Lying sleepily in the shade, Portos the house cat sets tone of this country retreat.
The beds are truly luxurious and the rooms are much bigger and more elagantly furnished than you would expect from a very posh hotel. As self confessed B&B snobs, and after staying in five smart hotels and Chambre d'hôte around Bordeaux this week, Clos de la Barbanne is by far and away the best value for money.
As if God's own creation; except it's actually the creation of Laurent and Annie, proud homeowners/house-elves that quietly make you feel unashamedly pampered.
After a swim in their indoor heated pool we found homemade iced pineapple and lemon juices on our bedroom terrace.
The breakfast of fresh cheese, ham and tomato baked with tarragon, thyme and basil followed by homemade quince jam and apple cake is both inventive and delicious.
Away from the hype and industrial commerciality of St Emillion this is a truer working vineyard that gives insight into the more everyday side of the region's mono-culture.
Truly remarkable. We will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant mansion nestled in prestigious Saint-Emilion wine region. 4 Spacious and luxurious rooms – Relaxing atmosphere – Private garden or terrace – Indoor swimming pool. Haute-cuisine prepared on premises. Dedicated service to our guests. Discover the Cultutral Heritage and the great variety of Bordeaux Grands Crus. An Original and Indulgent Getaway. ... more less
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