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5 child-friendly eco-lodges for nature-based holidays!

Family glamping surrounded by nature

The flowers are in bud, the birds are singing… spring is finally here! Immerse yourself in nature in a semi-underground cabin, tree house or designer pod. The programme includes bow-making, butterfly or treasure hunting for a rugged holiday in the Breton countryside!

In the blink of an eye

1. Cosy pods that blend in with nature for observing birds and butterflies

La Belle Verte

“La Belle Verte” eco-lodges, near Vitré, promote upcycling and zero waste. In the Breton countryside, the semi-underground pods, entirely made from natural materials, can host families of four. It’s bedtime kids… on the mezzanine! Are they early-risers? It’s the ideal time to watch the garden birds: tits, robins, hoopoes… Ask for an observation kit at reception to help you identify them. Do the little ones need to release energy? Let them chase after the peacock butterflies and friends! Set off on a family treasure hunt and look for clues under the apple trees or in the meadow. Everyone, children and adults, can learn about animals, leaves, compost, etc.

La Belle Verte

2. Nature games and sculpture cabins in Quiberon bay

La Belle Folie

Accommodation options include a Superpausée tent (two tents on top of each other), a Tissée or Cactus house. A magical experience for parents and children, in Quiberon bay. The sculpture cabins at “La Belle Folie” are eco-designed and situated in the middle of a forest, which is a wonderful playground for children! Book one of the forest school workshops organised by Soline (*). Her motto: raise awareness of respect for nature through wonderment. It’s a great programme! Hide-and-seek, den or teepee-building, making bows and musical instruments with materials found in nature, etc. Your children will even be allowed to climb trees (safely, of course). And what about you?  Chill out in the greenhouse, relax in the hot tub… enjoy!

(*) absent from 24th to 29th April

La Belle Folie

3. Dragon hunting and a well-earned rest in a wooden cabin in Léon

Domaine de Kermenguy

Find the dragon’s lair in the Domaine de Kermenguy forest, in Cléder. A trail fraught with difficulties! Solve the fairies’ riddle by measuring a tree, hide from the korrigans, follow the animal tracks… A 100% natural adventure in which you will learn about Breton fauna, flora and legends. In the evening, relive your day in one of the family eco-lodges: the Jonquille tree house, 6 metres from the ground in an ancient oak tree; Stella, in a south-facing clearing, or the Victoria safari tent. Are you on holiday with teenagers? Will it be parents against children or girls against boys in a game of “Triskell pursuit”, an orienteering trail through the domain, covering 40 hectares? You can borrow compasses!

Domaine de Kermenguy

4. Seeking lost treasure in the Blavet valley

Vallée du Pratmeur

Immerse yourself in the pretty Blavet Valley in Quistinic. You’ll be greeted by donkeys and ponies, which your children won’t be able to resist! Vallée du Pratmeur is a paradise for animals: alpacas, chickens, rabbits, etc.  Drop your luggage in one of the family tree houses, perfect with 2 or 3 children. The houses are accessed via a bridge or a spiral staircase, which is an adventure in itself! From your nest, you overlook the 25 hectares of the domain. Explore it in detail on a treasure hunt. Other activities include a trampoline in the trees and disco golf. Are heights not your thing? Then opt for the gypsy van. Perhaps you might even catch a glimpse of the elves and korrigans who come close on certain evenings…

Vallée du Pratmeur

5. Front-row seats to view nature, close to Guerlédan Lake

Cabane de Quénécan

Play at Robin Hood in a tree house in Quénécan forest. You’ll have the best seat for watching nature’s spring awakening.  Hidden in the branches of an ancient oak tree, watch a deer or a boar wander by, and listen to the birds. You can also venture into the forest or on the trails around the neighbouring Guerlédan lake. On the way, pick up leaves, seeds, moss and a whole host of treasures to make a scrapbook! Are the children older? Then try to solve the “Mission Quénécan”, a landscape game that plunges you into the history of Forges de la Salle. The “Cabanes de Quénécan” are installed around this former steel town: take advantage of a VIP tour!

Cabanes de Quénécan

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