Theme: Unusual

Do you want to get well away from it all? Discover our unusual types of accommodation, including log cabins, Hobbit houses, yurts, Romany caravans, barges etc. among our charming B&Bs, country houses (gites) and small hotels in Belgium, France, the Netherlands

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Le Nid dans l'Arbre

Pierrefonds (Vieux-Moulin), France

On the edge of the Compiègne Forest, perched up in the trees are around ten cabins of different shapes and sizes. To get to some of them, you have to climb a latter, others require you to cross a rope bridge! Christophe and Agathe began this adventure a few years ago, building on their experience in the local tree-climbing theme park. Guests are spoilt for choice among the prettily furnished cabins with double beds and/or bunk-beds, dining areas and panoramic terraces. The sanitary facilities are rather more rudimentary in the spirit of cabin life, with washbasins with 5-litre water tanks and earth-closet toilets. Showers are available in the reception building a few hundred metres away, which also makes a good refuge in a storm or in high winds. The cabins have dreamy names: "Le Clé des Champs", "Hissé Haut", "La Cachette" and "Toi et Moi" and are ideal for couples, groups of friends or families. Breakfast is hoisted up to your cabin in a basket each morning. In the evenings, should you wish to dine in intimate surroundings, perched in your tree amidst the rustling leaves, you can order a country-style, vegetarian or gourmet hamper. It's like a childhood dream, with excellent environmental credentials which will delight those seeking strong sensations. Not to be missed!

 

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Le Bois dormant

Spa, Belgium

This former lodge of the Chateau Pelzer, now occupied by the famous Le Ceran Language School, is well-named "Sleeping Woods". It is surrounded by the woods and overflows with charm, with its pointed roofs and red-painted half-timbering. Mrs Pirotte had travelled all around the world before landing here and now extends a warm and enthusiastic welcome to her guests who come from all over the world. The two guest rooms upstairs are cosy: the "Chateau" room is decorated in shades of blue and has a huge en-suite bathroom, and the "Garden" room is decorated in shades of yellow and has an en-suite shower-room. A third guest bedroom is hidden among the trees and is called “The Sleeping Woods Cabin”. It is superb, huge and has its own terrace. The interior is warm with furniture and ornaments evoking both the Ardennes and Africa. The bathroom offers every modern comfort with a shower cubicle made from a hollowed-out tree, a washbasin and a WC. Breakfasts for guests staying in the cabin is brought each morning in a basket: other guests are served breakfast in the dining room. At breakfast, guests can enjoy home-made or home produced eggs, cheese, cooked meats and jams, syrup and Galler chocolate...all of it excellent! In the evening, gastronomic dinners are available on request. There is plenty to do in Spa: walking in the woods, playing golf, hang-gliding, the hot-springs treatment centre, museums, and festivals. The Fagnes moors are also nearby.

 

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La Maison perchée du lac

Monmarvès, France

This tree-house is situated high in the branches of an oak tree, reflected in the water of the lake. Access is via a narrow private path that leads from a small door straight out of Hansel & Gretel. The tree-house has three floors: a living-room, a dining-area and kitchen, then a small bedroom and a bathroom. There is also a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake, meadows and woods. Higher up is the dormitory for two or three guests, with pretty windows cut out of the wood. The trunk and branches of the tree that pass through the rooms remind you of where you are. In the evenings, you will fall asleep to the croaking of the frogs or the hooting of the owls, to be awoken in the morning by the quacking of the ducks or birdsong. Who could dream of a better place to recharge your batteries surrounded by nature?

 

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Het Verloren Gedicht

Bellegem (Kortrijk), Belgium

"Het Veloren Gedicht" ("The Lost Poem") is a building full of history. Originally a nineteenth-century convent and chapel, occupied by the Sisters of St Joseph until 1967, it was sold to private owners who used it for several purposes until it was bought by Steven and Ellen Coene who completely restored it and converted it to offer three stunning guest rooms. Two of these rooms are accessed via the old convent corridor. They are very spacious and unusually decorated with various salvaged items, including the stained-glass windows from the chapel. Most certainly worth an overnight visit! At the end of the corridor is the small room where breakfast is served on amusing crokery made by disabled children. But the house's greatest secret remains to be discovered: the loft-style suite with the chapel vault as its ceiling. It has an exotic, almost mystic atmosphere, with a king-size bed dominating the centre of the room, a lounge area with a giant-screen TV and a bathroom in an enormous sort of metal case with bath, shower and washbasin arranged head-to-foot. This is a place you really must try to visit if you can. In addition, the owners are charming and very interesting. Oh, I almost forgot, the B&B's name refers to the three poems after which the guest rooms are named: G. Gezelle's "Het Schrijverken", C. Baudelaire's "Elévation" and E. Dickenson's "Elysium".

 

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