Who wants to be the king of the castle?

Hidden in the picturesque French countryside, Château de Mercuès is an incredible sight, a superb castle that was completed way back in the 13th century. Its original purpose was to protect the nearby town of Cahors and the Lot Valley, but modern times have seen this magical place converted into a one of a kind hotel, allowing guests and travelers of all origins to experience the joy of living in a private castle.

Obviously, a few modern amenities had to be included as well, to make sure you still remember we’re living in the 21st century, but few know that this castle has been burnt to the ground during the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion. It’s been through a lot, and now it has risen from its own ashes, so to speak.

Château de Mercuès offers just 24 gorgeous rooms and 6 extraordinary suites, each of them showing off a fashionable French style and amazing amenities. These unique accommodations will surely impress, although two, in particular, are very famous: the “Bishop-Room”,  with  its sun-dial in the floor and a bed of gold, and “The Tower”, which is self explanatory. 

Since this castle can be found in the Occitanie region of Southern France, wine easily comes to mind, and winegrower Georges Vigouroux has added his own touch to the place. As such, wining and dining are a top priority here, and the castle’s impressive wine cellar will easily prove this statement.

Location:  High up on a forested hill as only an authentic medieval castle can be, with a Dolby Surround panorama of lolling green hills and the Lot river ribboning at its feet. The medieval town of Cahors with its Romanesque cathedral, cloister and vibrant Saturday-morning market, is 10 minutes away. Toulouse-Blagnac and Brive-Vallée de Dordogne airports
Château de Mercuès / Route du Château 46090 Mercuès - France /  +33 5 65 20 00 01 

Rooms: Château history is reflected in the room décor: each of the 24 doubles and six suites evoke a historical period between the 13th and 21st centuries. Original features abound and there are quirky touches such as the round bed beneath a blue ceiling of gold stars in the Renaissance-styled tower room. Every room has an Ipod docking station and cleverly integrated TV – brilliantly hidden within a huge gold-framed Louis XIV mirror in room No 16. Bathrooms are classical and some are older than others – only three have showers, the rest tubs. 

Things not to miss:
Hanging 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 

[Château de Mercuès]
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