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Le Saint James - Luxury holidays to Bordeaux

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  • About this holiday

    Le Saint-James Bouliac is a Relais & Chateaux property 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.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Parking

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways London Heathrow to Bordeaux, hire car and bed and breakfast accommodation.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for Le Saint James are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe Room
    From £1560 for 7 nights.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Free nights 2018(24)
      Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 from 23 January until 30 March 2018 and from 28 October until 26 December 2018 or stay 4 nights for the price of 3 from 31 March until 28 June 2018 and from 3 September until 27 October 2018 or stay 7 nights for the price of 6 from 29 June until 2 September and from 27 December until 31 December 2018.

    Hotel code

    EXH1496

    Our opinion

    Le Saint James is perfectly placed for enjoying the internationally-renowned wines of the Bordeaux area.

    Hotel description

    This Relais & Chateaux 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 a sparse décor 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.

    Location

    Bouliac

    Official star rating

    4

    Annual opening

    23 January to 31 December

    Distance from airport

    14 miles from Bordeaux Airport

    Closest airport

    Bordeaux Airport

    Room types

    Le Saint-James offers 10 rooms and 3 suites with satellite TV, mini bar and air conditioning. Rooms are categorised as follows:

    Deluxe Room - Double or twin room, 3 room 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.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Michelin Starred 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.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

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

    Sports nearby

    Fishing, Cycling, Horse riding, Canoeing, Hiking.

    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. 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.

    Minimum stays

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