With much of the world now accessible through Instagram and YouTube, it’s time to turn our travel journey inwards to become conscious and meaningful explorers. This often means steering away from chain hotels and tourist attractions, to instead venture off into a new experience, one that starts with the place you’ll call home for a week or two. And while France is full of both contemporary and historic hotels, it also has plenty of cute and surprising Airbnb options that will often save you a buck or two.
As the post-pandemic period looms on, Airbnb continues to be quite a popular choice for travel stays. By offering unique, bespoke, and unparalleled home share stays, it provides a chance to travel beyond the superficial and truly acclimate oneself to local life and feel as if you’re actually living the part. So whether you’re planning your first post-lockdown vacation, or looking for a new place to work from home with a more scenic view, here are a list of our favorite cute Airbnb’s all across France:
1. Charming Apartment on Paris’ Most Colorful Street
You may have seen Rue Crémieux in many Instagram pictures as one of the city’s most photogenic streets. The 35 vibrantly-colored houses remind us a bit of London’s Notting Hill and serve as one of Paris’ worst kept secrets, definitely worth an afternoon stroll. Take up a stay at one of these colorful homes and open your door straight into a storybook.
2. Shepherd’s Cabin in the Great East
The Eastern side of France is full of German-inspired and Nordic architecture as well as lush forests and beautiful changing seasons. This wooden hut at the edge of a forest is a great getaway into France’s “wild East.”
3. Flintstone’s Cave Home in the Loire
The Loire Valley is famous for its castles and vineyards, and also for its small compilation of cave homes carved into a rock massif. Today these caves still serve as homes and have also been turned into galleries, restaurants, hotels, and more. It is a unique stay like no other in France.
4. Stay at Picasso’s Favorite Poet’s Home
This restored 12th century apartment was inhabited by the legendary French poet, writer, and screenwriter Jacques Prévert in the 1940’s. It is a sure gem of Provence, and has been classified by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best Airbnb’s in the South of France.
5. Cottage-Core in Normandie
France isn’t all castles and posh Parisian apartments; it also features quite a bit of agriculture as well. How do you think they make all that cheese anyway? Escape to this neck of the woods in Normandie where the air is crisp and fresh, and your closest neighbors might be a herd of cows.
6. Lavender Cottage in Aquitaine
Thinking of making it out to wine country? Book this cottage that comes with a welcome meal (it is France, after-all!). Just a stone’s throw from the region’s most charming village, Saint Emilion, and an hour outside of Bordeaux, this cottage with its own pool is shaping up to be the perfect mini-vacation you’ve been dreaming of.
7. On the Annecy Canals
The Alps region of France is breathtaking all year around, with Annecy being its prized city of fairytale wonder. Nicknamed the Venice of France, it is a sure charmer with its medieval architecture and river canals that channel out into the Annecy Lake, where you can go swimming, sailing, water-skiing, or even paragliding.
8. A View of Menton
With a view of the entire port of Menton, this condo on the French Riviera is the oceanfront fantasy you’ve always dreamed of. The balcony is a dream work-from-home office that doubles as an ideal lounge for a sunset apéro.
9. Cook in Julia Child’s Kitchen
It doesn’t get more gourmet than a staycation at the chef’s French Riviera house. This lovely property is everything you could wish of Provence and more!