Château de Mercuès, French Castle in Cahors

"Château de Mercuès"
Sleep in a French castle at Château de Mercuès. Cahors, France

Stay in a French castle in the town of Cahors and the Lot valley

Thick swaths of green forest carpet the road on either side of us. We are in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France and bound for an overnight stay in a castle. The driveway up to Château de Mercuès is long.  As it should be; after all, this castle was where the Bishops of Cahors resided until the Revolution. It’s a wonderful place to stay overnight, as well as pretend you are king or queen of the castle.

"Château de Mercuès room"
Château de Mercuès room 21 in Cahors, France

Relais & Chateaux approved

The Relais & Chateaux castle features 24 guest rooms and six suites. Architect Axel Letellier is over seeing the restoration with each room offering its own unique style. All rooms are non-smoking and offer a telephone, in room safe, mini bar, LCD tv, desk, shower or bath (my room had a tub with detachable shower hose) and air conditioning. My room, #21, had a wonderful view looking out the window to the Lot valley, river and vineyards below. A one night stay is not enough time for this princess. Next time, I’ll come back to Château de Mercuès with my prince charming.

"Lot valley, river and vineyards"
Views of the Lot valley, river and vineyards from Château de Mercuès in Cahors, France

Château de Mercuès restaurant

If you are a  foodie, you’ll want to dine at the restaurant featuring the cuisine of Chef Philippe Combet. Regional Quercy specialities include duck, lamb, saffron and black truffle.

French wine country

Château de Mercuès looks out over France’s Lot valley and the Cahors vineyards. From the terrace, the garden or the bedroom, views of the surrounding area are exceptional.

While the signature cocktail in the restaurant is creme of casis with red wine, I recommend a glass , or bottle, of Château de Mercuès Malbec.  It was in 1987 that owner Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux began harvesting the grapes  to make Georges Vigouroux wines. Make sure to visit the underground wine cellar during your stay at the castle.

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"Georges Vigouroux wine barrels"
Wine barrels from Georges Vigouroux underground wine cellar.

French California wine connection

While France knows its way around cheese and wine, I’m a third generation Northern California girl and proud of our agricultural and viticulture heritage. I was pleased to learn  of  Château de Mercuès’ California connection.  Bertrand had crossed paths with California winemaker Paul Hobbs while in Argentina. The two winemakers became friends and Hobbs now works as a consultant for Georges Vigouroux estates in France.

Insider Tip

Château de Mercuès is not open to the public year round. The hotel is open from the beginning of April to the end of October. Check the website for rates and reservations.

"Château de Mercuès view"
Château de Mercuès view from room #21

If You Go:

Château de Mercuès  (+ 33) 5 65 20 00 01

Cahors, France

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Top photo courtesy of Château de Mercuès.  I was a guest of Château de Mercuès .

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