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Camping Huttopia Etang De Fouche
Rue Du 8 Mai 1945
Arnay Le Duc
Burgundy   (Browse area)
Tel: +33 3 80 90 02 23
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Open: April To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 11 Reviews
                8/10 from 11 Reviews

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 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   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing 1 mile   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   Tennis On Site 
 No Beach   No Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 5 miles 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 Lakeside Pitches   Public Transport 5 miles  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Croyde_or_bust 16 reviews from this member

Did not book in advance but no problems gaining a pitch, plenty to choose from.

Easy to find and ideal stopover campsite, though it could be good for longer stays.

Friendly staff who spoke very good English.

Large grassy shaded pitches separated by hedges, some close to a lake which you can walk around (2 miles flat). The lake has direct access to a beach offering amenities and water activities.

Very peaceful, very quiet and a pleasure to stay at.

There is a restaurant which is seasonal, a small basic shop, swimming pool, showers and WC’s fine, though bizarrely some urinals are on full display.

Not a lot going on locally, but if you just want peace, quiet, rest and an evening walk then this is the place.

Certainly wouldn’t hesitate to return.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Badger54 16 reviews from this member

It seems to have been a couple of years since any review of this site, and they were very mixed, so I should add my two pennies worth. We have stayed 3 or 4 times over the last couple of years, usually for just a couple of days at a time on the way back to Calais, and think it is one of the nicest sites we have used. Pitches are huge (you can drive around and choose your own) with plenty of room to spread out and move tables and chairs around to follow the sun during the day, and there are several shower blocks all kept nice and clean.

There is a good swimming pool, and alongside that, a bar and restaurant, and a small shop. Wi-fi is free around this area. The site is next to a good-size lake with a man-made beach (lifeguards in season), and if you have a dog with you, the walk around the lake is a good one to take.

The walk into Arnay takes about 15 minutes, passing a supermarket on the way, and if needed there is also a very helpful vet in town who has taken care of the worming tablet for the pet passport to return our dog to the UK without making an appointment.

We also use our ACSI card here which makes it very reasonable cost-wise.

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Onetengrant 4 reviews from this member

We have stayed at this site several times since 2005 in a motorhome. We are returning again this year for 9 nights on our way to the South of France and then Spain. I think this site is excellent in every way. The pitches are of excellent size - plenty of room for a motorhome with a sun canopy and then space to park a car.

The facilities are more than adequate considering the very reasonable prices charged. I have never experienced a problem with hot water. The addition of a swimming pool a couple of years ago has been a real added benefit to the site which also has a beautiful lake with beach area and swimming area.

The campsite shop stocks the basics, bread, milk, wine etc and the nearest shop is only a short walk away. There is an excellent restaurant in the town. I have always found the owners and staff to be extremely friendly and helpful - in 2006 when the campsite was full they allowed us to pitch up very close to their house as the campsite was full but we arrived quite late after awful traffic and our young baby was quite distressed.

I would highly recommend this site and urge fellow campers to disregard the previous negative comments

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: ShaunmKelly 2 reviews from this member

We visited on our way to Perpignan with a large tent.

Site is attached to a local lake/dam and sports complex that is used by the locals, mainly for letting their dogs foul all over it.

Site is approx 5 mins walk out of town, which is a typical french rural town, they hold a Thurs night summer event in July/Aug which was a good evening with plenty of stalls & music.

Camping De Fouche should be avoided, was one of the worst campsites we have been on. When we arrived on a tues, they had no hot water in 2 of the 4 blocks and the wi fi had gone down, when we left on the Saturday was still the same, we brought this to the attention of the manager who basically said 'your fault' for coming when we told you at check in. Yes but they made out was been fixed, a short term issue.

If we had not had 10 man tent would have left Wednesday.

The toilet blocks were old and rundown and ours had external urinals in view of all the campers.

There is a Aldi & carrefour nearby which you need as the on site shop was a joke.

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Uncle Reg 3 reviews from this member

I'm afraid this campsite wasn't our cup of tea really. A bit too big for us and felt a little unfriendly. The toilet blocks and showers felt they needed a bit of TLC. As we arrived late after travelling we decided to eat at the campsite and afraid for us the food didn't really live up to much.

The lake was very disappointing. After seeing some wonderful lakes which were good to swim in this one seems rather dirty and it had a very old water slide that didn't work whilst we were there, but looked like it needed a bit of maintenance.

I'm sure for some this would be a good campsite, the swimming pool looked new and nice, had outdoor table tennis. There seemed to be pony rides going on. The area is very beautiful and we did stock up on some wine whilst we were there.

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Oxtid 1 review from this member

We spent a very enjoyable fortnight here at the end of August. What a great campsite! Inexpensive, clean, well organised, great facilities and friendly.

For several nights during our stay the camp-site was full but never felt overcrowded, and the only time I had to wait for a shower was when they were cleaning them. One day there was no hot water to one of the shower blocks, and this was fixed immediately. Water was hot, and if you were lucky, you could find a ‘magic’ shower where the flow stayed on for longer between button presses.

Most of the pitches had large grass areas in front of them – unfortunately we managed to get ourselves on one of the very few that didn’t!

The kids spent the holiday cycling around the campsite with other children, and really enjoyed themselves. I would highly recommend taking bikes or hiring them as there are many lovely signposted cycle rides and our 6 year old managed some of them.

The restaurant was inexpensive and good quality – frequently populated by locals which is always a good sign. The staff were friendly and patient with our kids getting to grips with language and money.

The pool was clean and warm and frequently very busy during the day, but if it got too busy we just moved 100m or so to the lake. This was also warm, with clearly marked out swimming areas, and a lifeguard on duty. Unfortunately the slide was closed when we were there because the lake was too low. Our two boys managed to swim the width of the lake.

Thestaff organised wine tasting during the week and we found some great wines – we stocked up at the local Cave on the way home.

Kids club was OK - it was free and kept the boys busy between 10 and 11am most days doing crafty things.

I would echo previous posts regarding the poorly stocked and expensive on-site shop. It had just about enough essentials to cover an emergency (milk, bread, crossiants, pain au chocolat), but <500m away is a village shop – soon to be converted to a Carrefour. The village also had a very nice ATAC (5 min drive or 10min cycle) and Aldi a little further away.

Arnay le duc was nice enough and had a good selection of local shops (and a launderette). The local lanes were very free of traffic and we cycled with the kids along them. Day trips to Dijon and Beaune were quick and easy.

My only negatives – pesky wasps and the toilet blocks would have looked nicer if they had been painted rather than left as render. So you see – really struggling to find some negatives! We found that 7up bottles baited with Jam made the best wasp traps. Much better than clear bottles for some reason.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Jg73 28 reviews from this member

We only stayed here for one night on a stopover from Switzerland to the Loire Valley so unable to give an in depth review. We found the site clean and well kept and it seems very child friendly. We had a pitch near the entrance, backing on to the lake which was a good size. The lake is very popular with locals.

As previous reviews the site shop is poorly stocked but there are plenty of supermarkets in the village.

Had a little difficulty locating the site using the ACSI book. The sign post in town was a little confusing so you need to keep your wits about you.

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: BOBBY10 1 review from this member

Standards still as high as last year.

In addition I must bring to your attention the wheelchair friendly design of the resort - proper toilet and bathing facilities, and all areas ramp –level (except the reception office)

There are washing machines and a dryer, and the toilet blocks boast big sinks solely for laundering.

The poorly stocked site shop seems to be so to encourage you to use local shops (ATAC must be sought out – it stocks lots of regional produce). At least you can get your fresh bread and croissants on site in the mornings.

Just one tip whilst travelling in real Rural France find out what the closing days are for any one place you intend to visit. Rural France is closed on Sundays, and there is no regional approach to which weekday is the shops ‘closed’ day – it differs widely. We got caught out on two day trips.

Lakeside spiral slide is local authority run, opening times are a bit vague. Mainly weekends after about midday, but it seemed to depend on the weather too.

The evening Festival is only on July and August Thursdays

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Wolfchild 2 reviews from this member

I would endorse the comments below- a gem of a site tucked away in a quiet corner of Burgundy. We were only there for 2 days but really enjoyed our stay.

The site is a definite 'Parents & Children' site, though I did speak to a few touring couples. This is very convenient because the site calms down by 8pm ensuring a good sleep!

Our kids (aged 8 loved the pool, the trampolines, the lake/waterslides and the space. Also, the lake is good for fishing. There is a supermarket in the village which is good value and a village centre for a wander! I would have no hesitation in recommending this site to all.

Date of Visit: August 2009 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dunvanins 1 review from this member

I totally agree with the review below. We (two adults and 3 kids 10, 9 and 18 months) had a great two weeks here. We were blessed with fantastic weather and appreciative of the early morning shade on our pitch.

The only thing that spoiled it a little was that it was pretty much full of Dutch people - nothing against the Dutch it's just that we wanted to practice our French and be immersed in French life but we were surrounded instead by people who wanted to practice their English!

I wish we had been a little further from the toilet blocks only because of the enthusiastic children singing in the shower when our baby was napping but hey, can't really complain! Wash blocks very clean and water always hot and never had to queue at all. There was an accessible toilet/shower room but it wasn't really accessible as there was a step up to it. However, this was remedied by the installation of a slope half way through our time there so you just need to get a key for it from reception.

The best pitches were nearer the lake in my opinion as they had more space around them and less traffic. Those nearer the entrance and the shop and pool were very squashy and surrounded by the road so a bit like camping on a roundabout - albeit a quiet one. We were mid site and had a great stretch of greenery in front of our tent for playing badminton etc.

The pool was fantastic for all ages and we struggled to persuade all of our kids to come out of it. It is a gently sloping/beach type in the shallow end with a playhouse - so ideal for toddlers. The shop was understocked and so, so, soooo expensive (beyond the expensiveness that is France generally at the moment). Also BE WARNED, swimming shorts are NOT allowed in the pool and they are VERY strict on this. However, conveniently, you can of course buy a par of speedo type trunks from their shop for about £16!

Barbeques are allowed but if you want one then take one with you as there are none to use or rent and disposable ones cost £15 (even at the supermarket!).

The lake is beautiful, the beach is coarse sand, perfect for swimming and paddling and going out in a dinghy. Really, really relaxing to swim out into it with only the countryside around you. Lovely walk around it too with wooden assault course climbing things intermittently along the way. Perfect for a picnic, very idyllic.

I would echo the last reviewer and definitely go to Arnay le Duc on a Thursday evening - a real treat- circus acts, music, eating and drinking in shop fronts and in the streets, older locals waltzing, street sellers etc

Lots of old things and churches around the area. Go to the Moutarderie in Beaune and the underground wine cellars. Hotel de Dieu worth a visit too. Some other lovely lakes around for dipping into and cooling off. Really was a lovely holiday and I would recommend it to anyone - even better if you avoid the route perephique on your way there and back!

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