Plenty of bounce: The transparent and inflatable bubble tent has been designed to give campers a panoramic view of the countryside
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER - Launched this year, the structures can now be rented out at sites across France for around £400 pounds a night. And since then British tourists have been flocking to the country to try out the new camping experience. French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas said his 'BubbleTree' creations are 'unusual huts for unusual nights'.
He explained: 'Having a night under the stars or seeing the sun rise and set is not something that many people experience anymore. 'A normal tent or camper van means people miss out on these things. 'So I designed this eccentric shelter with the aim of offering an unusual experience under the stars while keeping all the comfort of a bedroom suite. 'The ceiling of the bubble has the Milky Way, guests will be able to enjoy this as well as the extraordinary light variation of the sunset and sunrise.'
See-through: French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas believes traditional campers miss out on seeing the sun rise and sun set
The 'bubbles' are designed for two adults but can be adapted to include a smaller children's bedroom. One design, called the CristalBubble, is completely transparent, giving a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside.
But for the more private person, Mr Dumas has also created another, which he calls a 'cocooning' version of the Cristal design. This is completely opened to the sky but a surrounding wall means the occupants can not be seen from the outside.
Luxury: The tents - some of which are slightly more sheltered - are available to rent for around £400 at camping sites in France
Another design, called the BubbleLodge, is more like a villa than a room and is built with an additional space that can either be used as a bathroom or smaller bedroom. Once the 'bubble' is inflated, it's kept in shape with an airlock at the entrance and a silent pump, which keeps a constant pressure on the surrounding 'walls'.
Outside sound is kept to a minimum while inside noise is magnified, which, according to Mr Dumas, encourages the occupants to create a peaceful atmosphere by whispering. As well as hiring the structures, they can also be bought outright for around 7,500 pounds. Mr Dumas added: 'For me, Bubble huts are a place apart where you can rest, breathe or just stand back.