La Petite Varenne

Haironville, Meuse
+33 (0)6 07 60 02 20
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Light-filled, elegant house set in Château de la Varenne's stunning gardens and parkland, two hours east of Paris


5 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

As well as your own outside space there’s a gate into Château de la Varenne’s glorious gardens. Stroll at your leisure through 20 hectares of formal gardens and parkland. Sit in quiet contemplation on a bench near the River Saulx as it meanders through the grounds, knock a ball around the tennis court, let the kids tire themselves out on the swings.

Inside the cottage is elegantly refined. The ground floor ensuite bedroom opens to the terrace; upstairs to another double ensuite, and a double and twin sharing a bathroom. Every room is light and spacious, inviting you to unbend. You eat in the relaxed kitchen, in the formal dining room in front of the great stone hearth, or barbecue outside.

Walk to the café in Haironville or nip to Renaissance town Bar-le-Duc (12km) for shops and a thrice weekly market selling everything (top tip: arrive early), visit gothic Saint-Étienne church and try the local delicacy – redcurrant jam. 

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We think you'll love

  • Having the renowned Château (itself a monument historique) gardens all to yourself when the public visitors go home
  • Putting on a posh frock and enjoying a feast in the formal dining room in front of a roaring fire
  • Being an hour's drive from the Forest of Argonne and Verdun - both important WWI sites
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You should know

  • There's a corner shop and café in Haironville but it's a drive to bigger shops and restaurants
  • The park and gardens are open to the public during the day in July and August
  • You can't use the tennis courts when the owners are visiting from Paris


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Nightly price
from €200
Weekly price
from €1200
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From €2005 beds4 bedrooms


I can imagine a tranquil break here wandering the grounds of the chateau and getting lost in the pages of your favourite Jane Austen novel then dinner in front of a roaring fire.

Nicky, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Château and cottage border a small town, Haironville, nip here for a small shop and café, otherwise you'll need a car to visit Bar-le-Duc (12km) - market days are Tues, Thurs, Sat. The valley of the River Saulx is home to several rather splendid châteaux, many open to visitors during the summer. Lorraine Regoinal Nature Park, WWI battlefields - the Forest at Argonne and Verdun all within the hour.

Local points of interest from Marie-Caroline Duburch-Petin

  • Local tourism of memory (WW1) in Verdun and surroundings.
  • Golf course in Combles en Barrois, 6kms.
  • Lakes with beaches, boating, sailing, wind-surfing : Lac du Der (1h)
  • Gorgous historical cities :Nancy, Metz, Reims : 1h30
  • Horse-riding : 6 kms. Poney-clubs. Kayak on the river.
  • Walking around the nearby woods, countryside and villages.You'll find more information on the La Petite Varenne website.


Marie-Caroline Duburch-Petin

The Duburch-Petin family, who live in Paris most of the time, have owned the Château for six generations. They've recently refurbished the cottage for guest use and have included lots of useful things for a family holiday: books, games, DVDs. Local woman, Rachelle, greets guests and is on hand if you need her, otherwise you look after yourselves.