Camping Sites & Paysages Au Bois Joli

Europe France Bourgogne Yonne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Relaxation and tranquillity, in contact with abundant nature. An outstandingly well-maintained site with exceptional views and open pitches.

Au Bois Joli means ‘pretty wood’ and is a fine indication of where you’re heading with this site. Perhaps all woodland areas have their charm, yet there is a little extra magic about this site and the trees that arch over it. Approaching Andryes down open and meandering roads, dissecting vast farm-scapes that blend at the horizon with rich blue skies for much of the summer, it is impossible to resist a smile. The site and its region are firmly deserving of investigation.

Perhaps it’s the wealth of Burgundy sunflowers arching aloft before the summer harvest that makes even the most inanimate entity appear jolly. Or it could be that the inspiring, vast skies endorse an air of drifting creative thought. Whatever the explanation, it’s blindingly obvious why Robert and Henriëtte de Vries elected to settle here, amid the cheerfully swaying branches.

Au Bois Joli was created with a sharply observed philosophy in mind: respect for nature, for peace of mind, and for a carefully nurtured atmosphere of good will. The site layout, its location, and ambience merge effortlessly towards this end, yet only a daily investment of hard work and passion maintains the balance. The camp is quietly adjusted around the campers all day, with the owner’s high expectations catapulting the site way ahead of ‘average’. It has been awarded a prestigious Clef Verte for its ecologically sound methods and astounding reverence for nature. In turn, nature seems to be thanking Au Bois Joli, with Robert and Henriëtte proud to record each new winged visitor or blooming flower to appear. If you’re lucky and catch either host during a quiet moment, it’s absorbing to learn about the site’s unique micro-environment and how they tend it. For example, more than a dozen varieties of orchid have blossomed on their watch and careful grasscutting ensures each new shoot is given its chance. A total of 110 wild plants have been noted and 61 different types of bird have paid a visit thus far.

The consideration for environment is also extended to their human guests. Parents on holiday with young children can often endure more work than relaxation, but Camping au Bois Joli tries to address this with a site grown for safety. A tree that lends itself to climbing has a stone-edged entrance guiding towards lower branches and soft wood chippings below. The ample play areas have the same soft precautions, with enough corners, obstacles, and hideaways to feed fertile minds. Children even have a wash-block of their own.

Adults can luxuriate in the shade of mature trees or blister in the sun beside the pool, all the while soaking up epic views. For a small deposit, books can be borrowed from the site library or a free magazine can be borrowed from the racks outside reception. At the highest point of the site a gate leads to a wild wood, for which access has been negotiated, and within moments it’s possible to be quite alone. Alternatively the prepared welcome pack, tailored to the length of your stay, has suggestions for offsite activities that demand varying degrees of exertion.

It is difficult to be critical of a campsite when the owners are meditating upon greater improvements that seem superfluous, given the high standards already achieved. Plans are afoot to arrange the camp track for one-way traffic to improve safety, even though it hardly seems required. This reviewer has rarely trusted gushing praise in reviews, so in order to bring a critical conclusion to this one: the grass needs combing, the trees are not symmetrical, and the site isn’t open all year. I suppose the latter could be construed as the only real shame.

Details

Facilities

Communal campfires are lit twice a week by the owners (weather dependent). 19 superb shower booths, ample toilet blocks, disabled access and a dedicated wash-block for children/seniors with low access facilities. Three washing machines (€5,00 including powder) and a tumble dryer. Excellent climbing frame, childrens playground, table tennis tables, volleyball, skittles, mock castle, slides, sand pit. Clean and well-maintained swimming and paddling pool facing epic landscape, with decent poolside area. Mini resto the Tavern, with a terrace for enjoying the menu (open every evening from 5.30–9), shop selling organic produce, daily bakery delivery, library, and magazine rack. Free WiFi in certain areas. Freezer available.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, nature-lovers, families, mature adults – yes. Loud intentions, busy desires, late-night owls – no.

Nearby

One must-see is the astonishing contemporary construction of a medieval fort at Guédelon, which is being built using only 13th-century tools and materials. Work began in 1997 and completion will be in about 2035. Auxerre, Avallon, and Clamecy all have farmers’ markets once a week. The most remarkable market, really worth a visit, is the market of Toucy on Saturday morning. The campsite is an official cycle kick-off point for the newly renovated paths beside the canal between Auxerre in the north and Clamecy to the south. This 38-mile (62-km) stretch is one of a total 500 miles (800 km) of canal being worked on. Vézelay, a world heritage site, is a short drive from the campsite and well worth exploring.

Food & Drink

Auberge des Sources (00 33 3 86 41 55 14), beyond Druyes les Bellesfontaines, has a good reputation as does the warm and inviting 2 Pieces Cuisine (00 33 3 86 27 25 07) in Clamecy itself. The latter has a great candle-lit terrace on the junction of 3 pedestrian streets, and the family feel of the place is wonderful.

Open

April – November (avoid high-season peaks for the best of the peace and quiet).

The Owner Says

Robert and Henrietta say hello from Au Bois Joli ! We are a small, family run site in Burgundy, offering you a peaceful camping experience, within easy distance of Guedelon, a medieval castle in the making, or Vezelay with its cathedral.       

Visit the English part of our website or the homepage in French, Dutch, English and German.

We would really like to welcome you this season !

In 2014 we developed for you a luxury safaritent 'Cotton Lodge Nature', rent-a-key-for-a-common fridge and a big chess.

New since 2015: a supplementary sanitary bloc and a covered resto-terrace.

In 2016 we developed for you another luxury safaritent 'The Woody'

In 2017 a new supplementary sanitarybloc will be installed, you can bo cosy with other guest in our new 'Cabane' and 2 old mobil homes are replaced by brand new ones.

in 2018, the Orangerie has been opened. We would like to welcome you to take a pizza, or to have dinner with fresh regional products.

in 2019, we installed to brand new Coco Sweet for you, insolite rentals, to stay for a few nights, or longer as you want.

for 2020, we will instal another new Cottage, with play-room for the children. The playground will be totally renewed too.
And... if you want: no dish washing at all during your stay, you can use (not for free) our new professionnal dish washer!

Our Tip/Hint:If you want to visit us in July our August, try to avoid the top of the high season if you can....The first ppart of July and the end of August the site is much more quiet. :)

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Location

Contact Camping Sites & Paysages Au Bois Joli, 2, Route de Villeprenoy, 89480 Andryes, Yonne, Burgundy

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Getting There

From Auxerre, take N151 (Bourges). In Coulanges-sur-Yonne take D39 to Andryes. After 1¾ miles (3 km), in the centre of Andryes, you will see the Camping signs.

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