Montcuq, Lot

A sweet cottage, a private pool and not another house to be seen in this gentle Quercy landscape… and bustling little Montcuq is close


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


You can splash in a lake five minutes away, meander down to charming Montcuq, join a guided walk or swim in the saltwater pool, hedged-in and prettily private. This simple stone cottage with a tiled roof – 18th century and extended over the years – is a great little base for an unspoilt part of France, with a relaxing décor, steps up and down and vast views from a first-floor terrace. It’s a place for lovers of utter peace and tranquillity, and welcoming to families too, thanks to the owners who live in the adjacent house, helpful and fun but respectful of visitors’ privacy; you get the pool all to yourself! There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, one opening to the garden, and the quirky, delightful third is upstairs, its bath in the bedroom, its loo separate. Also on the first floor is the large, light, open-plan living area, with squishy white sofas and a simple but pleasing ‘coin cuisine’. Wood floors, jolly pictures, Indian throws, well-equipped kitchen; nothing is flashy or redundant here. Enjoy the restaurants and wines of bustling Cahors and stock up at its wonderful twice-weekly market.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Dinner available on request. Restaurants 5 min drive.


Nightly price
from €90
Weekly price
from €500
1 Cottage for 6
From €903 bedrooms


Loved everything about it. This is a perfect place to get away from it all, so clean, peaceful and relaxing. The pool is lovely and can be a real sun trap,. The local towns have lovely cafes and a market on a Sunday.. well worth a visit. Would love to return someday soon.


At the end of a long private drive atop a hill with stunning views, the house is delightful with lots of space and light, thick walls, honey-coloured stone and beams. It is very snug and warm in the chilly February temperatures. The kitchen has everything you need on holiday (incl. dishwasher), and the peace and stillness was fantastic. The house is about 20m away from the owners’ house, making it private yet at the same time not cutting you off. James & Diana are the perfect hosts, going out of their way to ensure our stay was as great as possible.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from James & Diana Tamlyn

  • The truffle season is January and February and we are within reach of the famous truffle market of Lalbenque, frequented by restauranteurs of world renown.
  • Spring and Autumn are marked by skeins of migrating cranes overhead, the arrival of the nightingale and orioles in May.
  • For flower lovers we have around 30 different types of wild orchid.
  • Wild boar, deer, foxes and hares frequently appear in the fields overlooked by the wooden terrace.
  • Within a day's outing to all the Dordogne sites including the caves, gardens and chateaux. Canoeing on the Lot, Célé and Dordogne rivers.
  • Local festivals include the Blues Festival, 2 classical music festivals, la Chanson Française, a cinema festival, amongst others.