Inside France's bizarre 'hamster hotel'
The wheel - a giant, wrought iron contraption which covers an entire wall - turns out to be hard work and my calf muscles ache after a couple of minutes on it.
When I want to refresh myself from the tube which brings water out of the wall, it splashes all over me as I lap it up hamster-fashion.
And the organic seeds placed in a transparent, plastic bowl for the benefit of residents are rather too chewy for my liking - alright for a pet, but not for humans.
Altogether, it is a bizarre experience, and the most bizarre thing about it, perhaps, is the number of people who want to pay €99 a night to try it out.
Their success has convinced Mr Falquero to push back the boundaries of tourism a little further. This summer, for instance, he is planning to open a hospital gîte in a disused veterinary clinic. There will be two hospital beds in which to sleep, an operating theatre and medical equipment available. He is calling it La Clinique du Baiser - the Clinic of the Kiss - but it remains to be seen how many visitors will want to kiss into an operating theatre.
He is also looking for investors to fund France's first tourist uterus - a gîte in the form of a womb which he has conceived (sorry, drawn up) in 3-D on his computer.