Le Relais de Franc Mayne

Location: Bordeaux & the Wine Country | France

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Blending effortlessly into the grape vines that surround the 18th century building, Le Relais de Franc Mayne is a beautifully renovated boutique hotel on the working winery, Chateau Franc Mayne.  The oenophile’s hotel of choice, this nine bedroom, family-run house makes a fantastic base for your wine discovery holiday.
Perfect forWine lovers who want to fall out of bed and into the vineyards.
In the knowIf you have hired a car, the satnav might not be able to find this hidden wine estate, so make sure to take a map with you before you set out.

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  • Boutique Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Food & Wine
  • Hideaway

Hotel Overview


1 km walk along an old road to St. Emilion, a 40-minute drive from Bordeaux.

Rooms at Le Relais de Franc Mayne

Uniquely styled with handpicked antiques and decorative furniture, the rooms at Le Relais de Franc Mayne are distinctively British, Indian or southern Africa. Lavishly designed,  choose between the themed rooms: Indian Fusion, decorated in royal purples and yellows featuring statues of gods, Out of Africa, covered in tribal paraphernalia and wood mounted antlers, or British Landscape, which displays an entire wall of English countryside paintings.

Food and facilities

In the morning, wake up to a delicious yet simple breakfast laid out in the elegant, chandeliered dining room, before venturing into the sun-drenched Bordeaux winelands. For lunch, sit on the terrace and rest as you gaze out towards the swimming pool and the cedar trees. There is no restaurant, though the hotel can prepare lunch and dinner on request, but there is a burgundy-shaded bar and salon that has a self-service wine-dispensing system, which will provide perfectly chilled glasses of wine throughout your stay.

Activities at Le Relais de Franc Mayne

A short walk from the hotel, explore Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its charming medieval streets, located in the heart of Bordeaux. Taste and drink your way through the smatterings of lively wine bars and chic restaurants before heading back to the hotel for the winery tour and tasting with a stop at the atmospheric limestone caves where the wine is aged in barrels.

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