Historic House For 8 - 15, Plus Garden, Veranda And Pool
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About Richard Hamilton-Wentges
The owner is an Irish architect and designer with a track record of restoring historic buildings. He met the previous owner of La Tour des Templiers at a country wedding in Ireland. For himself, his family and chocolate labrador ( Treacle Tart ), La Tour des Templiers is a family home where they holiday, relax and hold family celebrations. It is a happy house with good associations and they hope you will derive as much pleasure from staying at La Tour des Templiers as they do.
Richard Hamilton-Wentges purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2009
Why Richard Hamilton-Wentges chose Les Pechs-Du-Vers
This property ticked all the boxes for us, both as a family holiday home and accommodation for larger parties. Its location - in the heart of a charming rural village yet only 15 minutes from exit 57 on the A20 - Within easy reach of four airports ( Toulouse, Brive, Rodez, Limoges). Cahors with its culture, wine food and markets only ½ hour away. The house and village is redolent with history and tradition, yet now boasts all modern amenities. Add to this the wide range of sights to see ( St. Cirq Lapopie, Rocamadour, The Prehistoric Cave Paintings of Pech Merle and subterranean boat trips in the Gouffre de Padirac. A short distance away are the towns of Albi with its magnificent cathedral, the medieval alleyways of Figeac and the exquisite Cordes-sur-Ciel perched on its commanding rock. All around is the rolling countryside of the Causses de Quèrcy with its wooded coombs and deep ravined rivers, a joy for artists, hunters, fishermen, canoeists and cyclists alike. To the southwest of Cahors are the vineyards where the renowned Malbec is grown; fresh truffles can be bought at the market in Lalbenque and friendly hunting neighbours occasionally present you with a leg of boar. Local villages boast a selection of fair days, vide greniers and farmers' markets. Children can play in a safe environment of an idyllic landscape. There is indeed something for everybody here.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
With La Tour des Templiers it was genuinely 'love at first sight'. Its eccentric layout and quirky features, its oak spiral staircase, 16th century windows and massive oak beamed ceilings. Its south facing location at the heart of the village and its intimate and very private garden. All these things immediately attracted us, and the property also offered possibilities for the features we have added, like the swimming pool, terrace and the spaces we converted in the attics.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Beautiful rustic large property, well kept gardens and pool
The house is beautiful with large rooms, so much space for a big family group such as ours. Shepperd the caretaker was extremely helpful and came each morning to clean the pool and water the plants. The hamlet is very pretty and the views from the house lovely, it’s a shame there isn’t a local shop to buy bread etc but we did realise that before the holiday. We got used to the church bells, though some of us used ear plugs but it was worth it to stay in such a lovely house. Thank you Richard
Grande demeure pour découvrir la région
Notre famille de 5 s’est retrouvée à son aise dans cette belle grande demeure du Quercy. Nous avons fait de belles visites et découvertes dans la région. Le village est paisible et reposant - à l’exception peut-être des cloches de l’église qui sonnent aux demies-heures. C’est charmant le jour mais on s’en serait passé la nuit. Shepperd a été serviable et accueillant. Merci pour une belle semaine !
Magical experience. Special village. Thank you Richard. And a particular expression of gratitude to Shep for helping to make our stay so wonderful. We had 17 visitors off and on over 6 weeks and all were comfortably cared for. The pool was well tended and well used because of warm weather. Merci.
Enjoying life's beauty in the lap of luxury
Everyone loved this house--it's beauty, it's luxury, it's quiet, it's amenities...it was perfect! The only thing we would have changed is the bells of the neighboring church watchtower, which were rather loud. The charm of this house, and the town, is untouchable. We definitely want to come back!
Wonderfully unique medieval style tower in charming village!
Our family of 11 from ages 6 to 76 loved our stay. Although the tower dates back to the 12th century, it has been updated with modern amenities. It is spacious, most bedrooms have their own bathroom, and the grounds, esp. the pool was a welcome retreat after long hot days visiting the sites in the area, of which there are many. One of the best caves with prehistoric art is within 20 minutes (Pech Merle) as well as St. Cirq Lapopie, one of Europe’s most beautiful villages. Finally, Richard, the owner, is everything you could want in a host - accommodating, charming, helpful - just an all around pleasure to meet and share a drink with.
The property is simply wonderful!
This property is simply amazing with huge amounts of space for a large group like ours. The bedrooms are something from Game of Thrones or The Tudors and the dining room/lounge is huge. A lovely quiet village with pleasant walks for the dog. The only down side (if you can call it that) are the hourly chimes from the church clock tower opposite - however you soon tune them out and occasionally notice the time from their regular toll which means you stop looking at your watch and adopt a different pace of life!
Well equipped and a very comfortable interior mean that we wanted for nothing where other properties we have experienced have been equipped with only the bare minimum.
Lots to explore in the surrounding countryside and the Labastide just up the road as a perfectly adequate supermarket with the bigger ones outside Cahor not much further away again.
Richard was a lovely generous host and his dog Treacle very sweet. Thank you for making this wonderful property available to us for a truly memorable and much needed holiday!
We were delighted to receive this review.
La Tour des Templiers is a very special place and we make every effort to ensure that our guests have a truly enjoyable and memorable time in St. Martin de Vers.
The bells of the parish church have had the mufflers on their tongues renewed, so
they are now quieter and have a more pleasant tone.
Canoe on the Lot, see the cave paintings of Peche Merle,go on subterranean boat trips in the caves of Padirac, stock up on a Wednesday or a Saturday at the market in Cahors, and visit the exquisite village of St Cirq Lapopie perched high above the Lot once the tourists have gone home. Explore the vineyards and wine cellars of Cahors or check out the Truffle Market of Lalbenque. Lovers of history can visit Roman aqueducts and amphitheatres, explore Templar commanderies, the medievaltowns of Figeac, Martel or Castelnau.
Visit the war memorial village of Oradour-sur-Glane but be prepared for a harrowing experience.
The area boasts a wide selection of restaurants, bistros and cafés,with something to suit every taste and pocket.
Information on all the above and many other sights and activities is provided at La Tour des Templiers.