Shibumi Ecolodge – Japanese cabin for 2 people

A peaceful cabin in harmony with nature

The “Shibumi” cabin is a Japanese-inspired cabin located on the edge of a cliff, 30 m above the river called ‘Gave d’Oloron’. Even though it isn’t a treehouse, its deck provides a panoramic view of the Château de Laàs grounds, the river, and the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains.
Once you are inside the cabin, you’ll feel like you’re the only people in the world. Just let yourself be cast under the spell of this magical place.

From 2018, unwind in a Japanese outside bath!

Next to your treehouse, a private Japanese bath is waiting for you to relax on a wooden terrace with a majestic view on the Gave d’Oloron. The bath is heated to 40°c by a wood stove – the perfect place to enjoy a romantic night with a glass of wine.

The Ecolodge has electricity but no running water. It does have a composting toilet as well as a water reserve so you can brush your teeth and wash hands. You’ll find in the castle two bathrooms open from 8 am until 8 pm.

Inside, the understated décor – bonsais, hokusai lithograph, etc. – and Japanese furniture immerse you in a relaxing, zen atmosphere. Everything is designed to relax you in this privileged natural setting. You’ll even be able to discover origami, the traditional art of folding paper, as you attempt to fold a crane.

To dine or eat breakfast, you can choose to eat inside the cabin or enjoy the view from the deck.

Right next to the cabin, there is a wicker swing hanging from an oak branch, providing a peaceful, weightless cocoon in the shade of the trees: the perfect spot to start reading that book you’ve been meaning to pick up off your nightstand for so long!

And if the nights are cool, you have access to an electric heater to ensure nothing ruins your pleasant stay in this cabin.

“Shibumi” is a Japanese word made famous by the eponymous detective novel by Trevanian, part of which takes place in the Basque Country. The word, which is difficult to translate, represents the subtle beauty of simple, understated things. This is the concept that guided us as we created this cabin.

Trevanian attempted to define it as follows in his novel: “Shibumi has to do with great refinement underlying commonplace appearances. It is a statement so correct that it does not have to be bold, so poignant it does not have to be pretty, so true it does not have to be real. Shibumi is understanding, rather than knowledge. Eloquent silence. In demeanour, it is modesty without pudency. In art, where the spirit of shibumi takes the form of sabi, it is elegant simplicity, articulate brevity. In philosophy, where shibumi emerges as wabi, it is spiritual tranquillity that is not passive; it is being without the angst of becoming. And in the personality of a man, it is… how does one say it? Authority without domination? Something like that.”

Our two treehouses for couples

Le Temps Suspendu offers two other accommodations for a romantic night: the Seventh Heaven treehouse and the Pyrenees treehouse – two treehouses built in hundred-year-old cedar trees more than 7 m off the ground.

Seventh Heaven Treehouse

Seventh Heaven Treehouse

Our most romantic treehouse!

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Pyrenees Treehouse

Pyrenees Treehouse

A treehouse with a view of the Pyrenees and a hanging net!

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A gift voucher for a night as large as life

Do you want to give a gift voucher for a night in the Shibumi cabin or in one of the treehouses?
Le Temps Suspendu makes it easy for you! You can order a gift voucher, valid for two years from the date of purchase, directly from our website. The hardest thing will be to choose from the variety of packages we offer on the page for gift vouchers for sleeping in the treetops.

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Availability

The facts…

Capacity: 2 people

Access: Wooden staircase

Minimum age: 8 years

The advantages: a very peaceful, Japanese-inspired cabin with a 30 m high deck overlooking the Gave d’Oloron, providing a splendid view of the Pyrenees