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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.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00

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 for you to stay on board that night, but cruising will not be permitted. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 15:00 - 17:00. 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 from 11:00.

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 our base staff will:

  • Give you a welcome booklet which contains important safety advice and contact numbers.
  • Ask you to sign documentation to show that certain information has been read and unserstood.
  • Take a Damage Deposit and Engine Hours Deposit.
  • Let you know what time to expect your pre-departure briefing.

Hotels and Restaurants


Auberge Du Coney Hautmougey - Tel: +33 (0) 329 304 187


Auberge De La Vigotte - Tel: +33 (0) 329 240 182
Le Moulin Cotant - Tel: +33 (0) 329 240 182
Auberge Le Fontenois - Tel: +33 (0) 329 240 182

Canal de Bourgogne Saint Jean de Losne

Extra Information


Unsecured parking available at the base
Enclosed secure parking off site 1km from the base (pre-bookable)

Market Day

Market day is held every Tuesday morning.

Local Shops

In the centre of Fontenoy-le-Château you will find a supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, news agents, bars and restaurants.

Tourist Office

Place Pains Romain
Tel: +33 (0) 329 363 175

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

By Train

Closest train stations:
Epinal: 40km
Vesou: 48 km

By Air

Closest airports:
Basel/Mulhouse: 165 km(E54/E23)
Dijon: 167 km (E21)


The following ferry companies operate to Northern France.

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