We drove up to have a look at this site from Beaune before we committed to staying there. It was a long drive up a B road before we found it and although I was the one who pushed to go and have a look, as we drove down the entrance lane, I thought that there was no way we would stay there as it was pretty remote. The initial impression is pretty ramshackle but the welcome was friendly and we were allowed to look around on our own. It was very quiet with only a motor home on site and a couple with two very small children packing up a tent.
10 minutes after arriving, the atmosphere of the place started to seep into our blood and the joy of the views was undeniable. We came back and stayed for 3 nights.
There is a Lidl and an Atac supermarkets in Luzy, about 15 mins drive away (down that B road). Bibracte archaeological site is about 6 miles away which is pretty interesting if you like that kind of thing. The owners will supply suggestions for walks and a list of birds to look out for.
Upsides? The views are stunning, even when its chucking it down with rain. The family are very friendly and very laid-back. The pitches are an excellent size and as it was so quiet we had our choice of all but 2. For the first time, we had a pitch big enough for the tent, the extension and the canopy.
Downsides? There has already been mention of the standards of cleanliness in the facilities. In the barn there are about 6 mini-bathrooms. I believe that the owner is in the process of doing them up, i.E. Re-tiling, but there was really only one that was clean enough to use. It also had a shower curtain which the next couple didn't have, and if you pick a pitch in the lower section, its a long dark walk steeply uphill if you need that nighttime visit.
Finally the car cannot go down to the lower pitches. You can take it so far and lug your gear down the rest - although I should point out that the owner offered to take it down in a trailer.
However, despite these downsides, we loved it. For a total chill out, it was the best. It was very quiet when we were there out of season and the views were unbeatable.
We fully intend to return, probably for longer next time.
We visited this site in August on the recommendation of the Cool Camping France book. I agree that the owners were very friendly but we did not stay more than two nights and that was only because we had had a long day of travel and couldn't face packing up the tent again. The site is very spacious but there is no shade during the day for the tents and it was very hot. The showers and toilets were not clean and the shower curtains were black at the bottom and the drains blocked very quickly. I had to keep turning off the water so the shower tray wouldn't spill over onto the floor. The water pressure is terrible if someone else is showering. There is a small 'lake' on the property, a dug out hole with some fake grass at the edges. We didn't let our children swim in it as there were a lot of young children in nappies swimming in it and the water is not chlorinated as for a pool and is not refreshed, and the public spaces had us worried about the hygiene. Also the campsite is very untidy with kids bikes, toys, inflatables, towels and clothes everywhere. We went into the reception area to get some information and there was a dirty nappy and a bucket of filthy water in the middle of the floor. There were only Dutch and English families there, the area around it is incredibly dull unless you are into mountain biking and long walks, and the local lake we were directed to for swimming had dead fish floating in it.
We stayed in Morvan last year for three nights and were so surprised by how great this campsite was. The Dutch owners were very helpful, especially the young son, who seemed to have limitless energy running up and down the hill directing people to their pitches and delivering bread - and that was another nice surprise fresh bread delivered as a gift on the first morning.
The pitches are on terraces on the side of a hill with a fantastic view over the rolling countryside. There doesn't seem to be specific pitches, so as a group of youngish people, we were able to pitch away from the families.
The owners also have a strict no car policy, which is probably a good thing. We did drive up the hill to drop off our belongings, but that was very tricky as it's a steep incline and I would expect the grass to quickly get churned up if cars were travelling up and down the hill on a regular basis. Not having your car next to your tent though is probably a good idea seeing as the view is so great without them in the way! The incline is very steep to drive up though and you may prefer to ferry your belongings up the hill! The car park isn't far from the tents, so it was no hassle to leave it there once we were unpacked. But our little civic and peugeot did find it a bit skiddy driving up the hill initially! All part of the fun though!
The facilities were great - better than the higgledy piggledy exterior of the barn suggests. The showers are separated into little bathrooms with sink, shower, worktop and toilet. And despite having all the facilities in one room, we never seemed to have to wait that long for an empty one, despite the campsite being very busy. And it's very charming having a shower beneath the dusty old hay barn beams. There are also communal fridges as well, which are very handy. And I believe you can hire out your own personal little bathroom as well, which might be good if you've got lots of kids.
There seemed to be lots of activities going on in the barn - the family prepare food for everyone at long trestle tables. I'm afraid we chickened out of that! There's also a pond to swim in somewhere in the grounds, but we never got to find it.
This campsite seemed like it would be ideal for kids - lots of fields to run around in and lots of other dutch kids to play with. But despite the family orientated nature of the site, we were able to find a little corner where we were far enough away so that we wouldn't disturb people going to bed early. And best of all, the owner didn't object to our firepit, so after bbqing, we were able to sit around the campfire late into the evening. (Our firepit/bbq is on legs, so it's raised off the ground. The owner did come and have a surreptious look at it, but he obviously thought it was ok.)
We did venture out one day to get some food in and to have a look around, but if you're expecting any sort of night life, then you might be disappointed. The nearest village of Larochemillay is very small with no cafe or restaurant, but to be honest, we had no desire to be anywhere other than at the campsite as it had such a great welcoming atmosphere and the view from your tent keeps you occupied for hours on end! A great relaxed campsite run by a very welcoming family.
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