Go Full Huck Finn in One of These Floating French Cabins

You've heard of a hotel on a lake? This is a hotel IN a lake.

March 9, 2018 9:00 am

“It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened …”

If Huckleberry Finn found such serenity on a makeshift raft in the Mississippi, he would’ve grinned like a possum eatin’ a tater on this floating, prefab timber cabin in the South of France.

Constructed off-site and reassembled on a lake near Avignon, about two hours northwest of Marseille, the cabin is one of several inspired suites that make up the Cabane des Grands Lacs, a deconstructed hotel that sits on — and also quite literally in — the Lac de la Lionne. Created by architectural firm Atelier LAVIT, the cabins are a perfect place to kick back while your worries drift away.

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The properties (of which there are 10; some are circular) are double-wrapped in timber paneling around both the inside living space and the wraparound porch, which features outdoor furniture and handsome views of the surrounding fishing reserve. The rooms feature sliding barn-style doors, buoyant skylights and comfortable beds, not to mention excellent stargazing. A few are even equipped with a hot tub.

Come one, come all. Just don’t fake your own death before you do.

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