★★★★☆

small boy heaven

Review of La Forêt du Morvan

Aug 18, 2014, by nataliesteed

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of July (2014) as a kind of extended stopover on our way further south and my 9 year old son cites it as his favourite campsite ever. Could it be because that there's no cars on site and the free-range roaming is good, that there's a glorious haybarn full of adventures or the large pond where you can use the paddle boards and swim with the newts? Whichever, he was in heaven.

From a grown-up's perspective the site was wonderfully relaxed: large pitches that meant you had a good deal of privacy, fabulous views and a very chilled attitude from the owners, who felt more like laid back hosts. There's no "entertainment" as such but every now and then there's a very good value 3 course meal, eaten at communal tables and with an honesty bar; we also took part in the "make your own pizza night" (an extraordinary buffet of toppings to set atop your base which is then cooked in a wood fired oven). One night there was a big campfire with marshmallows and dampers for the kids. 

When we were there all the other campers (and the owners) were Dutch and the site is isolated too, so we didn't really feel like we were in France; in fact the language used at all times was Dutch and we picked up a few words. This wasn't really any kind of a problem and the owners made us feel very welcome but I know that the owner would like a more international feel. He said that people from the Netherlands tend to book their pitches a lot earlier than the British. 

The local area isn't especially exciting (although there's a superb museum at the archaeological site at Mont Beauvray) and we mizzled through the Burgundy drizzle but it was a splendid way to start the holiday - like a decompression chamber into relaxation and I'd definitely recommend it for families.