Hotels saint emilion france
St.Emilion lies on the western limits of the Dordogne some 35k northeast of Bordeaux. The town (population 2000) traces its origins back to prehistory. Today it is most remarkable for and synonymous with some of the finest wines in the world. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and the best places to stay in St. Emilion offer the traveller a perfect base to soak in all of its diverse history and culture.
The Romans were the first to establish vineyards in the area in the 2nd century – the poet Ausonius praised the fruit of the bountiful vine. Emilion himself was an 8th century travelling confessor monk who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock. The monks who came after him were responsible for beginning the commercial cultivation and production of the famous wine.
As a result the town is full of history. Starting from the town square and the Place de l’Eglise Monolithique one can enjoy coffee in the sunshine or wander the narrow streets that criss-cross the town – delve into the shops, boutiques and restaurants.
For sightseers there is the Maison du Vin, the Bell Tower – with spectacular vistas over the town and surrounding vineyards, various Romanesque churches…
Still much remains hidden from view; there are subterranean labyrinths of passages and rooms, a buried monolithic church and the grotto where St. Emilion lived.
St. Emilion is also a great centre for exploring by bicycle, for those interested in their oenology and for a range of general culture vulturing activities.
The region is very busy during the peak summer months of July and August, so if you want to bag a bed in one of the best places to stay in St Emilion, you'll either have to book early or else plan your visit during the quieter periods, when you can really appreciate the place.
For a vineyard experience
- Les Belles Perdix is set in the heart of the extensive vineyards of the Chateau Troplong Mondot. Its three rooms each have their own unique and stylish décor with all mod cons. One can dine by the fireside or in the garden. Wine tasting is available.
- Le Relais de Franc Mayne is a wine lover's dream. Set amid the vines just outside St Emilion. Rooms are individually themed from "Out of Africa" to "Pop Art". Don't forget to indulge in some free tasting!
For a chateau experience
- Chateau Grand Barrail is a beautiful 19th century chateau situated in a seven acre park and in the ‘right bank’ area of Bordeaux – in the heart of the wine producing area. This 46 room, four star hotel comes with gourmet restaurant and spa with an extensive array of ‘cinq mondes’ treatments. It is also pet friendly.
- The spectacular fairytale Chateau de Pitray has been in the same family for six hundred years. In 1868 the castle was rebuilt by the famous Bordeaux architect Blacquieres and is surrounded by a beautiful park with specimen oak and cedar trees. The current heir to the estate works to develop the Pitray brand around the globe. It is a perfect place to take time out. Guided tours are available or one can enjoy tennis, riding and canoeing at Castillon nearby.
- 5 Lasserre is a contemporary B&B in the St Emilion region. Here you'll find three spacious rooms or a self catering apartment for those who prefer more independence. A chic, grown up spot just 12km from the town itself.