• The Lodge

    Essentielle by Tara

Tara is a singer-songwriter. She has travelled the world convinced that music is a universal language. Nestled in the slab of the deer in this lodge, she composed this magnificent ode to the forest that she knows is so essential to our physical and mental well-being. In this lodge in the colours of the deep forest, all shades of green, the mirrors answer each other to bring the trees even deeper into your interior. Comfortably Installed in your warm relaxing bath on your private terrace you can let yourself be carried by the music of Tara. From your bed you can read and reread the words of ESSENTIELLE written from her hand on the wall.

Tara is a singer-songwriter. She has travelled the world convinced that music is a universal language. Nestled in the slab of the deer in this lodge, she composed this magnificent ode to the forest that she knows is so essential to our physical and mental well-being. In this lodge in the colours of the deep forest, all shades of green, the mirrors answer each other to bring the trees even deeper into your interior. Comfortably Installed in your warm relaxing bath on your private terrace you can let yourself be carried by the music of Tara. From your bed you can read and reread the words of ESSENTIELLE written from her hand on the wall.

  • Design, brightness and openness

    • Architecte : Isabelle Poulain
    • Construction and Cladding : Rémi Becherel - Nid Perché
    • Stairs : Laurent Garreau - Le Terrier

    “Light, osmosis with the forest, transparency, space” inspired the design of our 18 lodges. Built on stilts, from wood species present in the surrounding forest – douglas, chestnut, oak – our lodges are real, warm and cosy suites. Their large windows and open terraces, equipped with a private spa, promote an harmonious dialogue between the interiors and the forest. And for the final touch, each lodge has been designed by a contemporary artist.


  • Equipements

    • King size bed
    • Mini bar
    • Heating system
    • Double basin
    • Standing Mirror
    • Walk-in shower
    • Indoor dining area
    • Outdoor dining area
    • Bathrobes
    • Separate toilets
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Hair dryer
    • Safety deposit box
    • Cloakroom with walk-in closet
    • Walkie-Talkie
    • Ecological wooden speaker
    • Flashlight
    • Kettle
    • Espresso machine
    • Relaxing bath

A relaxing Soak

Alone in the world… Slip into hot, enveloping water directly on your terrace, whenever you wish. A timeless moment of intimacy and relaxation.

Digital Detox

To optimize your immersion in nature and to wake your senses, we have deliberately chosen not to include Wifi and TV in our lodges.
You will nevertheless find:
  • a walkie-talkie in your room, connected to the reception, for all your requests
  • a free WiFi connection and a large screen in the common areas of the hotel
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Walk or not

Walking is the best way to get around and explore our forest and the woods that surround it (the W.H.O recommends 10,000 steps a day to be healthier!). However, electric carts are provided for ease of travel, in case of necessity or a momentary lack of energy… here everything is allowed.

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Interactive map
Click on the dots on the right to discover our 18 lodges, works of art, swimming pool and much more
Lodge 1 "O'Plumes" by Charlotte Perrot
The softness and subtlety of feathers, an ode to feminity
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Lodge 2 "Lost Lodge" by Aurèle
A shelter for Aurele's Lost Dog
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Lodge 3 "T(h)rees" by Zou
Three, 3 trees, 3 canvas speaking of trees, T(h)rees... an evidence
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Lodge 4 "Kabine" by Kosmos
Coming inside Kabine is a real journey...
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Lodge 5 "JungOne" by JonOne
When the urban graffiti artist meets the forest
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Lodge 6 "Nude" by Gilles Ballini
The strength and power of Earth's elements
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Lodge 7 "Houppelandes" by Elisabeth Riou
Travel through time and around the globe
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Lodge 8 "Picto Heaven" by Pierre Marie Lejeune
From washed blue to indigo blue, a journey to the heart of color so dear to Pierre Marie Lejeune, sculptor
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Lodge 9 "Moodywood" by Cédric Marcillac
A Hollywood worthy score in the heart of the forest
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Lodge 10 "Yellow Shelter" by Aurèle
International Aurele Yellow
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Lodge 11 "Lucien" Hommage Serge Gainsbourg
A tribute to the great Serge Gainsbourg
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Lodge 12 "Uzume" by Jacques Bosser
Black and white chic recreated by Jacques Bosser and his talent
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Lodge 13 "Les Ailes du Désir" by Michel Audiard
Will an angel renounce its celestial standing ?
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Lodge 14 "Paradis" by CharlElie Couture
"Adam et Rêve" paradise by CharlElie Couture
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Lodge 15 "Sixtie's" by Anne-Caroline Frey
With Mick Jagger, Polnareff or Sylvie Vartan as roommates
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Lodge 16 "Via Nilo" by Philippe Borderieux
The subtlety of the painter's palette
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Lodge 17 "Efflorescences" by Cédric Porchez
A special lodge, probably the most romantic one
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Lodge 18 "Essentielle" by Tara
Recharge in a lyrical forest bath
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La Femme Loire
by Michel Audiard
Abraccio
Lost Dog
by Aurèle
Arboretum
Around the farmhouse is an arboretum of the 21 protective trees of the Druids. Some were planted recently, others have been there for tens or even hundreds of years. At the foot of each species is a sign explaining the characteristics of these natives...
Mr. le Chêne
We call him Monsieur because he is our ancestor, he was there long before us and will be there long after us. Nearly 200 years old, Mr le Chêne is the very example of strength, wisdom... he takes his time. Go and recharge your batteries under its coal-bearing branches, it is benevolent and discreet but will inspire you
Car park
The car park is reserved for hotel guests. It has charging stations for electric cars, as well as a Porsche terminal. A disabled space is reserved for people with reduced mobility, near the reception
Greenhouse
Our greenhouse is home to many small seedlings of druid-protecting trees. If you want to buy one to take with you and plant it, in your garden or somewhere in a forest, to meet it and watch it grow, they are on sale at the concept store, along with books on their history.
Red berries garden
The Green Room
Meeting room for seminars, creative sylvotherapy room, relaxation or yoga room, the green room welcomes groups. It has all the cutting-edge technology for videoconferencing, projection, etc. Its capacity is 18-20 people in normal layout, up to 35 in “theater” layout.
Aromatics courtyard
Confined space in the inner courtyard, furnished with armchairs and sofas, this space is open to you at all times. Do not hesitate to ask yourself a few minutes and breathe the scents of the plants. Our chefs and bartender come here to sample the aromatic herbs for the dishes and drinks of the day.
Left luggage
Reception / Concept store
Our concept store dedicated to nature and art offers you a selection of products, which varies regularly according to the news of the place. You will always find works of art by our artists, a selection of beautiful books and novels, but also our exclusive essential oils, made from essences present in the forest.
Lounge bar
A warm space where it is good to cool off in summer or meet in front of the fireplace in winter. In this comfortable space you can consult artistic magazines, books on trees, forests, nature, artists, drink a cold beer, a detox fruit juice, a glass of cocktail wine, an infusion of fresh herbs from the garden… You have free Wifi and a large screen TV which will of course broadcast major sporting events, but also reports on our artists, trees, nature in general
Restaurant
Our Ardent restaurant welcomes you on the terrace or inside every Wednesday evening as well as from Thursday evening to Sunday evening. All the à la carte products come from the forest, our vegetable garden or local producers with recognized know-how. Immersed in the world of the forest, the spirit of its cuisine with local and wild luxury will navigate between authenticity and pure creation. Whatever the place or the moment, you will be able to discover and savor dishes with lively flavors, inspired by the surrounding nature and the latest harvests from our vegetable garden.
WC / Locker rooms
In order to avoid having to go back to your lodge, a locker rooms is available near the swimming pool to change before or after lunch on the terrace or in the restaurant.
English garden
Swimming pool
The swimming pool (20x5m) is open from May to October. Sunbathing, parasols, bath towels and foutas await you. The bartender will be happy to come and serve you a drink by the water if you wish. The swimming pool is strictly reserved for hotel guests
Terrace
Reachable from the bar, our large terrace opens directly onto the swimming pool, the forest and the English garden. You can have a drink or eat there at your convenience. The terrace is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Interview

TARA

Author, Composer, Performer

Tell us what motivated you to join this project, how did you draw inspiration from the space and the nature around it ?

I think it is absolutely essential today to be able to find spaces of peace and tranquillity. In such places, reproducing the conditions inherent in any space of Nature, the being can contact what is essential to it. In silence, and in the greatness of the forest, he can find his place and the way leading to his interiority. I found this gift when I came to live an experience in Loire Valley Lodges. I felt that everything was designed to offer such an experience both to listen to the being and to listen to the Earth. There is a lot of humility in this project and at the same time a real sensitivity allied to a talent put at the service of the forest. If I can participate at the same time as encouraging the deployment of this beautiful initiative, it is naturally with all my heart and in tune that I will do it.

Tara, explain to us how you chose to sign this lodge and leave your artistic imprint?

This place inspired me to write and compose this song, "Essentielle". The first quality of a musician is knowing how to listen. We’re just putting in notes and words what’s already there. In a forest like this, connected to all the other forests of the planet, there is so much to discover, it is so moving! I tried to transcribe as best I could what was breathed into me when I was here. For me the forest is like a mother, it gives life, it protects and it knows to be as sweet as ferocious, it is pure love. And today, she calls her children to stand up in their turn and take care of her, measuring the responsibility, we find the path of our being and the meaning of our presence here. This is what this place inspired me and what I want to translate into this song.

Biography

The first quality of a musician is that of being able to listen. We just put in notes and words what is already there.

29-year-old songwriter and performer from France, some note in it the looks of Joan Baez and others find the creative impetus of a French Kate Bush.
Tara has been writing and composing since she was 7 years old. She studied piano, guitar, dance and theatre with various mentors and quickly distinguished herself by her boundless creativity.
At the age of 16, she is supported by the label LMA (Landes Musique Amplifiées) to give concerts and ensure the first parts of artists. The audience is sensitive to her stage play, she takes us into her authentic universe.
She continues to sing her compositions accompanied by her guitar on some scenes of the capital city and releases a very first clip -on the song Euskadi, written in homage to her Basque roots -which gets a media report by France 3.
Her first album is born in June 2017 at the Theatre du Temps in Paris, Tara is then accompanied by a dozen musicians representing different musical traditions. It bears the name of Dharamsala, a title-tribute to the peoples met during her travels as a musician
and reporter.
In 2018, she created the association Le Chant de nos Racines (lechantdenosracines.org) who will take her on the roads of France and Spain in concerts through a tour off the beaten track in
which are also proposed workshops and collective actions to promote and share the message of Life contained in his songs. Its Francophonie reveals a universal dimension, especially during this concert for Greenpeace on the ship of the Esperanza in Bilbao bringing together an international audience that is touched by its repertoire.
In 2019, she released her second album and chose to group her compositions on the theme of resilience. She indulges in it more personally, and as an alchemist of sound, denounces at the same time that she embraces “It is the death of death, pain and boredom, and my heart that laughs at it”. We will also find Seper, the song she wrote to journalist Marine Barnérias for her book Seper Hero, which had stirred hearts on social networks “There is my soul at the top of the cities, more perfume than thorns and everything in its place”.
The French-speaking artist invites other languages and vocal techniques in this album and offers with more depth her multi-faceted appearance: she whispers in Euskara, raises the tone in glossolalie, slam in Spanish, vocalize in English, raises her voice in Native American and African arabesques. She puts it in a fair and sensitive way everything that can allow us to share her love of life.

Tara, if you were...

  • A forest of the world, you would be...

    The Canadian Boreal Forest

  • A tree, you would be...

    A tree, from those who remind me of the Indian tipi’s refuge

  • A part of this tree, you would be...

    The pinnacle to be in the first lodges of the singing Wind

  • A forest dweller, you would be...

    The Spirit of the forest! So much to do ...!

  • A season, you would be...

    Fall

  • A mushroom, you would be...

    Say a cedar, it grows under the trees and is generous

  • A wind, you would be...

    The wind of Foehn! Driven by the strength of the mountainous terrain

  • A smell, you would be...

    The smell of Nordmann fir (in its natural state obviously)