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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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.
We stayed at the Chateau for three nights and loved it. Gorgeous building in a great location set amongst vineyards and only 2 minutes to St Emilion. The staff were friendly and helpful. The facilities throughout the hotel were great and the gardens a perfect spot for a stroll. The room was spacious and well appointed and my only minor negative/suggestion was that we felt that the housekeeping standards were slightly lacking and needed a little more attention to detail when making up the rooms each day. After the first day we had to request water, coffee and milk was replenished as this was not done each day and also we had wine and champagne glasses delivered to our room which were never cleaned or removed by housecleaning over the stay. Overall we would stay definitely stay there again as wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends.
We had a week-long vacation and decided to stay in the Bordeaux region of France. During our trip, we stayed in a number of hotels. Our stay at Grand Hotel Barrail lasted only 2 nights but we regretted not making a longer reservation - from the very first minute (until the very last) we were surrounded by such amazing care and service that we didn’t want to leave. On arrival, we were greeted by Thomas who was only too happy to help us with anything that we might need. First, he accompanied us to our room while explaining all the housekeeping rules. The room itself was pleasantly decorated, very comfortable, and contained an excess of amenities; everything was planned and organised in a very organised manner. With that in mind, special mention goes out to the amazing VIEW! The property had a little balcony with a view over the vineyard, it was amazing at any time of day or night. That same day, we visited the restaurant which, with all honesty, was the highlight of our trip! Much more enjoyable than visiting any of the ‘posh’ restaurants that are commonplace in the region. The menu was built logically - satisfying different tastes while containing options for both al carte and tasting menus.
Sommelier (unfortunately do not remember his name) was passionate and knowledgeable without being patronising or trying to guilt us in to more expensive options, a huge plus in my book! While we did not have the time for spa treatment (as we already had prearranged activities for the day), we would still like to compliment one member of the spa team. We were on our way out for dinner on the second night (somewhere around 8pm) and were just passing through the spa area as I was very interested in one of the products that was being used at the spa (a product I’ve personally never seen before). We were approached by one of the girls that was tidying up and preparing the spa area for the following day. We spent a good 10 minutes discussing different types of spa products and how to use them - exchanging plenty of useful information. The girl continued to spend some time with us (despite realising that we were not going to purchase anything on this occasion), aiming to make us comfortable while simultaneously introducing us to more spa products and appliances. Throughout our experience with her, she acted as a true ambassador for the brand. To conclude, I wish we spend more time in the hotel
We were traveling with friends who found and selected this property. We had an excellent stay in every regard from staff to amenities. Highly recommended for business or leisure travelers. Do try their breakfast buffet which is very tasty, wholesome, and a good value compared to a la carte breakfasts downtown Saint-Emilion. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.