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Le Relais de Franc Mayne

Address: 14, La Gomerie, Saint Emilion

Neighborhood: Saint Emilion

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Phone: 011-33-5-57-24-62-61

Website: www.RelaisFrancMayne.com

Expert Review

The Belgian owners of Chateau Franc Mayne (“Franc Mayne” means “hilly area” in old, local patois) bought and renovated the property in 2005, turning part of the grounds into Le Relais de Franc Mayne, a luxurious nine-room design hotel with a whimsical, over-the-top modern aesthetic. Each room has a different theme – British Landscape boasts a bed with a hot-pink quilt and wallpaper striped like a peppermint stick in pink and grey. The Pop Art room’s gray bedding in tones down its lemon-yellow walls, but nothing is going to tone down the oversized rococo mirror in its bathroom. African Lodge is all about animal prints and giant giraffe and elephant art. The peaceful courtyard in the back overlooks a natural swimming pool landscaped to look like a small lake, with a waterfall and waterlilies. Beneath the château are two hectares of former limestone quarries that now function as wine caves. A wine tasting is complimentary for hotel guests, and the place is in walking distance of the immaculately preserved medieval village of Saint Emilion.

Tags: luxury | swimming pool | design

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