Photos courtesy of Château de Nieuil
11 rooms; 3 apartments
Double rooms: 130–250 euros
Apartments: 210–420 euros
Open: December through October
Nieuil is 63 km west of Limoges and 42 km northeast of Angoulème Coming from Angoulème on N-141, watch for signposts at Fontafie or Suaux. The château is on D-739 between the villages of Fontafie and Nieuil. Public transport is not practical in the area.
On site: tennis; swimming pool
Nearby: fishing; mountain biking; Limoges (famous for its porcelain)
This lovely white château is everything you could ask for in comfort and elegance. The setting is close to fairy-tale perfect. Symmetrical towers, a moat, formal gardens, and surrounding woods paint a storybook picture of romantic interludes.
An imposing marble staircase leads to beautiful antique-furnished guest rooms.The immense rooms are decorated with chandeliers, tapestries, mirrors, and paintings. All overlook the gardens. One outstanding apartment encompasses three floors of an ancient tower.
The hotel’s restaurant, La Grange aux Oies, faces the château (it was the château’s former stables) and presents produce from the château’s garden. A fireplace will warm you on cool evenings. The cuisine is excellent.
The extensive grounds of the property are a delight to stroll through, and paths lead down to the château’s own lake.
Lovely, tranquil setting