A magical 13th-century château stay in stunning south-west France with a wine-tasting tourHanging out in a prestigious wine estate with serious cellars and a 32-hectare vineyard
Gorging on the impressive views over the undulating hills and sparkling water of the Lot Valley
Sampling the decadent local produce from the robust red wine to black truffles
What To Know
Onsite Le Duèze Restaurant was given one star in the 2017 Michelin Guide
The wine list features Georges Vigouroux varieties as well as a selection of other Occitania and French wines
Views from the chateau are of the lush Lot Valley and Cahors Vineyards
A grand 13th-century French château stay with a Michelin-starred restaurant and wine estate - includes breakfast, a wine-tasting tour and an optional suite
Sealing the deal for wine-lovers and gourmands who like the idea of lording it up in a 13th-century castle with fairy-tale turrets and towers, Château de Mercuès is a boutique-style château overlooking the Lot Valley. Expect traditional luxury with a fuss-free feel as you enjoy the welcoming outdoor pool, tennis court and stunning woodlands with running trails and walking paths.
Acquired by winegrower-cum-hotelier Georges Vigouroux in 1983, this grandiose hideout - the one-time summer residence of the Counts and Bishops of Cahors - is a perennial crowd-pleaser. Most buzzed-about are the regional Quercy specialities (duck, lamb, black truffle and more) that complement exquisite regional wines - most of which are grown in the château’s 32-hectare vineyard and stored in the underground winery and ageing cellar.
Spend your days cruising on the River Lot, touring the Château de Mercuès winery, lingering at the cafés along Cahors’ Boulevard Gambetta, and drinking rather a lot of Malbec wine - referred to here as Auxerrois or Cot Noir for its deep and dark colour. By night, relish gourmet delights before crashing out in your wondrously chic accommodation. Château de Mercuès effortlessly bagged a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.