Les Cabanes de Fontaine-Châtel

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Adventurous treehouse glamping high in a Normandy woodland

If campers complain about sloping meadows, lumpy ground and roots under the tent then there's one way glampers can beat them hands down – by leaving the ground altogether! And, if you've got a sense of adventure, Les Cabanes de Fontaine-Châtel in north-east Normandy has found a way to elevate the glamping experience to the next level. Take a stroll through their leafy beech, oak and ash trees and high above you'll discover 10 quirky treehouses, connected to the forest floor by way of ladders, staircases, zip-wires and wobbly wooden bridges. Even the traditional French campsite breakfast is given a lift – with a complimentary petite déjeuner hoisted up to your treetop cabin each morning by way of a nifty winch-and-pulley system.

Scattered across a forest 20 miles east of Rouen, these staggering treehouses have been built in and around the branches of some 27 hectares of trees. While all glampers here should have a head for heights ("only for the brave", you're informed on their website), the place has been designed to suit a wide range of ages and abilities. The most daring of guests can channel their inner monkey with a stay in 12-metre-high 'Berceau', accessed via an irregularly shaped puzzle bridge – with compulsory harness required – while those in 'Terriers' whizz into their sky-high home via, not one, but two zip lines, the first of which is over 50 metres long! For families, meanwhile, there are more sedate options, and the lowest in the range of treehouses sits a more manageable four metres off the ground, with some structures linked together like siamese-treehouse-twins, allowing them to sleep up to six or even eight people. Each has a dry toilet – so you needn't perform aerial acrobatics to nip to the loo – but there’s a more traditional toilet block on terra firma too, along with hot powerful showers. It’s a simple set-up and you’ll need to pack sheets for the bed and your cooking kit; unless you book winch-delivery dinners in advance.

The woodland wildlife makes the experience magical. With cars parked away from the wood, wild boar, deer, pheasants and birds can wander as freely as the kids. Treehouses make for great hides to watch it all from but you can explore on foot too and there’s an orienteering experience to help you find your way. On a wider level, meanwhile, it’s less than an hour to the ferry ports at Le Havre and Dieppe and just under two from Calais; making Les Cabanes de Fontaine-Châtel as good for a weekend away, as a week-long summer holiday – or as an extremely left-field option to break a longer journey south. And whether you're looking for a sky-high couples’ hideaway or a place for your own Swiss Family Robinson-style adventure, there should be a treehouse in this woodland village to suit.

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Facilities

There is a toilet block with loos and three showers but each treehouse also has its own dry toilet. Cabins each have a terrace with a table and chairs. Inside they are kitted out with beds but guests need to bring sleeping bags and pillowcases. Campfires are not allowed but BBQs are for sale at €10.

Suitable For

Glampers only: families, couples, large groups and anyone with a head for heights! Littl'uns under the age of two are not permitted, however, and some of the more adventurous treehouses have a minimum age (12 or 16).

Nearby

The treehouses are set in a 27-hectare woodland which you are welcome to explore and there’s an orienteering course (€2 charge) around the site. For more treetop fun, head to Accrobranche Abr’en ciel (+33 6 45 77 85 85), a 15-minute drive from site. Other attractions within a 20-minute drive include the Château de Martainville with its Museum of Normandy Traditions and Arts (+33 2 35 23 44 70), Zoo of Clères (+33 2 35 33 23 08) and the Bois-Guilbert sculpture garden (+33 2 35 34 86 56).

Food & Drink

Breakfast is included with stays and is delivered to your treehouse via a winch and pulley system. You can also order dinners if booked in advance at an extra cost. For a meal out, head to Buchy, eight kilometres from site – there are a coupe of good restaurants near the old covered market place and an excellent crêperie.

Opening Times

All year.

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Accommodation

10 treehouses of varying heights and with different eases of access, from sturdy staircases to wobbly bridges, depending on your sense of adventure.

"Grand Hêtre" Tree House i

"Grand Hêtre" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 2
A cosy tree house for romantic getaways in the tree canopy

"Vieux Chêne" Tree House i

"Vieux Chêne" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 2
A cosy tree house for nature lover getaways in the tree canopy

"Le Fer à Cheval" Tree House i

"Le Fer à Cheval" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 2
A cosy wooden tree house perched 6m above ground in a majestic 150 year old beech tree.

"Berceau" Tree House i

"Berceau" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 2
Reach for the stars in this 12m high tree house, accessed via harness and wooden monkey bridges!

"Soleil Royal" Tree House i

"Soleil Royal" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 2
Zip-wire into the trees to access this "Tarzanesque" Tree House, 12m high!

"Terriers" Tree House i

"Terriers" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 2
Woodland Tree house accessed via two zip lines in the tree tops!

"Drakkar" Tree House i

"Drakkar" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 3
Cosy tree house hidden in the forest, 5m above ground, for up to 3 people

"Canyon" Tree House i

"Canyon" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 3
A cosy tree house hidden in the forest with its own wooden footbridge!

"Robin des Bois" Tree House i

"Robin des Bois" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 8
A large "double" Tree House ideal for bigger groups, sleeping up to 8 people.

"Baron Perché" Tree House i

"Baron Perché" Tree House

Tree house Sleeps 6
Interconnected tree houses by wooden bridge, ideal for families or groups of up to 6 people.

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Location

Contact Les Cabanes de Fontaine-Châtel, 4 Route du Château, 76750 Saint-Germain-des-Essourts, Seine-Maritime, France

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Getting There

Coming from Rouen on the A28, take exit 12 for Moulin d'Ecalles, pass over the motorway, and continue for 1 km. Turn left in the direction of Longuerue. You have to go under the A28, then cross the railway. Continue in the direction of Longuerue, then St Germain des Essourts. On leaving Longuerue, take the road to the right to cross the wood.

The closest railway stations are at Longerue Vieux-Manoir (16km away) and Monterollier (20km away). Les Cabanes de Fontaine-Châtel can arrange pick up from either for €10/€20.

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