The forest of Rambouillet in northern France is home to hundreds of free-roaming horses and deer. Nestled in the midst of it all is Le Barn, a hotel whose concept embraces its surroundings to offer guests a sense of complete freedom and relaxation. Despite being just a 40-minute drive from Paris, its rustic charm, secluded location and focus on nature inspires a slow approach to life, if only for a few days.
Those looking to try something new should book in for an afternoon at neighbouring farm Le Haras de la Cense to take part in a two-hour horse-whispering experience. Befitting its secluded location, the artform celebrates a calming, focused approach to communication and draws from a psychological understanding of the animal to build a sense of trust. Expect to learn skills and techniques, and to spend quality time with the region's majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
If this sounds a little too intense, then trekking through the forest on horseback is also an option and can be booked directly through the hotel.