Firstly, where has the time gone? September flew by in a whoosh! I had every intention to write these posts of our holiday in France a month ago. Apologies! But here it goes.
You may remember that back in July Canopy & Stars launched their little collective, a group of lifestyle, foodie and travel bloggers to stay, review and live the glamping life for a short while.
We pulled the long straw, whilst in France we stayed at two C&S properties, a treehouse and a yurt. I shall write them in separate posts… firstly the treehouse.
Cab Cabane is just south of Bordeaux, in land, set in miles upon miles of pine forest. A paired back way of life, to relax and enjoy a slower pace and its woodland surroundings. It was a hot afternoon when we arrived, we couldn’t wait to relax and get up into the treehouse.
The boys were completely excited, we walked through pine tracks lined with bracken, past several of the treehouse pods, to finally find ours, tucked away towards the back of the camp. The treehouses in Cap Cabane are all shaped like large cocoons, made from timber. Downstairs is your own composting toilet and sink, up the curved staircase to the first platform. A place to sit and read in the deck chairs or relax in the hammock.
Above that is the sleeping area, with a double bed, and two singles for the boys. A table and chairs which we pulled out onto the balcony to sit and eat. The inside is sparsely decorated, in keeping with the paired back model of life. Just a shelf for your belongings and no windows, except for the large glass roof in which you can view the tree canopy and the stars at night.
That evening we ate out on the balcony, played cards by candle light and watch bats fly threw the darkness. Cicadas played us a song, whilst owls hooted in the distance. Tree house life for the boys was pretty special.
The next morning, Charlie woke us, saying ‘I think breakfast has arrived’, scampering down the steps to the next level, he returned with a French market basket full of delicious things to eat.
Oh my word! Why doesn’t this happen every day? Breakfast deliveries! We were treated to hot chocolate, proper coffee, a small basket (which I secretly wanted to steal) full of pastries. Rye bread, home made jams and butter. Perfect!
The shower block was a short walk through the forest from our base, cleverly each treehouse has their own cubicle, so we could leave our toiletries there for the duration. The water was warm and the place was spotless.
That day we explore the local towns and villages looking for brocante (I was like a women possessed!) but soon the heat got to us and we searched for a cooling spot. We found the loveliest shallow river to dive into.
We stayed there and swam, cooled down and enjoyed being this lovely part of the world. This river, that afternoon was one of my highlights from our holiday.
If you would like to stay at the Cap Cabane tree house here are tips:
* There are no facilities to cook in the tree house but there is a communal kitchen on site, plus a fantastic restaurant, which costs 17 euros each for a two course meal.
* If you are looking for brocante visit the pretty town of Bazas. Pretty shops and cafe’s around a large square.
* Collect large fir cones, which drop around the camp site. Our largest was 10 inches tall!
* Wild swim in the river at Beaulac and then picnic in the park next to it
* listen to the owls hoot late into the night
Thank you to Canopy & Stars for sending us to review this unique property.
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.