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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This is a wonderful hotel full of character and the room was lovely and we were well looked after. The restaurant is amazing but very expensive. This is very much a luxury break. We would stay again as a treat
Location : Good
Chateau itself : Beautiful and good setting
Accommodation: Poor, many rooms NO a/c
Food : Quite good
Service : Poor
Overall, the Chateau is rather beautiful and set in well-maintained grounds with nice views. The problem is with its “software” - WIFI is very weak and majority of rooms has NO air-con so if you go there in summer, it can be extremely hot and uncomfortable, even at night. And they don’t bother to provide fans or other means to make your stay any better. In fact generally, the service, particularly at the reception, is rather pompous and unhelpful. It’s a real pity as the place has good potential but it’s let down by its lack of modernisation and attitude of some staff. Surely, an upgrade is needed to keep up with “Relais & Chateau” standards.
Best food from room service ever, wonderful hotel but I cannot recommend as our room never went below 30 degrees, no fans no protection from mosquitoes maybe some rooms are better ours was room 16,. They did bring us a very ineffective fan but that just reduced room temperature to 30 degrees before that at 10.00p.m. it was 34 degrees and yes that was hotter than it had been outside all day!!!
So it may be beautiful but impossible to sleep. Such a shame
The location is great but the room was truly disappointing. Only a third of their rooms are upgraded and offer Air conditioning. Make sure you specify, otherwise the hotel will assign you any random room. Standards can vary greatly.
We were there during a heat wave. Temperatures in our room reached 30C, even throughout the night. We asked to change rooms but they couldn’t accommodate us. We asked for a fan and they couldn’t provide this either. This establishment does not merit being part of Relais&Chateau.
if you want a romantic relaxining hotel this is the place wonderfull rooms, excelent service, and a restaurant with great food
also the lot valey and river are beautifull. a lot of places to travel and see