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.
Boutique Hotel, Capsule Hotel, Eco Hotel
Situated in the beautiful Provençal countryside, you’d 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. 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 private with its own private shower and private parking. Each bubble comes with its own star chart and telescope and it can provide you with catering and a masseuse if you want. The bubble has minimal impact on its surroundings – due to its ecological design – and fresh air is constantly circulated, quietly. The perfect romantic getaway with all the local delights of the Mediterranean sea nearby. Book direct with the hotel.
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.
La Cabane du Perche
Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel
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 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.
Provence Senses Romantic Retreat
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.
Le 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.
Château des Milandes
Boutique Hotel, Eco Hotel
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 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.
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.