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There are few hotels immediately adjacent to the autoroute where they will have enough room for parking up a car and caravan, especially during the school holidays when space is usually at a premium. In low season you might find a budget hotel which would be willing to accommodate you but usually the sort of places to offer plenty of space are Chambres d'Hote, perhaps a farm with a good big parking area. You could try Le Petit Ferme, at Vouzeron, very French, with family rooms, a pool and a playground, a bit off the autoroute, but you can continue to Bourges if you come off the autoroute near Salbris, on the D944, without too much backtracking. There is plenty of actual space to park a caravan, but whether they will allow caravan parking I'm not sure. You can book through Booking.com.
There are lots of perfectly good municipal campsites - one in Salbris, another in Bourges, which are easily accessible, or two in Vierzon, one in St Pierre le Moutier, and other villages all down that route. We've stayed in many overnight on the way south. Could you just do a 'minimalist' stopover. Park up, steadies down, eat out, and just leave the beds clear for sleeping next morning get up and off, and stop at a nearby service area to have breakfast - all-round probably cheaper than a hotel.
I should add that we've stayed (twice) en-route in hotels, with our caravan! Once was in a Formule 1 near Beziers, where the staff went out of their way to find space for us, and another was a Premiere Classe where we couldn't park in the hotel parking area, but very nearby, in what we were reassured was a safe area. It was!
Post last edited on 08/12/2013 19:51:32