The French Countryside
Les Prés d'Eugénie
Estate of Bliss
What it is
A pastoral 20-acre plot with five centuries-old buildings transformed into a pampering 45-room boutique hotel complete with a thermal spa and 3 Michelin-starred restaurant.
What it isn't
Letting itself go. The seven manicured gardens on the property include everything from vegetable and herb plantings to a boxwood garden Edward Scissorhands himself would delight in.
What we think
It’s not easy landing a Michelin star. Or finding yourself among the world’s most luxe and charming stays—all members of Relais & Châteaux. And yet Les Prés d´Eugénie has not only done just that (earning three Michelin stars way back in 1977 and membership in Relais & Châteaux in 1968), but it’s managed to become even more fabulous today. Your jaws will drop on repeat as a guest here. Take the traditionally appointed guest rooms in the main house, where even “starter” rooms come with private balconies, 24/7 room service, Bluetooth Tivoli sound systems, and toiletries from circa 1870 British perfumer Penhaligon. (Upgrade to a Royal Suite for a marble-lined bathroom, 19th century antiques and art, and a terrace overlooking the gardens). While you’re here, stop in at the thermal spa, whose subterranean waters have been soothing for millenia; the warm white mud bath and wrap with holly, sweet clover and cyprus are unmissable.
You're here because
The food alone is worth the journey, thanks to the Michelin 3-starred restaurant by Michel Guérard. Currently on the 10-course menu? Scallops and crayfish grilled in the fireplace with wild plum and seaweed.
You haven’t heard “I’m bored” since you arrived at this estate, thanks to its nearly bottomless activities list. Shall you take a dip in the heated outdoor pool? Do yoga in the fitness cabin? Bike through surrounding forests using their loaner wheels? Here, France is your oyster.
Restaurants & Bars
L'Orangerie - Designed as a luminous winter garden, has a seasonal menu featuring chic local cuisine.
Auberge de La Ferme aux Grives - Exceptional regional, elevated cuisine
Café Mère Poule - the property's bistro
Restaurant Michel Guérard - Gourmet restaurant: open every evening (except Monday and Tuesday), as well as Saturday and Sunday lunch, from March to mid-July and from late August to December. From July 10th to August 25th, every lunchtime and every evening, except lunch on Monday and Tuesday. "La ferme aux grives": open for lunch and dinner, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Open for lunch and dinner, every day, from mid-July to the end of August, and from the end of December to the beginning of January, except for lunch on Tuesday. Annual closing: Hotel: from January 5th to February 13th. Gourmet restaurant: from January 6th to March 12th. “L'Orangerie”: from January 6th to February 13th.
A countryside oasis in Eugénie-les-Bains, less than a two hour drive south of Bordeaux. Golfers love the 9-hole Les Greens d'Eugénie course nearby, tucked in untouched woodlands.