Brasserie Kasteel Schaloen

Historic hotel in Valkenburg

In gloriously peaceful countryside around 1km east of Valkenburg, this charming institution has a popular wood-beamed rustic cafe, 11 duplex holiday units and four hotel rooms. The setting is a sweep of 1701 outhouses that gaze across the moat at a romantically turreted 1656 castle (itself private). Strolling into town is a delight on tree-shaded footpaths via Kasteel Oost.

Rooms are nothing fancy decor-wise but they are spacious with kettle, fridge and superthick walls that keep things cool in summer. Rooms 402 and 403 overlook the water (but not the castle). Parking is free, a big bonus in Valkenburg. The cafe produces excellent lunches and delicious vlaai (Limburg fruit flans) but only serves dinners at weekends so you'll need to check in by 6pm if arriving on weekdays. Sheets and towels are provided for the hotel rooms but for the holiday units, it is assumed you'll bring your own.