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This Countryside Retreat Is Just 18 Miles From the Eiffel Tower

Picture of Alex Jordan
Travel Editor
Updated: 8 January 2018
Families looking to swap television for trekking will love the new nature discovery concept from Center Parcs, only minutes from the French capital.

Center Parcs is inviting families to share their holidays with artists, farmers, craftspeople, survival experts and the great outdoors at Villages Nature® Paris. Set in hundreds of acres of forest, the holiday park is perfect for young explorers and only four miles from Disneyland® Paris and 18 miles from the Eiffel Tower.

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There are five recreational worlds to choose from including: Aqualagon – think jacuzzis, outdoor heated lagoons and water slides; BelleVie Farm, a working estate used for growing crops and rearing animals; and Forest of Legends, where children can learn bushcraft and explore treetop playgrounds.

Guests can learn the art of botany in the Extraordinary Gardens and watch evening concerts at the Lakeside Promenade as the sun set against the backdrop of the wetlands. There are self-service cottages scattered throughout the park with three categories to choose from: Clan Comfort (sleeps 4–6), Country Premium (sleeps 2–8) and Cocoon VIP (sleeps 2–12).

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The cottages have been designed to blend into their environment; many of them have their own verandas and wild flower gardens. Inside they’re fitted with the latest mod-cons, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere for guests during their stay.

However, guests won’t want to spend too long cooped up indoors, not with the plethora of activities on their doorstep, including: treasure hunts, being a farmhand for a day, rock climbing, beach games, segway tours and tree trails. Guests can also organise day trips into Paris and guided tours of Notre-Dame cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe, two of the city’s most iconic structures.

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With seven on-site restaurants including Chez Meunier Bakery and Vapiano (where delicious pasta and pizza is cooked in front of you) guests will also be perfectly happy spending all their time at Villages Nature Paris or choosing to halve their holiday between city break and relaxing in acres of wilderness.

A stay at Villages Nature Paris starts from £535 (2 guests for 3 nights in a Country Premium apartment) up to £2040 (12 guests for 3 nights in a Cocoon VIP cottage). For more information and to book your stay, visit www.villagesnature.co.uk.