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Rooftop pampering

Bordeaux finally has worldwide class spa, right down town giving Les Sources de Caudalies a run for their money. The Grand Hotel Regent has earned it’s reputation as THE 5* place to stay in the city since it’s opening in 2007. Ideal for those of you happy to visit the vineyards but preferring to stay at the centre of the UNESCO heritage site.

All that was missing was a spa of the caliber of the hotel – sorted! Jacques Garcia designed Les Bains de Lea in the same emblematic style he has used for the whole building. Over the 6th & 7th floor with the 130m2 terrace overlooking the city, a discreet bar by the roman pool with it’s sliding roof and lounge atmosphere.

The top drawer Nuxe products should help compensate for the inevitable over indulgence during your stay !



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Tucked away in the Derbyshire Dales a discreet stone’s throw for the magnificent Devinshire family pile of Chatsworth is the perfect English Country House Hotel : Baslow Hall. Looking for all it’s worth like a classic 17th century manor House, Baslow was in fact only built in 1907 recreating gabled wings and stone mullioned windows with leaded panes all set in beautifully mature gardens adding to the period image.

Max and Susan Fischer now run Baslow Hall as a hotel, or rather as a restaurant with rooms as the emphasis is just as much on the excellence of the cuisine as the warmth of the welcome.

Hence it is known as Fischers at Baslow Hall. Local produce including fruit, veg and herbs from the kitchen garden beside the house which is Max Fischer’s passion. Local Sheffield chef Rupert Rowley has run the kitchens since 2003 and has maintained the one star Michelin standard awarded in 1994. All this complimented by a very comprehensive, reasonably priced and I’m happy to say, Bordeaux friendly wine list.

The perfect English country house getaway for our French friends.


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Last week Bordeaux Blonde tested the new direct flight from Dijon to Bordeaux on her way back from Burgundy. This weekend the same route but for different wines. The wines of the Jura are only an jours’ drive away Dijon. One flight 3 wine regions – brilliant! You could do worse than to Start your discovery of the Jura at the Chateau de Germigney in Port-Lesney on the banks of the Loue. The old ‘Relais de Chasse’ has a spectacular bar in the old cellars and a great regional wine selection offered by the glass by the 2 young sommeliers to accompany the tasting menus. The food is excellent, the chef brilliantly show cases seasonal and regional produce. If you fancy something more low key their Bistro in the village, offers a more relaxed fare – but book, especially et the weekend they have gained a reputation with both locals and the Swiss from across the border.

The Cellar Bar at Ch√Ęteau de Germigney

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