Ref: DL181, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France, £2473 to £4300 pw
This delightfully-restored 16th-century country mansion offers a wonderful mixture of modern comfort and authentic decorative style. Set in lovely private grounds of 15 hectares in the Quercy Blanc, between the Lot and the Tarn-et-Garonne, it offers an atmosphere of serenity and charm, for a holiday of repose and discovery. Nearby Lauzerte is one of France's "plus beaux villages" and a famous stage along an ancient pilgrimage route.
Living room, dining room/kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 1 double bedroom with en suite shower room with wc, 1 double bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom with shower and wc, 1 shower room with wc, 1 separate wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, 2 cots (available on request - linen provided), highchair, no telephone, average mobile reception, WiFi, satellite & cable television (no English channels at present), DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, central heating (100€ per week in winter months), open fireplace, fans, portable barbecue, table tennis
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. 2-3 hours cleaning mid-week is provided, additional cleaning (minimum 2 hours) 20€ per hour. All services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Quercus enjoys a delightful location within 15 hectares of ancient mature grounds, perched on the foothills of a natural reserve leading up to the hilltop village of Lauzerte - a setting of tranquility and charm. Sunny lawns and gardens are interwoven with dry-stone walls, and ancient trees offer delightful shady areas. A picturesque pigeonnier looks onto the imposing stone mansion gates and façade, and an expansive shaded terrace off the kitchen offers a delightful spot for al fresco dining. The 8x4m swimming pool is enclosed in a paved border, with a security fence. There is ample parking space.
Completely renovated in 2012 and decorated using the most authentic natural materials and styles, Quercus offers very warm and comfortable accommodation for up to 10 persons. The spacious living room with a fireplace gives onto a large dining room/kitchen, equipped with all modern appliances and also enjoying a fireplace. Just off the kitchen is a spacious shaded outdoor dining terrace with views over Lauzerte, and a small Mediterranean garden adjacent. There are two double bedrooms on the ground floor; one has an en suite shower room and wc, the other is quite small off the living area and with access to the garden. There is also a separate wc on this floor.
The first floor contains the master bedroom suite, comprised of a large double bedroom, an adjacent dressing room, and an en suite bathroom with a separate shower and a wc. Two other double bedrooms on this floor share a shower room with a wc; one is more suitable for children as it can only be reached via the other.
Changeover day: Saturday
Depth 2.2m maximum
9 hole 16km
18 hole 64km
9 hole Sauveterre 15km
18 hole Castelnaud-de-Gratecambe 64km
The Tarn River meanders its way down along the precipitous landscapes of the Gorges du Tarn. Close to its junction with the Garonne River is the “Ville Rose” Montauban, the second oldest bastide town in southern France, and birthplace of the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres; the fine museum dedicated to him now stands in the former episcopal palace. At Moissac, the 12th century cloister and south porch at the abbey church of St-Pierre are famous throughout the art world, and worth visiting from anywhere nearby. A number of “plus beaux villages de France” are within reach: Auvillar, dating back to Roman times, is a fortified village overlooking the Garonne with a unique circular covered market; gorgeous Lauzerte was a stop on the pilgrim’s route to St-Jean-de-Campostelle. Actually in the Tarn, but worth the journey, is Albi, home to a stunning Gothic cathedral, built in red brick between the 13th and 15th centuries, and a fine museum devoted to its most famous native son, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Lauzerte (3.5km): All shops and services including a supermarket and restaurants.
Montcuq (17km): All shops and services including a supermarket.
A larger selection of shops and services is available at Moissac (22km), Montauban (36km), Cahors (41km) and Villeneuve-sur-Lot (55km)
Lauzerte (3.5km): Wednesday (small) and Saturday mornings
Montcuq (16km) and Moissac (22km): Sunday mornings
Lauzerte (3.5km): Les Trois Chevaliers
Montcuq (16km): Le Café de France
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
Lauzerte (3.5km) is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France and boasts beautiful dovecotes, mills and chapels.
The interesting towns of Cahors (41km) and Villeneuve-sur-Lot (55km), both straddling the Lot River are within easy reach. Montauban (36km) with its Ingres museum and Moissac (26km) with its spectacular Saint-Pierre abbey (famous for its cloisters) are well worth exploring.
Fête de la Musique
Garlic (l’ail de Lomagne)
Tennis: Lauzerte (3.5km) and Durfort-lacapelette (8.5km)
Horse riding: Lauzerte (3.5km)
Bike hire: Montcuq (16km) and Montaigu (20km)
Skydiving school: Bouloc (10km)
Leisure lakes for swimming: Montcuq (16km) and Montaigu (20km)
Canoeing and kayaking on the Lot River: Puy-Levêque (56km)
9 hole golf: Sauveterre (16km)
18 hole golf: Castelnaud-de-Gratecambe (64km)
This villa is new to our website. We are confident that many good client comments will be available at the end of its first season.
Quercus is a delightful, charming, and lovingly-converted old French country mansion, set in a lovely private rural estate, offering an atmosphere of perfect tranquility.