WHERE TO STAY

From tree­houses to lux­ury spas, we find the best places to get away from it all.

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FISH­ER­MAN’S CABIN La­caud, Dordogne

Set be­side a pri­vate lake in the Périg­ordLi­mousin re­gional park, this eco-friendly tim­ber cabin is set up per­fectly for an ac­tive hol­i­day. You will find ev­ery­thing here from fish­ing rods and art sup­plies to tele­scopes and mi­cro­scopes, al­though you could al­ways just take it easy in front of the wood-burn­ing stove. The main bed­room is on the ground floor and there is a twin room on the mez­za­nine, but the re­stricted head­room makes it more suit­able for chil­dren. A hot shower and com­post­ing toi­let are at­tached to the cabin. Guests have tea- and cof­fee-mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and there are lunch and din­ner op­tions in the sur­round­ing vil­lages. Prices start from €95 per night, based on two peo­ple shar­ing. Min­i­mum stay three nights. Tel: (Fr) 6 19 74 47 65 covert­cabin.com

MOULIN 85 Saint-cyr-des-gâts, Vendée

This lov­ingly re­stored 19th-cen­tury mill in the Vendée coun­try­side has all the charm and cosi­ness that you would ex­pect, but it doesn’t dis­ap­point on the home com­forts front ei­ther. Over four floors, the mill fea­tures a well-equipped kitchen with gran­ite sur­faces, an open fire­place in the liv­ing room and a mod­ern bath­room with power shower and flush­ing toi­let. Climb the wrought-iron stairs to the top floor, where the bed­room looks over vine­yards and fields of sun­flow­ers. The marshy ex­panse of the Marais Poitevin and the mar­itime city of La Rochelle are within driv­ing dis­tance. Prices start from €500 per week, based on two peo­ple shar­ing. cool­stays.com

ROULOTTE DES MANÈGES, Pis­se­four, Rhône

Go back in time to the trav­el­ling fairs of the 1920s with a stay in an au­then­tic roulotte. The cosy car­a­van (one of three at the prop­erty) stands at the bot­tom of a vil­lage gar­den and has room for two peo­ple. Toi­lets and show­ers are sit­u­ated in the guests’ sec­tion of the car­a­van owner’s house, along with a large kitchen and a din­ing room where you take break­fast. It is easy to ex­plore the sur­round­ing area as sev­eral foot­paths lead off into the hills and forests of Beau­jo­lais. Lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude horse rid­ing, quad bik­ing and tree climb­ing. Prices start from €80 for two peo­ple in­clud­ing break­fast. Tel: (Fr) 4 74 04 76 40 les­folies­de­laserve.com

LES SOURCES DE CAUDALIE Mar­tillac, Gironde

Ly­ing be­side a lake in the Bordeaux vine­yards, this wine-in­spired spa and coun­try ho­tel com­bines grape-based treat­ments with gourmet din­ing. The ho­tel is spread over six build­ings, and rooms are dec­o­rated with an­tiques, stressed wood and warm colours, many with a ter­race or bal­cony over­look­ing the lake or vine­yards. Staff can or­gan­ise ac­tiv­i­ties from wine tast­ing and cook­ery classes to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the grape har­vest. The spa pi­o­neered vinother­apy – rub­bing wine residue (the pips and pulp) into the skin – and treat­ments on of­fer in­clude a caber­net scrub and a mer­lot, honey and vine flower wrap. Dou­bles from €220 per night, break­fast €25. Tel: (Fr) 5 57 83 83 83 sources-caudalie.com

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