Nantes. These barges which offer a second life

More and more barges are being transformed into bars or cruising places, others also offer overnight stays on board.

Le Dô, the houseboat barge under the Saint-Mihiel bridge in Nantes. | OCEAN PRESS PHOTO – OLIVIER LANRIVAIN


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    Le Dô, the houseboat barge under the Saint-Mihiel bridge in Nantes. | OCEAN PRESS PHOTO – OLIVIER LANRIVAIN

The River House "Carpe Diem" is not the only barge to accommodate passengers. Several places in Nantes have been transformed into bars or cruising places, others also offer overnight stays on board.

The do

It is an old sightseeing boat, a riverboat from the 1930s that sailed on the Seine before joining the Erdre. A real floating bubble, this unusual and atypical place opens onto the outside with its large bay windows, offering a unique view of the city and its river. Today moored on the quays of the Order, between nature and city, this barge is in turn a guest room, a gîte or a place for private parties. Its layout has been particularly worked so that its 45 m² make the most of the space. The trick lies in a large, unique piece of furniture inside which the fully equipped kitchen is folded away, a large dining table and a bed on casters.

The 15 m² living space offers great comfort and leads to a small outdoor terrace. The bathroom is located at the back with a large walk-in shower.

As part of the Voyage à Nantes, the barge was the subject of a decoration signed by the painter Karina Bisch. Loving to confront new supports, she took hold of this barge. Cutting, assembling and gluing elementary forms, it takes elements that are constitutive of modern art and popular culture, but uses them in an offset fashion, positioning them at an angle and superimposing them. Like a living painting, the barge lights up the surrounding landscape with its colorful decorations, its patchwork of shapes and signals.

5, quai Henri-Barbusse. From 139 € per night. Children prohibited. 06 38 44 49 98 (Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.).

The Pier

A former docking pontoon, the Embarcadère, transformed into a gîte, offers overnight breaks, a weekend or more, a break to enjoy a unique setting. Located in the heart of Nantes, along the banks of the Erdre, the Embarcadère provides all the comfort available in an atypical space open to the Erdre, lulled by the chop of the water.

For more than half a century, the docking pontoon made it possible to connect the two banks of the Loire by the Roquios. Abandoned in Indret, he was acquired in the domains. In 1978, it was moved to a couple from the Bateau-Lavoir, on the Erdre, converted into an outbuilding and then in 2008 transformed into a gîte. Access is from the boulevard by a large independent walkway.

For 1 to 4 people, the Pier is a large living room open onto the water by large picture windows. A lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen.

Boulevard Van-Iseghem. From 90 € per night. 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 bathroom.

Phileas

The Philéas barge is a boat from the 1930s on which a contemporary structure was built with large openings on the river. This floating, design, quiet and comfortable residence is ideal for couples or parents with 1 or 2 children. Privacy and change of scenery are guaranteed, in the heart of Nantes, on the Erdre.

Located at the entrance to the park on the island of Versailles, this is a 3-room apartment (30 m²): 2 bedrooms, 1 shower room, a toilet and a kitchen open to the living room.

Quai de Versailles, 44,000 Nantes. 06 83 88 93 92 or 06 08 31 55 54. From 90 € to 110 € (2 nights minimum).

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