Les Sources de Caudalie, Martillac

An excellent base to explore Bordeaux’s left bank, particularly for those with kids in tow or anyone who wants to try out the unique vinotherapy at the hotel’s spa. If you’re a fan of the whimsy and old French chateaux interiors, you’ll be fine here but if it’s modern, sleek rooms you’re looking for, head elsewhere.

Stay at Les Sources de Caudalie

You arrive to dappled sunlight on the vineyards that surround Les Sources de Caudalie. It’s quiet for a second, why is that? Ah, the kids have already been entertained by the staff. Excellent, that means it’s time for you to open a bottle of Bordeaux and relax for a moment. Or maybe you’ll join in with the yoga class about to start. Or head into the woods for a jog. Or relax in the spa. Choices, choices.Welcome to Les Sources de Caudalie, a hotel that packs in so much - and is a perfect choice for those of you with children in tow - you’ll hardly have to leave the premises. Unless the call of Bordeaux wine cellars is too strong, which is perfect, considering you’re right in the thick of the (winery) action here.


The hotel is smack bang in the middle of Bordeaux wine country, surrounded by vines and close to the famous village of Leognan. Bordeaux city is just 30 minutes drive away, and 25 minus will see you to the airport.


Rooms are spacious but the decor is nothing to write home about. It has that sort of faded French charm about it, and they’re certainly nothing if not comfortable, but it is looking a little tired compared to some other more recently updated hotels in the area.

Who is it for

The hotel caters largely to two kinds of guests. Unusually for wine country, kids are very welcome here which makes it perfect for families. Children’s menus are available and on arrival, your little ones will receive “Le Carnet du Petit Voyageur,” a pack full of challenges, games, and stories to keep them entertained whilst you pop a bottle of the good stuff. The other kind of guest that loves Les Sources de Caudalie? Well with that spa, it’s a relaxation-lover’s dream hotel.

Facilities & activities

Activities here are plentiful and varied. You could borrow a bike and head out to Forêt des Sens, the estate’s open air gallery with sculptures by contemporary artists. There are cooking classes, yoga, and we can arrange tours of Château Smith Haut Lafitte (also owned by the same family). But the feather in the activity cap is the Caudalie spa. This is where ‘vinotherapy,’ was invented, the process of using the grape as a natural source of beauty treatments. You can even bathe in wine extract, a proven stress reliever. We’re not joking.

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