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Spend the Night in a Fantastical Trojan Horse-Shaped Hotel in Belgium!
Posted By Lori Zimmer On February 19, 2013 @ 5:21 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | No Comments
The historic little town of Durbuy, Belgium has a unique hotel that pays tribute to the epic tale of the Trojan Horse - by letting guests sleep in a giant wooden horse of the same name! The fairytale-like rooms at the La Balade des Gnomes Hotel are made from wood, mud, and straw. Clad in wooden shingles, the horse-shaped structure can be wheeled around the property, allowing guests to plan their attack, or simply enjoy views of the scenic landscape.
Guests can imagine their horse hotel room  being wheeled into the city of Troy by the Greeks, epically tricking the Trojans during the legendary Trojan war. Appropriate to this tale, the interior have been lifted from a scene from the Hobbit  or The Lord of the Rings. Rustic natural wood can be found throughout, making the elevated room seem like a treehouse.
Visitors can feel like a forest nymph in one of the cozy beds which are built into the walls and decorated with wooden hearts, wagon wheels and cave-like  mossy walls. Timber poles, branches and tree trunks are repurposed for decorative support beams, adding to the rustic feel, and are often decorated with wooden vines. Even the bathtub is made from wood, complete with a bench.
Cob  was used to outfit the rest of the interior, which is made from mud, lime and straw, then hardened. A natural insulator, the cob keeps the room toasty in the winter months and cool in summer. For around $150 a night, guests can indulge in their inner fantasy by living like gnomes do.
Via Web Urbanist 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/guests-can-sleep-in-a-fantastical-trojan-horse-shaped-hotel-in-belgium/balade-des-gnomes-hotel3/
 horse hotel room: http://inhabitat.com/casa-troyana-wooden-trojan-horse-house-has-some-tricks-up-its-sleeve/
 the Hobbit: http://inhabitat.com/extraordinary-off-grid-hobbit-home-in-wales-only-cost-3000-to-build/
 cave-like: http://inhabitat.com/yunak-evleri-is-a-5-star-hotel-built-into-ancient-caves/
 Cob: http://inhabitat.com/sunray-kelleys-harbin-hot-springs-temple-in-napa-valley-is-made-from-natural-materials/
 + La Balade des Gnomes Hotel: http://www.labaladedesgnomes.be/
 Web Urbanist: http://weburbanist.com/2013/02/14/surreal-la-balade-des-gnomes-hotel-offers-fantasy-getaway/
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