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Domaine de Raba

Created with Sketch. Rue Rémi Belleau, 35 - 33400 - Talence View on map
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REGION : Southwest – Bordeaux
ATMOSPHERE : Country in the city
STYLE : Small resort
ROOMS : 5 rooms and 4 lodges

La French Touch

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A welcome gift upon arrival

Spice, spice, and all things nice

Nestled in Talence, at the foot of Bordeaux and in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation vineyards, this beautiful neo-classical building was built in 1896 by the Bordeaux architect Pierre-Charles Brun, who also built the Saint-Louis des Chartrons church. Originally, the building was used to receive the distinguished guests of the nearby Château Raba. Out of this past as a “guest house” the site has kept its flair for hospitality. Ravaged during the Second World War and then cautiously restored, the place has regained its splendor thanks to Alexandra and Philippe Monnin. Having fallen in love with the domain a few years ago, the duo brought it back to life in the form of a small resort that is full of surprises.

Remodeled, like all the Groupe Millésime’s houses, by Marie-Christine Mecoen, the Napoleonic-influenced main pavilion houses the Marguerite restaurant with its fine French meat dishes in a large living room with classic moldings, candelabras and bovine details. Ethno-exotic, the restaurant Les Petits Caprices offers comfort food and flavors from more distant lands.

Turning back to Europe, find yourself seated in the armchairs of the bar Le Contre-Jour, which has an English club decor lined with antique trunks, old books, prints and realistic travel souvenirs.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE “COUP DE TRAFALGAR”. The cocktails are delicious, starting with the house’s signature, d’Aventure et d’Épices, which mixes rum, amaro angostura, French bitter and one of the three spiced house syrups proposed by the bartender as part of the experiential journey offered by the estate.

Each of the Millésime houses highlights a product that represents the local know-how. Here, at Domaine de Raba, it is the spices, worked into the dishes, spa treatments and cocktails. New for the summer of 2021, they are also found in the vegetable garden.

THE 5 BEDROOMS, BRIGHT AND SNUG, are located in the wine cellar. They revisit the garden’s chromatic palette by employing greens and white, trunks, feathers and nods to the surrounding woodland animals – pigeons, ducks, and swans.

We follow these feathered friends to the edge of the forest where we find one of the four lodges, sumptuous and welcoming, which act as the grounds’ annexes. A “luxury camp” added to by an ephemeral restaurant (when the weather allows it): the Tiki Bar.

The cherries on top? An intimate cinema, swimming pool, and an Echo spa where you can enjoy Gemology treatments are also part of the site’s zest.

To do

  • Order a prime rib steak at restaurant Marguerite
  • Share a selection of Southwestern products or a shrimp curry at Petits Caprices
  • Enjoy a pierrade in the gardens at the Tiki Bar
  • Experience a multi-sensory journey around local spices
  • Enjoy a massage on the grounds
  • Try glamping in a comfort-first lodge

The surrounding area

  • A gourmet break at the Halles de Talence to discover the region’s finest products, fruits, vegetables, breads, and cheeses…
  • Visits of wine estates by car or by bike: Château de Léognan, Haut-Brion, Pape Clément, Haut Bacalan, Rouillac, Carbonnieux, Haut Lagrange
  • Strolls through Bordeaux to (re)discover the Cité du Vin, the antique shops of the Chartrons district, the historical heritage (Saint-André Cathedral, Quinconces esplanade, Place de la Bourse, Miroir d’eau…) or city’s cultural heritage (Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Science and Nature Museum, CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, the Submarine Base and Bassins de Lumière, and the Darwin eco-system…)
  • Wine tastings, cannelé patisseries, Michelin starred, bistronomic or street food restaurants, all making Bordeaux one of the French culinary scene’s most dynamic cities
  • Beautiful outings in Arcachon, the Basque country, and along the Landes coast…


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