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Domaine des Demoiselles near Digoin
For a family holiday, here's something completely different. Sleep on a wooden houseboat in the middle of a lake or rent a gypsy style caravan on dry land on this nature reserve in Southern Burgundy. All around you will find the lush Charolais landscapes offering country pursuits with everything from cycling and walking to fishing and canoeing. So leave the trappings of town behind you and stay in an adventure home for an adventure holiday.
the wooden houseboats
Each houseboat can accommodate up to five people and has a double bed, living area with sofas which convert to beds, kitchen area, bathroom with hot and cold water, and a sundeck for relaxing. Inside the space is light and well planned and there is room too for the family pet (t+c apply).
The Roulottes de Campagne, or gypsy style caravans are dotted around the estate and also provide accommodation for 4-5 people. Charmingly decorated, this is sure to bring out the carefree romantic in you and set the kids' imagination whirring too.
Adventures in Nature
Village Toue has been well planned to provide activities close at hand. You can rent bikes or electric scooters, go jogging on a lake circuit, and go canoeing on the river Loire. There is water at every turn with the Canal Latéral à la Loire providing cycling routes and walking routes along the banks. You can hire a self-drive boat to go down the canal for half a day or more or go on a short cruise. The Domaine de Desmoiselles is a designated nature reserve with the aim of maintaining a peaceful, relaxed and unspoiled environment where everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.
At the Village you have a shop for basic food supplies, there is a barbecue and picnic area, a bar and a mini farm with chickens and rabbits, a hit with the youngsters, plus a veggie garden. Nearby the town of Digoin has supermarkets and all services.
The Village Toue website suggests day trips to adventure parks, carting tracks and places of interest for all ages. Open from May to October, bookings can be made for one day, one week or more.