The Saint-James Bouliac Hotel
A unique hotel on the "balcony of Bordeaux"
Nicknamed the « balcony of Bordeaux » for its magnificent panoramic views, Bouliac has always been a favorite of gourmets, connoisseurs, and lovers of the good life.
People have been flocking to this village nestled above Bordeaux since the post-war period to have lunch, dance, relax in the countryside, or simply get away from it all. In 1989, one of the most beautiful 18th century farmhouses in Bouliac was converted into a hotel and restaurant.
A chic and private establishment, it was called the Saint-James after the name of the famous street in the historic center of Bordeaux.
A former restaurant, the 18th century farmhouse which now houses the Saint-James was transformed and enlarged by Jean Nouvel in 1989. The architect, originally from the Lot-et-Garonne region of France, designed four pavilions to be attached to the original building to hold the rooms of the hotel.
These pavilions were inspired by the buildings which were once used to dry tobacco.
Nouvel took great care to preserve the rusty, weathered, and chipped look of these buildings to provide as authentic a feel as possible. He also decided to expose the farmhouse and pavilions to the surrounding nature…So guests could have lunch or dinner, take a nap, stretch out, or relax in the middle of the vineyards.
A unique and gorgeous site that has been classified as part of the heritage of 20th century France by the Ministry of Culture.