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France, Bordeaux Château le Thil

Between vineyards and forests, 15 minutes from Bordeaux

Château le Thil and neighbouring Château Smith Haut Lafitte were always linked by a royal drive, but were reunited under the same owner as the estate was acquired in 2012 by Florence and Daniel Cathiard. Château le Thil was built in 1737 and has been lovingly restored with an emphasis on original features combined with the owner’s signature interior design inspired by the Aquitaine region. The property is just a mile from SLH sister property Les Source de Caudalie, and has nine rooms, two suites and some beautiful ground floor reception rooms covering 1,140 square metres, with views over the lake and leafy parkland beyond.


The eight hectares of grounds feature vast sloping lawns and the Boran River which feeds the small lake. Several footbridges cross the river and stone benches are located at some of the finest vistas. The gardens were laid out in the 19th century by landscape architect Louis-Ferdinand Fischer and the similarity between these and those of Château de Malmaison and the Elysée is not a coincidence, as he often accompanied the then owners on their trips to Paris. He was also responsible for designing the Bordeaux Jardin Public.

Staying here has a number of advantages beyond the superb accommodation and they come in the form of food and wine. Not many private residences can boast such illustrious siblings, namely the Michelin star La Grand Vigne restaurant at Les Sources de Caudalie and the fine wines of Smith Haut Lafitte – both owned by the same family and within a mile. The wines are produced from a 78-hectare vineyard, with its 16th century tower and cellar containing a thousand barrels resting at any one time.

In addition to the local idyllic landscape with unforgettable walks, the vibrant city of Bordeaux is just 20 minutes away. With numerous museums and fine buildings to explore, you will not be short of things to do, but if this works up a thirst or hunger, there can be few cities better suited to meet those needs with many fine restaurants, bars and cafés at every turn.

11 bedrooms / up to 22 people
Price from
EUR 8,400 for 3 nights
Open Seasons
All year
  • Family friendly
  • Good for business meetings
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In the heart of vineyards, 15 minutes
from Bordeaux and 20 kilometres from
Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport.

Chemin de Smith Haut Lafitte,
33650 Bordeaux-Martillac,


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  • Best local fine dining restaurant – The estate is blessed with a Michelin star restaurant within sister property Les Sources de Caudalie – La Grand Vigne under chef Nicolas Masse who has developed a close relationships with local fishermen, livestock breeders, and market gardeners, supplying him with the best seasonal produce. If you are in Bordeaux, try Restaurant Le Gabriel which also has a Michelin star
  • Best casual restaurant – Another restaurant at Les Sources de Caudalie, try the more relaxed dining bistro style at La Table du Lavoir, which has an excellent three course menu option for EUR 38 per person.
  • Best restaurant for lunch – Lovely spot for lunch is Comptoir Cuisine restaurant and in the warmer months pick a spot on the terrace overlooking the imposing Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
  • Best patisserie – You have to make time in your itinerary to visit chef pâtissier Meilleur Ouvrier de France David Capy’s La Chocolaterie de Bordeaux
  • Best place for a sundowner – La Grande Dune du Pilat (or sometimes spelt Pyla), the tallest sand dune in Europe on Arcachon bay, with its current high point being some 110 metres above sea level
  • Best local bar – L’Alchimiste in Bordeaux If you prefer something right on your doorstep, try Rouge or The French Paradox Bar at the adjacent sister property Les Sources de Caudalie, a 20 minute walk or short drive away.
  • Best nightclub – L’Iboat in Bordeaux is a club with a difference as it is set in a vast three level ferry which combines, dance floors, restaurant, open heated terrace and convcert hall in one unique venue
  • Best place for a picnic – The Gardens of Chateau Le Thil are truly beautiful, but don’t just take our word for it – your chef will be happy to prepare a picnic for you so you can explore and pick your own special spot amongst the formal gardens, ornamental ponds, river and vast gently sloping lawns.
  • Notable local cultural events, festivals or celebrations – The Bordeaux Wine Festival in June, claimed to be the World’s largest wine tourism attraction and held once every two years Even if you can’t make the date for the Bordeaux Wine Festival, there are celebrations every September to mark the gathering of the harvest, as well as wine trails and vineyard visits available. If running is a passion, why not combine a stay with a run in the Medoc Marathon in September From the end of November each year, the traditional Christmas markets can be found in Bordeaux and are also well worth a visit
  • Must see – Vineyard view from the top of the cooperage tower of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
  • Must do – Pinasse excursion on Arcachon bay and visit the local fishermen’s villages. The pinasse is a traditional long, narrow boat typical of the Arcachon basin and Gascon coast.
  • Must try – This is an area blessed with so many things to recommend, but here are three for you to try. Pessac Léognan wines – this is an area in the northern part of the Graves region and although Bordeaux is rightly known for is fantastic red wines, Pessac-Léognan is equally famous for its dry white wines. Whilst in the area you must try the oysters of Arcachon bay – try the European flat oyster called La Gravette. Right on the estate, take the ‘In the winemaker’s path’ visit of Château Smith Haut Lafitte – experience the life of a vineyard manager and the many facets of the winegrower
  • Hidden secret – ‘The Paradise’ a tour of the private cellar of the owners of Château Smith Haut Lafitte situated on the estate.
  • Best time to visit for the weather – During harvest time in September
  • Best time to visit to avoid the crowds – December


All rooms have mini bar, flat screen television, complimentary WiFi access, en suite bathroom with bath, shower, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, bathrobes and slippers.

Rooms – There are nine rooms, each with King size bed, which have views on to the estate. Room sizes: approximately 40 square metres.

Suites –There are two suites, each with King size bed, located at the end of the corridor and have views over the beautiful estate. Suite size: 72 square metres

Services & Facilities



  • Concierge service – 24 hour
  • Pets welcome
  • Private chef
  • Private butler
  • Wedding service



  • Kitchen for guest or professional use
  • Meeting room
  • Private garden
  • Private terrace