Dream Destination: Loire Valley's Cave Homes

Dream Destination: Loire Valley's Cave Homes

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Regina Yunghans
Jul 27, 2011

We almost didn't believe the above-pictured French cave homes exist - they look so marvelously magical and charming. But the great news is that they do. Such fantasy really does exist!

Located in the cliffside looking out over France's Loire Valley, the cave homes are actually the result of quarrying for stone. The spaces carved out by quarrying back in the 11th century made room for small, modest cave homes complete with front doors and chimneys.

Today, some caves are still occupied - a few as homes and others as attractions like restaurants or galleries. Read more about the cave homes of the Loire Valley at Smithsonian.com.

What we wouldn't give to see them in person. We've located at least one way to even stay in one: Cave Yuccas.

Images: Smithsonian.com

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