North East France4.4

Selected as this is a charming Castels site whose focal point is an old stone-faced forge and mill which overlook a small lake and river. Set in the heart of the Champagne hills, it is well placed as a stopover point en route to North Eastern France, Germany and Italy. It is also suitable for longer stays to explore this charming unspoilt region. It is a fabulously spacious site rich in fauna and flora. Wild orchids grow in abundance, there are numerous rare trees including 200-year old oaks and over 50 different species of birds have been spotted. You can be sure of warm welcome from the English/Dutch owners. It is a good site for first timers and short family breaks. Narrow entrance for large outfits.

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Poissons 4km. Joinville 12km. Neufchâteau 40km. Chaumont 56km. Reims 148km.

Grid reference

N 48° 24' 23 E 05° 16' 16





Tour operators

Two Dutch companies occupying 13 pitches.

Suitable for

Couples and young families who enjoy a quiet rural atmosphere with some entertainment.


Accommodation description

37 two and three-bedroomed mobile homes for 4/6 persons. 15 gîtes for 2/8 persons.

Pitch description

Grassy pitches ranging from 100m² - 150m², some laid out on terraces and gently sloping. Divided by low hedges and shrubs. Trees give shade on some pitches. Premium pitches are 200m² pitches, have a 10 amps electricity connection and a waste water point. Garden furniture -table, 6 chairs, 2 sun loungers, a parasol, a fridge and a barbecue area is included as well as a small shed for storage.?Wi-fi also available.

Pitch size

199 (146 touring)

Hook up

6 amps, water & drainage - all pitches.

Motorhomes information

Motorhome service point. Some hard standing pitches. Need transport to visit area.

Activities Onsite

Activities on site

A large, open, grassy area for football, volleyball, basketball and badminton. Boules pitch. Table tennis. Archery. Children's play areas dotted round the site. Indoor games room with pool, table football and electronic games. TV room. Category A trout fishing in river with permit available from Poissons 3km. Pony riding lessons.


High season: children's club 4 -12 yr olds and children's discos. Guided walks. Cheese & Wine tasting afternoons. Evening entertainment includes live music once a week, quizzes and barbecue evenings.

Swimming pool types

Heated, Indoor/Covered, Baby Pool

Kids club


Activities Offsite / Places to Visit


Grand and its Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, Domrémy-la-Pucelle, birth place of Joan of Arc. Little Switzerland area and Cul du Cerf for walking. Der-Chantecoq lake 30km. Nigloland children's theme park- less than an hour.

Sports and Activities


Nearby Attractions

Near riverside/lakeside


Campsite Rules

Pets allowed


Campsite Facilities


Small shop. Bar and restaurant are in an attractively renovated stone faced building which is 300 yrs old and has a terrace overlooking site's own fishing lake. Take-away/pizzeria. Services are open all season. Barbecues allowed. Dogs accepted. Wi-Fi throughout site with charge.

Motorhome service point


Swimming pool information

In the old forge attractive medium-sized indoor pool and paddling pool with indoor terrace plus outdoor sun terrace and sun loungers. A jacuzzi has recently been installed.

Sanitary facilities information

Two unisex toilet blocks, which although now 20 years old are still quite respectable and well maintained. Push button showers, no temperature control with hooks and shelf. Individual wash cubicles with hot and cold taps. Toilets with toilet paper. Disabled facilities. Baby area. A washing machine and tumble dryer in each block. Chemical waste point.

Campsite Directions


From St Dizier. Take the N67 to Joinville (Chaumont) and exit at Joinville-est. Follow the signs for Poissons and Neufchateau turning right onto the D60 and right again onto the D427. Continue on this road through Poissons and Noncourt-sur-le-Rongeant. The campsite is situated 2km after Noncourt-sur-le-Rongeant on your right. N.B. The entrance to the site is narrow so care should be taken when turning into the site.

Contact Information

Telephone Number


Camping La Forge de Ste Marie, 52230 Thonnance-les-Moulins

Web Address


Email Address

[email protected]

Affiliated Groups

Affiliated Groups

Les Castels

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