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- In hostel grounds five minutes' drive from forest of Fontainebleau
- Fontainebleau town, château and forest trails within 15 minutes' drive
- A minute's walk from shops, eats and bars; an hour by car from Paris
A landscape of boulders and wild boar, royal retreats and ravine forests... an hour from Paris? C'est possible, and this friendly spot in Île-de-France is the proof.
Fontainebl’hostel is in the centre of the small French town of La-Chapelle-la-Reine, about 15 minutes' drive from Fontainebleau and its famed forest and fab château. Guests stay under canvas in the grounds of a hostel with full access to its communal facilities, which include hot showers and a fully equipped kitchen; you can unwind over a few games of table football in the common room or plan tomorrow's exploits using the free wifi. Bike hire is available from the site, and they’ll also rent you towels and sleeping mats and give lifts to and from public transport hubs for a fee.
Outside, barbecues and campfires are fine, and there’s a washing-up area for your pans, silver platters, porcelain teasets etc. You can park next to where you stay but if you’re arriving in a golden coach or anything on the big side, the access road is approximately 2.4 metres wide so caravans and large vehicles can’t get through.
There are plenty of shops, eats and drinks in La-Chapelle-la-Reine but make it snappy, you’ve got an invite to Fontainebleau...
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Access to the site is narrow, units wider than 2.3 metre will not be able to enter.
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Non-electric hardstanding and grass tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
Max. persons: 6 x
One Touring caravan or Trailer tent or Tent allowed per pitch
Pitch size : Min 5.0m width x 5.0m depth (16.4ft width x 16.4ft depth) Calculated area: 25.0m² (269.1ft²)
Ground type: Hardstanding and grass
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Reall friendly and helpful owner. Great location
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Check-in: one group at a time
More frequent emptying of bins
Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning
Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Leave the car at home
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Dog walk nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
The château, home to seven centuries’ worth of French rulers, is a must-see; Napoleon loved the place so much he stopped off for a hasty farewell as he fled into exile. This massive and ornate pile now houses four museums and galleries, as well as 1,500 rooms decked out with due royal extravagance: for a quick taste, drop in on Marie-Antoinette’s Ottoman-style boudoir.
If that’s not the kind of dropping you fancy, head for the forest to scramble along its sandstone boulder tracks. There are paths if you (or your ankles) prefer an easier time of it, and all-weather biking trails taking you through this diverse ecosystem of oak forests, peat bogs, heaths and wooded ravines, roamed by herds of deer and the odd, wild boar.
There’s history outside fancy Fontainebleau as well: Roman ruins at Sceaux-du-Gâtinais and the houses and favoured drinking dens of the French 19th-century landscape painters who named their movement after the handsome village of Barbizon (both half an hour’s drive).
For a spot of gastro-tourism, make for villages like Milly-la-Forêt and Boutigny-sur-Essonne (15 and 25 minutes) to taste and buy the famed Gâtinais peppermint, watercress and honey. The latter ingredient goes into some fab local beers if you’re thirsty...
There's so much to do here that the big city 18 miles to the north might not feature in your plans; if it does, the museums and galleries, boulevards and cathedrals of Paris are an hour away, easily doable for day trips.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||4 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
|Depart by:||3 p.m.|
Fontainebl'hostel cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does Fontainebl'hostel have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Fontainebl'hostel dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Fontainebl'hostel? The château, home to seven centuries’ worth of French rulers, is a must-see; Napoleon loved the place so much he stopped off for a hasty farewell as he fled into exile. This … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Fontainebl'hostel?
Camping and touring Arrive: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Depart by: 3 p.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Fontainebl'hostel? From £27.42 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability