Haut-Médoc, France

La Maison d'Estournel

Price per night from$357.80

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR300.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

History-rich château

Setting

Wine-soaked estate

Vineyard-surrounded boutique hotel La Maison d’Estournel is on a pretty estate in wine-soaked Bordeaux's Haut-Médoc region. The former home of a renowned 18th-century vintner, this 14-room stay is fit for modern royalty. Survey your estate from your in-room bath tub, sample the grown-on-site varietals with a guided tasting, peruse the library for a well-worn volume to tote out onto the terrace and dine like kings and queens in the mod-French restaurant.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14, including two suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and an additional charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £294.50 (€330), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.30 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t include Continental breakfast (€20 a person).

At the hotel

WiFi. In rooms: TV, tea-making kit, Nespresso coffee machine and air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Feel like the lord (and/or lady) of the manor in the top-floor Junior Suite, where you can survey your wine-drenched kingdom from your in-room bath tub.

Packing tips

It’s really all about leaving room (and having adequate padding) to bring a few bottles of Bordeaux’s finest home with you.

Also

Common areas are wheelchair accessible and one Cos Room is specially adapted.

Pet‐friendly

Your pampered chien can tag along for €20 a night; a basket and bowls will be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Haut-Médoc.

Children

Welcome, but not particularly catered to. Baby cots (free) can be added on request and some rooms can fit an extra bed for under-10s (€85 a night).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Dine alfresco in the summer (you’ll get views of the vineyard to go with your meal) or close to the kitchen (to watch the action) in the winter.

Dress Code

Dress as you would at home – if your home were a centuries-old French wine estate.

Hotel restaurant

A warming pair of fireplaces are at either side of the modern open-plan restaurant, where jewel-toned velvet chairs sit at each table and guests can watch the cookery action from the relaxed chef’s table. The menu, dreamed up by chef Emilien Deschamps, gives a revised take on classic French cuisine, with a focus on dishes from the Gascony region. Offerings change with the seasons, but favourites include candied trout with pickled vegetables, roasted blue lobster and duck fillet with candied cherry. For dessert, choose from plates of locally made cheeses or slices of decadent chocolate tart. Daily buffet breakfast – a Continental spread of fruits, viennoiseries, bread, coffee, tea and eggs – is also served in the restaurant.

Hotel bar

The cosy bar is next to the restaurant in the library and is – you guessed it – stocked with local and regional wines. Try a glass of white wine from Cos de la Pagode or have your favourite digestif shaken up on request.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am, lunch is from noon until 1.45pm and dinner is from 7pm to 9pm. The bar is open all day until 10.30pm.

Location

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Address
La Maison d'Estournel
Route de Poumeys
Saint-Estèphe
33180
France

La Maison d'Estournel is on a vineyard-surrounded estate by the Gironde Estuary in the Haut-Médoc.

Planes

Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport is an hour away by car.

Trains

Taking the train from Paris? Bordeaux Saint-Jean station is 90 minutes away by car.

Automobiles

Bordeaux is 80 minutes away by car; there’s free on-site parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Admire the hotel’s art collection, borrow a book – we suggest a cookery or wine-themed one – to read on the terrace or wander through the bountiful gardens.

Your wine-tasting options over-runneth. Spend an afternoon at Château Pichon Baron, one of the great historic vineyards of Bordeaux; or book (at least 48 hours in advance) a tasting tour of Cos d'Estournel winery. At first-growth estate Château Mouton Rothchild, you’ll find 222 acres of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot vines; the grown-on-site wine is fermented in oak vats (they’re one of the last châteaux in the Médoc to use them) and then matured in new oak casks. À votre santé!

Local restaurants

For a prettily plated dinner of contemporary French cuisine, book a table at Le Saint Seurin. The menu changes with the seasons, but some specialities – stew with crunchy vegetables, salmon in Bordelaise – are available year-round. Pair your dinner with a bottle from the beautifully local wine list, or bring your own newfound favourite. Celebrate something special with dinner at Château Cordeillan-Bages; start with quail-egg-topped mushroom ravioli with herb-crusted duck, move on to mains of rosemary-infused pan-fried scallops or wild hare à la royale, and save room for decadent plates of French cheeses or refreshing slices of fine chocolate with salted shortbread and Moroccan-mint sorbet. Can’t decide? Go for the seven-course tasting menu and enjoy it all.

Local bars

This is wine country – opt for a tasting at Château Cos d’Etournel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in France and unpacked their bottle of red and pretty box of macarons, a full account of their Bordeaux break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside La Maison d’Estournel in Haut Médoc…

Be our guest at this beautiful mansion – the once-upon-a-time home of Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, former owner of the eponymously named Cos d’Estournel vineyards. A modern fairy tale of a stay, it’s been warmly renovated and decorated with velvet chairs and original artwork. The rolling vineyard views take centre stage and there’s a pretty alfresco terrace to lounge like the local bourgeoisie with a bottle of Bordeaux until it’s time for your artfully arranged mod-French dinner. Lather (in your in-room bath tub), rinse (with another glass of wine), repeat. 

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