Out of the Box in Bordeaux, 7 unusual places to stay

Bordeaux’s reputation as a town on the move doesn’t just stop at the foodie revolution. The choice of accommodation is wonderful too, there’s something for all tastes and budgets.  he city is full of great places to stay - from simple bed and breakfasts to world class hotels, it’s all here.  For wine lovers, many of the chateaux open their doors to overnight visitors and you can spend the night in splendour in a Grand Cru classé establishment or be welcomed as one of the family in a family run vineyard. For the more adventurous, why not explore an option off the beaten track. Here is a small selection.

A Vat. Yes, a vat !

But this being Bordeaux, it’s a rather chic wine vat, in the heart of St Emilion wine country.  Château de Bonhoste in St Jean de Blaignac offers charming accommodation for the discerning wine lover in one of two converted wooden wine vats.  As cosy as they are chic, the well equipped vats are surprisingly spacious and make the perfect couple get away.  The wine’s not bad either.

foudre - proche  

Me Tarzan

Well, not quite, but the treehouse accommodation at Les Cabanes de Sarah  in Cabanac et Villagrain is fit for a king of the jungle.  Nestled in a 300 hectare forest, the cabins sleep 4 in comfort.  Wake up to the sound of the birds and explore the forest at your leisure.

The surrounding terrace makes the perfect place to watch the sun go down - with a glass of wine, of course!

Tiny houses  
Cabanes de Sarah  

Gypsy wagon. Roll up ! Roll up !

In fact the wagons aren’t going anywhere, but the beautifully decorated accommodation makes for a great base from which to explore the area. La Roulotte d’Ophélie is a traditional Gypsy wagon in Saint Brice. The renowned cycle path Roger Lapebie, which runs from Sauveterre de Guyenne to Bordeaux, passes at the bottom of the garden, making it a perfect pitstop for cyclists.

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In a bubble

Sleep under the stars in a bubble at St Ciers de Abzac, not far from St Emilion.  “La bulle perdue” (the lost bubble) offers accommodation for two people, in the middle of a park surrounded by vines. 

Thoughtful accommodation - they even provide the towels for the swimming pool.  Meals available on reservation.

Bulle hébergement
bulle ext

A Yurt.

Or glamping à la Bordelaise. La Dorépontaise in Pondaurat offers get away from it all accommodation in the depths  of the countryside, perfect for those looking to recharge the batteries. Their yurt comes with all home comforts (well equipped kitchenette, bathroom, heating) and there’s a heated pool in the grounds. The Bordeaux - Toulouse cycle path is a stone’s throw from the property.

Yourte - la dorépontaise

Sleep in a shepherd’s refuge

Come play Swallows and Amazons on the Gironde Estuary. Sleep in a shepherd’s refuge in Anglade, near the famous Blaye citadel and wake up to the sound of wildlife at La Bergerie du Marais. Do book at table to eat at the farm - the kitchen uses homegrown produce and has been featured on French television !

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Bergerie marais agneau

Back in town

Do check out one of Bordeaux’s best kept secrets, the urban shelters.

Scattered across the city parks, the shelters offer the opportunity to rough it for a night off the beaten track, in places you wouldn’t have thought possible.  The good news, they’re free -  the bad news, they fill up fast, so book ahead. There are 7 in total, and range from the futuristic ‘Nuit Americaine’ in Bassens, perched on a hillside, to La Vouivre, a lakeside wooden cabin in a suburban park. 

The shelters offer rudimentary accommodation (generally without electricity or running water and not all are suitable for young children).

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