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THE GUIDE QUIRKY ACCOMMODATION 2019 Quirky Accommodation 2019


Clockwise from this image: The ‘Pontoon in the Sky’ at Pic du Midi; the hobbit life at Domaine de la Pierre Ronde; Le Perchoir des Pyrénées; la Domaine de la Vignole; (inset) petit dejeuner on the Toue Reine


QUIRKY ACCOMMODATION 2019 THE GUIDE


HERE IS A SELECTION of fabulous places to stay for those who like to think outside the box. From hotels to chambres d’hôtes and everything in between, these creative owners really understand the need for a ‘wow factor’ in order to stand out from the crowd. Whether self-catering or fully serviced accommodation, comfort and cleanliness come as standard to complement the unusual or inspired décor and surroundings. Enjoy your stay!


1. La Roulotte Chic et Bohème As its name suggests, this fully renovated wagon-home (roulotte) blends rustic chic with a bohemian edge and is the perfect place to enjoy a nice romantic getaway. Located in the Provence countryside, at the foot of Mont Ventoux in Vaucluse, the wagon is a real


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charmer and yet contains the requisite mod cons for today’s holidaymaker: it features varnished parquet flooring, a comfortable alcove bed (160cm wide), a kitchenette, shower and toilet. The wagon is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, with restaurants nearby, while the swimming pool (13m x 4m) can be used during the summer. A heater is at your disposal during cooler months. €95 a night in mid-season (April to October, excluding July and August). www.roulotte-chic-boheme.fr


2. Demeure de la Vignole If walls really could talk, then the carved-out chambres that house guests in four of the 11 rooms at this wonderfully reimagined troglodyte ‘cave hotel’ in the Loire Valley would have special tales to tell. Located in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine


“THESE ARE CHAMBRES D’HÔTES WHOSE OWNERS UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR A ‘WOW FACTOR’”


Regional Natural Park, between Tours and Angers, this four-star Logis de France hideaway is actually an elegant 17th-century Tuscan-style mansion overlooking the river, with a ‘cave pool’ and fitness room housed in what were 11th- century cave dwellings. Nearby, guests can explore the resplendent Abbey of Fontevraud and the castles of Montsoreau and Saumur. Suites for 2-5 people, including the showcase Troglodyte suite, from €116. www.demeure-vignole.com


3. Domaine de la Pierre Ronde Spend a night communing with nature in the heart of the Parc


régional naturel du Morvan in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté; then, by day, swim, fish and immerse yourself in the wild surrounding countryside. Run by entrepreneurial couple


Yannick Boisfard and Gaëlle Lajugée, Domaine de la Pierre Ronde offers a range of fun and fantastical accommodation, from yurts to hobbit homes, spread out along the shores of a lake. You needn’t be a Tolkien fan to fall head over heels for Hobbiton. The fictional village is every nature lover’s dream: a plunging green landscape freckled with trees and curious grassy knolls – and beneath these knolls, the cosiest dens one could imagine, marked by circular doors and ❯❯


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IMAGES © LUC PERROT, ALAIN DOIRE, XAVIER RUSTUL / LOUISIANE BAYET, DOMAINE DE LA VIGNOLE, TOUE REINE


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