Photos courtesy of Château de Castel Novel
27 double rooms and suites
Some rooms are in an annex
Double rooms: 99–299 euros
Suites: from 329 euros
Rates do not include breakfast
Open: all year
Varetz is a short distance northwest of Brive in the Dordogne region. Follow D-901, turn south on D-152, and follow the signposts to the château.
On site: tennis; swimming pool;
golf (3 holes)
Nearby: canoeing; fishing; mountain biking; Dordogne (also see Aquitaine-Midi) region)
Yes. Inquire hotel for details.
Castel Novel is an utterly charming and romantic hideaway. From the time you arrive until the moment you have to leave, you are treated with every kindness and courtesy.
Each guest room is individually furnished with antiques and lovely fabrics. You’ll find a superb pair of carved wooden canopy beds in one suite, and in another, a tower room with stone walls suggests a perfect medieval hideaway.
A “Cottage” outside of the main château holds ten attic rooms with a slight mansard roof that are more simply furnished and less expensive—a good way to enjoy the hotel if you’re watching your euros.
You can dine in either a formal dining room with its grand fireplace, in a room with a charming painted ceiling, or outside on a French country-style terrace.
Lovely park surrounding the castle