Vosges Cabin

  • Location: Mountains
    Gerardmer Lake: 1km (2 mins by car)
    Hohneck Peak: 20 km (20 mins by car)
    Alsace Wine Road: 56 km (1h by car)
    Colmar: 54 km (1h by car)
  • Basel Airport (BSL): 102km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Beautifully simple architecture and interiors in a stunning setting at the edge of wild nature yet very close to all the amenities you may need. And it’s perfect for all seasons: enjoy skiing in winter, hiking in the meadows in spring, lake bathing in summer, and mushroom picking in fall.

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An introduction to Vosges Cabin

What was the story or inspiration behind Vosges Cabin?

I’ve always enjoyed modern cabins in a natural environment and I had a Pinterest folder where I collected inspiring pictures of minimalist wooden homes. I particularly liked the Scandinavian approach, with simple houses in the middle of nowhere that were very modern and light.

I originally come from Grenoble but live in Strasbourg, from where I discovered the Vosges. The region is quite different from the Alps and similar to the Black Forest — not so high and largely forested — and has a special feeling that’s more like Canada or Scandinavia.

I started looking for a piece of land and was very lucky to find this exceptional one as it’s one of the last with a view of the lake. I worked with a French architect who specialises in simple, minimalist timber houses. The concept was to use nice materials and create beautiful spaces, without the need for it to be luxurious.

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design?

There’s a lot of light as there are big windows everywhere, including several window boxes that jut out from the house. As the surrounding land is quite steep, the house enjoys incredible views of Gérardmer and its lake while being directly on the border of the forest. It’s quite unique as you have different views from throughout the house and at night you can see the city lights. You feel close to civilisation but also surrounded by nature.

When designing the house, we wanted to create rooms where large groups could gather, as well as more intimate spaces where individuals or a few people could find privacy. The middle of the house feels like it’s hanging in the air between the two adjoining parts and there’s an eagle’s nest at the highest point where you can look out across the valley and have a quiet moment with a book. Most of the furnishings were made by a carpenter, although there are a few pieces in the kitchen and living area designed specifically for the house by a German-based atelier.

To you personally, what is so special about the house?

The views! It’s in such a unique position and with modern windows that frame the views. You can sit all day and just watch the light and colour of the lake water changing. The house also has a very serene atmosphere. Even if it’s dark and mysterious outside with little sunshine, the interior feels light and serene. It’s a refuge.

Dining area
Dining area and view
Dining area
Dining area
Dining area
Living area
Living area
Living area
Living area
Exterior (under construction)
Exterior in winter

Vosges Cabin rooms & rates

Vosges Cabin is a refuge that can accommodate a total of 16 people. Composed of three interlocking volumes, this 200 sqm house uses the old structure of the land for its implantation.

When you enter the house, there’s a space where you can leave your shoes and closets for your outdoor gear, as well as a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer. There’s also a sauna here with a shower that allows easy access to the outdoor spa, creating its own wellness area.

From here, you go up into the kitchen and open-plan living space, which I think is the best part of the house as there’s a large window overlooking the lake. Above is a loft room with a comfortable sofa, TV and children’s toys, so parents can chat downstairs undisturbed while the kids play or watch TV. As I have three children, I wanted to design a family-friendly house that was also beautiful and modern.

The final part of the house is where the five bedrooms are located, all of which have en-suite bathrooms and toilets. They’re designed somewhat like boat cabins (there is rolling storage underneath the beds) and with a minimalist approach where the decoration is added through necessary features such as door handles, heaters and light fittings. Four of the rooms are doubles and one is a family room, which has a double bed and a separate dorm room with four single and two folding beds.

Behind the house is a flat garden where kids can play and a terrace with a hot tub. There’s enough space on the terrace to do yoga while watching the sunrise, as well as a boat net where you can relax. In addition to a separate outdoor dining area and a fire pit, we also have a petanque court that guests are welcome to use.

  • Vosges Cabin for 2-18 people / 200 m²
    431 / night
    • 5 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 2 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 3 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
Included in the rates
Rates include linen, towels and bathrobes.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. One of the bedrooms is ideal for children as it has a total of 6 single beds. A baby cot is also available on request.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Sauna
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Courtyard
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Toys for kids
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Playground
  • Hair dryer

We provide sheets, towels and bathrobes for guests, as well as the final cleaning. A mid-week cleaning service can also be arranged on request.

Behind the house is a flat garden where kids can play and a terrace with a hot tub. There’s enough space on the terrace to do yoga while watching the sunrise, as well as a boat net where you can relax. In addition to a separate outdoor dining area and a fire pit, we also have a petanque court that guests are welcome to use.

Things to do in Vosges & Gérardmer

  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Tennis
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Fishing

There are several walking trails that leave directly from the house into the forest, as well as mountain biking and trail riding routes. You can walk for hours without seeing anybody! The Lac du Gérardmer provides a setting for sailing, swimming and paragliding or there are several other lakes nearby, all of which have a different feel.

When it snows, you’re just 10 minutes from the closest ski resort, which is very family-friendly and offers both cross-country and alpine skiing. You can also go snowshoeing or just take advantage of Vosges Cabin’s wellness area while enjoying the views.

Vosges Cabin reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
It’s always a treat to go back…. And every time we discover something new and special. The space is amazing. Christophe is lovely host and the lady who takes care of the place is as lovely. The town is also simple and nice. We’ll be back for the 5th time and we are already looking forward to it. Thank you again!
Jacqueline M.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in October 2023
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had a wonderful 2 night stay at the cabin with our three children. We all loved it. In particular, the child-friendliness of the cabin made it a winner. The house is really well equipped with all the amenities and a great kitchen. The outdoor spaces are wonderful with a nordic bath. We will for sure consider returning again. The lake is about 5 min. away by car, where you can rent an electric boat to cruise around the lake.
Nicolas K.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in October 2023
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Another amazing experience with a generous treat from the host. My family and I just love this place. it has amazing energy.

We are so grateful to Christophe and his family for sharing this with us. I am also grateful to the lady who makes sure the place is ready for us.

See you next year.
Jacqueline M.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in October 2022
4 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Beautiful house, and very well equipped. The hot tub could not be used due to water restrictions, which would have been good to know before our arrival, but otherwise it was a great stay.
Jennifer S.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in August 2022
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Amazing stay… once again. Thank you so much….
Jacqueline M.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in April 2022
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Beautiful house in a magnificent setting. The perfect holiday house. We loved it!
Geert D.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in February 2022
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
It was snowing when we got to the cabin and already later in the evening. The last 50m we had to walk up the hill to get to the house as our front powered city car was no match for the snowy weather of Gerardmer. The cabin itself is quickly recognizable from the outside as its architecture easily stands out. We were greeted at the door by the friendly Ms. Odile Kielar who showed us around the house and made us familiar with everything we needed to know for our stay. My French is pretty rusty to non-existent so Google translate came in as a useful companion. The following days went by very quickly. The inviting architecture of the house, the warmth felt visually by the tasteful use of wood throughout the house as well as physically being felt by the high quality stove in the living room as well as the stunning views and tasteful interior of the house all made our stay a very cozy and relaxing one. The sauna in the basement was the perfect utility for such weather and the fully equipped kitchen left nothing to be desired. We enjoyed our stay so much we almost don’t want anybody else to know about this place so it can be our secret. We are already making plans for coming back in spring or summer next year as the different seasons surely also hold new treasures to be discovered. The perfect getaway. The perfect holiday.
Maximilian E.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in November 2021
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
The space was amazing …. The customer service was fantastic….. My family and I enjoyed our experience - such an inspiring and soulful experience. Thank you ……
Jacqueline M.
stayed at Vosges Cabin in October 2021
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Gewoon fantastisch.
Enkele kleine opmerkingen : verlichting aan Hottop en bbq
Stephanie R. (Belgium)
stayed at Vosges Cabin in September 2021

The location of Vosges Cabin

Vosges Cabin is positioned at 800 metres in altitude in the middle of a nature reserve just one kilometre from Gérardmer. It’s been renowned as a tourist destination since the end of the 19th century and is home to several old factories where traditional textiles are made. It’s a great place to shop for homewares and there are many restaurants, both traditional and modern.

The highest part of the Vosges mountains is around 50 minutes away and is ideal for experienced trekkers while Colmar is around 45 minutes’ drive. So it’s quite easy to spend a day visiting Colmar and exploring the small villages and vineyards of the Alsace Wine Route. Basel and Nancy are both around 1.5 hours’ drive from the house and Luxembourg is roughly two hours away.

When is the best time to visit Vosges?

Gérardmer is unique in that it’s a four-seasons destination, which was why it appealed to me in the first place. In the winter, it’s really stunning when covered in snow and there’s a fireplace in the house to enjoy when you’re not out skiing or snowshoeing. Spring is ideal for hiking as it’s not so hot and the meadows ignite with yellow jonquils. In summer, you can go hiking in the morning before swimming in the lake in the afternoon. But for me, autumn is my favourite season because of the colours and the feeling that you’re in Canada.

Every season has its charm and the house has been designed to be comfortable even in case of bad weather, with its sauna and fire-heated hot tub.