The 5 most unique Airbnbs you can rent in France, from treehouses to domes to castles
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up to freshly baked bread on a barge called “Noah’s Ark” and moored on the Somme in northern France? Or watch the sunset over Lyon from a cabin perched in the forest?
With Airbnb’s recent overhaul of its platform — designed to make it easier than ever to find your dream rental by category, from treehouses to historic homes to geometric domes — now is the time. ideal for booking UN short stay a special place.
While a Parisian foot-to-earthearth is always a good idea, the city bustles with tourists in June and July – so why not look a little further afield for a more authentically French experience? With so many unique properties available to rent across France, now is a great time to try something (and somewhere) new. At Frenchly, to accompany our recent roundup of cities to visit other than Paris, we’ve put together a list of five of the most unique Airbnbs available to rent in France this summer.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Lyon – the food scene being the most famous – and while there are plenty of apartments to rent in the city, why not take it all in a new light: namely, a shack in the trees. Just on the other side of Saône from one of the brightest beacons of French gastronomy, the Paul Bocuse restaurant, this unique guest room offers a queen-size mezzanine bed with immediate views of the river, as well as a common area with two sofa- beds. Appreciated for its stunning sunsets, it’s an enchanting place to wake up before a full day of wandering and dining through Lyon. A particularly charming detail is the breakfast buffet, which is delivered every morning in a bag directly on your terrace via a pulley system. ($300/night)
On the way to Champagne for wine tours? A few minutes by car, these wooden and glass domes of La Réserve de l’Aube (located near Villenauxe-la-Grande) provide a rustic experience without having to rough it. Designed with form and function in mind, these geometric structures seem to blend into their surroundings, with glass panel roofs that reflect the forest. Private bathrooms with panoramic views are located just outside the domes door, where skylights turn showers into an immersive experience. Also on offer: a communal pool (the adults-only property allows a maximum of six people at a time, so you’re sure to be able to secure a spot) and free breakfast. ($250/night)
Treat yourself to the royal treatment with a getaway to this sumptuously restored 17th century chawater, located in the southwest of France. Featured in vogue, it’s an ideal rental for a group getaway (think birthday or bachelorette party – the listing says there are no parties, which negates weddings), as it can comfortably accommodate 16 people. With 9 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms, a formal dining room, a cavernous stone kitchen, a rose gold bath fit for a king, multiple outdoor dining facilities with stunning valley views and an expansive two-tiered swimming pool is the perfect backdrop for living out your very own French fairy tale. ($2000/night)
This classically renovated 3 bedroom mill in the charming hillside town of Goult dates back to 1846 but offers all the comforts one would expect of a modern B&B. Well-appointed with a modern kitchen and comfortable beds, you’d be forgiven for almost forgetting that a real, once-functioning mill can be seen from the basement. Outside, mulberry trees line the pool, where you can take a dip or relax with a glass of rosé on the lounge chairs; there’s also a quaint seating area shaded by fig trees, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch overlooking the vineyards. ($350/night)
Guests rave about this ‘Noah’s Ark’ on the Somme, a refurbished 1902 barge in northern France. Kayaks are available to take advantage of the unique waterfront location, while two bicycles are also on offer to explore nearby towns and famous cycle route (cycle path). The upper deck is set up to enjoy the great outdoors, with a grill available for barbecues; downstairs, the elegantly appointed interior can comfortably accommodate two people. Guests note that the property tour and breakfast, both provided by the hosts, are particularly memorable touches. ($100/night)
Sophie Dodd is a travel and lifestyle writer who covers hotels, wineand all things France. She writes for Travel + Leisure, people magazine, French and more. Follow her adventures in Brooklyn and beyond on her instagram Account.