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THE GUIDE QUIRKY ACCOMMODATION 2019


QUIRKY ACCOMMODATION 2019 THE GUIDE


The Baba Love dome in Ardèche gives you all the modern comforts you could wish for while you spend the night directly under the stars


tiny porthole windows. An optional hearty breakfast costs just €7.50, while restaurant options and supermarkets are available 3km away at Saulieu. Book the Hobbit house Sbot from €150. www.domainedelapierreronde.com


4. Baba Love dome


There is nowhere to hide in this unique transparent hideaway, the Baba Love dome in Ardèche, where you will literally sleep beneath the stars.


Nestled at the edge of the forest in romantic seclusion, the bubble offers all the comforts of a guest room (bed made on arrival, towels, private dry toilet, heating, private terrace, deckchair), while a shared bathroom is at your disposal at the guest house.


Next to the pool, a shared chalet is equipped with a small summer kitchen, while elsewhere on site is a ‘wonky’


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hut perched under the trees, a Mongolian yurt, a roulotte trailer, two gîtes and a bed and breakfast. Feeling creative? Mosaic and jewellery workshops make this the perfect place for hands-on escapism. €120 for one night, for two people with breakfast. www.lemasdupestrin.com


5. Astrofarm


Never mind five-star hotels – this place has five billion! Stargazers who love the countryside will fall head over heels for Astrofarm, a bed and breakfast set in over two hectares of farmland in Confolens. But here’s the twist: it is run by experienced astronomers Andrew and Sue Davies, who love to share their passion for the night sky with guests. Accommodation is in the 14-bed Astrofarm B&B and self-catering centre. This includes a double room with en-suite shower and west-facing


views, and an eight-bed dormitory in the renovated barn attached. The Hub, meanwhile, provides a space for guests to eat, cook and relax. (Freshly cooked meals are also available.) As well as marking all the major events in the astronomical calendar, Andrew and Sue run courses including telescope and stargazing workshops. www.astrofarmfrance.com


6. Villa Margaux


Some places are so stylish and cool they you make you swoon at first glance, and Villa Margaux in Fargues-Saint-Hilaire, Gironde, does just that. Marjorie, Stéphane, and their children Vivien and Laly, welcome you to their stunning Bali-inspired bungalow chambre d’hôtes just 13km east of Bordeaux. Choose from the Chambre aux ❯❯


A houseboat with furnished studios and guest rooms: AN ORIGINAL WAY TO DISCOVER LYON!


WELCOME ABOARD!


We welcome you all year round to the center of Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Our houseboat is moored on the banks of the Saone, in the heart of Lyon, and located between the districts of Bellecour and Confl uence, close to Old Lyon, and key tourist attractions.


Our houseboat is equipped with six comfortable and peaceful cabins, including furnished studios and guest rooms. They are all bright,


Stargazers flock to Charente to stay at Andrew and Sue Davies’s Astrofarm


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tastefully decorated and each of them has a private bathroom with toilet and a kitchen area.


You can rent more than one cabin depending on the number of people traveling with you. It is also possible to privatize the houseboat for a special occasion.


You can also enjoy the terrace equipped with a barbecue, fashionable chairs and tables in design and attractive colors.


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