I can not imagine a better stay in a vineyard that at les sources de caudalie at chateau smith-haut-lafite. not only the room was beautiful with fantastic views of the vineyards, the staff was super nice, the restaurants were top class, and the proximity to the grand cru classe chateau smith-haut-lafitte and its vineyards incomparable.
in fact, both the hotel and the chateau are owned by the cathiard family and so les sources are located right in the middle of the vineyards. they also boast one of the best spa in the world offering treatments based on grapes and its by-products. there are also tours organised in the chais (cellars) of the chateau and it is possible to buy their wine in their small boutique located right on the estate.
in was too bad my trip coincided with their annual maintenance and so i could not use the spa. but i took advantage of the vineyards and the crisp and cool weather and walk, walk, and take photos. very relaxing.
i am told the best time of year to visit is may & june when the weather is best and the heavy tourist season has not yet started. in my oppinion, it is certainly a great place to chill-out for a long week-end.
you can click on each photos for a larger version and see my collection taken at the estate:
les sources de caudalie, martillac (pessac-leogan wine appellation), tel. +33 (0) 5 57 83 83 83 www.sources-caudalie.com/