Château Grand Barrail Hotel
What We Love
- Charm and tranquility at a 19th-century château in the Saint-Emilion vineyards, with breakfastTaking in the beautiful views across Saint-Emilion's rolling vineyards and the château's seven-acre grounds
- Waking up to a delicious – and complimentary – breakfast
- Indulging in a luxurious Cinq Mondes spa treatment
- Savoring refined dishes and complementary wines in the elegant restaurant
What To Know
- If there aren't enough vineyards for you in Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux is less than an hour away
- The onsite spa has a jacuzzi, two steam rooms, two saunas, treatment and rest rooms, and a fitness studio
- Chef Romain Gondras' menu is seasonal
You’ve heard about pairing wine with fine cuisine – how about with a fine hotel? Nineteenth-century Château Grand Barrail Hotel and its picturesque seven-acre estate impresses both inside and out, with the tranquil Dordogne River running alongside it, and with a setting in the heart of the esteemed Saint-Emilion vineyards. Spend your time in this pretty pocket of France exploring the medieval hilltop town, visiting the sights of Bordeaux (which is less than an hour away) and taking a tour among the rows of grapevines – not to mention, tasting the Grand Cru produced from these grapes.
You may also relax, pamper and delight your senses at the hotel spa, with Cinq Mondes body treatments or with a sauna and hot-tub session. And, of course, if you would like to pair your wine with something culinary, you’re welcome do that, too. The gourmet restaurant (which has an outdoor terrace for warmer days) is run by Chef Romain Gondras and is a real treat for the taste buds, with creative dishes ranging from fillet of duck to fried scallops, and with carefully selected Bordeaux fine wines to complement whatever you select.
Split between the château and its outbuildings, the rooms make the most of uninterrupted views over the château’s seven-acre estate. Measuring 323 square feet, Superior rooms feature bold, yet tasteful, decoration, with curtains and sofas upholstered in wool tartan, plus views over the extensive vineyards. Adjoining rooms for family stays are also available. Deluxe rooms are a fusion of modern trends, period styles and Blanc d’Ivoire elements and are housed in the main Château, La Maison du Vignoble (which boasts breathtaking panoramic views) and La Maison du Bien-Etre spa complex – perfect for recharging your batteries.With their Gustave III-style woodwork and unobstructed views over the park and vineyard, Executive rooms are set at the heart of the Château. The decoration and furniture is mostly by well-known manufacturers, such as Pierre Frey, Mise en Demeure and Prés de Brou.
Château Grand Barrail Hotel houses a gourmet restaurant run by Chef Romain Gondras and offers creative cuisine with a curated selection of local fine wines from Bordeaux. The hotel has three separate dining rooms, with elegant design – think Viollet Leduc-style paintings and imposing chandeliers – and a hotel bar for relaxed drinks.
With beauticians at your disposal, take your pick from a variety of luxury, all-natural Cinq Mondes face and body treatments. Once you’re done with these, there are two hammams, two saunas, a hot tub, rest areas and a fitness room to enjoy. The undisturbed views of the vineyards will follow you to the spa, so it’s an especially peaceful and relaxing experience.
Château Grand Barrail Hotel is in the center of the Saint-Emilion vineyards, with Bordeaux less than an hour away. Libourne train station is less than two miles away; Maison du Vin, Saint Emilion’s Underground Galleries and Château Figeqac are all nearby and worth a visit.
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My husband and I traveled to France for my birthday and settled upon staying at Chateau Grand Barrail as I've heard great things about this hotel. Set in St. Emilion and wine country, it is a grand chateau with beautiful historical rooms and clusters of newer rooms to the side of it.
We had an Executive Room in the main castle and it was lovely. Our windows looked into the back patio where grape vines were growing. Service was amazing - when we checked out, I accidentally left my iPad in the room. We had already left and taken the train to Bordeaux but a staff member who happened to be off duty and returning to Bordeaux was able to bring my iPad and deliver it to the place I was staying. We would return in a heartbeat as the hotel and grounds are so beautiful and service impeccable.
We held our yearly shareholder and strategy meeting. It was the best place. Quiet. Attentive staff. Great meeting facilities. Privacy. The surroundings are amazing and the town of St.Emilion is worth a visit.
We stayed here for three nights in Mid December 2018.
From the moment we arrived all the staff ware extremely welcoming and professional with great advice on where to eat, drink and what to see in the area. We were shown to our room which was well appointed and warm with a lovely view across a vineyard. The restaurant is charming and provides a fantastic menu, our compliments to the chef! The breakfast provided plenty of choice of fresh fruit, cold cuts, cereals, toast, eggs etc (and not a bad coffee either!) There is a well-appointed spa which is spotless.
The original building is charming and additions have been sympathetically added. I would have no hesitation in recommending Chateau Grand Barrail... Top marks!
From the doorman, till the maître all the Staff are but Professionals. The Concierge, a woman with a deep knowledge of wine recommend us a visit to a cave that actually becomes one of the highlights of our trip. The rooms are just like in the pictures: Refined, spacious and quite. We had dinner at the Château and we discovered one of the best tables ever. Definitely dining there was the perfect choice. One of the best a la carte menu ever: Old fashion way with modern touch. Excellent service, amazing food and of course wonderful wines.
Breakfast was a mix of traditional French specialties like jambon, saucisson and organic eggs, seeds and tasty local yogurt. Everything was just delicious and fancy decorated. The spa worths a visit with the jacuzzi looking over the grapes. And all of that with two children that had the most welcoming ever.
I recommend this place 100 %. Very friendly, very comfortable and luxurious. We had a fantastic stay. The location is perfect. Very close to St. Emilion (but still a lift is needed.) The surroundings were heavenly. Right in the middle of vinyards we felt like we were beamed up to a different period. Interiors are great too and people are extremely friendly. They have also bikes and doing a bike tour between the vinyards is extremly beautiful.