Boating Holidays Masthead
Boating Holidays Masthead

Fontenoy le Chateau Base Information

Fontenoy- le-Chateau is a small market town, divided by the River Coney, with bags of character. It used to be a large town during the Middle Ages, but has since shrunk. The atmosphere though has remained the same and walking around the town’s cobbled streets is a very pleasant experience indeed.

Base Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday: 08:30 to 12:30, 14:00 to 18:00.
Sunday: Closed

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 - 17:30. 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

B&B Le Moulin Cotant (3mns from base) – Tel. 0033 (0) 329 362 929

Hôtel de la Promenade** (Bains-les-Bains – 6.7km from base) - 0033 (0)329 363 006

Auberge Du Coney Hautmougey (8kms from base) – Tel. 0033 (0) 329 304 187

Ferme Auberge - Tel: 0033 (0) 329 362 099

Canal de Bourgogne Saint Jean de Losne


Outside parking on the street - free of charge
Outside enclosed parking: £35 per week

Market Day

Market day is held every Tuesday morning.

Local Shops

In the centre of Fontenoy le Chateau you will find lots of traditional shops including:

News Agents
Bars and Restaurants

Tourist Office

Place Pains Romain
Tel - 0033 (0) 329 363 175

Transport Information


Basel/Mulhouse : 165 Kms (E54/E23)
Dijon : 167 Kms (E21)

Car Rental:

Avis - 0033 (0) 329 82 26 25
Hertz – 0033 (0) 329 82 30 99
Europcar – 0033 (0) 329 35 68 23
Ada – 0033 (0) 329 33 05 02

By Rail:



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 Harve: LD Lines
  • Portsmouth to Caen: Brittany Ferries