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France has some extraordinary places to stay | © Attrap'Rêves
France has some extraordinary places to stay | © Attrap'Rêves
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The Most Unusual Places to Stay in France

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Updated: 18 July 2017
Heading to France and looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? From treehouses to 1950s wagons, some really amazing and interesting types of accommodation are available here. Here are some of the most unusual places to stay.

Attrap'Rêves Bubbles

Capsule Hotel, Eco Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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Stay in your own little forest bubble in France
Stay in your own little forest bubble in France | © Attrap'Rêves

When you arrive at this spot in the beautiful Provençal countryside, you would never know you were a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Marseille. This is truly one of the most unusual places to stay in France. Attrap’Rêves means ‘to catch your dreams’, and this place certainly does just that. The bubbles are made from recyclable material and each one is perfectly secluded, with its own shower and private parking.

Once you are inside your bubble you’ll never want to leave | © Attrap’Rêves

Each bubble comes with its own star chart and telescope, and catering and a masseuse can also be provided if you want. The bubble has minimal impact on its surroundings, due to its ecological design, and fresh air is circulated constantly and quietly. This is the perfect romantic getaway with all the local delights of the Mediterranean sea nearby.

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Cap'Cabane

Eco Hotel
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Stay in your own wonderful treehouse at no cost to the planet
Stay in your own wonderful treehouse at no cost to the planet | © Cap Cabane

Stay in a wooden pod in the shape of a pine tree, among the real pines at Cap’Cabane. Situated in the forest just south of Bordeaux, these elegant wooden structures are the perfect hideaway. Each one has its own shower, and there’s a communal eating area, or you can chill out in the natural pool.

Take a dip in the natural pool | © Cap Cabane

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Adventure, Eco friendly, Boutique

La Cabane du Perche

Eco Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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The big cabin is very cosy in winter
The big cabin is very cosy in winter | © Les Perches

If you like the idea of being totally secluded but in the utmost luxury, you’ve come to the right spot. In the Normandy countryside at La Cabane du Perche you’ll find two cabins.

The little cabin is cute and has its own hot tub | © La Cabane du Perche

The little one comes with a hot tub and can sleep four people; the bigger one has its own terrace and sleeps two. Both are kitted out with the latest mod cons. It’s like getting back to nature, but with all the creature comforts you could wish for.

The big cabin sleeps two in luxury | © La Cabane du Perche

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Eco friendly, Secret, Outdoors, Adventure

Provence Senses Romantic Retreat

Budget Hotel
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Your very stylish bathroom is outside
Your very stylish bathroom is outside | © Provence Senses

This is glamping with a difference. Inside your tent, you’ll have a lovely double bed with your own private facilities. Outside, there are acres of nature to wander about in. The tent is in the grounds of the owner’s olive mill near Arles in Provence, with its own private, outdoor bath. Breakfast is delivered via tractor each morning, and you can lounge about in your hammock and contemplate the world.

A little lane leads to your very own, private, outdoor bath | © Provence Senses

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Le Wagon des Estives

Eco Hotel
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The wagon is 18m long and complete with hot tub
The wagon is 18m long and complete with hot tub | © Wagon des Estives

Stay in your very own wagon from the 1950s in the volcanic area of Auvergne. The wagon used to house farmers and their animals, but has been stylishly restored to include a shower, hot tub, compost toilet and hammock. It’s heated, so you can stay all year round.

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Eco friendly, Outdoors, Adventure

Château des Milandes

Eco Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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The inside of the treehouses are just as spectacular as the outside
The inside of the treehouses are just as spectacular as the outside | © Château dans les Arbes

It’s called the Château dans les Arbres (‘castle in the trees’) and these treehouses are just that. Situated high off the ground in the trees surrounding an actual château, these treehouses were built to mirror the beauty of the nearby building.

The inside of the treehouses are just as spectacular as the outside | © Château dans les Arbes

The owner has spent eight years making treehouses over the whole of France, and they really are amazing, with super-chic interiors. Set in the Dordogne countryside, they offer a luxurious and different approach to camping or the usual holiday rental.

There are several different kinds of wooden houses to choose from, not all of them in the trees | © Château dans les Arbes

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Outdoors, Boutique, Adventure

Hobbit House

Eco Hotel
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Live like a hobbit in your very own hobbit house
Live like a hobbit in your very own hobbit house | © Cathy et Jean-Yves Tomas

In the Bordeaux region of France, you can live like a hobbit in your very own hobbit house. It sleeps two with a queen-size bed, and there’s a small kitchen in an adjoining room. It also has a sky dome so you can gaze at the stars at night. Best of all, it has a little hot tub in an adjacent room.

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Eco friendly