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Rooms: Toulouse

Eschew the conventional options and stay in a barge, wooden cabin, farmhouse or even an ‘urban B&B’ in the capital of France’s southern Midi-Pyrénées region

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La Fonderie Urban B&B

La Fonderie Urban B&B

La Fonderie Urban B&B
An 18th-century foundry in the Saint Cyprien district has been transformed into an ‘urban B&B’ — or, rather, a stylish duplex apartment within the owners’ house. Exposed brick walls and a floating staircase make this a chic option in this boho neighbourhood. Apartment from £87.

GÎte Vue des Montagnes

GÎte Vue des Montagnes

GÎte Vue des Montagnes
An hour south of Toulouse, in full view of the Pyrenees, lies this three-bedroom gîte, meticulously designed by its British owners. The style is rustic chic, and with a pool, trampoline and swings, it’s a safe bet for families. Gîte from £500 per week (one week minimum stay).

Garonnella, Toulouse

Garonnella

Garonnella
Just two miles but a world away from central Toulouse, this wooden cabin on the bank of the Garonne is set at the bottom of the owners’ garden. The stunning location makes up for the small space, as does the owners’ pool, which guests can use. Cabin from £67.

Péniche Amboise

Péniche Amboise

Péniche Amboise
It doesn’t get much more gloriously Gallic than this, a barge moored on the Canal du Midi, converted into a B&B of four pretty little rooms. The deck, equipped with tables, chairs and even a hot tub, is perfect for watching towpath life. Rooms from £70.

Published in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)