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Perché dans le Perche - Treehouse in Orne, France

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La Renardière

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

Children welcome. Sorry no pets.

Survey the lands around you and watch the stars from a treetop terrace in the Perche natural park...

You can't get much closer to nature than this little home within the strong branches of a centuries old sweet chestnut tree in South Normandy. You can peek out of any of the windows to see wide-ranging views over the Perch Natural Park and spot birds flying over Claire and Ivan’s 25 acres of wildlife heaven. But this doesn't mean sacrificing comfort - there's electric heating and lighting throughout, hot water, a large shower which even comes with a heated towel rail! You can even stay connected with everyone back home over the wifi. The treehouse itself is made up of 3 rooms – a master bedroom, living room, kitchen, shower room and downstairs bedroom.  And then there’s the terrace running all the way around the outside of the upstairs bedroom and a second terrace with summer kitchen at ground level perfectly designed for those long summer evenings.

When you come back down to earth, the surrounding countryside is real walkers' paradise. This is a place you won't be able to stop talking about...

Our guests say...

A beautifuly constructed and homely environment which connected you to the natural environment, instantly puts you into a state of relaxation. A extremely warm and welcoming reception from the owner who's welcome was perfectly timed and detailed giveing you the opportunity to get into the tree house and begin to enjoy your stay. The welcome basket of home made Jams, honey, butter, bread and cider had you prepared for the 1st 24hrs and got your taste buds wanting more of the local produce. 10/10 on all aspects of this beautifully placed and super qualite tree house.



Beautifully peaceful and carefully thought out. We stayed 2 nights with our 4&7 yo boys who thought it was the best holiday ever as soon as we arrived. Comfy beds, fab walks, blackberries, grasshopper catching, butterfly watching. A haven for bees and people alike. Claire and Ivan were so welcoming and offered lots of local knowledge from geology to markets. Can't wait to stay again. ❤️



The tree house is amazing with a fabulous decking balcony overlooking a panoramic view of the French countryside.



It was AMAZING! A treehouse with all mod cons and beautifully equipped. Clare and Ivan were very helpful recommending places to go and booking things for us. We were self catering as we were there for a week, but the welcome hamper left for us was great and meant we didn't have to go out to get supplies until the next day.



We loved our stay. It is the second time we have been.



Fantastic peaceful location. Friendly hosts. Amazing weather. Beautiful treehouse.



"Loved every minute of our stay. The treehouse is just perfect, and we were made to feel very welcome. Loved the outdoor space and freedom for the kids to run around and explore. It's a little piece of heaven in the French countryside! Who would believe a treehouse could be so comfortable! It was perfect - can't think of any negatives! Loved the jams and fresh bread for breakfast."



"It was magical. The children's bedroom had a branch going through it. Breakfast arrived on the balcony every morning with a discrete knock from Ivan: shiny red flasks of coffee and hot chocolate, home-made jams, organic bread, yoghurts and fruit. The balcony had a beautiful view, the owners were lovely - it was fantastic."



"Yes - we adored it! Beautiful location, amazing design tree house, very comfortable and warm, wonderful breakfast delivered every morning , great out door kitchen for self catering, three young boys who adored it - real adventure!"



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Step 1: Select check-in date

Bookings usually begin on Mon, Wed or Fri (2 night weekends also available). Rates are for 2 adults inc breakfast, extra guests £21 pn. Stays of 4 nights or more are self-catered with no charge for extra guests, please call to book.


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  • Treehouse for 2

Step 3: Who's coming?

Any age

Not suitable for babies

Not suitable for pets

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( per adult per night Single beds for adults or children. Bedding provided. Children £8 pn (2-15 years), call to book.)

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The important stuff

  • Check in is from 3pm
  • Check out is before 12pm
  • The treehouse is in the meadow 150m from the house, and can only be accessed by foot
  • Prices quoted are for 2 adults including breakfast, with extra guests per night at £19 for adults or children
  • For stays of 4 nights or more, the stay is self-catered with no charge for extra guests - please call to book
  • Extra cleaning charge for stays of 4 nights or more included in price
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • Room 1 - King size bed; Room 2 - king size bed or 3 singles

Extra space available

Space for 3 adults from £21 per adult per night Single beds for adults or children. Bedding provided. Children £8 pn (2-15 years), call to book.

Kids & Pets

Children welcome. Sorry no pets.


  • Kitchen area inside:
  • Hot plates, micro wave, grill/plancha, kettle, toaster
  • Fridge with small freezer compartment
  • Sink (hot and cold water), washing up liquid provided
  • All necessary crockery and cutlery and cooking utensils
  • Summer kitchen outside:
  • Hot plates, grill/plancha
  • Sink (cold water only)
  • All necessary crockery and cutlery and cooking utensils


  • Large shower with shower gel and shampoo
  • Toilet
  • Wash basin
  • Laundromat for clothes in closest town

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Goose down summer and winter duvets
  • Bed linen and bath towels provided
  • Electric radiators
  • Electric lighting throughout and on outside terraces
  • Torch provided


  • Wi-fi and ethernet connections
  • Hi-fi/Ipod dock and CDs
  • Children’s books and DVDs
  • Books, magazines, maps, brochures
  • Sketch pads and crayons
  • Nature reference books/charts
  • Binoculars
  • Cards and board games


At La Renardière

There are 25 acres of land to discover at La Renardière. Go exploring, make a den, go birdwatching...

And if you're more of the organised explorer type, there are plenty of books full of walking circuits available in the treehouse.

Places to visit

The Normandy countryside is full of historic manors and châteaux to explore:

Manoir de Courboyer, part of the natural regional park

Château St Jean, Nogent le Rotrou

Other places to visit include the snail farm, cidery and Ecomusée museum.

There is a nice selection of gardens to visit in the area, including La Renardière. The nearest garden open to the public is Jardin François. There are also many and varied forests, an international mushroom festival and beautiful walking and riding routes.

And if you're bringing or hiring a car, you can discover the surrounding area by way of the themed driving routes "Les routes tranquilles du Perche".

Nearby towns and cities

There are some beautiful old towns to explore in the surrounding area, many of which have regular market days which are written up in the treehouse. These include:

La Ferté Bernard


Mortagne au Perche

Moutiers au Perche

La Perrière

Le Mans - larger city with cathedral, old town, museums, restaurants and good shopping

Chartres - with cathedral, shopping, and old town

Outdoors and Active

Children will love tree climbing adventures or a ride in a trap with Percheron horses

There is also:

Star gazing (in Bellou-le-Trichard)


Swimming (municipal pools, lakes and water parks)


Moto cross riding

Golf course

Food & Drink

At La Renardière

Quite frankly, Perché dans le Perche has (probably) the best terrace in Normandy, so why not buy some local goodies and take in the view while you eat?

The nearest food shops are in town, 5km away, and the local market days are all written up in the treehouse. There will also a selection of teas, coffee, milk and condiments provided for you.

-       Breakfast (all organic) when reserved as bed & breakfast. 

-       Welcome basket when reserved as self-catering.

Pubs & restaurants

If you've got something to celebrate, or simply want to avoid the washing up, there are plenty of nearby places serving delicious French cuisine. Here are some of Claire and Ivan's favourites.

Cidrerie Traditionnelle du Perche – Cidery with local platters

Marais café (11km) - brasserie open 7 days a week 11km

Le Relais St Germain (15km) – bistro

Chez Gustav (10km) – salon de thé

Relais St Louis (10km) – French gastronomy 10kms

La Maison d’Horbé (15km) –  salon de thé/restaurant

Manoir de Courboyer (15km) – local food at lunchtime

Les 3 J’s (15km) – serious French gastronomy

Ma Maison (25km) – good French cuisine

Bistro des Ecuries (25km) – good French cuisine

Meet your hosts

Claire and Ivan first arrived at La Renardière in 1998, attracted by the unspoilt Normandy countryside of the Perche Natural Regional Park. After working in international communication in Paris for several years, Claire completely changed tack, retrained as a landscape designer and did a course on managing natural spaces, allowing her to transform their 25 acres of woods, wetland and meadows into what it is today. Ivan works between Paris and the Perche.

The dilapidated 18th century longhouse has now been restored and the attractive natural garden blends with the surrounding landscape, providing a home to many birds and insects. Work is still ongoing however, and with the help of a local college specialising in management of natural spaces, Claire uses traditional methods of hedge laying, coppicing and pollarding to encourage as much wildlife as possible.

Many different events and workshops with local associations and schools are welcomed to share the space and its unique position in the local landscape.

Wildlife & Environment

The site abounds with wildlife including deer, wild boar, foxes, badgers, numerous types of birds of prey, owl choruses and many other species of birds, mammals, amphibians and insects. Claire and Ivan have growing inventories of the species present at la Renardière, as well as part of the Natural regional parks own inventories.

All grey water from the tree house and main house is cleaned by the 5 reed beds visible from the terrace.  The water is cleaned by a mixture of plants and volcanic rock and ends up in the ponds.

Getting there

La Renardière, 61130 Bellou-le-Trichard, France

By public transport

The nearest train station is La Ferté Bernard, which is about a 20 minute drive away. Take a TGV to Le Mans and change to the mainline train to La Ferté Bernard. Car hire or taxi reservations can be organised from the station with advance notice.

The nearest bus station is also in La Ferté Bernard.

By car

From Paris and the South:
Take the A11 motorway exit no. 5 towards La Ferté Bernard.
Follow signs to Mamers on the D2. Go through the village of La Chapelle du Bois and about 2/3km further on, take a right turn on the C2 to Bellou-le-Trichard. After 2km, when the road comes up through the woods, continue along the road towards Bellou-le-Trichardand after 500m you will see a water tower straight ahead of you. Just

you get to it, take a small track on the right, signposted to La Renardière.

From the North:
From Mortagne au Perche, head due South to Bellême and take the D7 (towards La Ferté Bernard) for 12km to St Germain-de-la-Coudre. In the village, follow signs on the right to Bellou-le-Trichard.  In Bellou-le-Trichard at the crossroads just after the church, turn left onto the D276 (direction La Ferté Bernard). After 2km you will see a water tower on your left. 20m

the tower, take the small track on the left.

Booking Terms

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Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.