Sir Oak Tree
Our century – old oak tree – the cardinal protective tree of those born March 21 – welcomes you and offers you the shade of its protective branches all day long, for a moment of reading or even better, daydreaming…
Let go and be lulled ; Sir Oak certainly has some great stories to share with you.
Front desk / concept store
At your arrival, our reception team will take you for a visit of the place and guide you to your lodge.
Next to the reception, the concept store offers a selection of works related to nature, art, design, protective trees, as well as the paintings, sculptures, and photographies of the artists represented at Loire Valley Lodges. You will also find our Deep Nature essential oils, a selection of scents from Bon Parfumeur, and essential items such as solar products.
The Aromatic Courtyard
Once you’ve parked and left your car in the parking lot, you will arrive at Loire Valley Lodges by way of our aromatics courtyard, where you will be caught up in the scent of coriander, basil, thyme…
The aromatics courtyard is in the immediate vicinity of the kitchen and the bar so that your herbal teas and salads are guaranteed fresh ! Perhaps you will also want to taste our homemade sorbets with thyme and rosemary ? In this same courtyard, our red fruits garden takes the sun so that currants, blackcurrants, raspberries or blueberries illuminate your dishes and awaken your tastebuds.
A 20m long swimming pool is available from April to September, from 9am to 8pm, behind the main building. In addition to the pool terrace where mattresses are at your disposal to enjoy the sun, you will find outdoor seating areas tucked amongst aromatic and perennial plants, offering a comfortable setting to enjoy coffee, tea, a fresh herbal tea, fruit juice or a glass of wine.
The Nordic Bath
Have you ever felt how much it is pleasant to stay into a hot jacuzzi while having your head in cool air staring at the nature when it’s cold outside ?
We have pushed the idea further : we put the swimming pool into use (but not heated !) and we installed a nordic bath right next to the swimming pool to allow you to live another sensory experience.
You can warm up in a 40°C bath, then swim a few lengths in the cold pool and go back in the hot bath…
You just need to book a time range at the reception to enjoy this experience. (Towels and blanckets at are your disposal in the locker room near the pool as well as a hairdryer.)
The Bees' Lodge
Designed like all the other lodges, in douglas pin and essences from our forest, the bees lodge, located on edge of forest behind the vegetable garden, welcomes you everyday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a moment outside of time.
In free access, comfortably installed on a small sofa, you can sit down for a moment, watch the bees through the patio door and admire their work up close using the binoculars. They don’t stop…
In this lodge, you can find many books about bees, their organisation, their life, their place in the ecosystem and biodiversity…
Below the lodge, whose parquet is deliberately perforated, are hives in activity. So when you breath, you breath the air of the hive and its pheromones with many health benefits, especially for the respiratory system.
The Vegetable Garden
The term permaculture has been invented by 2 Australians in the 1970s, themselves inspired by the natural farming of Mr Masanobu Fukuoka. This word refers originally to a way to work the land without causing harms for nature or humans, while being economically viable and sustainable in the long term. The permaculture is a philosophy, a lifestyle and a group of methods which offer solutions advising agricultural systems, accommodations but also social models inspiring biodiversity of the nature. The accommodation and human activities have to be in harmony with the ecosystems. It involves a well-reasoned use of resources.
The permaculture permit to reach this goal involving some methods :
– well-reasoned use of water – dripping watering
– use of straw-mulching which fertilise the soil, protect from frost and dryness
– mentoring of plants – or the art of matching fruits, flowers, vegetables, rose trees… – for protection and exchange of intrinsic nutrients.
This way to work the land can suggest to believe that it is poorly maintained… quite the contrary ! François spend all his days to dig, work, gather, treat, plant, here and in the greenhouse so that the best of the earth ends up in your plates. The fruits and vegetables of the vegetable garden end up at the restaurant or take-away in the form of basket everyday at the reception.
Druids held a central role in the Celtic civilization. They lived in close relationship with nature and considered the trees sacred, since they were inhabited by Gods. In Celtic astrology we find 21 trees/signs corresponding to periods of the year.
Each calendar date corresponds to one of the 21 protective trees. The Duporterie forest that surrounds the Loire Valley Lodges naturally shelters many, but not all, of these protective trees, so we planted the missing species. Go and discover all these trees and find yours. You will certainly recognize yourself by reading the characteristics of your birth tree sign… If you want to deepen your relationship with your protective tree, we grow each species of the 21 Celtic trees in our greenhouse ; the saplings are available for purchase in our concept store. You will be able to leave with your little tree, plant it in your garden or a green space near you and watch it grow and flourish at your leisure. It will be a source of energy for you.
The Tree of Wishes
Because all trees here have their place, have a role to play in the ecosystem, it was important to us to find a tailor-made role for our catalpa. Neither forest tree, nor endemic, nor druids’ protective tree… this tree more characteristic from city centers of southern countries, which comes to us from the Cherokke Indians, was designated to be our Tree of Wishes.
How to communicate with him ? Take a ribbon of the color of your choice, write on this ribbon a wish, a feeling… For you, for a family member, for a friend, for a tree, for the Planet… Anyway, what inspires you here and now. Go hang it on a branch of catalpa. Beside the others, wherever you want to put it and leave it. Maybe your wish will realize… but in any case you will contribute to build the story of this place, leaving your emotional print. For this a big thank you.