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Stay in a rabbit house, a mushroom house or a magical ‘manor in the trees' in this enchanting French nature park.

Secluded within a rustling oak forest, DéfiPlanet is a refreshing nature and adventure park that's home to just about every type of unusual accommodation you can think of!

There are over 120 green acres of wonder and enchantment to be discovered at DéfiPlanet, including restaurants that serve locally-sourced dishes, an equestrian centre, heated indoor swimming pool and activity park, with plenty of magic-themed fun for kids. Emphasis is firmly upon preserving the stunning natural environment all around the park.

You'll find a selection of Mongolian yurts and gipsy caravans here, though if you're looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, DéfiPlanet has it all! For starters, how about staying in a rabbit, chicken or snail house, complete with real animals to greet you as you arrive? These self-contained holiday homes are lovingly themed and blissfully cosy, with plenty of fun and enchantment for the children to discover inside. There are also a small selection of cosy Mushroom Houses nearby.

You will spot plenty of farfadets (sprite-like characters from French folklore) around DéfiPlanet, so why not accept a kind invitation to stay in their home?  House of Farfadet is a wood-built family cabin that evokes all the mystery of the Lord of the Rings, complete with a well-equipped kitchen and bathroom.

Everyone loves a star-studded holiday, so a stay in Square of Stars is sure to light up your stay! This stunning self-contained cube for two is wonderfully imaginative and beautifully constructed, with a transparent dome in the roof that allows you to drift off to sleep whilst gazing up at the night sky.

Fancy living the high life? DéfiPlanet also offers a breathtaking range of childhood fantasy-style treetop accommodation, including the Castle in the Trees - a truly glorious way for the whole family to live amongst the leaves! Suspended eight metres above the ground, enjoy a drink on your private terrace and look out over your kingdom. With four cosy bedrooms, a kitchen and two shower rooms inside your treetop haven, you'll have all you need to simply sit back and relax.

You'll also find a Tree Cabin (accessible by monkey bridge for the brave!), two Manor Houses in the trees - complete with Jacuzzi! - and a selection of wooden huts suspended seven metres above ground, so whatever your treetop tastes, you're bound to find them perfectly satisfied at DéfiPlanet.

If you decide to venture away from the site by day, you'll find plenty of ways to spend your time. There are many medieval towns to wander through, while nearby Poitiers is the second oldest university town in France (second only to Paris). Here you'll discover a bustling environment with plenty of cultural heritage...and lively nightlife!

The kids are well catered for here too, with Crocodile Planet and Valley of the Monkeys found within a short drive...not to mention the renowned theme park Futuroscope, just half an hour away by car.

Return to DéfiPlanet for a delicious meal in one of the many on-site restaurants, and then head back to your holiday home for a soothing nightcap. If you're lucky, you might just catch that blazing orange sunset over the treetops!

Things to note

Minimum stay 2 nights over weekends, restaurants and activities may be reserved in advance with the property. No smoking permitted. Cots and highchairs can be provided. Wi-Fi is available in the reception and in the vicinity. All accommodations are heated, meaning this is a year-round property.

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The basics

Region: Dienné, Poitou-Charentes
Cost (from): £65 per night (yurt)
Sleeps: Varies
Bedrooms: Varies
Bathrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 1 night off-peak
Property ref: 677

Facilities

There is a wide range of accommodation options offered, each with its own individual facilities, so please refer to the property's website for the full breakdown.

Local activities

Onsite: Theme park, horse riding, golf, archery, swimming, spa, mini-golf.
Offsite: Futuroscope, wildlife, cycling, zoo.

At a glance

  • 120-acre nature and adventure park in rural Dienné, France, offering a range of unusual glamping accommodation and treehouses suitable for families, couples and groups.
  • Fly to Poitiers (15 miles) or Limoges (50 miles), and hire a car to the site. A car is recommended due to the rural location.
  • There are a number of restaurants and activities on site, including archery, swimming, volleyball and golf. Children are particularly well catered for, with a range of tailored activities including treasure hunts.
  • Close to the university town of Poitiers, with a range of small towns, villages and theme parks also nearby.
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