La Forge de Sainte Marie estate, a unique site


La Forge de Sainte Marie campsite

In the heart of the Champagne-Ardenne region, in the Haute Marne, discover La Forge de Sainte Marie campsite in Thonnance-les-Moulins.
Our campsite is located near the Lac du Der, Chantecoq, Chaumont and Saint Dizier, and welcomes you for an idyllic stay.

Take advantage of our mobile home and gite rentals, to offer you a moment of relaxation in the heart of nature. Many services are available:
heated indoor pool
restaurant, bar and terrace on the waterfront, bakery, grocery store etc.

A multitude of wild orchids and more than 50 varieties of birds are part of a rich fauna and flora. You will find many rare trees, including oaks over 200 years old, in this magnificent eleven-hectare estate.

The river ‘Le Rongeant’ from a natural spring, meanders through the site and widens into a pond in the centre of the estate.

This is where you can fish for trout. It is also here that you can have a drink on the terrace of our restaurant “L’Atelier” which overlooks the pond with the murmur of the waterfall nearby.

History of La Forge de Sainte Marie

In 1632, the Forge was founded on the River Rongeant. The metallurgy industry was established for a long time in Thonnance-les-Moulins, as long ago as 1818 producing 375 tonnes of cast iron and 250 tonnes of iron. The Forge became a wire drawing mill and then a foundry for castings.

In 1926, the forge became La Forge de Sainte Marie thanks to the blessing of Father Prosper Dufour. The Second World War saw the end of the factory. It was then bought and transformed first into a leisure and recreation site, and then into a campsite in 1990.

La Forge de Sainte Marie becomes a campsite

With the help of an architect, the dream became reality. The architect tried to keep the true style of the forge. In the first building, he created the caretaker’s house, as well as reception, the grocery store and the bar restaurant. On the stone above the entrance to the grocery store, you can read the date “1792”. On the restaurant’s mantelpiece is engraved “I enjoy my slavery”, a sign of love for his wife by the master of the forges.

The washroom facilities were specially designed in the style of the old local laundries. The beams were recreated for the occasion in order to preserve the history of this site. You will find these antique style WC’s in the small villages in the area.

La Forge became La Forge de Sainte Marie campsite at Thonnance-les-Moulins and welcomed its first customers in 1995.

The estate has had several lives since its creation in 1632.