5 Impasse des Sables, Merry-sur-Yonne, 89660, Yonne, Bourgogne, France
A series of limestone cliffs loom 150ft high above the village of Merry-sur-Yonne, hugging a row of houses against the River Yonne. On summer weekends they’re pimpled with the tiny bodies of rock climbers, suspended from ropes as they clamber around on the impressively irregular face. From the top the view is stunning. The river sweeps in a wide meander, a thick wodge of trees skirts its edge and, below, in the inside of the river’s bend, sits a tent-speckled, family field – Camping Merry-sur-Yonne.
Climbing the famous ‘Roches du Saussois’ is just a small part of the attraction here. Though the cliffs may be a mere five-minute walk from your tent it’s easy to get side-tracked by something else along the way – a giant outdoor chess set covers a section of the camping meadow, there’s an excellent playground for kids and the pair of onsite tennis courts even come with raised umpire's chairs, so you can authoritatively wag your finger and yell the words “out!” from up on high.
The main field itself is populated by the full variety of camping types. Tents, campervans and caravans are all welcome, with electricity on just over half the pitches, while modern glamping pods and a gîte are also available to hire, if you fancy slightly plusher accommodation. Pets are welcome (there’s even a dog washing point) and the English owners speak the full range of French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Tagalog. Everyone is made to feel welcome.
When you venture out there’s plenty to be found nearby. The Bourgogne region is famous for its wine and there are several vineyards in the vicinity that offer tours and tastings – just flick through the ideas and information sheets in reception. Historic Auxerre, a 35 minute drive away, is also an excellent starting point. It’s grand cathedral with famously expansive stained-glass windows and the Benedictine abbey, now a museum, both stand tall over the waterfront. Magnificent canal boats chug upstream in the direction of the campsite – it’s considered one of the most beautiful inland boating areas in all of France – and you can even hire your own for a morning, afternoon or day-long excursion.
The Owner SaysNestled at the foot of the famous Roches du Saussois rocks and on the banks of the River Yonne, this riverside family campsite in Bourgogne with excellent modern facilities, is the perfect base to explore the Burgundy region.
Friendly campsite nestled in beautiful scenic surroundings
I stayed here with my 4 children 3 of which are teenagers, 1 7 year old and my husband . The owners and staff on site were pleasant and amienable from the very start and nothing was too much trouble. The laundry room and the campers kitchen was a lovely touch and the showers were the best I have seen on a camp site . All facilities in good working order and the small well stocked shop was ideal . The food in the restaurant was lovely in particular the pizzas that the teenagers took a liking too . Will definitely be returning next year .
A bit like Fawlty Towers
A lovely campsite next to a beautiful river and canal path which is excellent for cycling in either direction. However the basics when we were there just a few weeks ago were just not what we expected. The washing machine wasn't working and half the shower/toilet block was still being refurbished, swings were broken too, and I wouldn't describe the shop as having anything useful past selling ice-cream. The French lad behind the bar was lovely but completely clueless and not helpful. I really hope that they get the facilities up to scratch but fear they will still be being completed next year given the rate (or rather lack) of work being done on them. Should have been fantastic and still could be but.........
Only stayed 1 night but lovely site, very friendly owners and enjoyed walking by the river!
Sehr gastfreundlich und hilfsbereit
Fantastisch! Ein schöner, familienfreundlicher Campingplatz mit sehr freundlichem Personal. Chancen zum Kanu, Tennis spielen, Radfahrenund Klettern! Mit einem Restaurant und allgemeinem Laden geöffnet Tag und Abend.
Fantastic! A nice, family friendly campground with very friendly staff. Opportunities for canoeing, tennis, cycling and climbing! With a restaurant and general shop open day and evening.
Brilliant! Brilliant brilliant brilliant!
I stayed here for two nights on my way home. This site is superb. The owners are committed to making this an experience to enrich peoples lives and not empty their pockets which makes a refreshing change. The prices are simple and logical, there's a little shop on site which is well stocked and a great bar and cafe which serves some superb local wines. The addition of a campers kitchen is really lovely, with toaster, microwave, kettle and cooker for you to use if it's a miserable rainy day back at the tent or you turn up travelling light. The location is also very good near the river. The nearby cycle routes are nice and very flat, there's canoeing to be done on the Yonne and rock climbing on the nearby Roches du Saussois. The nearby towns of Clemency and Vezelay are beautiful. This is a great site, not to be overlooked.