Chateau de Castel Novel ****

19240 Varetz - Dordogne - France  Contact Us by Email
Tlf: +33 555 85 00 01 Fax: +33 555 85 09 03

Ideally located 10 minutes from BRIVE la GAILLARDE in Corrèze, on the borders of the Limousin, Perigord, and Quercy, the Château de CASTEL NOVEL overlooks a vast estate including an arboretum of 25 acres.
Built on a rock in the 13th and 15th centuries its overall architecture dates from the 18th century.
After having belonged to several of the region’s great families the château became the property of Henri de Jouvenel. A talented journalist and influential politician he married the famous writer COLETTE, who wrote several of her novels at Castel Novel.
The property was acquired in 1956 by Raymond and Yvette PARVEAUX who transformed it into a high-quality hotel-restaurant.
After studying at the Ecole Hôtelière of Paris and gaining some experience abroad their son, Albert, stepped into their shoes. With his wife, Christine, herself also a child of hotel-and-restaurant owners from Provence, they would develop and embellish Castel Novel.
Today their eldest daughter, Sophie PARVEAUX SOULIE, armed with a solid professional education, receives the guests as friends. “Simple luxury” remains the credo of the place.
Nicolas SOULIE, her husband, is chef de cuisine.

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The Château’s rooms and suites – of a very high standard of comfort – are decorated in varied and original ways.
An outhouse of the château, 50 meters away from it. Its 10 rooms have slightly sloping ceilings, and are smaller. They all look over the park.
They all offer the same facilities:
Mini-bars, safes, televisions with international channels, air-conditioning, free internet access.

▪  Standard Room  ▪
▪  Superior Room  ▪
▪  Prestige Room  ▪
▪  Suite  ▪
▪  Cottage  ▪
Rates in Euros
Rooms prices for 2 persons
Type of Rooms

Low Season
Jan 01 - Mar 30
Nov 01 - Dec 31

Mid Season
Apr 01 - Jun 30
Sep 01 - Oct 31

High Season
Jul 01 - Aug 31

The Cottage:
Small Mansard Roofed Room
The Castle:      
Standard Room
Superior Room
Prestige Room
3rd person less than 16 years from 16 years
Breakfast buffet or room service less than 12 years




Local Tax: 1,50 € per person and per day (to be confirmed)
Room Occupied By 1 Person: - 20 € on the room rate occupied

Half Board Supplement

82 € per person including breakfast and a menu with choice (starter, main dish, cheese or dessert).
34 € per child under 12 including breakfast and children’s menu with first course, main dish and dessert.
Children under 3 are invited to a half-board.


Credit Card Guarantee

Same cancellation policy as above is applicable. Credit card will be charged.
Please note that in case of a no-show without notice, one night will be charged.


Cancellation Policy

More than 14 days prior to arrival, the deposit is refunded.
Between 8 and 14 days, 50% of the deposit is refunded.
Less than 8 days, the deposit is not refundable.


How to reach the hotel

By Car

PARIS by motorway A20 Exit 50 (Brive Centre) then D901 - 480 km (about 4h 30)
TOULOUSE by motorway A20 Exit 50 (Brive Nord) then D901 - 200 km (about 2h 15)
LIMOGES by motorway A20 Exit 50 (Brive Centre) then D901 - 100 km (about 1 hour)
BORDEAUX by motorway 89 exit 19 (Brive/Varetz/Objat) - 200 km (about 2 hours)
LYON by motorway 89 then motorway A20 exit 50 (Brive Centre) then D901 - 380 km (about 4 hours)

By train

BRIVE station 12 km
Numerous trains in liaison with Paris about 4 hours

By air

LIMOGES 100 km

By helicopter

45°11'08.43" N
1°27'18.53" E

▪  Gastronomy  ▪

Served in one of the three intimate and refined dining rooms, or on the terrace in summer, Nicolas SOULIE’s intentionally regional cuisine gives pride of place to the produce of the surrounding country; at the same time, original dishes are proposed.
Nicolas SOULIE received a star on the Michelin guide and was elected "Young Talent" in the region by Gault Millau 2011.

Leisure Activities


Relaxation and leisure on the spot

Outdoor swimming pool 20 m x 10m
Tennis (resin surface)
Foot paths
Boules, bicycles on loan




Leisure Activities2


Riding at 15 km
Brive golf course (18 holes) at 10 km
Aubazine golf course (18 holes + compact 9 holes) at 25 km
Souillac golf course (18 holes) at 38 km
Canoe, kayak
4-wheel drive routes

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