Gîte Le Saltre

Saint Alauzie, Castelnau Montratier, Lot
+44 (0)7788 907797

Get away from it all in 'old' France, where melons taste like melons & hikes start from the door. This rural bolthole is a serious treat


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

Gaze across the wooded valley to the gentle Quercy hills; crack open the welcome bottle of wine. The setting is stunning and the blackbirds sing. You cannot help but unwind.

This rustic, stylish, 18th-century barn comes with its own barbecue terrace, and exclusive use of the owners’ pool (50m). Your living space is light and lofty, your en suite bedrooms – one up, one down – serene, and your well-equipped kitchen the bees-knees. Penny and Patrick work at their restaurant in Montcuq during the day, so the whole place feels like yours.

Montcuq, cobblestoned capital of the Quercy Blanc, is full of good places to eat; Lauzerte, a 15-minute drive, is equally charming. This gentle region, wedged between Bordeaux, Toulouse and the Lot, teems with small, often organic, food and wine producers… get your bread in Castelnau from the wood-fired oven. Your hosts will recommend all their favourites.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in a rustic country retreat steeped in stylish comfort
  • The views, the tranquillity, the flora, the fauna, and the hiking trails from the door
  • The half-covered terrace making a perfect extension to the dining space indoors
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You should know

  • You need a car: the nearest shopping town is Castelnau-Montratier, a ten-minute drive
  • No dogs or children please
  • The pool is next to the owners' house (50m away) but is reserved exclusively for guests


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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Welcome pack on arrival (bread, butter, juice, milk, wine etc.)
January - March
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 3 courses, €45 pp - please request 48hr in advance.


Nightly price
from €215
Weekly price
from €1500
Damage deposit
1 House for 4
From €2153 beds2 bedrooms


We had a fantastic stay with Penny and Patrick. The gite really is fabulously appointed and there is everything you could possibly need for a great stay. Beautiful setting, the pool is excellent (and nice and long for proper swimmers!). The area is beautiful with plenty to see and do. Lots of great surrounding towns and villages. All in all we couldn't recommend it enough and look forward to our next chance to go and visit.

Laura, UK

We have had the greatest stay this summer in the house of Penny and Patrick. The beautiful view and peaceful surroundings in this wine area made it a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday; just what we were looking for. It was clear they both have a feeling for great hospitality and did the greatest job in making us feel at home. Starting with the delicious food when we arrived, so that we could eat after arriving late. Besides the nice village Montcuq, there are lots of beautiful vineyards, a golf club and cities like Cahors nearby.

Anneke, Rotterdam

A great place for those in search of tranquillity, gorgeous countryside, sunset al-fresco dining and stylish comfort. Owners, Penny and Patrick, will help you discover the region's best food and wine producers, and keen cooks will love the well-equipped kitchen.

Nicky, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

In off-the-beaten-track Quercy, the barn (all yours) and house are surrounded by 70 acres of field, forest and views. Follow the trails; one leads to an old windmill with a view of the Pyrenees on a clear day. Lovely old Montcuq, 11km, has a fabulous market on Sundays - and a swimming lake. It's also home to the owners' restaurant. Castelnau is closest for shops; a gorgeous golf course is 3km.

Local points of interest from Penny & Patrick Henrotin

  • There is something for everyone. The hamlet of Le Saltre is ideally located between Castelnau Montratier, Montcuq and Lauzerte. Walks through woodland and sunflower fields straight from the front door. You may see a deer or two grazing in the background
  • A 10-minute drive to Montcuq, a popular tourist attraction, cobblestoned streets, a buzzing Sunday market, restaurants and cafes where one can relax with a glass of wine, a coffee or even enjoy a chilled glass of Fenelon, a traditional Quercy appetiser.
  • A short drive to Castelnau, full of peaks and valleys, the houses here with boletus terraces and Mediterranean roofs have a charm. The dome of Saint-Martin’s Church is reminiscent of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. Golf on a hilly 9 holes, par 70 course.
  • A 15-minute drive to Lauzerte, stopover for pilgrims, perched above the valleys and hills of Quercy Blanc. 12th century village, a path leading to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. A short drive to Moissac, with its world heritage 12c abbey and cloister.
  • Enjoy a day in Cahors, town on the Lot river, known for its Pont Valentre, a medieval bridge with 3 towers. The old town features narrow alleyways, imposing Cathedrale St-Etienne. You can even take a boat trip on the river Lot during the Summer.
  • Drive along the banks of the river Lot through wonderful gorges, visit the beautiful village of Saint-Cirq-La-Popie perched high on the cliff or cycle along the river Lot. A day trip to Rocamadour or simply sample the unique flavours of Cahors Malbec wine


Penny & Patrick Henrotin

Patrick (Belgian) and Penny (from London with Indian background) live on site, leave you a generous selection of food, and are more than happy to chat whenever they are around. She was originally in HR, he was an accountant, and in 2004 they upped sticks from the UK to run a restaurant in Montcuq - the very popular Café de France. Discreet and delightful hosts, they love food, wine, and golf.