Montcuq, Lot
+33 (0)9 66 11 30 27

A sweet cottage with fun décor and a saltwater pool. Not another house in sight in this gentle Quercy landscape; bustling Montcuq is close


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome

The Experience

This simple stone cottage – 18th century and extended over the years – is a great little base for an unspoilt part of France. Set across the lawn from owner James’ house, it’s a place for families and lovers of utter peace and tranquillity. Inside, find a charming décor, steps up and down and vast views from a first-floor terrace.

Two bedrooms are on the ground floor, one opening to the garden, and the quirky, delightful third is upstairs with a roll top bath. Also on the first floor is the large, light, open-plan living area, with squishy sofas and colourful Indian throws. There’s space for a couple of cooks in the simple but well-equipped ‘coin cuisine’ – nothing is flashy or redundant here.

Chill out in the informal garden and splash in the saltwater pool – it’s hedged in and prettily private. Enjoy the restaurants and wines of lively Cahors and stock up at its wonderful twice-weekly market; walk 10-minutes to the swimming lake. 

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We think you'll love

  • The complete tranquillity and privacy
  • The magnificent panoramic views of the open rural landscape
  • Staying in a charming, higgledy-piggledy house
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You should know

  • Access to the house is up a narrow farm track
  • You’re 5 km away from the nearest village


  • 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

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner available on request. Restaurants 5 min drive.


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


It was really good. James was a great host - there when we needed him, yet gave us privacy and invited us over for a drink and snack. We loved the pool. It must be noted that it is slightly separate from the house - you just have to walk across a lawn. A really quirky and interesting place in a beautiful part of France. The tree-lined drive, buzzing ciccadas on the pation, and the surrounding fields of sunflowers just added to it all!

Katy, Bishopsteignton

Leave the bustle behind and unwind in utter peace and silence - there's not another house visible. The cottage is colourful, packed with unusual prints and paintings, compact and upside down - two bedrooms and bathroom downstairs, living room/kitchen on first floor with unusually companionable bedroom alongside. The garden is relaxed and informal, with a pool tucked away from all eyes and long lawns from which to enjoy rolling panoramic views. Your host is delightful, keen to converse if you are feeling gregarious and generous with information, especially for foodies and wine-lovers.

Patricia, Sawday's inspector

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

This is a delight in total peace – the landscape is blanketed with oak trees and sparse Lot vegetation which makes it idyllic for walkers. The GR 65 route of the Camino de Santiago runs through Montcuq, and James organises walking tours so ask him for routes to follow and vineyards for tastings in the Cahors and Coteaux de Quercy area.

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.


James & Diana Tamlyn

Friendly and attentive James is a keen walker - he organises tours so is a fount of knowledge about vineyards and restaurants to visit. He lives opposite in high season, but if he’s away, neighbour Kitty will let you in. There will be two more local contacts nearby should you need anything during your stay.