We were so lucky to end up staying here at Huttopia Versailles one very hot summer holiday. We booked a last minute family holiday to Paris but all hotels were booked up and someone suggested Huttopia Versailles to me. It was ideal!
It is on the edge of the heart of the forest near Versailles, yet only a 20 minute train ride from the centre of Paris. This wonderful, friendly Huttopia campsite is open from April through to September. We stayed in a wooden "cabane" but they also have trapper tents with their own bathroom and wood stove, or you can stay in other accommodations which have access to bivouac areas and toilets nearby. The site also has emplacements for bringing your own tent, caravan or motorhome. All under the woodland of the forest. The ground is not grassy but is a woodland floor so please be aware of that. But in the heat of the summer this forest is a lovely haven from city life. And the laid back and relaxed atmosphere will quickly make you never want to leave!
There are walks into the forest from the campsite entrance and there is an excellent playpark just at the start of this walk about 50 metres from the campsite. You can hire bikes at Huttopia site and explore the forest paths or cycle to Versailles and explore the old town or ride further and enter the park of the Chateau. (you must enter further down from the chateau and gardens to find the free entry where you can enter the park walking or by bike for free).
There is a local market in Porchefontaine just 200m from the campsite on Wednesdays and Saturday. There is also a big Marché de Versailles: the food market is open on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Sunday, while the non-food market is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
You can be in the centre of Paris at the Eiffel Tower by taking a 20 minute RER train ride from the local station of Porchefontaine. And further along this train line takes you to near Notre Dame or to the Musee D'Orsay.
You may wish to enjoy an Open Top Bus Tour to get your bearings in Paris and to see some of the popular sights. We took one with OpenTour and enjoyed one of their tours which took us past the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, up the Champs Elysees etc. You can hop on an off these tours. We took the tour from next to the Eiffel Tower and were able to buy a ticket on board.
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It is a half hour walk from Huttopia to Versailles Palace or you can hop on a train or bus. Tickets to visit the Chateau itself can be purchased from the campsite. But if you are there in high season I suggest you plan ahead in order to try and avoid very long queues. You can more easily visit the gardens.
The gardens near the castle are around 9Euros to go in and you can time your visit to see the fountains operating.
However you can also walk a bit further and enter the gardens for free and walk down to the Grand Canal and take a picnic or go out in a rowing boat or visit the lovely restaurant there. Across from Versailles you can visit the Kings Stables and enjoy a horse show or stable visit at the Versailles Equestrian Academie ... a "must visit" for horse lovers!
Disneyland is not on the same side of town as Huttopia but you could take the train across Paris to it. So for a day trip it may be possible, but this is probably not the best location to stay if your only purpose is to visit Disneyland.
There are two separate theme parks : Disneyland® Resort Paris has over 70 attractions, including Space Mountain, Fairyland and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Walt Disney Studios® Park is a separate park and has the Animation Courtyard, Stunt Show Spectacular, Armageddon Special Effects and Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster. Separate tickets must be purchased for both parks.