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Roc de Lapalue

Montcuq, South West France

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At a glance

  1. Sleeps 6
  2. 2 Double Bedrooms
  3. 1 Twin Bedroom
  4. 3 Bathrooms
  5. WiFi
  6. Table Tennis 
  • Ground Floor: Kitchen/diner (oven, dishwasher). Utility room (microwave, washing machine). Steps down to living room (TV) with two sets of French doors to garden. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (separate shower). Twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (separate shower). WiFi.
  • Outside: Spacious grounds with garden and woodland. Open sided large barn with summer kitchen (oven, fridge, gas barbecue, music system), seating area, table tennis). Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (12m x 6m) with Roman steps.

Enjoying far reaching views across the valley, this lovely stone cottage nestles on the hillside in 10 acres of woodland and countryside. This picturesque rural setting makes Roc de Lapalue a lovely retreat and yet it is only a 5 minute drive to the nearby bastide of Montcuq (4km), where interesting and quirky boutiques line the medieval streets and cafés and restaurants tempt you to linger over lunch or dinner. A setting that offers you the best of both worlds: the calm of the countryside and the buzz of French village life in this corner of South West France.

Roc de Lapalue’s white stone walls and pale blue shutters are typical of the area and, combined with the profusion of plants and flowers, create a pretty picture on arrival. The interior has been perfectly designed for a small group, with a well equipped kitchen and three bedrooms, each with en suite facilities (providing an added degree of privacy). What was once the cattle shed is now a very comfortable living/dining room - thankfully the exposed stone walls and wood beams are the only reminders of the room’s previous use!

The garden has a number of nooks and spots in which to relax but the focal point is, without a doubt, the open sided barn. This fabulous structure was probably used to store agricultural items, but is now a wonderful outdoor living area, where you can relax, cook, dine, listen to music… From here, steps lead down to the pool area.

The grounds of Roc de Lapalue extend into the woodland behind, through which are walking trails into the countryside and beyond to Montcuq itself (an hour’s walk). Just outside of Montcuq is Lac St Sernin, a popular summertime destination with its beach, picnic area, and aquapark (inflatables, pedaloes, paddleboarding). Surrounding villages are host to markets and summer festivals, whilst the River Lot offers all kinds of water activities (swimming, canoeing, boat trips).

Pricing & Availability

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All Prices are per property, not per person.

Please note that all visitors to France aged 18 and over are required to pay a Tourist Tax. We collect this tax prior to your holiday and remit it on your behalf. The notes above specify the amount per person per night which will be added to your booking.

Location of Roc de Lapalue


Great Things to Do Near Roc de Lapalue

From hilltop village to stunning caves

Just over an hour's drive, passing Cahors, will take you to St Cirq Lapopie, a village with the accolade of 'Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France'. A very impressive place with a view to match. Best visited late afternoon or early evening when the tour buses have left. At the foot of the village you can visit the cave of Pech Merle with its superb prehistoric art.

Les Arques, a hidden gem

The small village of Les Arques (38km) harbours a surprising wealth of culture and interest. The Zadkine museum features the work of Ossip Zadkine, a Russian born sculptor & artist who settled there in 1934. You can view some of his prestigious works and documents that illustrate his life. Five of Zadkine's sculptures enliven the village and some of his religious works are presented in the Saint-André chapel near the museum. You can also go for a lovely walk in the surrounding woods and round off the outing with a meal at the highly regarded local restaurant.

Fun for kids and big kids!

CapNature near Cahors is a outdoor activity park with treetrop adventure courses, paintball, zorb/bubble football, laser-tag, climbing and kayaking. 

Visit Moissac and its cloister

With the 76 Romanesque capitals of its beautiful cloister, and its tympanum (sculpted relief over the doorway) which appeared in Jean-Jacques Annaud's well-known film 'The Name of the Rose', Saint Peter's Abbey is a world famous building.

Spend the day at the Cité de L'Espace,

just outside Toulouse - perfect for adults and older children. Here is a showcase for the space technology that happens in Toulouse. There are some excellent interactive exhibitions and shows with guided tours and lectures available. You can spend a day here or combine it with a visit to the Airbus factory, Europe's largest aircraft factory. Here guided tours take 1½ hours and must be booked in advance. It is great for older kids and the extended tour includes Concorde.

The village of Montcuq

Montcuq is only a 5 minute drive away and is a lovely bastide town with pretty much everything you need.  It has the essentials (supermarket, bakery, butcher) as well as interesting boutiques to discover, including a lovely salon de thé-cum-bookshop, which hosts concerts in the garden.  And of course, there are cafes and restaurants and finally, the weekly market is held on Sundays.  

Messing about on the river

Head north to the River Lot for a day messing about on the river: there are plenty of spots along the river where you can enjoy active pursuits such as canoeing, rafting, hiring a pedalo and paddleboards, and swimming.  A more leisurely way to see the river is on a boat trip - head to Puy l'Eveque, Cahors, Bouziès or Saint Ciry Lapopie where boat companies offer a variety of trips on the gabarres (flat bottomed boats). 

The Little Montcuquois

Head to Rue du Petit Rapporteur and see if you can spot the 'The Little Montcuquois', a wooden carving standing 94cm tall.  This little character bears the symbols of Montcuq: the village's coat of arms on his shoulder, a pilgrim's staff (on the way to Compostela) and a palm leaf.  A local sculptor donated it to the village and it is said that caressing its backside brings good luck! 

Medieval Festival in Lauzerte last weekend in August

Minstrels, knights, craftsmen, medieval food and drinks, battles, music, juggling, strolling, street theatre, fire show and concerts come together for a fun filled weekend at the end of August in Lauzerte.  Lauzerte itself is a wonderful town to explore at any time during the summer.  It is classed as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'  and with its streets lined with limestone white buildings it is easy to see why.

On the road to Compostela

Montcuq is one of the villages on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, so you may spot a walker or two in the area. The church in the heart of the town as well as the Chapel of Rouillac, are places of passage where the pilgrims stop. Discover the beautiful stained glass windows. 

Waterpark at Montcuq

Kids (and big kids) can head to Aquazone Montcuq, to clamber over and jump off big inflatable obstacles floating in the lake! 

Feet up, or on your feet?

Take the opportunity to put your feet up, admire the garden, listen to the birds, and enjoy the rolling country views. Once rested, or for the more restless among the party, there are table tennis tournaments to be had, or long walks through the property's woodland and into the surrounding countryside.



Montcuq 5 mins 
Lauzerte 20 mins 
Cahors 35 mins 
Moissac 40 mins 
Montauban 55 mins 
Saint Cirq Lapopie 1 Hr  


Toulouse 1 Hr 25 mins 
Bergerac 1 Hr 35 mins 
Bordeaux 2 Hrs 20 mins 

Train Stations

Agen (TGV) 1 Hr 10 mins 
Toulouse-Matabiau (TGV) 1 Hr 30 mins 
Bordeaux St Jean (TGV) 2 Hrs 30 mins 


Bilbao 5 Hrs 20 mins 
Santander 6 Hrs 10 mins 
St Malo 7 Hrs 25 mins 
Caen 7 Hrs 30 mins 
Le Havre 8 Hrs  
Dieppe 8 Hrs 20 mins 
Cherbourg 8 Hrs 40 mins 
Roscoff 8 Hrs 50 mins 
Calais 9 Hrs  
Times are approximate

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