La Maison d’Estournel reopens as boutique hotel

France: Located in the Bordeaux wine region, the fully refurbished La Maison d’Estournel has reopened as a 14-key hotel.

The centuries-old property was once home to Louis Gaspard d’Estournel, formerly known as the Maharajah of Saint-Estéphe due to running a business exporting and selling wines from India.

The chateau’s history is reflected in the hotel’s décor, including sandstone pagodas, a gateway carved with grapes and flowers that have been transported from a sultan’s palace in Zanzibar, and stone elephants that guard the cellars.

London-based architect, Alex Michaelis (also behind Soho House) was recruited to design the guestrooms. Rooms are decked with velvet furniture, dark floorboards, and the Estournel room features a freestanding bath tub.

Other facilities comprise a tasting room, library, and restaurant, all within the hotel and set upon five acres of vineyards.

Activities involve wine tasting, golf, fishing, and bike excursions through the vineyards, with wicker baskets provided by the hotel.

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