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Camping Merry-sur-Yonne

· 89660, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
3 acres
60 units
2 Glamping
25 Motorhome/tent
33 Motorhome
Riverside camping on the banks of the Yonne by the famous Roches du Saussois cliffs – the perfect family base to explore the Burgundy region

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.

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89660, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Zac ?.Joined in June 2016
26 Ratings · 33 reviews
Simon F.recommends
May 14, 2023
Wooden Pod
Bring a book
Beautiful location, very french, very peaceful. Helpful staff, freshly baked croissants still warm from the oven.
Kassy R.recommends
April 18, 2023
Standard Grass Pitch
We had a lovely weekend camping at Zac's place. We were able to ride our bikes from the campground to the bike trail along the river and enjoy a hike up to the top of the rock formation. It was very nice to have a restaurant and store available on the grounds and we enjoyed the fresh bread and pastries in the morning. We were also happy to be able to borrow rackets to play tennis. The bathrooms were very clean. We had a great time. Thanks!
Mike R.
September 19, 2022
Deluxe Grass Pitch with electricity
Our family group of 6 adults stayed for a week, and were warmly welcomed by Zac, David and the excellent staff. Amenities on site were very good, with a special mention for the breakfast baking and evening bar / restaurant. The site was very relaxed and quiet with just enough ‘buzz’ around the well stocked shop and restaurant which was also used by locals. Fantastic location on the Yonne river with nearby possibilities for hiking, cycling and boat trips. Good base for exploring Burgundy.
Michael B.recommends
August 23, 2022
Deluxe Grass Pitch with electricity
Lovely site welcoming staff and friendly atmosphere. Lovely food from the restaurant and well stocked shop. Excellent location for exploring Burgundy
Catherine S.recommends
August 9, 2022
Deluxe Grass Pitch with electricity
Fantastic site! A quiet site with lots of trees for shade and THE best showers! Friendly, helpful staff, amazing freshly baked bread and pastries and a handy shop. Lots to do locally too.
Lucinda O.recommends
August 4, 2022
Standard Grass Pitch
Friendly quiet place away from any roads, , beautiful river
Gemma C.recommends
August 3, 2022
Wooden Pod
Pod camping
The onsite shop is fantastic. Open all day long and stocks everything you need. The showers are as good as in a spa hotel - overhead and jet options. We all enjoyed playing tennis, table tennis and garden chess. Our pod pitch was spacious and shady.
Sophie L.recommends
July 31, 2022
Standard Grass Pitch
Camping with our baby
Nice easy camping with clean and practical showers. We really enjoyed staying here for a week with our baby.
Amanda N.recommends
July 30, 2022
Deluxe Grass Pitch with electricity
Campsite was in a great location for walks/ cycling along tow paths by the canal. Restaurant meal was very good. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
Ian B.recommends
July 19, 2022
Wooden Pod
Great site. Excellent facilities. Outstanding food at the restaurant and the staff could not be friendlier or more helpful. Well worth a visit.
Julie R.recommends
July 16, 2022
Deluxe Grass Pitch with electricity
Perfect small site.
Excellent small site. All the pitches were great. Toilet facilities were spotless and the showers had great pressure. The on-site shop had an amazing range of products; everything you could possibly need. The restaurant was great and there was also the offer if take out food. Great cycling and walking in the area. And the owners were fabulous. Very friendly and very helpful. We would 100% recommend. and will definitely return.
Anna E.recommends
July 15, 2022
Hard-Standing Pitch
We loved our stay at Camping Merry-Sur-yonne. Beautiful location, well stocked shop, incredibly helpful staff, and an amazing restaurant with extensive wine list on site!!
Liz G.recommends
July 7, 2022
Standard Grass Pitch
Lovely village setting (although it rained & we didn’t see a great deal) Quiet campsite.
Aiden D.recommends
August 30, 2021
Deluxe Grass Pitch with electricity
Our only regret about this campsite is that we didn't stay longer! The setting is absolutely beautiful. The immediately nearby village is picture perfect, very quiet, and goes immediately on to a fabulous cycle patch along the canal. It felt like there was so much to do in the area, and the campsite was completely peaceful at nighttime. We definitely plan to return to this wonderful site.
Rachel ?.
August 15, 2020
A fantastic site with lots of space and tranquility.the restaurant served the most amazing food and the safety precautions put in place due to Covid were excellent.perfect for anyone wanting to cycle on flat dedicated cycle paths along the river for miles. Highly recommend.
Desiree S.recommends
August 10, 2020
Standard Grass Pitch
Nice campsite with clean bathrooms, laundry, and daily pastry delivery. Located in a beautiful area for walking, cycling, and wine tastings. The shared kitchen was closed but the restaurant was open with outdoor seating. Campsite/restaurant staff and other campers consistently wore masks and bathrooms were cleaned regularly.
Simon ?.
August 7, 2020
Stayed in pod. Power point, 5foot main bed and a single plus camp bed beautiful village next to cycling route. Near to two villages with nice restaurants. Free canoe hire gave us a special day on the river. Would recommend most highly. Lovely friendly staff. Great food.
Andy M.recommends
August 17, 2019
Deluxe Grass Pitch with electricity
This campsite is awesome. You receive a warm welcome upon arrival and the staff work tirelessly to make your stay enjoyable. The site is located in a peaceful rural location but you have easy access to key things such as supermarkets. The food in the restaurant is fab and I'd really recommend the takeaway pizza's. Whether walking along the limestone cliffs or floating down the river on the campsites kayaks, which are free to use, there are plenty of things to do nearby. This is a great family campsite which will see us returning in the future.
Na ?.
August 4, 2019
Great friendly helpful owners & staff, Luxurious shower & toilet cubicles,Beautiful location, excellent Tennis courts & great Kayaking on the river with a Delicious picnic & bottle of bubbly created by Zac ♥️
Jackie ?.
August 2, 2019
5 stars for the wonderful camping and owners who make everyone who is reasonable welcome 😊. A breath of fresh air in all senses of the word in how to run a peaceful, beautiful camping with a great restaurant. Great cycling routes along the canal, beautiful scenery, 2 tennis courts where you can play for free and kayaks also provided. Chapeau!
Alan ?.
September 14, 2018
Location is fantastic. Set on the banks of the Yonne the campsite is the ideal base to explore, particularly by bike. We rented 2 bikes from the site. Easy to do and reasonably priced. Pitches are generous with plenty of choice. Facilities are excellent. Great shower block, kitchen with access to fridge and utensils. Plenty to keep kids occupied: tennis courts, football pitch, play area, bikes and kayaks. Fresh pastry and bread can ordered every morning. We had a pizza from the restraint on our last night that was tasty. Staff were friendly and happy to help. Would definitely return.
Hanna ?.
August 17, 2018
Owners were really helpful, offered freshly made pastries, the children made friends with others at the campsite and cycled round. The atmosphere was lovely, the facilities great (showers, bar, shop, restaurant, bikes and kayaks).
Julie ?.
August 14, 2018
Great campsite - owners very friendly, food amazing, showers the best, beautiful spot by the river. Breakfast pastries made on site delicious - meals at the onsite restaurant excellent quality. Bikes to borrow, kayaks to borrow and tennis courts. Simply stunning. We were travelling with 2 teenagers excellent base to travel to high ropes courses, white water rafting, morvan natural park, river/lake beaches. Stunning.
Louise ?.
August 13, 2018
We stayed two nights here in peak season in August, so it was inevitably tight for space (you get given a flag to stick in the ground and you find your own space, rather than there being measured out pitches). It's on the other side of the river from the cliffs, so they're not really 'five minutes' walk' (and there's not much to do when you get there, unless you're a rock-climber). However, it is a very quiet, well-kept, peaceful site despite being busy, and it's in a lovely tranquil spot. The hosts are a joy, and will do anything to help you, and the facilities are excellent, with just about everything thought of. We really appreciated the on-site bar, so we could grab a cold draught beer in the afternoon and a coffee in the morning. And the showers are something else. There's even piped music in the toilet block. If you want lots of space and sweeping views from your tent, it's probably not for you, but if you want a nice quiet, family-friendly site with great facilities and everything you need on your doorstep, it definitely is.
Patrick B.
August 5, 2018
Quiet and peaceful site on edge of a pretty village. Good-sized pitches, and excellent facilities. We swam twice a day in the spectacular stretch of river under the cliffs, canoed up river, cycled along the canal, played tennis and table tennis and ate in the excellent restaurant. Zach and his team were extremely welcoming and helpful. We’ll be back!
Andy M.
July 28, 2018
Absolute gem !!! Great location,beautiful river 2 mins walk ,loads to do in the area, good zoo/ medeval fort with loads going on/ prehistoric park/ amazing horse show. On site there's a bar,games room and a stunning restaurant, the food is 5 stars , free kayaking, free tennis, pod style power showers that are hot and powerful !!! Really clean place with great hosts. A must visit campsite , thank you Zach and Dave, all round 5 stars
Michael C.
July 15, 2018
Zac and David and their team really make this site special. Of course there are the en-suite units within the shower block with luxury jet showers. Then there's the wines sourced from within 30 miles of the site ( and Zac's tastings ). The food is freshly prepared and any special requirements ( including Vegan ) can be accommodated. There is a Campers kitchen, Games room, Canoes and bikes - all FREE at time of review. Absolutely loved our stay and would highly recommend. The guys really want their Campers to enjoy a stress free stay and do everything in their power to ensure that happens. Michael & Clare
Harvey ?.
March 8, 2018
What a wonderful site! The campsite has all that you could need including amazingly hot showers (best showers I have seen at a campsite!), a lovely restaurant and owners who could not be more helpful and informative. The whole place has a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere, a great little gem in a lovely rural area! Would definitely recommend and hope we are able to stop by again soon!
Corrina76 ?.recommends
October 25, 2017
Wooden Pod
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 .
Beth ?.
August 25, 2017
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.........
From the host
Nestled 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. We have a huge on-site grocery store with fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh meat, dairy produce as well as a large selection of wines, beers and spirits. The shop is also the shop in the area, so we keep the prices low and it is not the typical expensive campsite shop. Our restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week (closed Mondays in low season). We are featured in the prestigious Gault et Millau guide. We use fresh local ingredients to create stunning dishes using molecular gastronomy, your senses will be blown away. The area is beautiful and rural. There are lots of activities in the area, amazing places to visit and explore.
Nearby attractions
Le Roches du Saussois, a Mecca for rock climbers, is a 5 minute stroll from the campsite. Though much of it is very challenging, there are hundreds of routes with something for every level of climber. Chablis., Irancy and many other famous wine villages are less than 20 minutes drive away, most with vineyards you can tour, while in the village of Merry-sur-Yonne itself the beautiful Canal du Nivernais and the River Yonne can both be explored by boat with hire easily available. You can fish in the river or visit one of the fishing lakes nearby, while walking, cycling, trekking and horse-riding are all available with full information available in reception.
Food and drink
There is a huge on-site grocery store with local produce (fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, meats and poultry plus all the dried goods and not forgetting a huge selection of beers, wines and spirits. A bar-café-restaurant serving snacks and drinks all day and an a-la-carte table service from 12–2:00pm and 7pm–9pm. Takeaway options also include pizzas, fish and chips and ice creams. The restaurant has a large outdoor terrace. 

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