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.
How to Get There
I cannot praise this stunning hotel enough!!! The location, set amongst the legendary vineyards of St-Emillion, is a slice of heaven in the Bordeaux Countryside. Chateau Grand Barrail, definitely has the “WOW” factor. From the stately grounds, regal dining and breakfast room, to the drop dead gorgeous guest room, you’ll be suitably blown away. They have free bikes at your disposal which we thoroughly enjoyed riding through the vineyards up to the beautiful village of St-Emillion. I can’t think of a more lovely place to unwind. The price they charge is an exceptional value for the luxury you’ll be surrounded by. If you’re going to St-Emillion, the Grand Barrail is truly a no-brainer.
We stayed at this hotel to break a journey by car to Majorca with our dog. The hotel gave us a quiet ground floor suite overlooking the vineyards the staff were all friendly and the hotel was certainly luxurious we ate in the restaurant both nights as the food was excellent the taster menu with accompanying wines was beautifully paired so we went back for the standard menu the following evening and again it was first class the breakfast was everything you could hope for too we had a romantic snack lunch of wine overlooking the very vines the wine came from which was special. A beautiful hotel in the heart of the vineyards it doesn’t get any better well done to the manager and all his staff we will be returning for a longer stay in the future.
This was a spectacular hotel nestled in a vineyard, perfect for a stay in St. Emilion. The decor is elegant with beautiful stained glass windows. Our room was not in the main building which disappointed me until I saw my view. My room was spacious and quiet with a wonderful view of the vineyard. It has a great restaurant overlooking the grounds and pretty garden. The only negative is that we had to carry or very heavy luggage up a flight of stairs. They may have had service but I didn't ask. If you are elderly, you might prefer to be near the elevator.
Lovely hotel in beautiful surroundings. Great rooms. Dinner on the terrace is a lovely experience. Had the weather been better, the same could have been said for breakfast, where the buffet is outstanding.
We booked a room in the chateau, right above the hotel restaurant so it was easy access to everything. The room was beautifully decorated and the staff's service level was extremely polite and professional. We went to the breakfast few minutes after closing and they've set up a table for us right in the bar lounge area. The breakfast was such a nice spread. Ground is very beautiful and we've enjoyed every minute of our stay! The location was also very good. Few minutes from the Saint Emillion town and minutes from famous wineries. The concierge booked us a wine tasting and gave us tips.