If you’re considering honeymooning in France, this is one place you simply have to stay; Two hours outside Toulouse, Château De Mercues lies within the picture-perfect French countryside; think acres of vineyards and winding rivers and you’ll be along the right lines.
The château itself is a fairy-tale fantasy come true. With winding staircases and giant beds, and you can’t help but feel like royalty each morning when you throw open the shutters and catch a glimpse of the breathtaking views.
The owners of Château de Mercuès are wine makers, and below the castle lies a huge cellar, where you can indulge in a tasting session. We tried a fabulous 1988 malbec, and since sipping it, no other wine has compared. The sparkling rosé is not to be missed either!
The on-site restaurant is Michelin starred, and it serves up course after course of exquisite food. Each course was paired by our sommelier with a delicious wine that complemented the food perfectly.
It was June when we visited, so we dined in the outdoor courtyard each evening, soaking up the atmosphere and gazing at the star scattered sky.
Other than drinking the sensational wine and feasting on food, activities include bike rides and boat tours in nearby Cahors and there’s a pool within the grounds to take a dip when the temperatures soar.
If you can bear to leave the castle grounds, we recommend paying a visit to Saint-Cirq- Lapopie, a medieval French village straight out of Beauty and the Beast, complete with traditional wooden houses and enchanting streets.
Book from €210 (approx. £187) pp per night, based on two sharing