Room with no view – French battle bunker reborn as guesthouse

Serge Colliou poses inside a WW2-era German bunker renovated and changed into a visitor home for lease on Airbnb, in Saint-Pabu, France, August 19, 2021. Reuters/Manuel Ausloos

Saint-Pabu, France: A bunker constructed by German troops in northern France throughout World Struggle Two has been restored and refitted as an underground guesthouse.

The northern coast continues to be strewn with fortifications left by the German military, which constructed up a so-called Atlantic Wall to attempt to fend off Allied Forces.

In Saint-Pabu, on the Breton coast, concrete bunkers are half-buried alongside the sandy seashores in an space that when operated as a radar station.

Serge Colliou purchased up a plot of land round considered one of them and spent 18 months digging out and renovating the 400-square-metre construction, turning it into rental for as much as eight folks, full with bar and front room.

“We tailored (the bunker) whereas preserving a sure really feel,” Colliou stated.

“We wished to provide the constructing a second life, so we’re not going to dwell up to now endlessly. We saved some elements, you realize the place you’re, there are historic cues, however this is not a museum both.”

Struggle-time touches in Bunker L479 embrace helmets, replica weapons and indicators on the partitions.

Each German and French company have stayed there because it opened a 12 months in the past, Colliou stated.

Some mayors have tried to take away bunkers and different stays from the shoreline, in case there are a hazard to swimmers.

Others in Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, Brest and different areas have taken steps to revive the historic websites.

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“We’re beginning to protect these well-known bunkers and it’s a good factor, however we can’t save all of them,” stated Herve Farrant, a bunker specialist and creator who started to discover the buildings within the Eighties.