Château de Mercuès
What We Love
- 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
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.
How to Get There
We were lucky enough to stay in the large and quiet Bishop's room that ovelooks the Dordogne river - ver nice! The staff are exceptional - very welcoming and professional. The chateau and grounds are beautifal and the wine cellar in the basement is very nice. Make sure you dine at the on-site Restaurant Le Dueze, food and service is also exceptional.
This is a gem of a hotel/Château in the midst of the southwestern French countryside. Just outside the town of Cahors, it offers great wines, food, beauty, calm and comfort that keeps us coming back 20 years running now. The staff and chef are superb in every way. It’s a hard place to leave when your time is up!
During the busy month of August in France, we were lucky enough to book a room for 3 days. The castle is beautiful, the garden very quiet and pleasant, the pool is old but huge and welcome after a long day hiking.
The location is absolutely fantastic above the Lot river with beautiful views.
The service is above standard, very friendly but extremely caring. A real pleasure to feel so welcomed and at ease.
The rooms are big with great furniture, Bedding is excellent. Only caveat, the carpet is old and worn out.
Breakfast is superb but we think a little bit too expensive (28€ per person, this is a lot) despite the quality of food which is excellent.
We had dinner two days at the Bistro. Fantastic food and very good wines from Mr Vigouroux. The food is really excellent. And very affordable (39€ per person without wine).
We will remember our stay for long. My wife was tired and a little bit depressed. This stay worked very well to bring her back to her usual enthusiasm.
Highly recommended. The castle life!!!