We’ve seen our fair share of unusual accommodations across the hexagon (we love the treehouse hotel, Chateaux dans les Arbres, in the Dordogne), but this might just take the cake. Smack dab in the heart of the famous Saint Émilion vineyards, Coup 2 Foudres opened a new wine country address this past July that’s been the talk of the town. Here guests can sleep in converted wine casks created by celebrated barrel-maker Seguin-Moreau. A concept that might spell a coupe de foudre for Bacchus himself.

Situated at the Chateau Vieux Lartigue in Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens, the two enormous barrels each contain a 20 square-meter living space furnished with a large bed, a kitchenette, and a walk-in shower. What’s more, they also come with TV and wifi. Forget room keys; the barrels are accessed by a digicode, which guests receive at the time of booking.

These accommodations are just five minutes away from the beautiful medieval village of Saint-Émilion. First planted under the Romans, the surrounding vineyards– an “exceptional landscape devoted entirely to wine-growing“– were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999.

The price for an overnight stay in the barrel-hotel is 129 euros, including breakfast.

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Mary Winston Nicklin
Based in Paris, Nicklin is the Web Editor of France Today. She is also the Editor of Bonjour Paris, the site's sister publication. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to publications like The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Rhapsody, Travel Agent Magazine, Luxury Travel Advisor, Afar and USAToday.com.

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