Chatillon-sur-Loire Base Information

Chatillon sur Loire, 150km from Paris, 7km from Briare. Its name originates in the “Castillo”, a small fortress which was built in the 10th century on the hill where the church now stands. Throughout the middle ages, Chatillon sur Loire was fought over by the Abbey of Fleury and the courts of Sancerre. With its strong protestant dominance, the town was attacked and besieged seven times in the 16th century.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 09:00 to 12:30, 14:00 to 17:30.

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants


Le Vieux Port - Tel. +33 (0) 238 311 826
L'Arlequin - Tel. +33 (0) 238 314 220
Hotel-restaurant Lafayette - Tel. +33 (0) 2 38 38 18 63
Les Artistes de Châtillon (restaurant cabaret) - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 18 52
Les Gourmandises (crêperie) - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 42 28
Le Nancray - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 17 31
Le Relais de Mantelot - Tel. +33 (0)2 38 31 12 35


Auberge du Pont Canal – 0033 (0) 238 312 424
Hotel du Cerf – 0033 (0) 238 370 080

Canal du Nivernais

Extra Info


Outside secured parking: £35 per week


In the town you will find 3 bakeries, 1 chemist, Banks with ATM and a Post Office.
Le Panier Sympa - Open every day: 08:00 - 20:00
G20 - Monday to Thursday: 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-19:30 Friday & Saturday: 09:00-19:30 Sunday: 09:00-12:00

Tourist Information Centre

47 rue Franche
Chatillon sur Loire
Tel – 0033 (0) 238 314 288

Market Day

Thursday Morning

Transport Information

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit


A77 exit Chatillon sur Loire / Briare follow the N7 south until the D50, turn to Chatillon, cross the Loire and the canal and turn left.

By Air:

Closest airports:
Paris Orly - 150km
Paris Charles de Gaulle: 197 km (A6/A77)
Paris Beauvais: 257 km

By Train:

Closest train stations:
Briare - 8km

Car Rental:

Europcar - 0033 (0) 238 380 345
Budget - 0033 (0) 238 270 055


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Newhaven to Dieppe: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Le Havre: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries