Stairway to haven – tree house holidays get even closer to nature

THINKING of turning over a new leaf now that we can start to travel again? Then these holiday homes will help you branch out.

Treehouses at Le Parc de Fierbois are a natural treat, perched up to seven metres high and reached by a wooden staircase or ladder.

They’re so well integrated into the environment, offering views of the woods, that they have tree trucks growing THROUGH them.

The Castel Parc campsite at Fierbois, in Touraine, France is situated close to vineyards and opulent chateaux.

But the simple accommodation is built back to basics style amid a relaxing seven-hectare wooded estate, including a lake.

Each of the tree houses boasts beds, a table and chairs, lamps, a water bottle, garbage bags and matches – and that’s it.

There’s no electricity or running water. There are ‘dry’ toilets, although full sanitary facilities are also located 250 meters away.

There are no cooking facilities either, but there’s a restaurant, store and bar at the site, and breakfast is delivered in a basket at the foot of the cabin at around 8:30am each day.

Prices are for accommodation and breakfast, and you’ll need to pay a small supplement for sheets, and bath towels. Car parking is close by the treehouses so unloading isn’t an issue.

Elsewhere, the site offers a wide range of rental accommodation, ranging from tent pitches to cabins and mobile homes.

Family-friendly facilities include two tennis courts, a skate park and 700m² water park, with indoor swimming pool and five flumes. There’s also entertainment throughout the summer season.

The Parc de Fierbois is a huge forest estate with a lake hidden in the middle, and care has been taken to ensure campsite facilities blend into the natural, lush-green environment.

Les Castels is a group of 25 sites throughout France that has been specialising in self-catering accommodation and camping for more than 60 years. Sites are all independently owned.

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