Huttopia Senonches Huttopia

Europe France Loire Valley Eure-et-Loire

  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
An idyllic, peaceful escape, beautifully thought out and within easy reach of Paris, boasting a wide range of imaginative activities for all ages

Huttopia Senonches is actually one of a number of sites that first came to Cool Camping’s attention when we were sloping around the outskirts of Paris visiting their well-located Versailles site. It was such a success that they decided to edge out of their suburban setting and begin a second campsite deep in the French forests of Senonches, an hour and a half west of the capital. Here nature and setting are at the fore, within a spacious encampment in France’s second-largest state-managed woodland. Near a swimming lake, and with a great deal of nature-related activity on hand, Paris may be within reach, yet motivation to visit it is in short supply.

Horse-riding, mountain-biking, and hiking are all facilitated, and fishing in the Étang de Badouleau, adjacent to the camp, is easy. The site is car-free and campervans are limited to pitches near the entrance, lending a wonderfully back-to-basics feel. As with all Huttopia destinations, though, the reality is far from basic.

The forethought injected into the site means you’ll not be rubbing sticks together for warmth nor searching out the ‘soft’ leaves. Brand-new, superbly equipped toilet- and wash-blocks are scattered around, and tent pitches are based in their own generous clearing, supplemented with a picnic table. There is a ready-made bivouac and BBQ meeting point, with arranged tables to sit at and socialise.

Activity-wise, nature trails and even treasure hunts can take you through the forest. In high season sport tournaments are arranged, and a weekday morning-club with art and nature-based play keeps children occupied. An evening programme for adults, including story-telling, outdoor cinema, live music, and board games make this a rather special break from the norm.

Huttopia has reserved itself a very secure pitch in the camping world and deserves to be congratulated at Senonches as much as anywhere else. This site illustrates that, while the brand has grown beyond a family concern, it still has the soul and the desire to explore new forms of hospitality. To them, we raise a glass of our finest French vino.



Shower- and wash-rooms are dotted around – some under canvas and some in wooden huts. Fixtures, water pressure, and cleanliness are good. Good baby-changing facilities. Swimming lake, with a bar/restaurant stretching over it on stilts that serves grilled meats and pizza. Upstairs has a good stock of board games. There is a vast array of children’s activities (depending on the season), concerning nature and art, and adult activities of an evening. Site shop sells essentials and some local produce.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, couples, tents, – yes. Cars left at the gate.


Reception has plenty of information. The town of Senonches is charming and appears to have dropped from the sky into the centre of the forest. There is an 11th-century castle and plenty of interesting architecture. Parc Régional du Perche is 450 acres (182 hectares) of natural and cultural heritage, with fortified manor houses, farmsteads, and villages. Cycling or walking is best for exploring the region. Chartres is 25 miles (40 km) away with a medieval old town and cathedral.

Food & Drink

A bar and restaurant overlook the lake with outdoor seating. They serve grilled meats, pizza and fresh breads and pastries at breakfast time. Both Chartres and Senonches (see off site) have great restaurants to discover.

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An idyllic, peaceful escape, beautifully thought out and within easy reach of Paris, boasting a wide range of imaginative activities for all ages.

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20 large and private pitches for tents, each with its own picnic table, and several glamping options: Wood Cabins, Canadian tents and Cahuttes.


Cabin Sleeps 6 3 Available

Trappeur tent

Safari tent Sleeps 6 3 Available


Cabin Sleeps 6 3 Available

Canadienne tent

Safari tent Sleeps 5 3 Available


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Getting There

From Paris take the N12 to Dreux and then the D928 towards Digny. Then head towards Senonches and follow the Huttopia signs. From Chartres take the D24 towards Senonches and follow the Huttopia signs.


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