July 25, 2011
In combining novelty and isolation with nature and simplicity, the Tree Houses and Cabanes Des Grands Lacs in Eastern France, are bringing a new meaning to the concept of ‘rural retreat’.
Designed by the young designer and entrepreneur Gaspard de Moustier, this alternative accommodation, tucked away in France’s most pastoral and picturesque countryside, is proving to be a huge success.
Suspended in the air amongst a labyrinth of ancient oak trees, an aerial village of tree houses can be made out, whose uniquely designed structures and alternative rope ladder staircases, are somewhat camouflaged by the tonnes of wood, bark and branches littering this beautiful forest in France, enclosed and bounded by clear water lakes.
This unique tree house village is free of electricity and running water and takes its visitors back to a simple and uncomplicated ancient era.
In designing the Cabanes Des Grands Lacs, 26-year-old Gaspard de Moustier, wanted to combine his passions for both nature and entrepreneurship to create his own vision of a true ‘city escape’ in accommodation integrated with nature.
15 tree houses and three floating cabins have been constructed on Gaspard de Moustier’s 150-hectare estate in Franche-comte on the border of Doubs and Haute-Saone.
The more ‘luxurious’ section of the Cabanes Des Grands Lacs is found in the three floating cabins, which have running water and solar powered electricity. In 2012, the young entrepreneur is to open a secluded spa at the estate, to help augment the notion of ‘barefoot luxury’ lay within a beautiful and densely wooded forest at the edge of a crystal clear fresh water lake.