The best cabins in the Ardennes
Who has ever dreamed of one day sleeping under the trees with your partner or your tribe? Childhood dreams can come true in the Ardennes in cabins, some of which are high above the ground.
1. Le Chêne Perché
Come and get a taste of adventure with your partner or your family staying overnight in a cabin perched in a 16m-tall tree with panoramic views over the Signy-l'Abbaye forest. Up near the top of these century-old oaks, you can feel the beating heart of nature.
2. La Cab’Âne
This cabin, located on the edge of a forest and close to the bank of the River Malaquise is a little (30m²) timber-clad nest that can accommodate two adults and two children. During your stay you can enjoy old-fashioned delights such as light from candles and oil lamps and cooking on an old-fashioned wood stove: a return to your roots, setting aside the fripperies of modern life.
3. Cabane & Vallée at Haulmé
The location of these cabins is worth a special trip in itself: they overlook the magnificent Semoy valley. With no superfluous details or ostentatious luxury fittings, the "Lalégende" and "A l’orée" cabins are clad in unprocessed timber, to respect the environment. To take a shower, you have to cross the river in a boat: this is the real log-cabin lifestyle!
4. Kota Côte
The pre-Ardennes ridges are full of hidden gems like the flower-filled village of Semide. Here, you can leave the rat race behind you for a weekend's relaxation in the Kota Côte cabin, which even has its own sauna.
Location: From Monthermé in France, take the Chemin de l’Enveloppe or the Chemin des Crêtes
5. Kota des Lapinous at Montgon
This pair of Finnish kotas plunge guests into the scents of Nordic essences. And what a pleasure it is to cycle through the surrounding countryside featuring the pre-Ardennes ridges (cycle hire available on request), then to have a sauna afterwards!
6. La Cabane du Bois Dormant
Nestling at the heart of one of Wallonia's most beautiful forests, La Cabane du Bois Dormant at Spa envelops you into wild greenery. With all mod cons (toilet and shower), this retreat is an ideal pace to recharge your batteries and listen to the beating heart of nature.
7. Le Bois Brûlé
In the Lienne valley at Trou de Bra, a side road on the right climbs up from the main along a small valley formed by a stream. At the top, on a hillside planted with trees, Le Bois Brûlé blends perfectly into the landscape, a gem of contemporary style. In this peaceful location, guests can enjoy home-made breakfasts of organic spelt bread, jam, honey, cheese and yogurt. It's not far to Grand Hé, on the opposite hillside, where guests can enjoy tasting the produce from the La Lienne cheesemakers.
8. Le Chant des Cabanes
This cabin's construction on piloti (stilts) give it added height: from the terrace the views of the countryside around Lierneux encourage guests to immerse themselves in the cabin's isolation. A magnificent cabin that's ideal for families: children will adore crawling through a wooden tunnel to their bedroom!
This passive-energy, timber-clad gîte was built in 2017 to demonstrate the skills of local artisans and ecological engineering: it's a very beautiful, up-market, contemporary-style building. The solid timber beds were made by an artisan woodworker.
Location: Cras-Avernas, 4280 Hannut, Belgium
More info: http://www.abarolodge.be/
10. Cabanes de Rensiwez
They blend into the landscape on a meander of the River Ourthe and have everything you need for a stay of a few days: a kitchenette, a wood-burning stove and even a hot tub or sauna for some of them. They are dream cabins that we have all seen or read about in Nordic adventures.
11. Mon Lit dans l’Arbre
Five unusual cabins are located in this park. Their design includes curved wrought-iron and timber inspired by nature. They are on the edge of the forest near Martilly. Did somebody say romantic?
12. Goutte d’eau at Val d’Aisne
This cabin is unique and unusual: an enormous suspended tent designed by Dré Wapenaar. It's 4m tall and 2.75m in diameter. Guests slide inside with their sleeping bags. It forms part of the Val d’Aisne campsite, located on the bank of one of the most beautiful rivers in the Ardennes, and close to the Aisne tourist tramway.
13. Cabin at Han-sur-Lesse
Inside the Han-sur-Lesse Caves Park, in a tent on a raised platform, you can spend the evening and night observing your animal neighbours in the safari park, including stags, does, aurochs, Przewalski's horses and mouflons. A unique experience in unusual accommodation.
14. Cabania - Ardennes eco-campsite
This eco-campsite at Oignies-en-Thiérache offers cabins on stilts, tiny houses, Igluhuts, Square huts and Sibley tents, all housing designs that use renewable energy. Careful management of the meadows ensures their biodiversity by allowing space for wild flowers.
15. Cabins at Le Moulin de Lisogne
In the Haute-Leffe valley, the road winds past limestone meadows and the countryside. It continues along the river bank to the former Lisogne water mill, in whose large garden is a tree containing this cabin, amid nests of birds and squirrels. It has comfortable beds, heating and a private bathroom: now you are ready for a night in the trees!
This recently built cabin park is an ideal spot for a weekend's cocooning! Two days of relaxation where you can rediscover your inner self and enjoy a simpler lifestyle. The 26 timber cabins are filled with daylight, and you'd be forgiven for thinking you were living in the trees. And the call of the forest is very strong here: the Haute-Sûre Forêt d'Anlier Nature Park's most beautiful footpaths and hiking trails are on your doorstep.