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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Summer Holiday Escapes
Aux Lodges du Mas de Nadal offers luxurious canvas tents fitted with beds, wardrobe, big windows and a covered, private terrace area to enjoy the views of the surroundings and relax with family and friends
Natural luxury A luxurious canvas experience in the middle of breathtaking nature – sounds like a dream? This summer it can come true at the brand new domain, Aux Lodges du Mas de Nadal – just two hours north of Toulouse, France. TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: AUX LODGES DU MAS DE NADAL
Opening mid-May, owners Philippe and Miriam will welcome guests into their domain of mostly untouched nature to reside in one of 22 Safari Style Canvas Lodges and enjoy the tranquillity of the site. “I pinch myself every morning, it is so quiet and beautiful here,” says Philippe. The majority of the land of Mas de Nadal is part of the adjacent Causse du Quercy nature reserve. According to Philippe, the previous owners preserved the nature as it was, “and we will carry over this philosophy,” he says. “Given that there is no road nearby, there is no noise other than nature. The sun brightens the mornings and offers stunning sunsets. And no light pollution! In fact, at nighttime it’s one of the two darkest places in Europe and you see the most beautiful skies, an ideal spot for passionate astronomers.” The cosy lodges, customised for up to four adults, offer luxurious comfort embedded in pure nature. “During our adventurous trip through the Okavango Delta in Botswana we experienced the beauty of
the Safari Camps. They ooze with nature and yet are extremely comfortable. This inspired our style of canvas tents, and we found a South African company to build these wonderful lodges for us. Set on elevated wooden platforms, they will cocoon their inhabitants in great privacy and with spectacular views into the sunset.” Spread out across six hectares of beautiful ground with small oak trees, bushes and old stone walls, there are also 18 pitches for tents. “We have a variety of sites, scattered around the domain; sunny or shady, practical pitches or snuggly hideaways. You will be able to retreat and find an oasis of privacy,” he adds.
On the domain, WiFi is available throughout and the bistro is open all day. The surrounding area offers countless cultural places and natural wonders to visit as well as sightseeing and numerous sportive activities such as canoeing, hiking, biking, horse riding, climbing, speleology, cave diving and many more for everyone and at every age. www.masdenadal.com/en
In the style of a ‘boutique hotel’ Mas de Nadal does not focus on growing in numbers. Instead they focus on quality of life and bringing people closer to nature. “Small is beautiful, this gives us the opportunity to be almost private hosts for our guests,” Philippe concludes.
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