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Review: Château Hôtel Grand Barrail, France

26 December 2017
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While looking at accommodation options in Bordeaux I came across Château Hôtel Grand Barrail. This 19th-century Château is just 3km outside Saint-Émilion and after seeing the photos we decided we had to spend a couple of nights here during our trip. Château Hôtel Grand Barrail is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World - a collection of over 500 small, independent luxury hotels. We’ve previously stayed at another hotel in this group, Luton Hoo, so our expectations were high...

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What to see and do in Saint-Émilion, France

18 December 2017
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I had a couple of holiday days to use before starting my new job in October, so we booked a trip to Bordeaux after finding some cheap flights. In addition to exploring the city of Bordeaux we took the opportunity to visit the medieval town of Saint-Émilion, renowned for it’s wine production. Many people visit Saint-Émilion via an organised day trip from Bordeaux but we wanted to explore the town at our own pace without being herded onto a coach with a big group of people...