The village of Vandenesse en Auxois

The village of Vandenesse en Auxois

Vandenesse-en-Auxoisis a quiet village near the summit of the canal on the river Saône side.

It's a small farming village at the southern end of the Auxois plain and in the shadow of Chateauneuf en Auxois. The canal

Located near the summit of the Burgundy Canal, the port between lock 8 and lock 9 is one of the prettiest moorings on the Burgundy Canal. It's the home port to some of the best hotel barges. The moorings are deep and 360 degree turns are easy for 38-metre barges. There are water, electricity and other facilities. The port can be busy in the summertime and you may have to moor side by side.

Aerial view of Vandenesse-en-Auxois

In the village, there are two well known local restaurants, with great traditional cuisine.

  • L'Auberge de Guillaume : 0380492236 (Guillaume Royer was the chez at the famous Michelin restaurant Abbaye de La Buissiere )
  • Chardin: 0380492238 (this restaurant was previously known as Chez Lucotte)
  • Taxi service: 0380492192
  • 4-star Campsite: Lac de Panthier 0380492194


Many barges will spend a few days in the port, as the facilities are very good. Most weekends, you will find larger hotel barges in the deep mooring.

Below Chateauneuf en Auxois

Port or Vandenesse: between lock 8 and 9. This is a good turning point for 38-meter barges, so they will often use the port for a couple of days and fill with water. Although the canal is not heavily encumbered by traffic, sometimes you'll find queues for water!

Mooring in the port of Vandenesse


This section of locks from number 2 to 8 and 10 to 12 are self-operating for boats less than 15 metres in length, you will be given instructions at lock 1 or 13 explaining how to operate the locks. Boats over 15 metres will have a lock keeper to accompany them.

When cruising upstream be careful in the staircase of locks. There is often a sluice gate open on the right side below the lock allowing water to flow from above. In later summer the current can be quite strong and will tend to pull you over to the right just before going into the lock. Boom!

Places to visit

If you enjoy walking or cycling you can visit the famous medieval village of Chateauneuf. There is also Panthier reservoir, with windsurfing, sailing and swimming at 5 km. Another beautiful chateau is at 8 km in the village of Commarin.

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois a medieval village and castle 5 kilometres
Commarin chateau 8 kilometres
Panthier reservoir 7 kilometres

Places to stay

La Maison au Bord du Canal
Bed and breakfast with 4 bedrooms
1.6 km from the village centre
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La Maison du Capitaine
Self-catering holiday home for 10 people with 5 double rooms
4 km in the hamlet of Solle
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The first week of September: "Maquettes afloat", a model boat exposition in the port, working model boats of all kinds, really worth the visit.

In September there is a great Firework display over the water at the port.