Luxury hotel holiday Le Saint James Bordeaux

Le Saint-James Bouliac is a Relais & Chateaux hotel with a difference, occupying unique converted farmhouse buildings in a sleepy village outside Bordeaux. Le Saint-James offers a rural lifestyle experience not too far removed from Bordeaux, with outstanding views, cuisine from the Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Magie and wine from the hotel's own vineyard. We would recommend staying at Le Saint James for a few nights as part of a longer touring holiday around France.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Eurotunnel or ferry crossing if self-drive
  • Flights and hire of a group A car if fly-drive
  • Rail and hire of a group A car if rail-drive
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Le Saint James, near Bordeaux

Le Saint James is an exclusive 4-star property in a beautiful natural location. The hotel is a haven for gourmands and oenophiles - with cookery classes and gourmet cuisine and an excellent location in the heart of Bordeaux's wine country.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In the countryside, around 20-minutes' drive from Bordeaux

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Bordeaux Airport

Distance from airport 14 miles from Bordeaux Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Gourmet Restaurant, Tea room and bar, Swimming pool (heated from April to September), Sauna, Jacuzzi, Massage, Art gallery, Cookery school, 24-hour reception, Laundry, WiFi, Free parking, Luggage store, Airport transfers, Babysitting, 4 hectares of grounds, Vineyard.

Complimentary

Parking

Out and about nearby

Le Saint-James is a 15-minute drive from the attractions at the heart of Bordeaux.

Sports nearby

Fishing, Cycling, Horse riding, Canoeing, Hiking.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code EXH1496

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Le Saint James, near Bordeaux

This Relais & Châteaux property is a unique find on a hillside perch on the borders of the sleepy village of Bouliac, just outside Bordeaux. Le Saint-James' unusual architecture was designed by Jean Nouvel to resemble the tobacco-drying barns of the region, where the original 18th century farmhouse buildings contrast industrial-style pavilions - home to the guestrooms. From here the views are spectacular, sloping through orderly vineyards across the fields to Bordeaux. The 15 rooms and 3 suites feature minimalist style with white walls and bed linens allowing the colours of the landscape to stand out. A marvellous feature of the rooms is that the beds stand elevated to the level of panoramic windows, allowing sunrise views to greet you when you wake. You can opt to take breakfast in bed to make the most of your unique accommodation. At the restaurant, floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the hotel's westward-facing aspect, and sunlight and rural beauty becomes the backdrop for fine dining from Michelin-starred Chef Nicolas Magie. Here you can enjoy dishes inspired by the Aquitaine region, filled with market ingredients. For more low-key dining, it is a short walk to the authentic village cafeteria Le Café de l'Espérance for hearty, home cooked goods from specials lists chalked onto blackboards. Both venues are run by Le Saint-James and serve the home-grown house wine, Vin du Jardin. Food and wine is central to the Le Saint-James experience with a service that includes tours of the wine cellar's 2000 labels, wine tasting and the exclusive addition of a cookery school. Côte Cours operates a schedule of events that is suitable for all ages and abilities, with thematic classes led by the sous-chef to Nicolas Magie. The pristine conservatory setting of the teaching kitchen even hosts a 'Little Chefs' package for youngsters to be introduced to the French Classics. Le Saint-James is perfect for guests seeking a rural lifestyle with emphasis on good food and good wine, while access to urban Bordeaux is just a stone's throw away.

Room descriptions

Le St James has 15 rooms and 3 suites with satellite TV, mini bar and air conditioning.

Deluxe Room Double or twin room, 3 rooms have lift access and 3 are on the ground floor for guests with disabilities
Hauterive Suite With bathtub, separate shower and sofa bed
Harley Davidson Suite A real Harley Davidson motorbike is in this suite, with bath tub, separate shower and sofa bed. Ground floor.
Jacuzzi Suite Private terrace with a jacuzzi, bathtub and separate shower

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code EXH1496

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Le Saint James, near Bordeaux

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Le Saint James, our clients fly to Bordeaux and then usually have the use of a hire-car for the duration of the holiday, or they arrive in their own car on a self-drive holiday, often as part of a multi-centre touring holiday (we would include a Eurotunnel crossing or a ferry crossing, depending on the itinerary), or they arrive by train, having taken the Eurostar London to Paris or Lille, and then the TGV to Bordeaux. From Bordeaux, if you are visiting more than one hotel or want to explore the region, we recommend having a hire-car. We will arrange this for you.

Additional information

Children: One child 12 or under stays free of charge when sharing with parents. Some rooms accommodate one child aged 13 or over on a sofa bed or rollaway at an additional cost. Cots can be provided free of charge. Sauna not recommended for under 16s and under 12s not permitted to use Jacuzzi. Children's menu available at restaurant and café. Babysitting can be arranged at 24-hours' notice.

Special offers

4 nights for the price of 3 Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 on our bed and breakfast rates from 4 April to 11 June 2020, and 27 September to 16 October 2020. Restrictions apply.

3 nights for the price of 2 2020 Stay 3 nights and pay the price of 2 on our bed and breakfast rates from 1 January to 4 January 2020, 21 January to 3 April 2020, and 17 October to 24 December 2020. Restrictions apply.

7 nights for the price of 6 2020 Stay 7 nights for the price of 6 nights on our rates on bed and breakfast from 12 June to 26 September 2020, and 25 December to 31 December 2020. Restrictions apply.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,560

Holiday Code EXH1496

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Le Saint James, near Bordeaux

About Bordeaux Region

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Bordeaux is a chance to explore a region renowned the world over for its wines and its awe-inspiring chateaux, whilst Cognac is less explored yet holds a countless store of treasures waiting to be appreciated. The Bordeaux region is ideal for short breaks and touring holidays with a range of sights to discover. Cognac country is a perfect destination for the discerning traveller as it is still relatively unknown yet is within very easy reach of more popular areas such as the coastal resorts between La Rochelle and Royan about 30 minutes` drive to the west, the Medoc and Saint Emilion vineyards about 45 minutes` drive to the south and the intriguing Marais Poitevin about an hour`s drive to the north. Moreover, the cuisine has a character of its own, utilising cognac, pineau and Marennes oysters. A holiday to the Bordeaux and Cognac regions is highly recommended. A fantastic way to discover the region is to incorporate it into a self-drive touring holiday, flying to Bordeaux and then exploring this area as well as the Basque Country and Carcassonne by hire-car. It is also accessible by train, such as in our suggested rail holiday travelling to the Loire Valley and Bordeaux which also allows you to explore by hire-car.

Highlights of Bordeaux

Visit vineyards and chateaux, for tasting and buying. Visit the oyster beds. Experience the Cognac distilleries, and the Romanesque architecture. Bordeaux is the historical centre for wine however you may also visit the villages of the wine region such as St Emilion.

Climate in the Bordeaux Region

Average air temperatures in Centigrade: Jan: 10.0, Feb: 9.4, Mar: 12.2, Apr: 19.5, May: 18.0, Jun: 23.7, Jul: 27.2, Aug: 25.7, Sep: 24.2, Oct: 19.7, Nov: 15.4, Dec: 11.0. Source: Direction de la Meteorologique de France

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