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.
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Everything was brilliant, the staff, the food, the wine. Our room had a great view of the river and valley beyond. The only negative I can think of was that the shower did not drain away and therefore flooded the bathroom, I did mention this and I am sure they will have now dealt with this. The grounds are very pretty and the pool looked inviting, albeit we did not use it. We would definitely stay again if in the area.
Unfortunately we were just there for one night but enjoyed it enough to know we will return.
The chateau itself is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Lot river and has magnificent views.
The room we had (no 8) had a superb view over the a fast flowing mere on the river and basically met our needs though we were surprised that the air conditioning was not as efficient as one would expect and the loo seemed like it was housed in a large cupboard. Outside of that, it was large, well decorated with a very comfortable bed.
With regards to the food we had, a dinner and a breakfast, it was of a quality we would expect of a Michelin starred restaurant and we thoroughly enjoyed both. We also enjoyed the Estate Chenin and Malbec wines we had with the dinner.
We also thought the staff were friendly and efficient and helped to make our stay even more pleasurable.
So, in summary, we enjoyed it and as stated already, will return.
Great overnight stay on route to the South. Lovely outdoor swimming pool for an early morning swim or as desired. Room 8 has a lovely view over the river Lot albeit a bit darkly decorated. Very comfortable bed and good cuisine made from local produce.
First class location, food and service. I would highly recommend this hotel . The location overlooking the river is fantastic. Lovely grounds and a real treat for wine lovers! Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, all of which spoke English.
The chateau is perched high above the outskirts of Cahors and has a Michelin * accreditation. It has been expertly restored over many years and is a stunning building which exudes history.
Our bedroom was in one of the turrets, fairly dark but full of character. The bathroom was small but well appointed.
This is an expensive hotel - our bill for two, dinner bed and breakfast was 500€ pn, and this was a discounted price for early booking. I believe that, at that price, only perfection is acceptable.
We chose the Chateau menu 89€ for four courses - top London restaurant price. The menu began well with light and tasty dishes but this came to an abrupt halt with the arrival of a large slab of duck and little else - some jus and a tiny apology of vegetables. It was so unappetising that we left some of it. Cheese followed but one felt so uncomfortably full that it was not enjoyable.
On a positive note, the waiting staff were a delight - charming, well informed and efficient. We were also welcomed well by the Spanish receptionist
I had a positive conversation with the manager the next morning (we were staying for two days) and he promised to arrange "something special" for our second dinner. Sadly, nothing materialised- I guess he forgot or maybe the chef was offended.
If you need acceptable levels of wifi, do not stay here. You have to reenter the password if you move from room to room; indeed, contact was often lost whilst in one place. The manager allowed me acces to his computer as I was trying to trace a transaction. The following morning, I asked the receptionist for this service again, but this was declined as she was "new". Could she not have checked?
Whenever, we wanted service from the bar, we had to go searching for someone - nit acceptable at 500€ pn.
Breakfast offered good variety but at 28€, so it should.
This hotel should received 4* at least but I have marked them down to 3* because I felt the value equation is poor (my Tripadvisor reviews do not allow me to exercise the selective buttons for some reason). We live in the world of value and competition. Hotels like this should not live off past reputation or a halo effect - the simple question is "was the price of this hotel reflected in its total offering"?