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Ever slept in an igloo? Five extraordinary places to stay in France!

You've probably been to France so many times that it's become your second home and you've found and frequented your favourite places to stay. The continent is celebrated for its impressive hotels and quaint B&Bs, all offering an idyllic base for you to explore your stunning surroundings. But isn't it about time you add a little adventure to your accommodation? I've put together a list of the most unique places for you to stay this winter, and with a quick and easy 35-minute journey across the channel, you'll be at these unusual places in no time!

An igloo in the Haute-Alpes

If you're a fan of the great outdoors and looking to embrace a snowy setting this winter, then you'll love spending the night in a real life igloo! To reach this unique camp, you'll trek one and a half hours in snowshoes - the adventure begins before you even get there! After an energetic hike through the mountains, you can relax in your own enchanting little igloo. When the day comes to an end, you can look forward to some star gazing and enjoy the spectacular views, uninhibited by light pollution! Whether you are looking for something to round off a fun-filled winter trip or you want an escape from your hectic lifestyle, this icy retreat offers an unforgettable experience.

Book your own igloo in the Haute-Alpes

A packing case in Nantes

If you're looking for something completely outside the box, then Le Voyage Extraordinaire is the place for you! Based on the writings of sci-fi pioneer Jules Verne, this quaint 'suitcase style' apartment contains souvenirs from the travels of his literary characters. From the quirky 'magic mirror' in the bathroom to the cool mezzanine children's bed, this lodging is great fun for the whole family. The main bedroom is a giant wooden packing case - giving a whole new meaning to the idea of 'living out of a suitcase'! It's only a stones throw from Nantes city centre, so you can enjoy exploring the cultural surroundings, which is steeped in rich history. There's also a local fascinating arts project called 'Les Machines de l'île' that brings large mechanical creatures to life. So, if this arty adventure sounds 'up your street', then I recommend that you visit Nantes this winter!

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A Finnish barrel in Saint-Jacques-des-Blats

This unique intimate pocket-size chalet is located just five minutes from the resort of Super-Lioran, making it a perfect one-night stay during your skiing trip. The beautiful wooden barrel, which sleeps two people, is located in 'Camping des Blats' in the Lioran region. After a long day of action-packed activities, you can retreat to this refreshing simple Finnish barrel and pamper yourself in the on-site sauna. Equipped with just a dining area and bedroom area, this place really does take you back to basics, allowing you to spend some quality time together during your winter trip.

A bubble-bungalow in Vosges

These funky and futuristic bubble-bungalows are in the 'Museumotel' resort and described as a mixture between a motel and a museum! Each bubble has its own theme, including 'Pop Art', 'Fifties' and 'Zen', so they are great for a fun family adventure. They are located on a mini island surrounded by beautiful hilly scenery in Vosges and located near a range of cultural activities. Just a short distance away is Baccarat, the birthplace of Baccarat crystal, and the stunning town of Kayserberg. If you're in the Vosges area and are looking for accommodation with contemporary character, this enchanting bubble-bungalow stay is a must!

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Visit the Museumotel website

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Whether you are looking for a romantic winter escape or a fun family break, make sure your holiday is anything but ordinary! I hope that this list has inspired you to stay in one of the more unusual places that France has to offer!

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Finnish barrel in Saint-Jacques-des-Blats ©
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