COUCOO CABANES GRANDS CHÊNES FRANCE
The verdant Parc Naturel Régional Oise spreads up and out from the urban sprawl of Paris towards beautiful Raray, where Coucoo Grands Chênes’ gorgeously-designed nests hang 7-13m above the ground, surrounded by the branches of century-old oak trees. Just a 45-minute drive from the capital, the cabins feel as far-flung from the hustle as you can get.
The 20 treehouses are accessed by spiral staircases and ladders, lifting you into eco-friendly luxury. Each cabin offers a unique stay, ranging from family treehouses to romantic wooden cocoons. Designed to flow with the fauna, they are made of rot-resistant larch and Douglas fir, and the supporting oaks are regularly monitored by experts to maintain their health. Better yet, the nests can be adapted to the tree’s growth. Ecological products, natural water purification, biodegradable and recyclable materials, water and electricity reduction are all part of your stay. On spa cabin terraces, you can soothe and soak in hot Nordic baths, listening to the rustle of leaves and birdsong, and Coucoo creates well thought out meals throughout the day, showing off the best of local produce. Some 25-minutes away, there’s the Michelin-starred Le Verbois, serving Asian-inspired dishes in an old hunting lodge.
A huge range of activities is available for adults and children: walking and cycling trails across deer-filled forests, tennis courts, horse riding and the nearby Raray golf course. Occupied since Neolithic times, the 67,000ha park is rich with history and heritage, with churches, museums and the magnificent Château de Raray.