I can’t recommend Château Franc Mayne enough. It’s roughly £160 a night which includes a delicious glass of wine when you arrive and a wonderful wine tour. You can order lunch (£6 per head) or dinner (£12 per head), which can be cooked at you convenience and is all locally produced and delicious. Or simply enjoy sitting on the terrace with a bottle of wine watching the sun go down over the natural pool and the very tranquil countryside. Surprisingly with all this, it’s also very child friendly, so you can enjoy the wine tours and the children can enjoy the pool. For us it was the perfect romantic break. I just had to persuade my husband that he couldn’t have Pomerol for breakfast! This hotel may seem an above average fee to stay here but you will definitely get an above average experience, and it’s worth every penny.
Don't miss the complimentary winery tour and tasting, you’ll be given a tour of the château’s wine-making equipment, including the impressive new vat in the reception area and the cavernous cellars where the seemingly endless row of barrels are stored. Plus, a visit to the spectacular atmospheric limestone caves where the wine is now aged in barrels. The tour is interesting, informative and fun, you just have to try and resist spending a small fortune on their delicious wine. We didn’t manage that and treated ourselves. We had to have a couple of cases shipped back! It’s hard to resist buying a £24 bottle of wine that would cost over £70 at home. I’d strongly urge you to buy any wine from the producers. Whether it’s for quaffing or shipping you pay a really low price per bottle. Buying from wine shops in Saint-Émilion is convenient but you pay two or three times more and it feels a bit like a tourist trap. And going to the vineyards is fun!
Part two of our trip will be next week where I can give you all my tips on wine tasting in Saint Émillion.