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Camping Lac De Panthier
Vandenesse En Auxois
Cote Dor
Burgundy   (Browse area)
Tel: 0033 380 492194
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Pitches: 207
Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 10 Reviews
                7/10 from 10 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   No Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire On Site   No Golf   Tennis 5 miles 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Majikthize 1 review from this member

Just goes to show how opinions differ and to judge for yourself.

We have just returned from a fortnight at Lac De Panthier and had a very enjoyable stay. We had friends travel with us to try French camping for the first time and were quite worried by some of the reviews left by others.

I can happily say that they had such a good time, they are already looking for sites in France for next years holiday.

In my opinion, yes there were some sloping pitches around the edge of the site. We had pitch number 1 alongside the exit barrier, which did slope. I have a twin axle Elddis Crusader superstorm and I managed to get the van on and off the pitch quite easily with my Rodius. The pitch was hard ground which required rock pegs for the awning, but not unusable. The sloped area to the back of the pitch gave a fantastic area for dining and views over the lake (and when the wind was right you could still get the wifi lol)

There were 2 'older style' toilet blocks on the site, that were ocasionally closed for cleaning. When one was closed, there was always the other block and there were chemical disposal points in both blocks (several people used these as normal toilets). There were plenty of sinks for pots and washing, a freezer for your ice packs and a washing machine and drier at 4€ each.

The toilets were not dirty as some of the reviews gave the impression, they were typical camp site toilet blocks. If you were to expect spotlessly clean bathroom areas when you went away, book a hotel!

The campsite is divided into 2 areas with the main aquatic area a few hundred yards away from the main reception. This is the 3 pool zone shown on the website. There was a small kiosk around the pool which opened around 2:00 p. M. Selling drinks, ice creams and toys etc. There were no life guards on duty and the 'budgie smuggler' rule wasn't observed, I wore shorts all holiday in both indoor and outdoor pools and wasn't asked not to. The indoor pool was situated down stairs from the reception area, and had a small sauna, 3 exercise bikes and plenty of sunbeds which could be taken outside to a patio area. The pool was dedicated swim for adults in the mornings up till 12:00

The restaurant on site is open to non residents and got very busy as lots of locals use the lake and beach area. The food was good, with average prices. 9 of us ate in the restaurant with drinks and deserts and the bill came to 185€

The 'beach' area around the lake was shingle at the start of the holiday, but large wagons turned up one morning and started covering the beach with sand. There is an area cordoned off for swimming. There is a sailing school situated on the beach where canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and catamarans could be hired. We had been told that we could use our boat on the lake with an outboard motor, but this wasn't the case. Only electric motors are allowed.

There were plenty of fish in the lake with a holiday permit being about 30€ which was a little steep. The lake did get very busy on the beach as a lot of locals use this as the lake on their days off and after work.

Wifi was available starting at 1€ for 15 minutes upto 20€ for a week (our password actually lasted longer than a week) be warned not to try and enter your log in details at the 2 terminals in the reception area, as once logged in, you cannot log out and there are no administrators to sort it.

The staff were quite helpful and spoke English very well. When my youngest daughter dropped her ipod through the decking boards, one of the staff suited their son in overalls and sent him under the deck to retrieve it! The Sunelia reps were always around if you needed any help.

We did have a couple of 'trips' with the electric, but only when we had the water heater on and tried to use the electric kettle or microwave, which is the norm for any 6A supply.

The area is notorious for thunder storms, which across a fortnight period, we had 2. One which brought rain for a day and the 2nd which lasted a couple of hours and dried up to leave one of the hottest days.

There is a large entertainment tent on the site and weekday nights there were disco's, artists, magic shows etc. , There are a couple of supermarkets nearby, SuperU in Sombernon approx 7 miles away and a smaller Carrefour in Creancy 5 miles away. There was a small shop on the site and its advisable to order your pains and baguettes the day before.

There was a small play area and petanque area, volleyball courts and bike hire on the site.

Around the area, the Burgundy canal with parking in Vandenesse en Auxois. There was a land train / boat ride which departed from the site and was approx 13. 50€ for adults and 9€ for kids. The chateaus in Chateauneuf and Commarin. The site was centrally located for Beaune, Dijon and Autun. There were signs for a theme park somewhere nearby 'Nigloland' and there was a safari park nearby.

In summary, I'd use the site again and would recommend it to anyone. Don't let any negative reviews put you off trying the site. If you are unsure, book for 1 night and then extend your stay! the site seemed quite happy to accommodate people who wished to do this.

Date of Visit: April 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Alk47 15 reviews from this member

Despite the magnificent views of the lake, this site was a huge disappointment to us. The pitches were uneven, sloping, grubby with coarse grass and weeds around the edges and soft sandy soil & grit in the middle. Totally unsuitable for our caravan which sank into the soft soil & we had great difficulty getting it off the pitch at the end of our stay. The site road was full of potholes. The electrics failed five times on our first evening. Of the two open air unisex toilet blocks, one was closed which happened to be the one with the Chemical Toilet emptying point. Weeds were growing through the cracks in the block paving & the whole site looked down at heel & neglected. We found the staff unfriendly & unhelpful. Access & exit is very tight & up a steep slope. We left after two days. Hard to comprehend how Camping Cheques could award this site four stars.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: AliGreen 12 reviews from this member

We stayed here on our way down south for 2 nights in August, using camping cheques which were accepted from 18 August and the main reason we chose this site. It is a very large, sprawling site and the area we stayed in was on terraced pitches with quite tight turning circles. We have a vintage motorhome with no PAS and it wasn't easy getting it onto the pitch ! Having got it there though, it was a spacious pitch and nice and quiet, as we were a reasonable distance from the pool area. It was a long walk to the reception and shop though, as others have noted.

The pools are a bit dated and the slide looked rather precarious - a neighbouring family told us that their son had cut himself on it. There were plenty of sun beds though and it was nice and warm, with drinks and ice cream on sale within the pool area.

The lake is also lovely for swimming aand the kayaking is really good value - if you tell them you are on the site you get a substantial discount. We ate in the restaurant on the first night and the food was very good (if a little expensive), but beware the mossies if you sit outside !

I agree with others on the state of the toilets - the one nearest to the pools was particularly bad and stank to high heaven most of the time. For a four-star site, a little more attention to detail would be nice.

The shop was small and not cheap, but bread and croissants are available without ordering through July/August which was good.

As mentioned, this was a stopover, so did not venture far, but the surrounding area looked lovely.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Llong 9 reviews from this member

We visited this over the busy period of mid August, but had no problem getting a pitch for our tent without booking, despite being told earlier in the year that it would be necessary. There was a steady mix of overnighters and long term holiday makers.

Our pitch was in the area of the campsite near the pools, quite a walk ( 200m plus) from the reception/shop area, (take a bike) but was quiet and quite large on terracing, with a hedge on one side only. This side of the site is larger but quieter as away from the entertainment. It had rained heavily and the ground was saturated (clay?) with some puddles. There was mole activity throughout the site and we watched a mole tunnel up and appear in our tent (not having a sig). New mole hills appeared each morning and when we left we realised they had been right under our ground sheet. Better pitches, with 3 hedges and on flat terrain, are available (probably if you book in advance!) – caravans dominated these and certainly couldn’t access the top of the terraces as the roads are narrow and the turns sharp.

The pools were a mix of small ones, none deeper than 1.3m, in a sunny position with very good loungers. They did seem a little dated, however, with rather old steps up to the top of the slides; we were disappointed by the slides, which were half the length of ones on other campsites.

The shop, bar, reception and indoor pool facilities (speedos only) were newer. The small indoor pool (1.3 m unsupervised) is for adults only until 2pm. The sauna is tiny (but we did not use it) and the fitness room consists of 3 machines. Both of these are in a glassed area looking onto the indoor pool. The pool itself is lovely and hot.

The small shop was quite well stocked and friendly but expensive with fresh bread etc. 2 supermarkets are 10 - 15 minutes drive away.

Most disappointing were the toilets and their cleanliness. They were, as has already been stated, unisex with toilet roll on the outside of the cubicles so you need to take as much as you think you might need… all that is fine, but on 3 occasions the toilet roll had run out (once at both the toilet blocks). The worst thing was that the flush was a pull one (from a cistern at the top) but where you would expect there to be a hanging chain, there was only a grotty piece of nylon string, which was none too clean. This was the same in all the toilets, and in some of them the string was short, so if you were under 5 foot or a child, you would not have been able to reach it to flush. The consequences of this were obvious for all to see… This is a four star campsite and we were pretty unimpressed by this…how expensive would it be to buy proper hanging chains with handles? Or to have spare loo rolls/a second loo roll dispenser? No soap of course, but that is normal for France although many 4 star campsites do have dispensers. The showers were unisex too of course, with fixed heads but plenty of hot water during the day. Basins were in separate cubicles, but not all the taps worked, and all the tap heads were different (they looked like they had simply screwed on any head they had spare), so a blue one might be hot water, or might not!

The lake is pretty, and the beach supervised. There is plenty to see in the area, with canals, chateaux, pretty villages and trips to Beaune, Vezelay and Dijon etc possible.

In our opinion, this is a campsite resting on its laurels, and having invested in the bar area, needs to bring the toilet/shower blocks up to 4 star standards to match.

Date of Visit: June 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Miffy29 2 reviews from this member

Agree with all the other reviews, this is a wonderful site, gorgeous setting, piles of stuff to do, good amenities on site, lovely staff. I can't really add much except to say that the loos are, well, characterful. You have one big roll of paper outside the cubicles which ran out on 2 of the 5 days we were there, so it's worth taking a roll down with you. Plus it's unisex and you're fairly open to the elements, so if the French chap in the cubicle next door has had a heavy meal and chooses to accompany his business with a Gitane, you'll be well aware. The site was so nice this didn't spoil things at all, if anything it was amusing. It's well worth the money and I would definitely think about going back. Didn't take kids, but I would imagine it's great with children.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Excoop 1 review from this member

What a great gem of a place, we had 2 kids 11 and 7 and they could not get board there are 3 swimming pools outdoors and one heated indoor, they have a sauna and a mini gym, they have several play parks fairly small, they have a great lake/reservoir, kayaking which if you go hire from the campsite reception not the sailing club its half the price, toilets were good slightly older now but immaculate and cleaned several times per day, the bar and restaurant are very good, they have a take away on site for pizza and chips etc, the staff were some of the friendliest we have ever encountered and could not do enough to help, the entertainment is on monday to friday none on a weekend but they have a good variety from clowns to bingo and bands to karaoke, we spent two weeks there and were the most chilled I have ever been on holiday in years, there is no light pollution in the area so what a view of the stars, as some one else said a good mix of nationalities, the site is also very clean and the pitch sizes are good

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: SJF1503 12 reviews from this member

Our second visit in two years says it all. This site is split in two and fortunately on both visits we had a lovely lakeside pitch near to the shop / reception thanks to the very helpful staff.
The sanitaires although almost outside in the open air were always clean and the water was much hotter this year. There seemed enough shelter had it been wet weather. Was a little concerned to see the litter picker on the beach encountering a rather large snake but at least there was no litter.
Take a lilo to enjoy swimming in the lake which is very safe. Good for running round according to the rest of my family. The other site means a walk / cycle along the road by the lake to collect the delicious bread, pain au chocolat etc.
It seemed a bigger site and the pitches there seemed larger and with more shade. There was, of course,on the other site a pool to enjoy. The entertainment seemed varied and we enjoyed the clown as much as the children. Really recommend visiting the Hotel Dieu in Beaune.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Aliguth 11 reviews from this member

Our previous visit to this site was in 1994. Back then it was a new site with very little shade. 15 years later it is now a wonderful site with lots of shade.The pitches are large.Ours was about 160 square metres. The shower/toilet blocks are of an acceptable standard.I'd give them 8/10. The small site shop has a reasonable stock of the basics and the bread etc is baked on site. Many activities are available from internet access to sailing. There were many different nationalities at the time we were there and the site was full. Things generally quietened down around 21.30 and by 22.00 it was more or less silent. A very handy location for touring the canal and surrounding area, it also gives easy access to Beaune and Dijon. A great site for kids with the indoor and outdoor pools as well as the reservoir itself.

Date of Visit: August 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Taznmaple 1 review from this member

We had a wonderful 5 nights at this site, despite initially poor weather. It is in a beautiful setting on the edge of a reservoir, where you can swim and do various watersports, and surrounded by rolling hills. A walk around the reservoir reveals an abundance of birdlife and most of the time the site is a very peaceful place to be (there is entertainment some evenings in high season, but it seems to finish by 10.30pm).

The facilities are great for families with both an indoor and outdoor pools as well as the lake and several play areas. The toilet and shower blocks are cleaned several times a day and seem to be well managed (although there doesn't seem to be any hot water in the middle of the day!), there is no ladies/gents division and the toilets are in cubicles on the outside of the sanitary blocks which takes a little bit of getting used to.

There is an on-site bar/restaurant with beautiful views over the lake and the food is good, there are also good restaurants in the surrounding villages, so plenty of opportunities for eating local food.

The site is within easy reach of the autoroute and Dijon as well as lots of other sights such as Chateau Neuf, Beaune, Abbaye de Fontenay and the Burgundy vineyards and the rolling country side is great to walk, drive or cycle around (for something less strenuous there is also a beautiful canal close by).

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Morland 3 reviews from this member

This was our 3rd visit to the site, it is in a lovely area, can highly recommend nearby Chateau Neuf. The site itself is nice, we were on the field with the outdoor pool the pitches are large and fairly well kept.
The toilet block nearest to us was in need of some care, I think it was new on our first visit! Toilets are for everybody! The urinals are cordoned off, but in the same room as the cubicles!

The restaurant is super, very good food, but sometimes dodgy entertainment! There is fresh bread and pastries available every morning.

The site seems to attract lots of dutch, there were only a handful of British families there, but this wasn't a problem.

Overall a good site.

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