THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: VINEYARDS AND CHÂTEAUX
After Bordeaux, make your way into the countryside for a 2 night stay at a luxury château hotel. After all, what better way to experience the heritage of Aquitaine than making yourself at home in a centuries-old castle? Here’s where you could be staying…
Hotel Château Grand Barrail, Saint-Emilion
This 19th-century château is inspired by the fairy tale style of the Loire Valley. Rooms mix contemporary styling with details that evoke the opulence of Baroque France, such as canopy and four-poster beds. Set in manicured gardens and surrounded by vineyards, this is somewhere to unwind.
When you’re not swimming in the pool or enjoying classic Bistrot fare in the turn-of-the-century dining room, drop into Saint-Emilion. This medieval town ranks as one of the prettiest in Aquitaine – particularly when the roses are in bloom on its imposing protective walls.
You’ll have to look closer to discover its most magnificent feature, though. Follow the path beneath the Trinity Chapel belfry, which takes you down to the underground church – a cavernous space hewn out of the rock itself.
Château des Vigiers, Bergerac
With its aged stone walls, white shutters and steep, red-tiled rooftops, Château des Vigiers whisks you back to the 16th century. Opt for a Deluxe Chateau Room, up in the rafters with exposed beams and far-reaching views over the golf course. Play a round or two, or continue your weekend of pampering with a massage at the spa.
If you’re in the mood to explore, wander the hotel vineyards or venture into Bergerac. This market town on the banks of the Dordogne has a beautifully preserved old quarter, full of half-timbered medieval buildings and independent boutiques.
Can’t make your mind up? Why not extend your stay by a couple of days to experience all three hotels?