Château de Mirambeau
What We Love
- Michelin-starred cuisine by celeb chef Maxime Deschamps, formerly of Le Toiny on St. Bart’s
- After dinner, retire to the “Cognathèque” for a tasting of the area’s incomparable spirits
- The romantic rooms are decorated with antiques (some are genuine Louis XVI)
- Fab indoor and outdoor pools, plus a hammam and a whirlpool bath
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at check out
- You will need a car to get to the chateau and to explore the area
- Families are welcome, but the vibe is couple-friendly
- Although the restaurant is wheelchair-accessible, the guestrooms are not
- Free parking and WiFi
- The restaurant is open every evening and for lunch on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Light bites are available for lunch on weekdays
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Fairy-tale castle between Bordeaux and Cognac with a Michelin-starred restaurant and Louis XVI-style furnishings
Behind gargoyle-adorned stone walls, this dreamy Renaissance-style castle fulfills every fantasy of a French countryside escape, from its Louis XVI furnishings to its vaulted Roman bath and lush grounds. A complete 21st-century overhaul, however, means there’s no sacrificing comfort in the name of historical authenticity. Close to the beaches of the Atlantic and the beautiful vineyards of Gironde, it’s a fairy-tale destination for exploring the Grands Crus of Bordeaux.
Bed & Bath
Each of the 22 rooms and suites is individually decorated with antiques and the world’s finest fabrics. The walls are upholstered in embroidered silks, and the sophisticated curtains and furnishings inspire expensive home decorating fantasies. The art and antiques are all Louis XVI, and, yes, they are the real thing.
Roam the grounds admiring gargoyles, turrets and ramparts, and take a moment to express your gratitude in the tiny private chapel before relaxing on a poolside chaise. Meals in the conservatory dining room are a delight — the tables set with starched linens, Limoges porcelain and polished silver. At lunch choose between two menus, one light and modern, one classic and gastronomic, and for dinner opt for the amazing tasting menu of the Michelin-starred chef’s specialties.
In the Area
The location is ideal for exploring the incomparably beautiful Gironde, visiting the historic city of Bordeaux and the vineyards and cellars of St. Emilion, Médoc, Sauternes, Cognac and Charentes. Be sure to try the regional specialty, the Pineau de Charentes, an apéritif made from grape must and cognac at Château de Beaulon. Visit the charming town of Jonzac on Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for the exceptional market, which is housed in a restored 19th-century building designed by Gustav Eiffel. For youngsters, a trip to one of Europe’s largest water parks, Les Antilles de Jonzac, is in order. Afterward enjoy classic French bistro favorites at Le Coq d’Or, which overlooks the 15th-century chateau.
How to Get There
Wow! What a beautiful chateau! Dripping in tasteful antiques and referencing the Italian Renaissance design, it is a pleasure to spend time here. The gardens host some beautiful trees and views. The staff, all bar one, were fabulous particularly the ladies at reception. Their thoughtful attention to detail is beyond what you find in other 5 star hotels. We stayed in room 5 in the castle. I found it exceptionally beautiful.
The Hotel is very beautiful and very well maintained. The service at the restaurant is very very bad. The only exception is the Sommelier; very good. The Maitre is totally silent and trains his team very badly. The food is good; but the service is terrible. Be careful!!!
We spent a relaxing long weekend at the Chateau last summer. The grounds are absolutely spectacular, and the interior decor screams classic french château. The room was lovely, though the bathroom left a little to be desired as it didn’t have a shower (only bath with a very small handheld shower head). The hotel restaurant is wonderful, but there aren’t other good dining options in the area, so best to eat dinner at the inn (or else drive a ways away). The fitness center was extremely disappointing, so perhaps plan to walk the grounds for exercise instead.
Being dog friendly was clearly a plus for us!
High priced even for low season. We stayed there at the end of October 2018. Surprisingly indoor pool was unheated and sauna was cold as well. The evening restaurant food is so so but Sommelier was nice and definitely you will not be disappointed at this side. We prefered breakfast in the village. . Please be very cautious with your room type. Finally we changed our originally booked Junior suite to the regular Suite as the difference is dramatic. As it was the low season it was done complimentary but I used all my efforts to get it. To tell you the truth main wing rooms are seriously outdated.
We were recommended by a friend who had stayed here twice in 2018. Sadly it seems that the hotel has not lived up to my friend's standards. We stayed in a lovely de luxe room with peaceful views across countryside to estuary but unfortunately this was over the kitchen so we had to keep the windows closed due the the smell of frying. The staff are very polite but frankly are not trained to Relaid & Chateau standards. We had dinner one night but it was tasteless and felt not freshly cooked. I asked for an apple juice to be told they had run out. In the grounds the fountain and pool looked seedy as it was full of white froth and algae. With lovely grounds why not provide facilities for relaxing on the lawns?
We loved the building and the interior decor and with the right management and chef this could be a really first class hotel. To charge €36 for 2 sorbets is over the top and strikes of financial desperation.
Thank you Solene for all your help.