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
When you drive up to this chateau it looks like something out of a fairy tale. It's really beautiful inside too. You are met and greeted at the door by wonderful staff and shown to your room. It's set in beautiful grounds and is very dog friendly.
The down sides were that the dinner menu is rather small with limited choices and the average continental breakfast is vastly overpriced at €25 per person. Within the cost of the hotel room the least they could do is include a few croissants and some cereal.
Apart from that we had a wonderful few days here
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!!!