Villas in Montcuq, South West France – A Superb Tourist Destination
If you are looking to rent holiday villas in south west France, the village of Montcuq is a wonderful tourist spot. It is surrounded by rolling countryside, making it a perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday. It’s also steeped in history that dates as far back as Roman times. Even its name is thought to have derived from the Latin words ‘mons’ and ‘cuc’, which means mountain top – a position which gave the village its strategic importance.
For those who enjoy sightseeing, you will certainly have plenty of opportunity to explore Montcuq’s rich history and turbulent past. It was a wealthy city with a castle in the 12th and 13th centuries, but the fortifications were destroyed during the Hundred Years War (1337 – 1453). However, the tower of the former Chateau de Lolmie still remains and was the scene of a short but significant battle in the 13th century.
The village is full of charm and if you are renting villas in Montcuq, wander the streets and you will find a number of picturesque timber framed houses that date from the late 15th century onwards. You can discover more about the village’s past by visiting the Tour-Donjon of Montcuq, the recently restored medieval tower, which is open daily in the summer.
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Things to do in Montcuq
Holidays in a villa in South West France wouldn’t be complete without visiting a few of the local restaurants. Montcuq has a number of eateries to discover such as the brasseries Café de France and Café du Centre, which both serve excellent food. Just like many towns, Montcuq has its own speciality and is famous for its meringues and waffles (gaufres de Saint Daumes) which are well worth a try. And, for those of you who enjoy a drink, the village’s close proximity to Cahors means that you are well placed to sample the ‘black wine’ this region is so famous for.
If you are planning an evening in with a home cooked meal why not stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables from the town’s lively Sunday market? This is definitely worth a visit as it ranks as one of the hundred most beautiful markets in the whole of France. Here you can find plenty of produce grown in the region and you can also buy craft items, including textiles and pottery.
If you enjoy being active on your villa holiday, Montcuq is an ideal base for country walks, cycling or horseback riding, with St James Walk being one of the most famous trekking trails. The village also has an artificial lake which is popular for swimming or fishing. It is one of the many things that have earned the village the title of Green Holiday Resort, a nationally recognised title for its dedication to nature tourism.
If you are lucky enough to be renting a villa on Bastille Day, July 14th, you are well placed to join in the celebrations as Montcuq has some of the finest festivities in the region. Enjoy a sound and light show projected onto the side of the castle keep, followed by a colourful firework display.
Another treat for the summer is the open air touring Shakespeare night which proves extremely popular; in recent years the award-winning production company Antic Disposition staged a magnificent show of Romeo and Juliet which received sell-out runs in London’s West End.
Villas, Farmhouses and Gites in Montcuq, near Cahors, South West France
Kingfisher has some fantastic villas, farmhouses, cottages and gites to rent near Montcuq. 11 Place de la Republique is a comfortable and spacious four bedroom village stone house with a swimming pool, large grounds and views towards the surrounding countryside.
It is a great villa to rent if you like being in the middle of the action because it is right in the centre of the village, so it’s close to all the restaurants and amenities. Inside, it offers spacious accommodation and has two bathrooms/shower rooms (an en-suite and a family bathroom), two fully-equipped kitchens (one with an outside terrace), a sitting room and dining area.
If you and your family like to stay connected to friends back home, this holiday rental villa benefits from internet provision. And, if you like to explore the surrounding area, Montcuq is only 16 miles from the city of Cahors.