If you fancy being lulled to sleep by a breeze rustling leaves close by your window, and waking to the nearby sound of birdsong, you should consider booking into one of these amazing French treehouse hotels.
Domaine de Puybeton – Châteaux dans les arbres
Better than just a treehouse, these are castles in the trees, with hot tubs! The Domaine de Puybeton offers beautiful treehouses that look like mini castles and offer absolute comfort. Each one is named after existing castles in the area.
Domaine de Puybeton 24440 Nojals-et-Clotte www.chateaux-dans-les-arbres.com 240€ to 360€ per night, including breakfast (discounts for booking two or more nights).
The four Orion treehouses, named after characters from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book are built on stilts between the trees with wide terraces for relaxing under the canopy. There is a naturally filtered swimming pool surrounded by a lush garden. The treehouses are within walking distance of the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, not far from Nice.
Impasse des Peupliers 2436 Chemin du Malvan, 06570 Saint-Paul de Vence [email protected] 300€ (for 2 adults x 2 nights in winter) to 2,400€ (for 2 adults/2 children for 7 nights in summer).
La Chouette Cabane
Built around a big tree in a rural landscape of farmland, meadows and small ponds, each of the three cabanes is fitted out in natural materials to give the feel of stepping into the world of the Swiss Family Robinson. There is a cosy treehouse for two that’s the perfect love nest, and two slightly larger ones for up to four people. Each one has a terrace with country views and is named after an owl found in the area.
La Basse Bergerie 53400 Pommerieux www.chouettecabane.fr 105€ to 130€ for 2 people per night with breakfast.
Moulin de la Jarousse
These treehouses are hidden in 15 acres of meadows, woods and ponds, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and themes. There’s a Bollywood cabane with Indian influences, and a Japanese one with a master bedroom with panoramic woodland views. As well as the cabanes there are unique, spherical ‘love nests’ suspended between trees and cradled in netting that sleep two in cosy comfort.
Moulin de la Jarousse 24270 Lanouaille www.cabanes-en-perigord.com 70€ to 260€ per night.
Domaine Arvor – Hutte Gauloise
What could be more French than a Gallic hut with its thatched roof? This little cabane high up in a tree has an amazing decorative window that looks out on a wooden terrace and the accommodation’s own private spa. While you luxuriate in the warm waters of the spa you can enjoy views over peaceful fields. Inside, it’s furnished in hunter/gatherer style with cow hide rugs and rustic seating.
Domaine Avor, La Ville Ameline 22100 Tressaint-lanvallay www.domaine-arvor.com 250€ to 320€ per night including breakfast (discount for booking 2 nights).
Domaine des Ormes – Cabanes perchees
The Domaine des Ormes has lots of treehouses built on stilts or wholly amongst the branches of large trees throughout its woodland. There are three styles: ladder treehouses which sleep two or three people and are accessed via a vertical wooden ladder, Tyrolean for two accessed via a rope bridge, and family treehouses for up to nine people accessed by ladder or zip wire. Training on using the ladders, rope bridges and zip wires is given at the start of the holiday.
Domaine des Ormes 35120 Dol-de-Bretagne www.lesormes.com 119€ (for 2 people) to 279€ (for up to nine people) per night, including breakfast..
Deep in the heart of the Landes Forest there is a collection of treehouses in the shape of pine cones and perched 8m up amongst the trees. It’s almost like sleeping in the open air as each cabin has a transparent roof for star gazing while you’re in bed. There is a natural swimming pool and access to a shared kitchen for self-catering, or you can order ready-made organic meals.
Cap ’Cabane, Route de Lucmau 33840 Captieux www.capcabane.com 98€ to 119€ per night (discounts for booking more than one night).
Domaine de la Male – Cabanes perchees
Large and luxurious wooden houses, with an outdoor seating area and spa bath on decking, provide a home from home high up in the trees. With views of the rolling countryside of Quercy, king-sized beds, walk-in showers, air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs, you can’t want for much more to make a comfortable holiday. Because they are built on stilts of sustainable materials, and designed around the trees, no harm is done to the environment.
Le Domaine de la Male 82800 Puygaillard de Quercy www.domainedelamale.fr 160€ to 300€ per night.
Le Domaine des Pres Verts
Two chic wooden cabanes on stilts surrounded by gardens and overlooking open country, which are ideal for a weekend getaway. The first one, simply called La Cabane, has a small pond next to it shielded by bamboos where you can enjoy a swim, or relax under an umbrella. The second cabane is called La Reserve and has a private spa with great views of the Auxois-Morvan area.
10/12 Impasse des Prés Verts, Hameau de Pochey 21230 Jouey www.domainedespresverts.fr 69€ to 250€ per night.
Les Cabanes du Domaine de Salagnac
Six contemporary cabanes made of wood and glass, the project of a young interior designer, are nestled in a mixed woodland next to meadows where horses graze. Large full-height windows blur the boundary between inside and outside. The interiors come in three styles: designer, retro-vintage, and traditional, all decorated in fresh green and white that contrasts nicely with the natural wood.
Cabanes de Salagnac, Miers 19800 Meyrignac l’Eglise www.cabanesdesalagnac.com 200€ per night (discounts for booking more than one night).