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About St Émilion
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.
- .Located in the centre of town, Hostellerie de la Plaisance is a unique and exceptional place where ‘beauty and gourmandise are like one’. Enjoy the hanging terrace and its wonderful views. Experience the epicurean delights of the stylish restaurant.
- 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.
Not decided yet? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in St Emilion, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively widen your search and check out all our properties in Bordeaux or the whole Dordogne region.
Best Hotels in St Émilion
Chateau de Courtebotte 3 rooms from $111St Émilion
With panoramic views of the Dordogne River this 17th century castle is perfect for exploring the vineyards. All rooms are decorated in a country style with exposed wood floors and modern bathrooms. There is a hot tub, jacuzzi and pool and large grounds. A continental breakfast and dinner are served.Sights nearby - The Château Rauzan and the Tower of Montaigne are close by.Kayaking - On the Dordogne River.Full of characterSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Sawdays
Chateau de Castelneau 3 rooms from $99St Émilion
A traditional countryside Chateau surrounded by scenic vineyards, with a peaceful garden and swimming pool. Rooms are filled with homely touches - rugs, paintings and fine furniture. A comfortable and serene spot for total relaxation, local exploring or wine tasting just 10 mins from St Emilion.Sights nearby - St Emilion and a miriad of medieval villages are close byLocal markets - Visit a different local market every day!Great walks - Walk through the hectares of vineyardsFull of character - Surrounded by vineyardsRecommended by - Sawdays
La Pignarderie 3 rooms from $141St Émilion
La Pignarderie is a charming historic guesthouse nestled amidst rolling vineyards. The individually decorated rooms are full of character and style, with ornate beds and classical artwork. Enjoy wine tasting at the hotel or relax by the pool. Perfect for a quiet, relaxing holiday in rural France.Total relaxation - Perfect for a relaxed holiday in Bordeaux, chill by the pool or head out on the wine trail!Local markets - Explore the local markets in Saint-Emilion and pick up some of the yummy regional produce!Sights nearby - Explore the medieval beauty of the nearby Saint-Emilion.Secluded setting - For escaping.
5 Lasserre 3 rooms from $141Bordeaux
Contemporary B&B in St Emilion wine region. Spacious rooms have exposed brick walls, countryside views and large bathrooms; apartment has full kitchen and living spaces. Outdoor pool, gardens and terrace. Massages available. Chic, peaceful and grown up.Country Escape - With only three bedrooms, miles of vineyards, gothic castles nearby and jazz concerts, enjoy getting away from it all hereSights nearby - 12km from Saint Emilion, listed as World Heritage by the UnescoViews - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Chateau Grand Barrail 46 rooms from $214St Émilion
An opulent chateau just outside Saint-Emilion. Four star luxury, though it feels more, includes lavish bedrooms with four poster beds, a top of the range spa with all the facilities, and a fantastic fine dining restaurant. Bikes, golf, tennis on site. Utterly gourmet, luxurious, and sophisticated.Foodies - Fantastic fine dining restaurant and excellent wine lists.Views - Stunning views over the vines and landscaped gardens.Romantic Break - Opulent rooms have silk drapes and four poster beds.Spa breaks - Top of the range spa facilities.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Château de Pitray 4 rooms from $188Bordeaux (Gardegan)
Picture-book château with a highly-regarded vineyard and friendly hosts. A fairytale chateau with turrets and vineyards. An element of grandeur with high ceilings, stonework, and chandeliers. A glorious B&B with wonderful wines.Country Escape - A whimsical chateau in stunning parklands and vinyards will take you miles away from it all.Great walks - The estate has 200 acres of woodlands, fields and vineyards to be explored.Swimming Pool - Garden Pool.Views - Great views from hotel
Les Belles Perdrix 3 rooms from $188St Émilion
An utterly dreamy chateau in Saint-Emilion with acres of vineyards and a glorious wine collection. Just three creamy rooms with decorative fabrics, swimming pool, and spectacular scenery. Highly awarded restaurant set within the orchards serves very fine gourmet cuisine. Very romantic.Romantic Break - Spectacular food, sumptuous rooms, pool, views of the vineyards, and their spoils.Foodies - Very fine gourmet cuisine and famous wines.Wine tasting - Famous St. Emilion vineyard to tast from.Luxury
Hostellerie de la Plaisance 17 rooms from $251Bordeaux (Saint Emilion)
Gastronomic treats are in store at this luxury five-star country retreat. The interiors exude understated elegance with beautiful furniture, paintings, and neutral tones. The surrounding vineyards produce wonderful wines to go with award-winning cuisine. A spoiling retreat.Foodies - Foodies will enjoy the exquisite food and wine inspired by the surrounding produce.Great walks - This old stone monastery boasts lovely gardens for an after dinner stroll.Sights nearby - Visit the Monolith church about the Catacombs.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
Le Relais de Franc Mayne 12 rooms from $230Bordeaux (Saint Emilion)
A sun-soaked sandstone house, set on seven acres of idyllic vineyards. Elegant rooms with individual themes, from Out of Africa to Pop Art. A truly stunning country B&B with lovely natural pool. A wine lovers’ paradise!Country Escape - A gorgeous country house and working winery turned boutique hotel, set on a seven acre vineyard.Sights nearby - Enjoy the Romanesque churches and mediaeval ruins in St-Emilion, walking distance from the hotel.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolSecluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors