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Chateau de Mercuès

Dordogne, France

The Chateau de Mercuès is a fairytale chateau with stupendous views over the River Lot and surrounding Cahors Vineyards. Step back in time, indulge in rich regional cuisine and learn about the local wine during your stay.

At a Glance

  • A fairytale Chateau hotel with glorious views - perched on a rocky outcrop, it overlooks the picturesque Lot valley and the Cahors vineyards

  • Château de Mercuès is one of the most beautiful hotels in a vineyard and a masterpiece for wine lovers. It offers the ultimate wine experience with a majestic underground cellar

  • A perfect spot from which to enjoy the picturesque villages, stunning landscapes of the Lot river area and its fabulous heritage


Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Chateau de Mercuès or take a look at our itineraries to Bordeaux and the Dordogne


Perched on a rocky outcrop, Chateau de Mercuès overlooks the picturesque Lot valley and the Cahors vineyards and offers an exceptional view wherever you look whether from your room or suite or outside from the terrace or pool - the scenery is magical.

The Château de Mercuès has a total of 24 guest rooms and six suites, each of them has its own unique character and a different view and the two signature suites are "The Bishop-room" and the "Tower".

Built in the 13th century, the chateau was the summer residence of the Counts and Bishops of Cahors for seven centuries. The chateau has been in the family for years and staying in this magical 13th century château overlooking the Lot valley is a truly unique experience, steeped in the history of France during the Middle Ages.

There are immense staircases leading down to their magnificent wine cellar where you can take part in tastings of their own and local wines.

Today, the Chef draws his inspiration from local producers, and has won an international reputation for working wonders with black Lalbenque truffles and Quercy lamb. The wine list includes the great Malbec wines and vintages produced in the château’s very own wine cellars.

There are various activities available and the hotel has an outdoor pool and facilities for mountain biking, various hiking trails, tennis (on site), and can organize horse riding, water skiing on the river, fishing and there is also a nearby flying club for the more adventurous.


The Château de Mercuès has 24 guest rooms and six suites, each of them with a charming and particular character, and two very famous suites : "The Bishop-room" and the "Tower". Each room is unique in its décor, furnished with beautiful fabrics and furniture and connecting rooms and family suites are available. The views across the surrounding countryside and river are absolutely amazing.


Suites at the chateau range from 50 to 79 sqm and offer views over the valley & vineyards or garden views. Some can be located in the chateau tower. En-suite bathroom with shower over bath.


The renowned gastronomic restaurant at Chateau de Mercuès includes delicacies such as lamb, saffron, duck and black truffle on its menu. There is also a 'Menu dégustation' for you to have a wholesome experience. During the summer you can enjoy your dinner in the Royal Courtyard. There is of course, a wonderful wine list to complement the menu, the majority produced from the surrounding vineyards.


Chateau de Mercuès and the surrounding area offer a wealth of activities, however most people come here to explore the vineyards and the local produce.

The Luxury Agritourism program features worldwide products from the Lot River such as Malbec, truffle and saffron. You can engage in a number of activities to enlighten you on the produce.

Chateau de Mercuès has its own vineyard of which you can tour throughout the year and take part in tasting workshops to improve your wine knowledge.

A visit to Chateau de Haute-Serre is well worth a trip if you're a Malbec lover as you can enjoy a tour, partake in a tasting workshop or even book a cooking class.

Wine tour packages can be arranged when booking so you can make the most of your stay.

Visit the prehistoric caverns: Pech Merle, Padirac, and the famous Lascaux

Visit surrounding villages such as Saint Cirq Lapopie which was elected the most beautiful village of France 2012 by the French people, of course Rocamadour.

Cruising on the River Lot, is a wonderful way to spend a day

Visits can be arranged to see the castles from the time of the Templiers and Cathares

Location & Directions

Dordogne, France

Château de Mercuès, Rue du Château, 46090 Mercuès

When to go

With moderate winters and summers, this is a perfect place to visit in the Spring, Summer and Fall. A spring in France provides the right climate for the picturesque green hills with pretty flowers and calm weather. April showers occur on occasion, but it is nothing an umbrella cannot handle. Spring and summer are especially lovely because of the beauty that these seasons bestow upon the French countryside, however, the Fall months make travel and site seeing very doable - even with the occasional drizzle and chillier conditions in the evenings as the end of the Fall draws in.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Chateau de Mercuès or take a look at our itineraries to Bordeaux and the Dordogne

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