France is one of the most iconic countries in Europe, with a distinctive history and a sophisticated culture of its own. It’s not a surprise that its unique attractions are not just on land, but they also extend to the water as well. There are some gorgeous houseboats docked at various scenic locations, and the best part is their owners have allowed guests to stay in them. If you’d like something different from a standard hotel room, please keep reading for some incredible Airbnb vacation rentals on board a houseboat.
Located right under the Eiffel Tower, the location of this houseboat is really hard to beat. Just imagine waking up to a view of this magnificent sight or throwing a party on the upper deck with such a picturesque background. Inside there is a cozy bedroom for two with a double bed beneath a window. The kitchen is compact but it contains all the essentials, like a kettle and refrigerator. Your hosts also live on a different section of the boat so if you have any questions they’re easily contactable. Once you get off the houseboat, bus lines and metro stations are within walking distance and will allow you to travel around the city with no problems.
Houseboat under the Eiffel TowerParis, Île-de-France, France
Top guest reviewswe shared a bottle of champagne on the table and chairs on the deck - it was heavenwe had beautiful weather which allowed us to sit out for breakfast and evening food on some nightsour checkin/out was very smooth and the captain’s cabin was very cozy and comfortableit is a quiet space at the city centre plus free private parking the kitchen allows self-cateringa lovely quirky room in one of the most iconic locations in the worldthe place was clean and airy
Host:the host is very friendly and response quicklyhosts are welcoming and helpfulthe owner responded very quick and is absolute a nice guythe hosts are very sweet and accommodatingthe host is very kind and warm personRead more reviewsthe location is excellentthe location is fabulous close to city transportationthe location is superb within 5mins walk to river cruise sightseeing bus metro station and tower eiffelamazing location and a truly memorable experienceamazing location and wonderfully quirky accommodation
This lovely studio is just right for two, and the perfect spot for a couple on a romantic getaway. Its interior is furnished with dark wood and warm lights that create a timeless, luxurious feel. Your hosts have tried to preserve the traditional structure of the houseboat from its construction in the 1930s, while keeping it upgraded with new appliances. The shower is modern and complimentary toiletries are available. The kitchen contains a refrigerator, stove and utensils plus staples like coffee.
Studio on a houseboat next to the Eiffel TowerParis, Île-de-France, France
Top guest reviewswe loved utilizing the deck area for quick lunches or a drink before bedthe table out on the deck is perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or the sunsetmy favorite view was through the shower portholethe bed is very comfortable and the whole interior is classic and cutesooooo much better than a hotel or apartmenteverything was clean and as describedthe level of cleanliness could be improvedthe boat was very clean and has everything you need
Host:charles was great host and responded quick to questionsextremely helpful hosts who were on hand if neededamazing response time and very sympathetic and helpful when our phones got stolenhe was very responsivethank you charles you were an amazing hostRead more reviewsvery cute boat with incredible locationthe location was amazingamazing location in unique accommodationeiffel tower very close excellent restaurants walking distancethe location is perfect
The Louvre is one of Paris’ most iconic sights, and this houseboat is docked in St Germain District with a clear view of the museum. The inside is furnished in a classic, elegant style that’ll make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. With two bedrooms and a total of one queen bed and two single beds, the houseboat comfortably sleeps four persons. The open-air upper deck is wonderful for sitting back with your breakfast and watching other boats and the occasional duck pass by. The neighborhood offers various public transport options, from a train and taxi stations to bus lines.
MAGNIFICENT barge front of LOUVREParis, Île-de-France, France
Top guest reviewssuper comfortable bed beautiful spa bath and fully equipped and spacious kitchenhuge boat it had 3 full bathroomslots of room and a perfect retreat from the cityas well as every mod con and a brilliantly stocked kitchenthe interior is lovely with many period details a spacious salon extremely well-appointed kitchen and every comfort imaginablethe boat was exceptionally clean and smelled clean as wellspacious clean and comfortableit is very clean comfortable and extremely well equipped
Host:pascal was a great host very responsive and attentivehosts are wonderful with warm generously and graciousnessthe owner is easy to talk with and eager to make your stay comfortable and enjoyablethank you to francois and his wife our gracious hostspascal is a wonderful host and goes out of his way to make you feel welcome and comfortableRead more reviewsthe location is superbamazing location on a very cool boatlocation is incredible so much good food walking distancethe location is perfect very central with plenty of nearby transport optionsit's in a prime location but remains private and secure
This houseboat is located in the Nantes region, right on the quay of Versailles. A five-minute walk will bring you to L’Erdre town center. In the vicinity, there’s a plethora of restaurants, bakeries, galleries and shops to wander through. The boat itself was built in the 1930s, but it has been redesigned with a sleek, contemporary feel. The interior is brand new and would not look out of place in a trendy hotel room. There are a total of two bedrooms and two comfy beds, which will sleep groups of three to four. If you’re traveling with children, the space is just right and they’ll absolutely love the novel experience of living on a boat.
Péniche contemporaine centre villeNantes, Pays de la Loire, France
Top guest reviewswe left the windows closed due to many flying insects and used the fan providedthe peniche is extremely well-designed to make for a comfortable stay even in limited space
Host:sandrine was very helpful and met us exactly on time at the boatsandrine was very helpful with local places to visitwe highly recommend to stay with the boat hosted by sandrinethe host made us feel very welcome without being imposingphantastic and romantic place to stay in nantes and a great hostRead more reviewsreally fun place and centrally locatedthe location ist really nicesafe location in a good part of townamazing place close to everythingwe enjoyed being on the water and the location is very good
This barge is located in the quiet and safe city of Metz. This apartment on the water makes for a cozy space for three, with two beds and a very clean, modern bathroom. The kitchen has a refrigerator, a kettle, and other cooking and dining utensils. In the morning your host also offers a delectable spread for breakfast featuring coffee, jams, yogurt and cheese. If you’re traveling with a little one, there are high chairs and cots available for use. The closest train station is a twenty-minute walk away, and the airport is just thirty minutes away by car.
Barge-Apartment-Ensuite with Shower-Lake ViewMetz, Moselle, France
Top guest reviewsalso a lovely breakfastit was quiet warm and we had everything we needed in the kitchen too thank you merci beaucoupit is spotlessly clean adorable great locationherve was very welcoming and the barge was clean comfortable and warmwe had a great weekend at hervé's houseboat everything was clean and nicely decoratedthe rooms were very clean and the ambiente was very modern und cosythe quarters were very clean and tidy
Host:our host was also very friendly and helpfullherve the host was fabuloushervé and his family were great hostsgreat hosts who have made sure everything needed for a one night or one week stay is availablesamuel was extremely welcoming and helpfulRead more reviewsthe location and the accommodation is greatwe really liked the sundeck and the location of the boatif you want to stay near the centre of metz but also need some quiet this location is ideali loved parking the car a distance away from the boat meant we walked morei was traveling with my daughter and luckily found this place
The Houseboat Artis is designed for two. Upon entering, you’ll find yourself in the compact kitchen and dining area, with a stove, refrigerator, oven and other cooking utensils for use. Your host may also leave some freshly made chestnut bread for you, in which case you’re in for a special treat! Further inside, the bedroom has one double bed and the toilet is simple and clean. Guests can also use a rowboat to explore the Canal du Midi. Alternatively, head to the Paraza to rent a bicycle for a fun and eco-friendly way to travel on land.
Houseboat Artis with terrace, on Canal du MidiArgens-Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
The Bateau Friponne or Friponne Barge is a floating studio for three. You’ll be able to spot it from far, with a distinctive patch of greenery growing on the top deck of the barge. The barge has two levels, featuring a double bed, a single bed and one bathroom with complimentary toiletries. As it is docked near the city center of Lyon, a quick walk will bring you to the Perrache train station and other points of interest.
BATEAU FRIPONNE : une adresse insolite à LYONLyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Top guest reviewsthere is a television lots of plug sockets and a very efficient wi-fithe apartment is small but cozy and cute and you have your own private deck which i lovedwe took advantage of the breakfast (at cost) on our last day which was delicious and simplewe were impressed at how comfortable and homely it was really well thought outclean and perfect for a joggingthe place is clean spaciousvery safe clean and comfortablethe room was very cleanthe place is very quiet and clean
Host:the hosts were friendlydavid was helpful with directions and answering our questionsthey were very responsive to any questions toodavid and christian are great hostsdavid and christian are wonderful hostsRead more reviewsthe location is perfectgood location quick access to the bus and perrache station and tramsa peaceful location but with easy access to the metro at only about 10 minutes walk awayvery enjoyable stay convenient access from the main lyon railway station & into town centredavid and christian's place is the perfect location to explore lyon
The Barge Studio is docked right beside the Eiffel Tower, offering unparalleled views of this architectural wonder. Originally constructed in Germany around 1931, the barge is a historic item that has been upgraded with modern facilities. In the lower deck, there is an open-concept kitchen slash bar, with drinks and snacks to enjoy while relaxing on the deck. The bedroom features a cozy bed for two and a simple but clean bathroom. From the studio, a short walk brings you to the Eiffel Tower, the grand Champs Elysées and many shops and restaurants to explore.
Barge studio across from the Eiffel TowerTour Eiffel - Champ de Mars, Paris, Île-de-France, France
This luxurious houseboat has a chic, modern interior. The lounge area comprises a cluster of comfy sofas and a coffee table which faces wide windows for a great view of the river. Its open-concept kitchen contains facilities like a toaster and a stove, with plenty of staples like cooking oil. The bedroom has air conditioning facilities and a large comfy double bed that will sleep two. On the upper deck, there is a hot tub for six. Watch everyone turn green with envy as you sail past while relaxing in your hot tub!
Orignal River Boat 80sqm with Private Hot TubeParis, Île-de-France, France
Top guest reviewsthe bed is comfy their is air conditioning during the summer the deck and views are gorgeousthe bathroom the kitchen all comfortableeverything was clean and it was even more beautiful than i expectedthe boathouse is a perfect staycation it's clean and luxuriousthe house boat is pristine very clean and stylishthe boat is perfect big enough clean warm quiet and well locatedthe houseboat is beautiful and spacious-feeling
Host:he was a good hostvictor was a lovely host very considerate kind and smartloved the dogs and the friendly hospitality of our hostthe owner tho is even betterthank you again victor for being such a gracious hostRead more reviewsan ideal location and boatgreat location and lovely house boatit is simply unique and in a beautiful location - surrounded by naturenot central but with good shops nearbythe location is not the most central spot but the quiet beauty is very special
A new point of view
France’s beautiful architecture and romantic old-world charm are well known, but definitely not exaggerated. Make the most of a limited stay by experiencing this vibrant country from houseboat!
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