The panoramic glass and wooden huts
TEXT: HANNAH JANE THOMPSON | PHOTOS © DOMAINE LES CABINES INSOLITES LES LANDINES
Many kids dream of playing in a treehouse, and Domaine Les Cabanes Insolites Les Landines in France offers a chic, grown-up version of this nostalgic escapism. With panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, these three very private forest cabins offer a secluded hideaway for visitors looking to spend a night among the treetops, just 45 minutes’ drive south of Bordeaux.
Set among the treetops in the Gironde countryside, these cabins offer a totally secluded, yet luxury escape for couples seeking to reconnect with their childlike wonder.
Each cabin has its own name, and together, they tell their own story. ‘Reminiscence’, a luxury cabin with a dark wood structure and calming white drapes, harks back to that playful desire to climb; to explore the magic of a proper treehouse. As owner and designer Karine Karine explains: “‘Reminiscence’ means something that reminds us of being a child. The breeze in the trees, the birdsong. Stirring memories that we maybe didn’t know we had. That is the point. To share this feeling.” This childlike approach is no coincidence. As the daughter of a doctor of tropical illnesses, Karine grew up in Africa, and remembers staying in beautiful safari lodges on the savannah.
When she realised that guests were asking for a higher-end experience, she took inspiration from her own adventurous childhood to create another cabin – the luxurious ‘Lodge’. “It is really an African-inspired ‘lodge’,” she explains. “For me, there wasn’t any other possible name. People sleep completely immersed in nature.” Therein lies the final piece; the third cabin. ‘L’O2’ is a simpler affair, with wood and natural fabrics, and an open terrace. “It is my breath of fresh oxygen in the middle of the Landes de Gascogne pinewood forest,” says Karine.
Remote does not mean rustic: each cabin has electricity, a Nespresso coffee machine, a fridge and a stylish lounging area – and the higher-end rooms even have luxuries such as their own private Jacuzzis. Guests can order massages, and also request baskets of local food and drink, including pâté, foie gras, and Sauternes wine. A hand-delivered breakfast is also included. All produce is sourced from a nearby village, and the wine is made by a couple who were former cabin guests – a nod to Karine’s commitment to the region, and making connections with her visitors. “The relationship with people is so important,” she says. “To share the area, so that guests have a good memory of the place.” Mixing memory with luxury, it’s clear: Les Landines is a unique escape for big kids that are all grown up.
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