Gîte Douarenn (Berrien)

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THE STORY: In the Armorique nature reserve, in the heart of the wild Finistère department, Douarenn (which means “burrow” in Breton) has declared itself a “family refuge,” which is something of an understatement. Dreamt up by the French-Belgian couple Cloé and Yannick Schutz (she’s a florist, he works in IT), this masterfully designed cabin can house up to four people with the goal of… not doing much of anything! Apart from taking the time to rest in the two cozy bedrooms paneled in light wood, drifting off to sleep in the upstairs hammock, reading in a Scandinavian-style armchair in the light-filled living room, cooking comforting meals in the lovely and fully-equipped kitchen (a small dishwasher, a fridge, an induction stovetop, an electric kettle, a toaster, a blender), or lounging on the terrace when the weather’s nice. In short, take some time to slow down – because you deserve it. Cabin starting at €180 a night (two-night minimum stay). 

BREAKFAST: A well-supplied picnic basket is placed outside your door each morning (€35), filled with good-quality milk, local apple juice, banana bread, a jar of granola and homemade jams, along with brioche from the village bakery and some seasonal fruit.  
TOILETRIES: Soin de Soi body wash and shampoo. 
LITTLE LUXURY: Set off on one of the numerous hiking trails that start from the house.  

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