Made in Brittany Campings & Glampings

Aquashell

Since some few years I follow the trends around camping and glamping, certainly the Dutch influence. As freelance I work for one of the biggest camping group in the Netherlands – Via Select- and I have more and more opportunities to see what is going on on this market. But what I did not know was that Brittany holds innovative projets in the camping industry. I want to share 3 of them with you in my category Made in Brittany and I’ll begin with the most recent one that I discovered.

Aquashell – living on water

I discovered this brand at the camping Atlantica fair in October in La Rochelle. Rototec is originally specialized in rotational molding of technical parts for agricultural supplies, boating, street furniture. The CEO of Rototec decided to innovate and think outside the box to create new products and expand.

He took part at the IDDIL(Innovation and Sustainable Design for Industry and Leisure) which aim is to diversify the tourism offer in Brittany and met designers, other manufacturers and tourism professionals. A new concept was quickly borned, floating habitat, mainly designed by Owen Poho and based on the drawing of lobster traps that you can find in Brittany. The project involves also the expertise and support of local companies ROTOTEC, Europlacage, TWHB and Ulmo.

The Castel Camping Ty Nadan, also partner of this project, will be the first camping to host this innovative holiday floating homes. And I wish that more campings will be as excited as me to try out this new glamping accomodation.

More information about Aquashell and their products: aquashell.fr

La Cabane en l’Air – living in a tree

The Domaine des Ormes, again a Castel Campsite, was the first in 2004 to offer treehouse rental to tourists. It was the idea of Arnaud de La Chesnais, certainly a children dream for him first and also for his children as well as future clients and partners.

Nowadays, this unique and environmentally friendly accomodation has expanded and is now a trademark ‘La Cabane en l’Air’ with a large network. You can find 36 campsites in France with this kind of treehouses. With more than 200 copies it´s now a reference in marketing, sales and construction of tree huts.

More information about La Cabane en l’Air: www.lacabaneenlair.com

Louisiane – living in a mobil-home

I should admit spending holidays in a mobil-home is not my favorite accomodation type, but I also have to admit the products that the Louisiane company offers are really competitive and innovative. The latest one is the ‘Rolls of the camping’ as the French press call it. I can imagine to buy such a Taos mobil home and put one or two units in a field in front of the seaside. Modern, less expensive than a second home, that would be perfect. But unfortunately it’s not legal in France, not on a private property, only on campsite.

The original company was also a manufacturer for agricultural structures and with the time it decided to change its core business, in order to survive, and begun to build mobil-homes in Loudéac, in the center of Brittany. Now it’s one of the leaders of the mobil-home industry in Europe and is part of the Finadorm group. Unfortunately I just read today in the press that 37 jobs will be cut in Loudéac in the coming days. But I’m sure so as in the past, the company will be innovative enough to remain competitive and to grow again.

I recommand this article about the history of Louisiane. And for more information about the company please consult the site www.louisiane-fmi.com