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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.
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.