• 10
  • 5
  • 3
  • Charming 16th-century country house
  • Set in 37 acres of grounds
  • Beautiful views over Lauzerte
  • Private gated swimming pool

This substantial manor house was entirely renovated in 2012, and behind the traditional exterior you’ll find a very tasteful contemporary interpretation of country house style. The colours are fashionably muted and the furnishings elegantly simple so as not to detract from the many original features, creating a space that feels both sophisticated and homely.

Quercus sits within 37 acres of private grounds, a stylish rural retreat in the heart of the peaceful Quercy Blanc region. Children can run free on the wide sunny lawns, challenging parents to a game of table tennis or hide amongst the grand old trees that frame the grounds and enhance the sense of timelessness and privacy that pervades the entire property. The renovation was carefully thought through with relaxed holiday living in mind, so you can choose a sunny spot by the pool or relax in the shade of the covered dining terrace, a splendid spot for a long family lunch or a quiet evening drink once your little ones are tucked up in bed. With bedrooms and bathrooms on both floors, the layout of Quercus works well for two families travelling together, and with generous space both inside and out, everyone has room to spread out and do as they please.

The local area

The Quercy Blanc is a deeply traditional area, characterised by large limestone plateaux and gently rolling hills. Traces of the region’s rural heritage are all around, including an original stone dovecote in the grounds of the manor house. The medieval hilltop village of Lauzerte – one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ – is just 5km away and well serviced by shops and restaurants. Elegant Cahors, with its UNESCO-listed bridge and famous red wines makes a memorable day trip around 45 minutes away, with other smaller but equally rewarding towns such as Montcuq, Montauban and Moissac all even closer by.

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 both famous throughout the art world, and worth visiting from anywhere nearby. A number of the '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; delightful 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.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom house (sleeps 10)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living room with open fireplace
  • Dining room/kitchen area with fireplace and oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher 
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC
  • Small double off the living area, access to garden
  • WC

First floor

  • Master bedroom with adjacent dressing room, ceiling fan, en-suite bathroom with separate shower and WC
  • 2 double bedrooms (one more suited to children as accessed through the other), ceiling fans
  • Shower room with WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine
  • 2 cots (linen provided) and highchair – available on request
  • Satellite and cable television (no English channels)
  • DVD and CD players, iPod docking station
  • Central heating (€100 per week in winter months)
  • Outdoor dining terraces
  • Portable barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 2.2 maximum), fenced off, corner steps

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Services

  • Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • 2-3 hours cleaning mid-week included
  • Additional cleaning €20 per hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Getting there

  • Airports
    Toulouse 91km
    Bergerac 99km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 140km
    Bordeaux 206km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 724km
    Le Havre 791km
    Caen-Ouistreham 807km
    Cherbourg 889km
    Calais 910km
  • TGV stations
    Agen 39km
    Montauban 51km
    Toulouse 96km

Location

  • Tarn-et-Garonne region
  • Restaurants (Lauzerte) 10min drive
  • Shops (Lauzerte) 10min drive
  • Montauban 40min drive
  • Cahors 45min drive
  • Toulouse airport 1hr 10min drive

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bergerac 99km/1hr 30min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 25 Mar – 21 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 26 May – 29 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sunday 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun All season
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday All season

Brive-la-Gaillarde 140km/1hr 30min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday 21 Mar – 27 Oct

Bordeaux 206km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun 12 May – 1 Sep (Sat)
1 Jul – 2 Sep (Sun)
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May – 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May – 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 31 Mar – 2 Sep

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

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  • Facilities*

    4/5

    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*

    4/5

    Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

And for a place to stay in Dordogne and the South West, explore our collection of luxury villas.

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