Relais & Chateaux in Occitanie: Michelin-starred dining and a wine estate
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Château de Beynac
A grand 13th-century French château stay with a Michelin-starred restaurant and wine estate - includes breakfast, a wine cellar tour and tasting and an optional dinner
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 courts, beauty centre (open only in July and August), 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.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €1.40 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel.
Spa services are only available in July and August; the spa is located at Institut Phyt's in nearby Caillac.
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