CHÂTEAU DANS LES CHÊNES, Vieussan, Hérault

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If you are search­ing for seren­ity and the sim­ple life, look no fur­ther than this cabin high up in the hills of the HautLangue­doc re­gional park. This back-to­na­ture hide­away can ac­com­mo­date up to five guests, with two canopied dou­ble beds on the mez­za­nine, and a sofa down­stairs that turns into a sin­gle bed. The morn­ing bath­room rit­ual is a rus­tic af­fair; the shower is out­side and con­sists of a large bucket in­side a wooden cubicle, and there is a straw com­post­ing toi­let. The spa­cious kitchen has stun­ning views of the coun­try­side. Wild swim­ming, wine tast­ing and ca­noe­ing are all avail­able nearby. bal­buzard pêcheur, a Loire ea­gle. The cabin’s light pine in­te­rior in­cludes a small mod­ern kitchen and bath­room, and there is also a sun deck for al­fresco break­fasts. Prices start from €160 per night, based on two peo­ple shar­ing. Min­i­mum two-night stay dur­ing French school hol­i­days. Tel: (Fr) 6 34 48 10 46 la­bate­lieresur­loire.fr Ac­com­mo­da­tion from €99 per night, bas­ket of fruit, veg­eta­bles, bread, cheese, eggs and wine €45. Tel: 0117 204 7830 canopy­and­stars.co.uk

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