Le Château de Formanoir

VSF Holiday Center in Burgundy 

The Castle of Formanoir is located on the Domain of Palteau, in the heart of the Burgundy region, in a peaceful village called Armeau, overlooking the Yonne Valley. 

Surrounded by 80 acres of land, forests and beautiful gardens, our camp is the perfect setting for horseback riding and medieval programs. In the 16th Century, Formanoir belonged to the Governor of the Bastille, and it is there in this historic and magnificent place that the famous " Iron Mask" was imprisoned.


Our campers will stay in the castle. On 3-storey levels, it offers rooms with 3 to 7 beds, (separate quarters for boys and girls) with shower facilities on each floor, a large dining-room and many activity rooms. Swimming pool on site. 


Offering miles of trails through the forest, our equestrian center provides a large area of covered training facilities, with 2 indoor and 3 outdoor arenas, show jumping arenas, and of course stables, 100 ponies and horses with all necessary equipment.

This is a true pony/horseback riding school (90 horses). Under the supervision of professionals, campers not only learn the skills to become good riders, but this program also teaches them through many activities what life was like in Burgundy during the medieval times... 

Medical Service:  Doctor, pharmacie and hospital in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

Transportation:  With the VSF group (and the French children) by Coach BUS from Paris to the camp. 

Closest train station: Villeneuve-sur-Yonne

Local Tourist Office: http://www.villeneuve-yonne-tourisme.com/english-informations/


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