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Subject: Bubble tents are a room with a view

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/17/10 at 12:55 pm

Camping outdoors has been taken to a whole new level - with blow-up 'bubble' tents.

With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, the transparent structures are designed to get people as close to nature as possible.

But it's far from the traditional camping trip - decked out with wardrobes, shelves and electric lights, the bubbles look more like a movable hotel room than a regular tent.

Launched this year, the structures can now be hired out at sites across France for around £400 a night.

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.

"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."

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.

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