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“Most beautiful part of France” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Restaurant du Vieux Pont
12390 Belcastel, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Belcastel
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“Most beautiful part of France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I stayed here with my sister and daughter in late May. It was unusually cold and we had rain, sleet and hail. In spite of the weather we still thought this was the most beautiful place that we saw on our 3 week trip, which included the Aveyron, Languedoc and Provence areas as well as Paris. As we came down the dirt road to the village it looked like a place straight out of a fairy tale. The visit was special to us because our ancestors actually lived in this Chateau for hundreds of years. The hotel was clean, quiet and so very comfortable. The view from our large window was fantastic. We were greeted promptly and escorted to our room by Anthony, who also served us both nights in the restaurant and checked us out on the day we left. He could not have been nicer or more helpful. We could not have breakfast outside because of the weather but it was an extremely generous and delicious basket of breads and pastries with coffee and juice. A quiet and polite girl was patiently waiting for us to wake up and hustled to put the breakfast out as soon as she saw us. We ate both nights in the restaurant. One night we had the fixed price meal and the second night ordered a la carte. Everything was awesome and beautifully presented. We didn't know French wines so we were at the mercy of the sommelier who suggested very reasonable local wines that we were really pleased with. The meals came with a complimentary "amuse bouche" prior to the entree, another complimentary soup course and also complimentary "petits fours" at the end of the meal. We live in New Orleans and often find fine dining while traveling does not measure up to what we get at home but these were truly fantastic meals. Our visit to the castle was also extremely satisfying. It was incredibly well restored and presented. Of all the historic sites we visited the Chateau Belcastel was the only one where we felt that we could really envision the way in which the castle was inhabited. Truly a beautiful place!!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We discovered this through tripadvisor and were not disappointed. This is a stunning village hidden away and perfect for a short break. The hotel was high quality and the restaurant was very good with attentive staff. We would definitely go back here.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

the total deal here- beautiful hotel across a medieval bridge with a 1 star michelin restaurant awaiting you for dinner

follow up with a beautiful breakfast the next morning and you have the kind of rural french stay people fantasize about.

i do all the time and i have been visiting there for 42 years. this is a very SPECIAL place

get off the beaten path and go

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

I have refrained from reviewing Le Vieux Pontl for several years in the hope that it remains just as it is! We've stayed here many times, in spring, in high summer and in the autumn and it has always delivered impeccable food, wine, service in such wonderful surroundings. It really is one of perfect places that you want to keep all to yourself!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

My wife and I stumbled on Belcastle on a wet day in September 2012. As we drove in we realised we had found something special. Beautiful stone buildings spreading up the sides of the valley and the chateau overlooking the whole area. In the bottom was the river/creek with beautiful grassy picnic areas available. Crossing the river was an old bridge with the hotel on one side and the restaurant, Vieux du Pont on the other. We asked at the restaurant if they had a table and fortunately they did. For what I thought was a very reasonable cost we had the most beautiful meal and a glass each of wine recommended by the waiter. If this was only a Michelin 1 star restaurant then I shudder to think how good a 3 star restaurant must be. Loved the restaurant and loved the town.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

The hotel is just gorgeous, set on the bank of a river the sound of running water is a lovely backdrop. The room was very modern, clean and spacious. There was a mini bar, with room in the fridge for your own things if needed. The bed was comfortable the bathroom well appointed. We ate in the restuarant, which is on the other side of the river. We ordered a reduced degustation menu as 5 courses was beyond us. We ended up with 4 courses along with canapes served with champagne to start (delicious) and 2 amuse bouches during the meal. The food was very good, and very reasonably priced considering the quality.
We did not order breakfast as it needed to be ordered for a specific time, the night before. We did see other guests enjoying theirs in the garden beside the river.
The village of Belcastel is well worth the visit, it is charming.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

If you did not know that Belcastel is real, you would think it was created by Disney. The village along the Tarn is a fairyland with an ancient bridge, medieval castle, stone buildings, a clear running river, all tucked away in a forest covered valley. It is PERFECT! The hotel is owned by the same people who own the one-star Michelin restaurant across the bridge. With that in mind you expect quality and they provide it: excellent service, beautiful accommodations, attention to detail and a superior Continental breakfast. We dined in the restaurant twice. The female chef/owner received her Michelin star in 1991. Her mother owner the restaurant before her. The dinner was superb both times in cuisine, wine and service. The Averyon region where Belcastel is located is spectacularly beautiful: midieval unspoiled hill-top villages, rolling hills filled with waves-of-grain, beautiful (yes, beautiful) cows, unusual looking horses...and few tourists. Move over Provence...the Averyon has it all.. .

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hôtel Hotel Belcastel
Address: 12390 Belcastel, France
Location: France > Midi-Pyrenees > Aveyron > Belcastel
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Belcastel

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