Le Saint James Bouliac

Location: Bordeaux & the Wine Country | France

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

Known as the ‘Balcony of Bordeaux’ for its panoramic views, Le Saint James Bouliac is a unique boutique hideaway in the lush bucolic landscapes of Bordeaux’s wine country. It was designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, inspired by old tobacco drying lofts which conceal contemporary, minimalist interiors, all set within picturesque, fragrant gardens.
Perfect forCouples and families keen to escape to the idyllic French countryside.
In the knowThe hotel was originally an 18th century farmhouse, then restaurant, before being converted in 1989 by Jean Nouvel.

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  • Chic Design
  • Family-friendly
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Hotel Overview


Perched on a hill looking out over the Garonne River, twenty minutes from Bordeaux town.

Rooms at Le Saint James Bouliac

Generously-sized windows allow light to pour into the refined, all-white guestrooms at Le Saint James Bouliac, while the panoramic views make it a challenge to tear yourself away. Leather chairs, polished stone and pale wood beds lend a cool, soothing ambience. The Harley Davidson Suite features, you may have guessed, an authentic Harley Davidson; while the Jacuzzi Suite has a private outdoor terrace with Jacuzzi so you can soak up the views of the vines in utter luxury.

Food and facilities

Creative French cuisine is whipped up at the decadent Le Bistry Brasserie, while the homely L’Esperance Grill is where to go for hearty classics like steak frites, situated a few hundred yards from the hotel. The outdoor heated pool has a sleek, silvery teak deck, along with those breath-taking views of the lush vineyards. There’s also a sauna, and relaxing living room which opens onto a flower-laden terrace.

Activities at Le Saint James Bouliac

Try your hand at French cooking with a cookery class at Côté Cours, where you can learn the inside tips from the expert chefs in an inviting setting overlooking the citrus garden. Otherwise, head outdoors for a spot of horse riding, biking, or wine-tasting.

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