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9 Houseboats In France For An Unforgettable Stay - Updated 2020

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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.

1. Houseboat under the Eiffel Tower (from USD 135)

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 Tower
Paris, Île-de-France, France
367 reviews
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we shared a bottle of champagne on the table and chairs on the deck - it was heaven
we had beautiful weather which allowed us to sit out for breakfast and evening food on some nights
our checkin/out was very smooth and the captain’s cabin was very cozy and comfortable
it is a quiet space at the city centre plus free private parking the kitchen allows self-catering
a lovely quirky room in one of the most iconic locations in the world
Cleanliness:
the place was clean and airy
Host:
the host is very friendly and response quickly
hosts are welcoming and helpful
the owner responded very quick and is absolute a nice guy
the hosts are very sweet and accommodating
the host is very kind and warm person
Location:
the location is excellent
the location is fabulous close to city transportation
the location is superb within 5mins walk to river cruise sightseeing bus metro station and tower eiffel
amazing location and a truly memorable experience
amazing location and wonderfully quirky accommodation
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2. Studio on a houseboat next to the Eiffel Tower (from USD 152)

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 Tower
Paris, Île-de-France, France
314 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we loved utilizing the deck area for quick lunches or a drink before bed
the table out on the deck is perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or the sunset
my favorite view was through the shower porthole
the bed is very comfortable and the whole interior is classic and cute
sooooo much better than a hotel or apartment
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and as described
the level of cleanliness could be improved
the boat was very clean and has everything you need
Host:
charles was great host and responded quick to questions
extremely helpful hosts who were on hand if needed
amazing response time and very sympathetic and helpful when our phones got stolen
he was very responsive
thank you charles you were an amazing host
Location:
very cute boat with incredible location
the location was amazing
amazing location in unique accommodation
eiffel tower very close excellent restaurants walking distance
the location is perfect
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3. Houseboat near the Louvre (from USD 706)

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 LOUVRE
Paris, Île-de-France, France
115 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
super comfortable bed beautiful spa bath and fully equipped and spacious kitchen
huge boat it had 3 full bathrooms
lots of room and a perfect retreat from the city
as well as every mod con and a brilliantly stocked kitchen
the interior is lovely with many period details a spacious salon extremely well-appointed kitchen and every comfort imaginable
Cleanliness:
the boat was exceptionally clean and smelled clean as well
spacious clean and comfortable
it is very clean comfortable and extremely well equipped
Host:
pascal was a great host very responsive and attentive
hosts are wonderful with warm generously and graciousness
the owner is easy to talk with and eager to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable
thank you to francois and his wife our gracious hosts
pascal is a wonderful host and goes out of his way to make you feel welcome and comfortable
Location:
the location is superb
amazing location on a very cool boat
location is incredible so much good food walking distance
the location is perfect very central with plenty of nearby transport options
it's in a prime location but remains private and secure
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4. Contemporary barge in town center (from USD 113)

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 ville
Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
207 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we left the windows closed due to many flying insects and used the fan provided
the 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 boat
sandrine was very helpful with local places to visit
we highly recommend to stay with the boat hosted by sandrine
the host made us feel very welcome without being imposing
phantastic and romantic place to stay in nantes and a great host
Location:
really fun place and centrally located
the location ist really nice
safe location in a good part of town
amazing place close to everything
we enjoyed being on the water and the location is very good
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5. Barge Apartment (from USD 106)

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 View
Metz, Moselle, France
145 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also a lovely breakfast
it was quiet warm and we had everything we needed in the kitchen too thank you merci beaucoup
Cleanliness:
it is spotlessly clean adorable great location
herve was very welcoming and the barge was clean comfortable and warm
we had a great weekend at hervé's houseboat everything was clean and nicely decorated
the rooms were very clean and the ambiente was very modern und cosy
the quarters were very clean and tidy
Host:
our host was also very friendly and helpfull
herve the host was fabulous
hervé and his family were great hosts
great hosts who have made sure everything needed for a one night or one week stay is available
samuel was extremely welcoming and helpful
Location:
the location and the accommodation is great
we really liked the sundeck and the location of the boat
if you want to stay near the centre of metz but also need some quiet this location is ideal
i loved parking the car a distance away from the boat meant we walked more
i was traveling with my daughter and luckily found this place
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6. Houseboat Artis (from USD 55)

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 Midi
Argens-Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
174 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

7. Bateau Friponne (from USD 69)

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 LYON
Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
361 reviews
Private room in houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is a television lots of plug sockets and a very efficient wi-fi
the apartment is small but cozy and cute and you have your own private deck which i loved
we took advantage of the breakfast (at cost) on our last day which was delicious and simple
we were impressed at how comfortable and homely it was really well thought out
Cleanliness:
clean and perfect for a jogging
the place is clean spacious
very safe clean and comfortable
the room was very clean
the place is very quiet and clean
Host:
the hosts were friendly
david was helpful with directions and answering our questions
they were very responsive to any questions too
david and christian are great hosts
david and christian are wonderful hosts
Location:
the location is perfect
good location quick access to the bus and perrache station and trams
a peaceful location but with easy access to the metro at only about 10 minutes walk away
very enjoyable stay convenient access from the main lyon railway station & into town centre
david and christian's place is the perfect location to explore lyon
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8. Barge Studio

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 Tower
Tour Eiffel - Champ de Mars, Paris, Île-de-France, France
249 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. Full Nature Houseboat

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 Tube
Paris, Île-de-France, France
228 reviews
Private room in boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed is comfy their is air conditioning during the summer the deck and views are gorgeous
the bathroom the kitchen all comfortable
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and it was even more beautiful than i expected
the boathouse is a perfect staycation it's clean and luxurious
the house boat is pristine very clean and stylish
the boat is perfect big enough clean warm quiet and well located
the houseboat is beautiful and spacious-feeling
Host:
he was a good host
victor was a lovely host very considerate kind and smart
loved the dogs and the friendly hospitality of our host
the owner tho is even better
thank you again victor for being such a gracious host
Location:
an ideal location and boat
great location and lovely house boat
it is simply unique and in a beautiful location - surrounded by nature
not central but with good shops nearby
the location is not the most central spot but the quiet beauty is very special
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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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