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Camping and château-ing on France’s spectacular west coast

A French château re-opens, and beachside lodges are upgraded

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Camping and château-ing on France’s spectacular west coast

June 13 2011
Maria Shollenbarger

In France, on the Ile de Noirmoutier, “roughing it” has a rather different meaning than it does elsewhere – particularly as imagined by a former CEO of Cartier and Richemont. But Alain Dominique Perrin’s Original Camping at Domaine Les Moulins (second picture; www.camping-les-moulins.com; from €599 per week) is indeed an original idea – all-mod-cons tents spread across six acres on one of western France’s prettiest beaches. It’s been upgraded again this summer with several new “eco-lodges” that bump things up from four stars to five.

Also of note, to the south-east in the Languedoc, is Château Les Carrasses (first picture; www.lescarrasses.com; from €180), a 19th-century wine-producing estate that will reopen this summer divided into airy, understated suites, apartments and villas. Book now to get excellent introductory rates.