A MAGNIFICENT ROYAL FOREST
A BUCOLIC ESCAPE
At the meeting of history, nature and culture ... Compiègne forest participates significantly to the attraction and life of Vieux-Moulin.
A preserved town, a holiday resort, attracting many personalities of cultural life who come to relax at the edge of ponds. Artists, painters, writers, musicians are drawn to its charms come and be inspired.
From the Imperial Palace of Compiègne to the medieval castle of Pierrefonds, it extends over 14500 hectares.
The diversity of the wildlife makes it a very attractive forest: large populations of wild boar, deer and roe deer, but also birds such as the black woodpecker, shrike, harrier, kingfisher, egret and heron on the lakes. Small mammals are represented by foxes, badgers and wild cats on the edge of the forest. The ponds were created by celestial monks in the Middle Ages.
At the foot of Mt St Pierre, in the valley, the Ponds St Pierre are among the most appreciated, for the beauty of the site, for fishing, for walking. The Eugenie Pavilion, built under Napoleon III for Empress Eugenie, contributes to this charm.
Athletes enjoy this protected nature for their greatest pleasure.
Today, Vieux Moulin, a listed site, enhances its beautiful heritage and remains a cultural centre, immortalizing the forest and ponds.