Look past the castles, French villas, and royal family estates in rural France. Cast your eyes to the sky, and you may just find your next family vacation.
A collection of huts, resembling bird’s nests and treetop “hotels,” are popping up in lesser-known villages in France under the Coucoo Cabanes collection. What started as a personal project in 2009 has grown into a series of unique and eco-friendly lodging concepts for bespoke travel experiences in regional France.
The aim of the project by founders Gaspard de Moustier and Emmanuel de la Bédoyère was to reduce the carbon footprint of travellers and also incorporate self-discovery in French villages where Mother Nature and artisanal producers collide.
Coucoo Grands Lacs was the first in the collection located in the Franche-Comté region of France, with 21 cabins, 12 treehouses, and nine floating huts on undiscovered lakes in the region. The huts and cabins implement water-saving techniques and function with low-carbon outputs. All are made with local materials for a rustic feel yet ooze a sense of luxury glamping, with curated breakfast basket filled with artisanal and homemade goods, and some offering amenities like a private Ultra Bio Ozone Nordic bath on the deck and bathrobes for those who simply cannot live without life’s little pleasures.
The Coucoo Grands Chênes might be the most accessible for people who want to experience Coucoo, being just 60 kilometres north of Paris in Picardy. The region boasts a range of one-of-a-kind activities to keep guests entertained, like golf at the Château de Raray. The cabins are six to 13 metres off the ground in the branches of two-hundred-year-old oaks, hidden from plain sight and away from the hustle of Paris, yet still offer gourmet French fare: caramelized duck breast, housemade charcuterie, local wine, and organic fruit and vegetables hoisted up to your perch in a cute little basket.
The rooms have water and electricity, so fear not—you will not be completely disconnected, unless, of course, you want to lose yourself.
Other locations include the Coucoo Grands Reflets in Belfort and Coucoo Grands Cépages near the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in Sorgues.
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