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Staying at Château La France - Bordeaux

During a trip to Bordeaux last fall, I stayed at the bed and breakfast at Château La France, a modern five room boutique hotel located between the cities of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion in the commune of Beychac-et-Caillau. Visitors are greeted by a huge cock proudly overseeing the vineyards. The monumental sculpture was created by artist Georges Saulterre from sheet steel mirror. The rooster's appearance changes from silver through gold as the day progresses and the lighting changes.

The property is over 200 acres and is classed as one of the largest estates in the region. Château La France was built in 1830 on the site of a former Gallo-Roman villa. The actual château can be rented out as well, it contains six bedrooms, has a private pool and can house up to 14 people. I did not stay in the main house during my time there as it was rented out by a wedding party so I was unable to tour it but you can see it on video here.

My room was the Chambre Merlot, a single level room for two which includes access to the spa overlooking the vineyard area, a daily small buffet style breakfast, air conditioning, satellite tv and free wifi. The room was very clean, appointed with bright, contemporary decor and a modern bathroom.

The location makes it easy to access both the city of Bordeaux and the village of St Emilion which are each located less than 13 miles away. Golfers can find paradise at the Golf de Teynac, an 18 hole course just over a mile away from the property while cyclists can rent bikes at Créon, a nearby town situated less than 10 miles away.

If you are visiting the Bordeaux region for the wine, you will find some delicious options produced on the property along with a pleasant tasting room in which to try them. They make four different styles: a Bordeaux Blanc, a Bordeaux Rosé and two Bordeaux Supérieur reds- one aged in stainless steel vats and one aged in oak barrels. While the estate's winery is very modern with a gravity system for moving the wine which helps to preserve aromas and freshness, the winemaking is traditional.

Of the four places that I have stayed in the Bordeaux region, this is my top recommendation for my friends and family. My room was clean and comfortable, the shower was large, the breakfast was tasty and the wines were delicious. The added bonus of unwinding in the hot tub with a glass of wine  at sunset makes a perfect ending to any day there.
Highly recommended.



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