Activities in Burgundy
The Chateau and Camping du Lac is a well known , established centre for holidays taking you back to nature in the Morvan National Park. With full access to the 130 h.a lake, you can hire kayaks and pedaloes, swim, fish, windsurf and walk around the lake. There are no motorboats or jet skis allowed, only electric motors, row boats and sailing. There are many set walks all over the area, the nearest being the scenic walk of 9km around St Agnan lake and the pathway down to the famous Abbaye de la Pierre qui Vire. The nearest villages are Saulieu, Avallon and Quarre les Tombes and there are several excellent restaurants nearby.
Local activities in St Agnan:
* Sight seeing
* Dining Out
* Quad biking,
* White water rafting,
* Tree climbing,
* Bike hire,
* rock climbing etc
Markets in Burgundy:
* Quarre les Tombes,
Other Local Attractions in Burgundy:
* Abbaye de la Pierre qui Vire.
* Maison du Parc Visitors centre
and Museum of the Resistance
Activities in St Agnan
Camping du lac , St Agnan was established in 1984, and has been providing camping and caravanning holidays ever since. The campsite has direct access to the 130 hectare lake of St Agnan, which, being a reservoir means it is ideal for swimming, with water temperatures of around 22 degrees in summer.
We provide Kayak hire from the lakeside, complete with lifejackets. The 2 person kayaks are very popular for visiting the small coves and sandy beaches around the lake.
Sailing in Burgundy
A short walk or 2 minute drive from the campsite is the Base Nautique, who provide boat and pedalo hire .
Fishing in Burgundy
St Agnan is one of the most popular fishing lakes in the Morvan National Park. We sell fishing licences for 1 day, 1 week, plus season fishing and we have a limited amount of fishing tackle to hire.Some of the many fish breeds are Carp, Perche, Pike, Sander, etc. For the fishermen among you who prefer to sleep indoors, why not use our bed and breakfast facilities in the Chateau.
Horse Riding in Burgundy
On the other side of the lake is a fully equipped Equestrian centre ,which provides horse riding for all the family on some of the many miles of forest tracks in the Morvan.
Walking and Rambling in Burgundy
For those who prefer to get out and about on foot , the 9 kilometre walk around the lake gives a chance to really appreciate the beauty of the Morvan. Many hundreds of walkers stay at the chateau or on the campsite each year as St Agnan is on the pilgrimage walk of Santiago Compostella.
Cycling in Burgundy
One of the best ways to explore the beautiful Morvan national park is by bike. The keenest cyclists either mountain bikers or road bikers come ready equipped ; but bike hire is available from the regional tourist information office just 4km away at St Brisson.
Quad Biking in Burgundy and Rafting in Burgundy
The region is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, and for the more energetic we work closely with a Quad biking and White water rafting enterprise, who because of their local knowledge provide a safe way to enjoy exciting sports.
Climbing in Burgundy
For the climbers, there are 3 places close to St Agnan who provide all the equipment and supervision for tree climbing and for the more vertically minded, there is also some excellent rock climbing in the area.
Wine tours of Burgundy
St Agnan is an ideally situated base for exploring not just the Morvan National Park, but Burgundy as a whole.The region is renowned for its wine production. A 50 minute drive to the north west lies Chablis where some of the best white wine in the world is produced. Why not explore some of the dozens of small producers in and around Chablis.
To the south east lie Dijon, Beaune and Macon. A 60 minute drive to Beaune brings you to the centre of a fabulous wine trail.
Driving north from Beaune takes you through the villages of Nuits st Georges and then on through Gevery Chambertin to Dijon.
Heading south from Beaune you pass through Chassagne Montrachet, Mercurey, and then on to Macon. The region gives you the chance to buy some of the best wine in the world at realistic prices whilst enjoying the stunning countryside , pretty villages and ancient cities like Dijon. For the serious wine lovers we offer organised wine tours; we do the driving so you can enjoy the tasting!
Beaune itself has so much to see its difficult to know where to start. Perhaps at the Hospice de Beaune, with its stunning medieval architecture dating from 1443 and perhaps the chateau of Patriarche and sons in the centre. Whatever your tastes there is plenty to see and do. The region is packed with interesting places to visit.
A 35 minute journey to the north west from St Agnan brings you to the world heritage site of Vezelay. With its 9th century Basilica, one of Europe’s best preserved Romanesque churches, set at the top of the town; you can enjoy unparalleled views of the surrounding region for 30 kms. A visit to the basilica is well worth it. The relics of St Mary Magdelene are held in the crypt.
A 40 minute journey south east again takes you to the roman town of Autun where there is an amazing Roman ampitheatre which stages mock battles twice a week in the summer months.
Autun has a Saturday market in the main street, one of many towns preserving the market tradition , many having markets twice weekly, like Saulieu.
Saulieu , a provincial market town, twelve minutes east of St Agnan is the nearest large town; with three big supermarkets and many many small independent shops. A good place to shop; a good place to browse or relax at a pavement café; the town is home to the 3star Michelin hotel of Bernard Loiseau. In August the town is packed every year for the annual Cajun Festival which attracts top bands from around the world.
An interesting village to visit at the weekend is Quarre les Tombes. Ten minutes by car from St Agnan; this village gives you a taste of authentic French life. From the fabulous food in the restaurant ‘Le Morvan’ to the bar venue Quarre Crème.