The Pigeonnier at La Taupe

Roquecor, Tarn-et-Garonne

A tiny enclave of elegance tucked away in the hills of the sunny Quercy Blanc. Come for the views, natural beauty and warm welcome


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Seekers of peace will be happy here in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by only hills and woods – heaven in ‘la France profonde’. The Pigeonnier sits across the courtyard from the main house but faces privately the other way.You have your own terrace and lawn but the rest of the gardens – walled, with fountains and covered terraces – are yours to roam too. Cook in the well-equipped kitchen or outside on the stove and dine with views of the pool, take a swim at dusk and watch the wide skies darken around you. There’s a wood-burner for chilly nights and stacks of books to choose from.Markets abound, especially at Prayssac on Fridays; stock up on local meats, cheeses and pastries then work it all off on those hills, biking or hiking. Take the car to Château des Milandes – stroll the gardens, admire the interiors and costumes of Franco-American Josephine Baker, activist and entertainer.

The Pigeonnier at La Taupe - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The walled garden
  • Sipping rosé on one of the shady terraces
  • Eating al fresco
The Pigeonnier at La Taupe - Gallery

Home truths

  • Steep, open stairs lead to the master bedroom
  • The pool is unfenced
  • Owners live in the main house


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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

Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from €285
Weekly price
from €1590
Damage deposit
€285 per day. Breakfast included.
1 Dovecote for 4
From €2852 beds2 bedrooms


A beautiful property meticulously maintained with heaps of thoughtful touches. Sally and Tim couldn't be more helpful or relaxed and are great guides. Lovey bathrooms, super quality linen and towels and perfect pool. A must!

Victoria, Suffolk

A truly wonderful place. Tip top quality and everything thought about and provided. Beautifully spacious accommodation with every need considered. Tastefully decorated entirely in keeping with a beautiful, elegant but comfortable French country house. The pool and garden are fabulous, as is the peaceful tranquillity. A great base for visiting all the local historical towns. Sally and Tim are wonderful hosts, incredibly kind, thoughtful and generous. Even though it was out first visit it was like meeting up with old friends. The best place we have stayed using the Sawdays website.

Aylsa, London

Sally and Tim are exquisite hosts! You will not be disappointed with the location or your accomodation. Also please note the pool is both enormous and heated! A joy! We have visited multiple times. Always a thrill to arrive and a sadness to leave

Steve, Bedford

This luxurious guest home at Le Taupe in Couyssels France was absolutely amazing. The home is beautifully decorated and has everything a guest will desire . The hosts - Tim and Sally are now dear friends and it was the highlight of my European vacation to meet them and experience their luxurious country life in the South of France. From the hosts preparing a deliciously authentic French dinner served on their patio,to lounging poolside and walking through the country pastures of wild orchids I highly recommend Le Taupe Pigionnier to all - it will be the best place you've ever been !

Shelly, Atlanta ga

Have enjoyed The Pigeonnier at La Taupe many times. It is the most luxurious, comfortable guesthouse you can experience in this beautiful part of France. Tim & Sally Blackburn are stellar hosts who have thought of every amenity. They offer the beautiful pool, gardens and acres of serenity. You must try their delicious cuisine. They can recommend great day trips, activities and adventures. Favorites: Morning walks at La Taupe; day trips to Roquecor and nearby Cahors; touring La Grazette Vineyard. The ambiance of La Taupe is a truly memorable experience!

Sherry, Dallas, texas

We loved everything about the place. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with lots to see and do - the gite is lovely with a great swimming pool and Sally is a perfect host. Fantastic.


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The neighbourhood

The Quercy Blanc in Tarn-et-Garonne is often called the ‘Tuscany of France’ – hills roll out around you and the pace of life is slow. The markets in the region are particularly fabulous, with locally-grown veg and farm cheese piled high in colourful displays. For shopping, pretty Roquecor is the nearest village is easily walkable (or take your bike) – about a mile. It’s a sweet place with a café and a wine bar, though you’ll find more shops in Montaigu-de-Quercy and further afield in Cahors or Agen, with vineyards and wine caves to pass along the way.


Tim & Sally Blackburn

Californian Sally and her husband Tim bought La Taupe in the 1980s and have been happily welcoming a crowd of mostly Sawday’s guests with their own tried-and-tested blend of hospitality – they know just how to make you feel at home. They’re keen golfers and vintage car enthusiasts (if you ask you might get to see the two sleek vehicles stowed in the garage). They live on-site with their two equally charming dogs.