Château de Mercuès

8 km (5 miles) northwest of Cahors on road to Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Mercuès, Occitania, 46090, France

Set on a rocky spur just outside town, the former home of the count-bishops of Cahors has older rooms in baronial splendor (ask for one of these), as well as unappealing modern ones (which tend to attract midges); others have a mix of French Moderne and medievalesque furniture that can be jarring, but the ambitious restaurant and great views make up for a lot of sins. One of the best guest rooms is "Tour," with a clever ceiling that slides back to expose the turret. Duck, seafood, and truffles reign in the dining room (closed Monday), where chef Julien Poisot serves a gourmet cuisine equal to the wines from the estate's highly touted wine cellar.

PROS

  • unbeatable view
  • great pool

CONS

  • odd mix of furnishings
  • lunch served on weekends only

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Historical, Views
Sophisticated
Countryside
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -05–65–20–00–01

HOTEL DETAILS

24 rooms, 6 suites
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar. No meals

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