Fancy overnighting in a rustic log cabin, gypsy caravan or wildlife safari park? We share our choice of very special stays in Northern France.
Sleep in splendour in a French Château
Château des Tesnières is a luxury bed and breakfast in a 19th century castle built by the Count de Langle on 17 acres of wooded park. Guest accommodation consists of two very large bedrooms and four luxury suites – all with great views of the Breton countryside. The chateau is just a few miles from the historic towns of Vitré and Rennes, with the prestigious Rochers Golf Course just minutes from its doors.
Tel. 00332 99 49 65 02 | www.chateau-des-tesnieres.com
Star spot from the Tree Tops
Sleep among the tree tops in a tree-house in Orne, two hours from Cherbourg and close to the Perche Astronomy Centre where big and small can marvel at the brilliance of the constellations. The luxurious five-berth tree-house wraps itself around an ancient chestnut tree offering panoramic views across the Perche countryside.
Tel. 00332 33 25 57 96 | www.perchedansleperche.com
Lie back in a Log Cabin
Snuggle up in a log cabin with a cosy wood-burning stove at The Domaine des Ormes, half an hour from St Malo. The 200-hectare estate has a horse riding centre, an 18-hole golf course, a climbing wall, four swimming pools, an aquatic parc and plenty of bikes for hire.
Tel. 00332 99 73 53 00 | www.lesormes.co.uk
Go wild at Cerza
Enjoy a night with a difference in an eco-friendly safari lodge at Cerza wildlife park, two hours’ from Cherbourg. Zoo observatories overlook the gibbons, rhinoceros, gazelles and antelope, allowing you to get up close and personal with wild animals like never before.
Tel. 00332 31 31 82 30 | www.cerzasafarilodge.com
Enjoy the traditional surroundings of a beautifully restored Breton barge which is permanently moored in a picturesque spot on the Ille et Rance Canal between Rennes and St-Malo at Montreuil-sur-l’Ille. This floating gite sleeps up to six and has a large kitchen and plenty of living space as well as lovely views from every window.
Tel. 00332 99 69 65 92
Self-cater Gypsy Style
Stay in a traditionally painted gypsy caravan, overlooking the Cotin & Bessin National Park at Le Chateau de Monfreville – one hour from Cherbourg. Each roulotte can sleep up to five people and has a simple stove, cold box and barbecue. Enjoy the chateau’s bubbling hot tub, ping pong table and bike rides in the grounds and join the owners to feed the horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks, sheep and lambs.
Tel. 00332 31 21 35 42 | www.chateaumonfreville.com