Domaine d'Escapa

Europe France Midi-pyrénées Gers

  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Hot tubs
A thoughtfully created, family-run glamping site, with super stylish accommodation, acres of space and a sparkling emerald lake

Though Domaine d'Escpa was bought by Lilian and Virginie Donnais in 2008, it was several years until this wildly beautiful retreat in Gers, just north of the Pyrenees, opened to guests. In the intervening period the couple, along with their five children, lived in a traditional gypsy roulotte. As their ponies grazed in the long grass beyond, the family penned out their ideas for the land over cups of coffee and freshly baked bread. Today, their bohemian lifestyle and rambunctious, infectious belief that anything is possible has seen the place utterly transformed. With almost 100 acres at their disposal, Domaine d'Escapa remains wild, yes; Beautiful, yes; but also wonderfully luxurious and refined. It’s the perfect glamping recipe.

Now living in a small country house on the campsite, Lilian and Virginie welcome guests on arrival and walk you down to your glamping accommodation. To indulge in the same bohemian past, visitors can stay in one of ten roulottes, each with a fully-equipped kitchen and living area, plus en-suite facilities, or you can pluck for one of the special tipi-cabins, a tipi-like structure but more robustly structured, with wooden lower walls and a raised floor. Inside it’s all modern pine and panel interiors with a proper kitchen area and beds, while, for a real delight, their “carre-detoiles” huts – translating as “square of stars” – sheds the canvas altogether and allows you to sleep inside a wooden cube with circular roof windows for stargazing.

Undoubtedly, however, it is the cabins on stilts that steal the show at Domaine d'Escapa. Set back into a tree-clad slope, with far-reaching, south-facing views towards the climbing peaks of the Pyrenees, the family abodes are not quite treehouses but certainly the next best thing. Leaves dance in the breeze outside your windows, while, inside, an exposed wood finish gives the whole place an almost alpine or Nordic feel – elevated in style as well as height. The modern kitchen features a Senseo coffee maker and the washroom a powerful shower. For maximum luxury, meanwhile, three of the cabins also have simmering hot tubs on the spacious veranda outside.

Beyond the delights of the accommodation the campsite has a heated swimming pool and a great oblong lake you can paddle about on in canoes. If you decided to forego the luxury of a hot tub at your cabin, then there is another one by the pool for anyone to use, plus a sauna room you can book for €9. Beyond that, there are the campsite’s chickens to entertain the kids and Lilian and Virginia still breed horses here too. Alas, you can’t take them galloping wildly across the countryside but you can hop on a bike and ride the five kilometres to L'Isle-de-Noé instead. The cute little village has an old château with a delightful courtyard restaurant. The best bit? For exciting things to do nearby, it’s just the tip of the ice-berg.

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Facilities

Every accommodation type is a self-enclosed space with a shower room and washroom, an excellently equipped kitchen and a living and sleeping space (all bedding and linen provided). All guests have full access to a swimming pool, shared Jacuzzi, shared sauna (book from €9) and hammocks for use, while some of the tree-cabins have their own private Jacuzzis on their verandas too. A lake (with inflatable canoes and kayaks for use) and fishing permitted. There's a playground for children. Horses and ponies to pet, plus free range hens.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families, pets – yes. Tents, campervans and caravans – no.

Nearby

This is a rural location, so it's light on big museums and attractions, but awash with excellent walking routes and quite roads for cycling. The surrounding towns – Auch, Mirande, Bassoues, Tillac – all have weekly markets and intriguing histories in their own right and a dotting of ancient churches and monuments, while the dungeon and 14th century castle in Bassoues (20km) is well worth a visit. To make the most of the vast open countryside, have a nose around the pamphlets in the campsite reception, with info on canoeing and kayaking, pony-trekking and tree-top adventures in the local forest park.

Food & Drink

Reception shop stocked with the basics (including ice-cream) and a small bar selling beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks (10am–7pm). Meal baskets are available for your kitchen; specialties include foie gras, lentils and duck cassoulet, goat cheese, apple and rhubarb pie and fondant for dessert. It's 5km to L'Isle-de-Noé where the magnificent riverside château hosts restaurant Le Tic Tic gascon (05 6206 4622) in the courtyard – guests eat under a light canopy in the open air. Well worth a visit (10am–11pm; meals are around €13).

Opening Times

March – November.

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The Owner Says

Our 40-hectare property at the very heart of rural and authentic Gers offers surprising accommodation to those willing to have a wild stay: trailers/roulottes (2 to 5 guests), carrés d'étoiles (2/3 guests), tepees (until 7 guests), family cabins (2 to 6 guests) and cabins with private jacuzzi (2 to 6 guests). Various activities are available on site: heated swimming and paddling pool, outside spa, sauna, fishing; as well as in the surroundings: mountain bike, hiking on The Way of Saint James, jogging routes, horse-riding…

With original accommodation, the Domaine d’Escapa invites you to take a beautiful journey inside bohemian life. Virginie, Lilian and their tribe are your hosts for the holidays, in a pleasant “family spirit”. Horses, donkeys, ponies, as well as the lake and the forest park allow you to rest and recharge your batteries into the wild.

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Accommodation

10 roulottes, 5 tipis, 3 standard stilted cabins in the trees, plus 3 stilted cabins with jacuzzis.

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Getting There

The nearest train station is in Auch, from where it is a ½-hour drive or taxi journey.

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