La Cabane du Perche
Cabane du Perche – West of Paris
Treehouse for 2 from £120 per night
1 double, 2 bunks
Suitable for children of all ages
Not suitable for pets
Two children can be accommodated but pets are not allowed
Up in the branches, on the northern edge of the huge forest of the Perche natural park, this comfortable treehouse cabin is not just somewhere to sleep but a place to be in its own right. Guests have been known not to come down for days. Fans of quirky furniture will love it: it's created to the owners' unique design. The shower and basin are made from recycled wine barrels; the seats and bedside tables whittled out of apple wood from the orchard, and the beds are wooden too - a double and two bunks (one just child-size). Bread, milk, and cheese are sourced from a network of local farms - but this is cider country, so what better to enjoy on the terrace? It's great for a picnic, as there's no kitchen, but shops and restaurants are just a few kilometres away.
Breakfast is served outside or in, and with proper insulation and heating you'll be cosy year round. Then of course there's the fabulous hot tub at the base of the tree, exclusive to treehouse guests so you can hire it whenever you like. It's easy to get to from the UK with Eurostar to Paris or a ferry to the ports of Normandy. Apart from walks in the woods, the region is full of historic houses, manors and abbeys. If you're feeling active, horse riding is very popular, or take a carriage ride in the forest - an unforgettable bit of fun.