Château La Thuilière
- Style French bliss
- Setting Bordeaux winelands
The Dordogne's Château La Thuilière hotel mixes a decadent concoction out of French grandeur and modern Spanish design amid the renowned wine region. At this cutting-edge castle with blood-red trim and a gothic back-story of an aristocrat’s lost love, the artful medley of stained-glass and Philippe Starck furniture sets a seductive scene.
Need to know
- Rooms Five, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $192.77 (€140), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude buffet breakfast (€8 a person).
- Facilities Gardens, library, billiard table and free broadband (in the hall). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Nespresso coffee machine, fresh flowers, free bottled water and Miller Harris bath products.
- Poolside The hotel's unheated 36sq ft pool is near their winter garden, sunk into parkland, with a day-bed-strewn deck and serene green views.
- Check–out Midday; check-in from 4pm. The hotel owners request that guests let them know their estimated check-in time before arrival.
Children This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!
- Also Four-legged friends can come too, for €15 a day. (The owners’ spaniel, Patch, will keep them company.) Smokers can light up on the terraces.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The XL rooms are exactly that, with sweeping views of the park and grounds, and sleek ensuite bathrooms equipped with invigorating rain showers. Room 3 has a soothing neutral palette and a balcony; Room 9 is more romantic, coloured with soft honey hues.
- Packing tips Lace and silks for candlelit dinners in the restaurant; dog treats for Patch; slippers for fireside lounging.
- Also Ask in advance and the owners will organise cookery classes, tours of nearby vineyards, bike rides and other local pursuits.
Food and drink at Château La Thuilière
- Hotel restaurant Guests should let the château's gracious hosts know in advance if they wish to dine at the restaurant on the first night of their stay. It's worth the trouble – a five-course tasting menu served in the dramatic dining room is €39 (excluding drinks) and includes dishes such as duck ravioli, marinated mackerel with exotic fruits, and eggs from the hotel’s hens, served on truffled potatoes. Breakfast is a generous spread of local produce, laid out on an old monastery table in the basement kitchen.
- Dress code Stays here have an element of fantasy – model the bold colour, luxurious fabric, or seductive cut that you wouldn’t dare wear back home.
- Top table Meals are a sociable affair – guests are seated around a communal table.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 9am until 11am; lunch is between 1pm and 2pm; dinner is at 8pm.
- Room service No room service, but you wouldn’t want to spoil your appetite anyway. In your room there's coffee and bottled water.
- Hotel bar There’s a well-stocked honesty bar in the drawing room, formerly the dance parlour. Owner Jordi rustles up delicious G&Ts.