La Palombière Treehouse
Château Lestange – Bordeaux
Treehouse for 2 from £144 per night
1 double, loft with 3 beanbags for kids
Suitable for children of all ages
Not suitable for pets
Up to 3 children can sleep in the loft on bean bags. Pets cannot be accommodated.
Head south, like the migratory palombes which give this luxurious perch its name. A magnificent treehouse has newly grown up in the woods of Château Lestange, a traditional French manor house 12km from Bordeaux. La Palombière is made of red cedar and Douglas fir, decked with fresh flowers, sumptuous linen and touches of antiquity (the doorknobs are borrowed from the historic château), but kitted out with a wood-burner and a super shower for supreme comfort. A canopy bed with sparkling fairy lights (and the option of champagne in the fridge bar) make it a wonderful place for couples, but discover the trapdoor up to the mezzanine level and you might wish you'd brought the kids. Upstairs, they'll find an attic with camping beds (for no more than three little ones or two teenagers, or space gets tight) a TV to practise their French, and the best views of all.
You’ll be excellently taken care of, waking to breakfast laid on the treehouse terrace. (From October to April, it’s served in the château itself.) There’s no kitchen but it's only a couple of kilometres to the river, where Le Robinson serves the best local produce, including fish and seafood, local game, poultry, terrines and cheeses, more than a match for the fine wines of the region, and all beautifully prepared. Ask for a menu and your evening meal can even be ordered in advance and whisked up to your leafy dining room to enjoy under the stars.
Despite being wonderfully close to the historic city of Bordeaux and its transport links, you are in the heart of wine country here, surrounded by tumbling hillside villages and beautiful landscapes. Make the most of it – and don’t forget to bring a couple of bottles back home!