unusual accommodation near water in France
Quirky accommodations near rivers, lakes and the sea are especially in demand during this year’s All Saints holiday, according to Airbnb’s recent report on travel trends in France.
The report also indicates that travelers prefer the interior departments, although seaside accommodation is still in demand.
The connection takes a look at 10 unique accommodations, in close proximity to the water, some of which are still available on Airbnb for bookings during the All Saints Day holidays.
A plane in St-Michel-Chef-Chef, Loire-Atlantique
This old plane has been reused to accommodate up to four people. The cockpit has been transformed into a bathroom and the main body of the aircraft into a bedroom and living room, as well as a kitchen.
It is located in a campsite about 45 minutes drive from Nantes and a few minutes from the beaches of Tharon, Pornic and Saint Brévin.
A barge on the Seine in Paris, Ile-de-France
This barge, named ‘Alphonse’, was built in the early 1930s in mahogany.
It is located in the center of Paris, a few minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower.
‘Alphonse’ can accommodate two people.
A cavern in Calvi, Corsica
La Grotte des Naufragés is located on the northwest coast of Corsica, just above the sea. It is equipped with a 140 bed, a solar shower and composting toilets.
Access to the cave can be physically demanding for some, with an elevation of 50m, and living conditions are minimal, so guests should have prior knowledge of the wilderness.
The idea is to provide guests with a simplistic lifestyle in the midst of the nature of Corsica, one of the wildest regions in France.
A yurt in Saint-Philibert, Brittany
A yurt is a form of portable shelter used by the pastoral peoples of Inner Asia, particularly Mongolia. It is a circular dwelling made of a wooden trellis and covered with felt.
This particular yurt, called Anna Maria, measures 36 m² and includes a Nordic bath with water at 30 ° C overlooking the sea.
The yurt is equipped with a double bed, a kitchen and wifi with showers and toilets (with compost) in a caravan nearby.
A tree house in Cassis, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
This romantic cabin is built on a platform suspended from trees and supported by stilts and is within walking distance of the beach.
A floating tree house in Baurech, Gironde
Located directly on Lake Baurech, the ‘Maison Flottante’ is a luxurious treehouse located 20km from Bordeaux, surrounded by nature. It includes a terrace.
A maximum of two people can stay in the accommodation, but children are not allowed.
A cocoon in Montolieu, Occitanie
This dome-shaped tent is perched in the trees, surrounded by nature and overlooking the local lake, where guests are welcome to take a dip if they wish!
Amenities such as kitchenette and toilet are located about 20 meters from the cocoon itself.
A lighthouse in Saint-Raphaël / Boulouris, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
This three-story lighthouse, with a bedroom on the third floor overlooking the sea, can accommodate up to two people.
You will have access to a heated swimming pool as well as a private terrace and garden with direct access to the beach.
A bed under the stars in Belvédère-Campomoro, Corsica
This accommodation, located in a protected area of Corse-du-Sud, consists of a bed
outdoors with a view of the Gulf of Valinco.
The area is surrounded by beaches, mountains and greenery.
Alternative accommodation is available in case of inclement weather.
A windmill in Vairé, Pays de la Loire
The Vairé windmill is located 8 km from the region’s large sandy beaches and close to its salt marshes and national forest.
It was renovated in 2017 and can accommodate up to four people.
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