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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Super elegant Chateau with great, spacious rooms, nicely decorated and well equipped. Elegant bathrooms and a very comfortable SPA. The restaurant is situated in beautiful settings displaying original decor. The bar is less fortunate, placed in a hallway next to the old elevator and staircase. Not cozy in any way,
Food is very good an elegantly displayed. The menus available are a bit too limited. Winelist - of course is fantastic - maybe a bit to the expensive side.
Stayed here for 2 nights for my wifes birthday and have to say it left us somewhat underwhelmed...
We are fully aware that 5 star in france is not on a par with other countries but even with this considered we still feel it fell short.
upon arrival we didnt expect to be put in an anex extension at the bottom of the garden not dissimilar to a USA motel that sits round a swimming pool, a 200m uncovered walk from hotel! With the room itself being very sub standard (apparently a deluxe room but i’d argue it was a standard room at best)
We have 2 dogs (notice given) which cost an extra €60 a night so maybe this was the reason, but then after complaining we were relocated to a room within the chateau so if this was a possibility from the outset, then why wasnt it done this way?
Chateau is pretty (apart from upvc double glazing that doesnt fit well, if windy you’ll know about it) as are the rooms within the main building, staff handled the situation reasonably but certainly didnt go above and beyond to make up for their indiscretion.
Spa facilities are ok but the treatments were fantastic, one of the best massages ive ever had, very skilled masseurs and really made my wifes birthday a special event, we’re so lucky this part was good.
Breakfast is not an american style buffet so we cancelled out of the 2nd day breakfast, only two hot containers, one with scrambled eggs and one with bacon, pretty standard at any hotel in france and certainly not American style, there was no chef to cook anything on our day either.
Wouldnt stay again but would visit spa for a massage.
The moment we drove up to the Chateau Barrail we knew that we were in for something extremely special! We had a wonderful greeting from the highly trained respectful staff. We were 9 ladies and there was no fuss sorting out luggage, welcoming us as individuals and showing us to our rooms. The rooms were just superb in a delightful French way. The beds were comfortable. The food was superb although a little slow with the service. It was a truly magical 2 night stay for each of us. The grounds of the surrounding vineyard was inspiring. A walk around the lake gave superb views of the incredibly beautiful chateau. The surprise to beat all surprises however was having pre dinner drinks in the lovely lounge where a fabulous duet were playing. They were call “Granny Smith”. William and Sarah had the purest voices and sang in English and French. It was such a memorable night as everyone from the restaurant got up and danced and danced! Apparently this had not happened before. It was a totally wonderful stay and I will remember the beauty of the chateau forever!