La Carr’air – the cabin in the trees. Part treehouse – part cool cabin. Wooden clad with quirky features, this holiday let was a total treat from start to finish. ‘A treehouse’! exclaimed the boys excitedly. Yep! A house up there in the trees. What more could an 8 year old boy want?
After spending a few days on the coast at Bot Conan Lodge, we had driven an hour further round the coast to Pont Aven, the other side of Concarneau. La Carr’air was recommended to us by Bretangne Tourism, and they were right, it is a remarkable place to stay.
Situated just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Pont Aven, with it’s bustling shops, great restaurants and art scene, La Carr’air is a quiet, lush green valley set up on the hill. Once a quarry, the owners had transformed the derelict space to beautiful tranquil haven. A large grassed lawn separates the area, with only two cabins on site, you really do feel alone.
We stayed in the Cachoti air cabin, perched 8 meters on the side of the quarry face. Perfectly sturdy, and totally safe, with views of the tree canopy around us. Inside, the downstairs was simply furnished in greens and blues, with a large comfy double bed, a small table and stools to eat inside if the weather was damp. Behind the bed was the shower room, with walk in shower / wet room style.
Upstairs, accessed by a tiny doorway, big enough for a teen go through, and a small staircase to the mezzanine level, which has two single beds. My two found it hilarious, getting undressed and chucking their dirty socks over the balcony to land on their mothers face! ha ha!
There is no kitchen inside the cabin, but there is a full equipped communal kitchen across the lawn. I cooked bolognaise there, whilst the boys played with their water pistols on the lawn, we ate it around the large farmhouse table
The mornings are the best bit. 8am breakfast is delivered by a hamper to the deck. Full of all those French breakfast treats you want to eat in France. Pain au Chocolate, hot chocolate for the boys, coffee for us, mango and orange juice, local jams and even the local paper. We all loved having our breakfast delivered.
What is there to do in the area?
Pont Aven is on your doorstep, visit it. Much like St Ives in Cornwall it is full of art galleries, a museum about the art history – Paul Gauguin founded the art school there. Pont Aven is situated either side of a river, with huge granite boulders, which make a great place to dangle your feet into the water on a hot day. More on Pont Aven in another post.
Collaboration Note: Thank you to Bretagne Tourism for arranging us the stay at La Carr’air. All thoughts words and images are my own.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
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