Domaine de Saint-Jean: Wake up high in the treetops of the Loire Valley
Text: Kate Harvey
No matter your age, the magic of a treehouse is undeniable. The Domaine de Saint-Jean, a lodging located deep in the forest of the Anjou region in France, offers guests the chance to stay in one of their rustic treehouse cabins perched high above the ground.
An arboreal dream brought to life, the Domaine de Saint-Jean brings guests closer to nature by plunging them deep into the woods of the Loire Valley. Built between six and 12 metres above the forest floor, a night in one of the huts is a therapeutic trip back to childhood.
Each of the treehouses has its own unique feature, and depending on which one guests choose, they can accommodate between two to five people. There’s the Lov’Nid, a spherical love nest for two; a peaceful breakfast terrace in La Rêveuse; a skylight in the AstroLab to wake up to the sun creeping in; ancient woodland views from L’Impériale; and a towering spiral staircase in L’Aventureuse.
A night here provides an ambient break for those that relish simple pleasures. “The huts are without water and without electricity, but that’s all part of their charm. We lend our guests lanterns to guide them after dusk, and there are dry toilets, a water point, and showers in a separate building,” explains Aude de Quatrebarbes, owner of the Domaine.
The majesty of the Loire region has captured the hearts of many. This off-grid getaway allows guests to soak up the surrounding countryside, whether it’s discovering local winemakers, or strolling around the châteaux of Brissac, Angers and Serrant. The historical theme park of Puy du Fou is also just an hour’s drive away, and is one of France’s best-kept secrets. Alternatively, there’s the option of golf, horse riding, swimming, tennis or canoeing: making it a wonderful choice for an active retreat.
“The estate had been dormant for over 50 years, and I wanted to revive it with something entirely new. Our treehouses bring people from all walks of life to experience the tranquillity of this region,” Aude explains.
Guests can enjoy quality time with loved ones in the refuge of the forest: “A gift certificate is an original way to surprise that special someone. We offer extras such as a welcome aperitif, a picnic basket dinner, or thrown petals.”
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