Sandwiched between France’s top vineyards and Atlantic beaches is Bordeaux – a prime location for a city break. It’s known for its namesake red wine, art museums and cathedral spires. Stay at one of these B&Bs and make this elegant, artsy city feel like your second home.
Being home to over 350 historic monuments, a wine museum and diverse eateries makes Bordeaux the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Book a guesthouse for an intimate stay in this historic city – from elegant 18th-century castles to cosy townhouses complete with spas, swimming pools and private gardens.
Hosts Julien and Camille will welcome you to the intimate L’Escapade, housed in an old stone building in central Bordeaux. Three guest rooms, each with a private bathroom, are eclectically decorated and are the perfect example of a chic French apartment. Before walking to the many nearby sights, enjoy the complimentary fresh continental breakfast, perhaps on the private terrace, overlooking the bell towers and spires of the city.
Steps from the Jardin Public with its lake and botanic garden lies La Belle Endormie (or Sleeping Beauty) B&B. This bright property, with Balinese decor, is also home to the calming Le Boudoir de Mandala Spa on the second floor with its infrared sauna and hammam. After sampling the fresh organic breakfast in your room, a quick 10-minute drive will bring you to the nearby Rue Sainte-Catherine for some shopping.
Those looking to experience their best Marie Antoinette life should stay at this classic B&B in a picturesque 18th-century castle. The four all-suite rooms are surrounded by a private garden with an ornamental pond. Start the day savouring a continental breakfast on the terrace in fine weather. The friendly owners Sylvie and Sebastian are happy to provide recommendations, and the nearby tram will take you to the city centre in 10 minutes.
This homey B&B in a traditional 19th-century stone villa boasts a large swimming pool amid a lush garden. The four rooms are individually decorated but all come with high ceilings and private bathrooms. Enjoy tasty homemade jams and bread from the complimentary breakfast beside the pool or in the kitchen. Dinner can be requested by reservation – otherwise, relax in the lounge in front of the fireplace, sipping on Bordeaux’s best wine.
Casa Blance is a stunning B&B that effortlessly mixes old and new in a 200-year-old building on an attractive street in Les Chartrons neighbourhood in Bordeaux, only a few minutes’ walk from the public garden. There are five guest rooms, all very large in size, and three of these have some form of private outside space (one has a little balcony, another a rooftop, and the third a terrace). The decor is incredibly stylish throughout. Breakfast is served in the dining room each morning, and there’s the option to book ahead for seasonal dinner.
A stunning boutique hotel meets bed and breakfast in Le Clos d’Emile on one of Bordeaux’s quaint, chic streets. It looks as smart from the outside as it does within. There are five thoughtfully decorated guest rooms, each with a queen or king-sized bed, fluffy bathrobes and soundproof windows. A breakfast buffet is served in the dining room each morning. Owners Richard and Géraldine are wine enthusiasts themselves so you’ll be able to book vineyard tours and wine tasting through the front desk.
Les Chambres d’Art is an arty B&B in the heart of Bordeaux that offers two guest rooms, each equipped with a corkscrew plus wine glasses for that bottle you bring back from the nearby vineyards. The walls are decorated with works by local artists, hence the name. They regularly host art workshops and gigs on site. A full homemade breakfast is included in the room price. Expect hot croissants and freshly squeezed orange juice alongside baguettes, cold meats, cheese and coffee.
La Course is an exquisite guesthouse in the heart of Bordeaux. If you’re looking for a really special occasion, book the Manon dans les Étoiles room – it is a bedroom under the stars, literally. Located at the top of the house, this room has a glass roof so you can gaze up at the twinkling night sky, and also contains a private terrace with a swimming pool. The other rooms are equally as gorgeous, decorated with individual touches, including canopied beds and freestanding tubs. Pains au chocolat, fresh bread, jams and yoghurt are among the breakfast offerings, plus La Course even has its own wine cellar for tastings.
La Maison Odeia is bathed in so much natural light it’s easy to forget you’re inside. This beautifully decorated B&B is owned by Camille and William, who have furnished the house to a high standard with modern Scandinavian decor. Located on a residential street with an attractive terrace and jacuzzi, this property lends itself well to those wanting to be close to the city centre but without the noise. The owners also offer covered on-site parking for €10 per day.
Villa Desvaux de Marigny is an ideal spot if you’re looking to stay just a little outside of the main drag but still within leisurely walking distance. Meticulous attention is given to each detail at this guesthouse – from the op art wallpaper to the homely potted plants. Enjoy breakfast on the leafy terrace during the summer months. The owners are incredibly helpful with assisting in points of interest. Parking is available, too – a real bonus for those travelling to Bordeaux by car.
Christy Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.
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