Chateau de Varenne is a little Provencal gem set in a colossal 3ha park and stunning grounds marked by an imposing 400 year old Lebanese cedar tree that you can see from anywhere you are on the estate. You can stroll among the trees or rest on one of the stone benches admiring the Luberon and Mount Ventoux views. If this is not tempting, relax by the large pool secluded by trees in a tranquil environment enjoying a glass of wine.
The house built in the 1748, was the residence of Guillaume Puy, the first Avignon Major. At time of our visit in October, the chateau was charmingly covered by ivy, which looked particularly romantic with its 3 colour foliage – red, yellow and green. The first thing you notice when entering the house is the white stone staircase, its intricate iron balustrade and the imposing candelabra. The stairs lead to 13 elegant rooms, all beautifully decorated in an eclectic style, featuring antique decorations as well as modern amenities.
We were shown to our room, by the owner Sylvie and husband Didier who passionately run this charming hotel. We stayed in the De Varenne room, dominated by large windows and a balcony overlooking the park and gardens. The interior is shabby chic, with exceptional features – vintage wardrobes with Louis Vuitton suitcases perched on top, antique armchairs, chandelier, large mirrors everywhere and massive canopy bed. A stay at Chateaud e Varenne will leave you with a feeling of sophistication. The best part was to wake up to an amazing view from our balcony and breathe in the fresh morning air.
The breakfast table looked like a scene from a museum or Alice in Wonderland. Wired bird like cages were temptingly presenting warm croissants, artisan breads from the village’s baker, jams, local cheese and charcuterie. We were lucky to witness a warm October morning so we enjoyed breakfast on the terrace overlooking the gardens.
Downstairs you will also find a living room with a fireplace and a lounge perfect for an evening rest. Don’t forget to climb to the top of the chateau’s tower to admire the Mont Ventoux, the Luberon and the surrounding vineyards view.
Chateau de Varenne is conveniently located to tour Provence and Chateauneauf-du-Pape wine countries, with only 9km from Avignon, the city of Popes and 8km from Chateauneuf-du-Pape for the legendary full bodied reds. We perfectly combined our stay with a trip to Chateauneuf-du-Pape to explore the wineries. For the active seekers, you can discover one of the golf courses nearby, canoeing or even parachute jumping.
Our verdict for Chateau de Varenne:
- Stunning park grounds
- Charming and romantic decor
- Family run
- Close to main sites, Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac and Pont du Garde
- Located in a quiet village – you need to drive to find a restaurant
- Rooms are dotted with baths only, no separate showers
Last minute closing of the season special price – get 50% off the normal room rates with prices startng from €79 per night.
Reviewed by: Tatiana Livesey, Winerist Co-founder.