We arrived straight from a trans-atlantic flight hoping to spend a few days resting up to before beginning a tour of the Dordogne in September. Clos de la Barbanne offers 4 guest rooms nestled amid the vineyards of St Emilion-Montagne , just minutes by bicycle or car from St Emilion. There is no better spot from which to explore St Emilion and the surrounding region than the little piece of heaven exquisitely embellished by owner-residents Annie and Laurent Gerber.
We settled into very large rooms that were enhanced by a tasteful minimalist aesthetic. The beds were large and comfortable, the separate sitting area provides almost a second room and the bathroom was airy and huge and had contemporary fixtures that worked perfectly. The entire suite was impeccably clean and plants in bloom peaked in from the windows both large and small. The rooms open out onto a lawn and a view of the rolling vineyards and the steeples of St Emilion and St Christophe in the distance.
Each morning, we ambled out to tables on the lawn and were served a delicious breakfast that changed daily. Annie will, upon advance request, prepare and serve a special dinner in the private dining room. We thoroughly enjoyed Annie’s inventive preparation. We regretted having to go back to eating in crowded restaurants for the rest of our trip. (To avoid disappointment, it is important not to wait to book dinner until you arrive.)
One evening with a perfect sunset, Laurent guided us through the vineyard and the chais, with interesting aides on local history and a tasting of Barbanne’s excellent wine.
We really appreciated the brand new bicycles provided free of charge for exploring the surrounding vineyards and countryside. The small quiet roads make for excellent biking and walking. Annie also made arrangements for a private bicycle tour of Bordeaux with an informative , multi-lingual guide.
As much as I love exploring France in its chambres d’hote, small hotels and gites, they frequently are cramped, kitschy and only moderately functional. Barbanne was a welcome alternative – large, comfortable, clean lines, modern bath and communication facilities, and attentive, but not intrusive, care. A real bargain.
- 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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