’s no question that it’s the forest that makes Morvan special: almost half a million acres of prime French countryside that was officially made a Parc Régional in 1970, and is now something of a playground for the not-so-rich and not-so-famous. Hills, lakes, and forests are the main attractions, best explored using a combination of shoes, pedals, and oars (or an outboard, if you’re lazy). Just make sure you take a map.
As for the site, there are two main camping areas on the south-facing slopes; one above and one below the main buildings. Most of the pitches have expansive views down across the valley. The others lay along the egde of the forest and have a little more shade. Tents are available to rent, if you haven’t brought your own, while one particularly handy feature is the availability, for hire, of private bathrooms, which is a great idea for families.You can keep your clobber in there and you don’t have to cart it around every time the kids need a scrub-down. It’s not cheap, but well worth it if you’re here for a week.
Facilities in the old barns, with hot showers, private bathrooms, kitchen facilities, weekly campfire, a nice spring-fed lake with a slide, arts and crafts, kids’ disco, tractor tour, sports and games in the forest. Free Wi-Fi.
Tents, campervans, small caravans (large ones may not get down the drive), dogs – yes.
There is lots to do and visit around the campsite (just ask the owners), including nice walks (maps provided), and campers are kept informed daily about regional events. Autun is the nearest town of any significance, and has a Roman amphitheatre and a 12th-century Gothic cathedral.
Food & DrinkThere is a small campsite shop with basic products and fresh bread is delivered to your tent every day (order the evening before). Twice a week you can join the owners for a regional 3-course meal and, on Sundays, you can make your own pizza at the weekly pizza night. If you want to eat out, head to L’École Buissonière (0033 386 304 721) in Millay or Le clos de la Bussière in Semelay (0033 386 309 166).
The Owner Says
La Forêt du Morvan is a family campsite on a former farm with approximately 7,5 acres of forest en 16 acres of pasture.
We have kept the campsite small so that the rural character of the site is maintained.
There is a good distance between the pitches and every one has a wide and beautiful view.
The camp-site is on a south facing hill and benefits from an abundance of sunshine.
We have search for a formula in which camping, -comfort and small-scale setup go hand in hand; we think we have succeeded!
La Foret du Morvan lies between the towns of Autun, Chateau Chinon and Luzy. The nearest village to the campsite is Larochemillay. Here, where a castle nestles against the hill, you will find the bakery/grocery, a restaurant an the post office.
The site’s halfway between Nevers and Beaune, north of Luzy, south of Villapourçon. Take D27 north or south, between Larochemillay and Le Puits. The site’s off the main road 2 miles (4 km) north of Larochemillay.
There are trains to Luzy, If you contact the owner he can arrange to pick you up from the train.
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