It’s a horrible dark, wet, autumnal day today. Not very nice at all. So let me transport you back to Summer when the weather was balmy and we were in the South of France. Yes, I know it does seem a long time ago, but I have been saving this post for such a horrible day… you will want to get your credit cards out and book for next year – I promise!
Our final stay with Canopy & Stars was in a pretty little yurt, Anisa, just in land from Biarritz. Owned by an English couple who wanted to live a French life, as the owner put it ‘here he could surf in the sea in the morning, and snowboard in the Pyrenees in the afternoon’. Such is the close proximity of both mountains and beaches makes this spot a fantastic place to stay if you are into adventure sports.
The yurt, one of two, was tucked away in a small valley surrounded by an apple orchard. We had the whole place to ourselves and fully indulged in the ‘free’ nature of the place. The kids instinctively went feral, building dens and carving sticks into sharp points. As the weather was so hot, they also spent the majority of the time naked adding to the drama of young boys with knives!
Our yurt, was comfortable with a large double bed and two singles either side, with ample space to really spread out. Tall enough to stand up in with a large ceiling ‘window’ to allow plenty of light and air in. Painted in bright emerald green, Anisa (named after a local variety of apples) is a beauty.
The camp is brilliantly set up, with an outside camp kitchen, a large cool box for your milk and cheeses. A sturdy cast iron two ring hob to cook on (which were once used in a local jam factory to boil up the fruit). Under a canopy of leaves is the shady seating area to eat and relax from the sun.
Next to the kitchen is a little shed which has a flushing loo (no composting toilet here) and to the side the most wonderful outside shower. To me this was the best bit about the entire camp, it felt exotic. Standing in the cobbled floor shower ‘cubicle’ with leaves and plants all around, and listening to the birds, I could have been in the South Pacific.
We stayed at the Yurt for 3 nights, spending most of that time lounging around the place. But we also took in some local sights. Discovering the little lanes of Bayonne really interesting with it’s shops and cafe’s and bunting filled streets.
The beaches at Biarritz and further down the coast were amazing. Be warned it’s the land of the beautiful people, Dan and I felt very ‘English’ there. Bronze, toned bodies, majority of which were thonged much to the boys amusement! And boobs everywhere! haha!
Yes, we were that family who took a giant green inflatable crocodile to one of the most snooty beaches in the whole of France! The boys had the best time, rolling around in the surf, whilst the locals posed about the place.
We loved our stayed at La Pomme Perdue, it is such a beautiful yurt in an equally beautiful location. It is all that you could want for in a glamping holiday in the South of France. Oh and the thunderstorm we had on our last night was of epic proportions, so exciting!
What we loved about our stay:
- The outside shower
- cooking under the stars
- kids whittling everything
- the thunder storm
- the hospitality, such lovely people
- the location beaches within 20 minutes drive
Where we visited:
- Biarritz for it’s glamour and sunsets
- Bayonne for it’s old city charm and back streets
- The beach at Guethary and tapas over looking the sea
Thank you to Canopy & Stars for our stay at La Pomme Perdue, it was a fantastic way to end our French road trip. You can follow our travels and the other bloggers in the Canopy & Stars collective on instagram under the hashtag #cscollective.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.