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Chateau Hotel and Spa Grand Barrail in St. Emilion: a renovation worth seeing

French Wine Explorers | Friday, Jan 15th 2010
Chateau Grand Barrail has always been on our list of potential properties to include for our wine tours in St. Emilion. Now that most of the property has been renovated, we feel it’s a good time to show you why.
After visiting the property on 2 different occasions, once unannounced and once for a formal tour, we are pleased to add this lovely property to our list of selected hotels for our wine tour guests.Attached to the vineyard of the Château Lamarzelle Figeac for a long time, the Grand Barrail became a Château Hotel in 1993. In 2008, the Hotel Grand Barrail decided to give a new life to this prestigious establishment and have undertaken heavy renovation and embellishment works. New owner, new manager, new Chef, new ambitions, the « new » Grand Barrail positions itself around three main themes: beauty/nutrition, cuisine, and promotion of the wine growing and regional cuisine inheritance.

The bedrooms …
Surrounded by a 3 hectare park, the Hotel Grand Barrail, member of « Small Luxury Hotels of the World » has 41 rooms and 5 suites spread among four buildings: the Château, the Residence, the Maison du Bien-Être and the Maison du Vignoble. Renovated in 2009, the rooms are at least 35 m², and most of them have a terrace or balcony. All of them have an outstanding view of the vines and all modern conveniences – while perfectly maintaining the “château” flair. Rooms are air-conditioned and come with spacious bathrooms, satellite TV, minibar, a safe for your valuables, and telephone. Two rooms are also fully-equipped for disabled guests.

The restaurant …
The restaurant is located in the Chateau’s most majestic rooms. Dinner is served in three amazing locations: the main dining room, the Salon Mauresque (“Moorish Room”), and the Salle Ronde (“Round Room”). In summer, you can also enjoy eating on the terrace overlooking the park and surrounding vineyards.
The chef prepares delicious dishes typical of Southwest France accompanied by the greatest wines of Bordeaux.

The Spa …
Nested in the setting of the Hotel Grand Barrail, the Spa Saint-Emilion invites you to discover the secrets of an amazing journey: one which will sublimate your body and enchant your senses. The hotel Grand Barrail has one of the only medicalised spas in France, the Spa Saint Emilion, which proposes the most specialized and recent techniques in anti age, slimming and relaxation treatments, under the supervision of Dr Eric Pujos, aesthetic and anti age doctor.

 

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