Château de Labro is a luxury B&B vineyard hotel & spa near the town, and international airport, of Rodez in what is now known as the Occitanie region of France, formerly Midi-Pyrénées. The property is a 16th century château that oozes elegance and old world class both inside and out. The food, and the wine, is fantastic and outside there are some beautiful gardens, vineyards and a swimming pool. One little novelty of the place is that they also Read more [...]
La Closerie de Fronsac is a delightful 17th century manor house-vineyard hotel in a peaceful location near Bordeaux and the Dordogne River. There is a charmingly old fashioned feel to the property; it is cosy and quaint, and has the unmistakeable elegance of a bygone era.
The area, Fronsac, is very much the heart of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, one of France’s, and the world’s, premier wine producing regions and you’ll also find their own wines superb.
They have a choice of double and twin, en-suite, B&B rooms, all of them cosy and warm, with touches of art deco and art nouveau styles and lots of nice little bits and pieces of antique furniture and ornaments.
Obvious modern touches are hard to spot, and though some may find the interiors a little quirky it does allow you to wake up in the morning and not quite know which decade, or which century, you find yourself in.
Whatever about the styling, it is high level accommodation and the rooms are all extremely clean and comfortable. The house itself is imposing and grand, built of cream coloured stone and surrounded by flower beds, lawns and of course the vineyards. There is plenty of common space to enjoy inside the house, a very nice lounge area with fireplace for example and an outdoor terrace.
You’ll find the breakfast excellent and the hosts charming and friendly who are very knowledgeable about the Fronsac region and its wines. They have been producing wine at La Closerie de Fronsac for three centuries now and to this day it is made in the very atmospheric cellar with ancient walls of stone and earth. Guests are free to wander the vineyards and enjoy tasting sessions and of course buy some bottles to take home.
The location, just outside the town of Libourne, on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, is obviously fantastic for lovers of Bordeaux wine, with a huge amount of top vineyards and wineries around. The owners at Le Closerie de Fronsac can guide you in where to go for the best wine tourism and some other sights too. The countryside, with the famous River Dordogne just down the road, is quite special and a thoroughly charming place to tour around.
In less than an hour by car you can also be in the city of Bordeaux or in many well known, cultured tourist, towns such as Bergerac, Perigueux and Saintes. So too the ocean, the famously long and beautiful beach of Lacanau is also less than an hour’s drive and slightly farther away you can see the Dune du Pyla, Europe’s highest sand dune or visit Arcachon Bay, a sort of inland sea which is bordered by wild forests and famous for its seafood.
And if you find yourself tired of all the talk of wine you can head to Cognac just over an hour away, home of the world famous brandy, and where you can visit many top brandy producers.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Very nice, old, charming chateau! Filled with a lot of antiques. Beautiful views over vineyards. Special thanks to our host Clément for very warm welcome and great time we had!..”
“We arrived late and once settled into our room, the host prepared a meat and cheese plate and we enjoyed a lovely bottle of his wine out on his terrace. Amazing stay!..”
Address: 1 Lariveau