About Fontenoy-le-Château

Due to the effects of Coronavirus, we have delayed the opening of this base. For more information please visit our Go Boating with Confidence page.

This base allows you to escape from it all and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of central France. The delightful town of Épinal is not far to the north-east, although the many locks will mean it will take you a tiring week to get there and back – so we’d recommend a day trip by taxi or bike instead. To the south, the canal is lined with quiet and sleepy villages, punctuated by the relative bustle of Gray (20.5hrs from Fontenoy-le- Château) and historic Auxonne (7.5 hrs after that).

From Fontenoy-le-Château it is:

  • 32hrs (32 locks) to our base in St. Jean-de-Losne
  • 49hrs (38 locks) to our base in Branges

What you get on the base





Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D. lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


B&B Le Moulin Cotant - Tel. +33 (0) 329 362 929.

Hotel de la Promenade - Tel. +33 (0) 329 363 006.

Auberge Du Coney Hautmougey - Tel. +33 (0) 329 304 187.

Ferme Auberge - Tel. +33 (0) 329 362 099.


Auberge De La Vigotte - Tel. +33 (0) 329 24 01 82


In the centre of Fontenoy-le-Château you will find a supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, news agents, bars and restaurants.

Market Days

Market day is held every Tuesday morning

Tourist Info

Place des Bains Romains,

88 240 Bains-Les-Bains

Tél – 0033 (0) 329 36 31 75



M. Rapin


Tel. +33 (0) 329 304 406

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue and Thu: 10am – 4pm. Sun: Closed


Le Boat Fontenoy-le-Château
Port du Canal
F - 88240 Fontenoy-le-Château


+33 (0) 329 30 43 98

Travel to Fontenoy-le-Château

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.

Taxi Sylvie Diche’ (+33 (0) 681 708 207 or +33 (0) 329 362 513 | [email protected])

Taxis d'Epinal’ (+33 (0) 329 823 232).


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Basel/Mulhouse Airport (BSL) 280€
  • Dijon Airport (DIJ) 265€
  • Epinal Train Station 85€
  • Vesoul Train Station 90€

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas


Secure parking (pre-bookable extra – fee applies)

By Train

Clostest train station(s):

  • Epinal: 40 km
  • Vesoul: 48 km

By Air

Closest airport(s):

  • Basel/Mulhouse: 165 km(E54/E23)
  • Dijon: 167 km (E21)

Arrival at Fontenoy-le-Château

When to arrive

Please arrive any time from 14:00 - our teams will get you checked in and carry out your briefing once early boarding customers have set off. If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base from 11:00. 

Late arrivals 

If you are going to be arriving at the base after 16:00, please inform the base directly or our sales team so we can make sure everything is prepared for your arrival. If you arrive later than 17:00, when you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning. 

Upon arrival 

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible. 

When you arrive our base staff will: 

  • Take a deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used. 
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details. 
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop. 
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.). 
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians. 

Your return 

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out). If you want to check out before 09:00 please let our base team know when you check in so they can arrange this. 

Local info