Camping Etangs du Moulin

Europe France Picardie Aisne

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Playful cowboy camping ideal for families

All kids love playing 'cowboys 'n' injuns'. Some grown-ups do for that matter too. Well, if you're the type to get giddy at the theme from Bonanza, then saddle up partner and mosey on down to Picardy's funnest darn-tootin' new camping experience. Camping Etangs du Moulin is a slice of The Old West in the rural French north. Run by affable host Agnès ('her's the sheriff round these parts' – we'll stop now) along with husband Sebastien, this is the ultimate getaway for your tiny Tontos... not to mention all bigger Buffalo Bills.

Just outside the blink-and-you'll-miss-it hamlet of Suzy, Etangs du Moulin's variety of western-themed accommodation is sure to bring out the John Wayne in any intrepid pioneers. While there are an ample 30 level grass pitches for tents, caravans and modest-sized motorhomes, those seeking the authentic experience should opt for one of the hand-built pioneer waggons. Kids will love these charming chucks that can sleep a family of up to five. John, Lucky, Clint, Calamity and Charles are fitted with a double bed, a triple bunk, kitchen, shower and toilet. Best of all, they're equidistant from both the playground and saloon so mum and dad can enjoy a few scoops at the rum-hole while the littl'uns get in character.

But it isn't all about the kids here. For those looking to really push the pony out, La Village Boheme features a trio of handsome roulottes, secreted away from the rest of the site. These gorgeous gypsy caravans are pretty much self-contained and you can even indulge in a spot of pampering with chilled champagne waiting on arrival, meals brought to your door and a full-body massage (just... erm... like the real cowboys then).

Elsewhere, the tipi reservation features five Native American-style canvas abodes. Each sleep two couples and come complete with wood-burning stoves, BBQ, outdoor seating, and the 'Cheyenne refuge reserve' provides an atmospheric communal area for cooking and dining.

For those who like their camping with a large dose of comfort, the six wooden cabanes have something to suit all glamping guests. Enjoying excellent views from their enviably-elevated position atop stilts, the lodges range from a two-person love shack to the family-sized Fisherman's Hut waterside cabin, with spacious veranda for spotting the trout leaping from the lake. The newest cabanes are the Cabane de D'Jo - with views on the lake from the king sized bed and a wooden bath and the Cabane du Grizzli with a round bed overlooking the lake and a hydro jet shower. Both set amongst trees by the waters edge - so kick off your boots and enjoy a spot of fishing from the veranda as you take in the tranquility of this setting.

As the name suggests, there are an abundance of carp-filled lakes here at 'the watermill' and rods can be hired onsite. For those not as enamoured with angling, there's a heated outdoor swimming pool and a varied choice of other activities on offer, including pony trekking. And while you can't exactly rustle cattle, there's a proliferation of tiny, fluffy wild rabbits to herd. Don't forget your stetson.

While the French and gastronomy go together like Butch and Sundance, the culinary delights on offer at Etangs du Moulin are of a distinctly more American flavour. The onsite Tex'n Restaurant is something of a local institution (a testament to the quality of the site), with vacationing vaqueros joined by the natives for a carnivore-friendly menu of pub grub favourites and pintxos to accompany the selection of quenching bières d'Abbaye. Campers can also order from a selection of mightily meaty BBQ packs to slap on their own personal grill – bison steak anyone?

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Facilities

Facilities include toilets and free hot solar-powered showers. Electrical hook-ups (5amp) available. Children's playground and other activites including volleyball, ping pong, pedal go-carting. Massage treatments on offer. Covered Heated swimming pool. 6 carp-filled fishing lakes. Rod hire is €8. Wi-Fi included.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, caravans, dogs, motorhomes – yes.

Nearby

The site lies on the western outskirts of the 22,000 acre St Gobain Forest. This vast enchanting forest boasts some lovely woodland walks. Take a stroll to the ghostly ruins of the abbey of Saint-Nicolas-aux-Bois or the mysterious grotto roches de l'ermitage.The Château de Coucy (0033 3 23 52 71 28) in Aisne is one of the country's most impressive. The department's capital Laon is more museum than town, boasting some of France's finest medieval architecture. Take the town's funicular tram to enjoy some expansive views. Historians of the Great War should also seek out Chemin des Dames, one of the lesser visited sites of battle compared to the nearby Somme and Verdun. A visit to the subterranean trench museum Caverne du Dragon is an educational and harrowing experience. Visit the fascinating Familistère de Guise (0033 3 2361 3536) created by the region's most famous son, the 19th century polymath Jean-Baptiste André Godin.

Food & Drink

A variety of BBQ packs are available to order onsite. Breakfast hampers and sophisticated evening meals can also be arranged. The Tex'n restaurant serves decent pub grub and pintxos to snack on. The saloon boasts a selection of Belgian beers and cocktails – try 'The Scalp' if you dare! Suzy doesn't have much in the way of shops, but Anizy-le-Chateau (about 10 minutes' drive away) has a supermarket, butcher and bakery. Laon hosts a farmer's market every Thursday. Be sure to pick up a wedge of mariolles, Picardy's famous cow's-milk cheese.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

Welcome to our western-style Resort, with unusual and unique accommodations: wagons, tipis, log cabins, gypsy caravans and a campground. All just a 2½-hour drive from Calais and 15 minutes from Laon in Picardy, France. Located near the forest of St Gobain, the 3 stars resort "Les Étangs du Moulin" is the best place to ressource yourself, in the middle of nature.

Our Camping is a small, friendly site to the south of St Quentin, established over 40 years ago and with just 61 camping pitches, each of which is named. There are no fewer than 8 lakes here, making this site a good choice for anglers (fishing materials available for rent). The Saloon has a Wild West theme and this is continued throughout the site, with teepees (available for rent), log cabins and an American-themed shop. Mountain bikes are available for hire and we are more than happy to recommend a number of different routes.

Accommodation

30 different size pitches for tents and caravans, 4 roulottes, 5 tipis, 6 wooden lodges (including 2 on the lakeside) and 5 pioneer waggons in a seperate area.
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Getting There

From Calais/Lilles (2 hours): Take the A26; exit 12 and follow the direction of Laon/Saint Gobain

From Paris (1h30): Take 2 Nationnale and exit after 10 km towards Soissons Laon towards Anizy-le-Chateau/Pinon/ Faucoucourt. Continue straight until you reach Suzy.

1h15 from Charles de Gaulle airport.

1h30 from Paris North Railway Station to Anizy-le-Chateau/Pinon, which is 6 km from Suzy.

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