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 had a wonderful stay at this beautiful hotel. Our room and the grounds were beautiful and the staff was very welcoming and friendly. I was suffering from food poisoning (from airplane food) the day of our arrival, and my husband asked if it would be possible to order chicken broth and plain rice for room service. The staff at the restaurant was very helpful and my husband was able to speak to the chef, who was very accommodating and made a delicious simple broth with rice and vegetables that helped make me feel so much better! We ended up having a wonderful time the rest of our stay. We had breakfast and dinner out on the terrace at the restaurant and it was so beautiful and relaxing. We also ordered room service for dinner another night and it was delicious as well. The location is perfect to visit Saint Emilion and the surrounding vineyards. I would highly recommend this hotel and would absolutely stay here again!
We had our son get married and stay in this lovely hotel. They stayed in the 2 story room the was elegant. There were 8 in our party and we stayed at a nearby Chalet owned by the brides family. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast for our group as the service & food were great.
Just a few minutes outside Saint-Émilion . Lovely architecture, ample rooms with French balconies overlooking the vineyards. Very comfortable beds with good quality linens. Nice restaurant with reasonable prices and superb service. Breakfast is buffet style, with enough fresh great quality choices. Bicycles are offered to ride by the vineyards.
Overall, only regret is not to have stayed at least 3 days there to relax and taste more of their delicious wines
Stayed in June 2019. Elegant and Sophisticated. The staff are very helpful to book our wine tours and restaurants. We don't speak French but they speak good English. I lost a necklace in the room and they eventually could locate it for me. Thanks. The restaurant is excellent. Breakfast is superb.
We have been at St Emilion at the Chateau Grand Barrail Hotel. Our stay was excellent! The hotel is beautiful within a Chateau surrounded by vineyards. The room was excellent, the service outstanding and highly professional. I do recommend this hotel!