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About Lot

A bucolic region of green fields and forests traversed by slow-moving rivers bordered by terracotta-roofed hamlets, the Lot embodies much of the charm of rural France. Set in the south-western part of the country, it’s a region steeped in history — its ancient châteaux cling to craggy hilltops — and enduring charm. Whether you’re dreaming of a chic B&B or a luxurious manor house escape, our pick of the best places to stay in the Lot promises something special for everyone.

For a fusion of medieval enchantment and vibrant 21st-century life, look to Cahors. The hub of the Lot region, this is an excellent starting point for foodies and culture aficionados. History buffs will also adore Rocamadour, site of an ancient pilgrimage route. Riverside Puy-l'Évêque, on the banks of the Lot in the area’s wine region, is another famous favourite.

Outdoorsy adventurers, on the other hand, can delight in horse riding, walking and mountain biking through forests, along dramatic gorges and beside picturesque vineyards. The marked trails of the Causses de Quercy National Park are brilliant for hiking, whilst the Padirac, Pech Merle and Lacave caves will fascinate fans of archaeology. Kayaking, fishing, sailing and river cruises are also wonderful for the whole family. Do be aware that the best places to stay in the Lot region fill up fast during the school holidays — book your trip well in advance!

The Best Places to Stay in the Lot

FOR An Intimate B&B

  • Four Maison d'Hôtes is a chic, four-bedroom B&B run by former designers. Expect stylish, pared-back interiors with exposed stone walls and a monochrome palette. Breakfasts are feasts of organic produce, and dinners are available on request. Brilliantly located for exploring Montcuq on foot.
  • Le Manoir de Malagorse, a 19th-century manor house-turned-B&B, is light and airy and filled with furniture specially selected from local markets. The four rooms and two suites are welcoming and luxurious, homecooked breakfasts are fantastic, and dinner is available two nights a week. There's even a hot tub and sauna. Near to Rocamadour.
  • Mas de Garrigue is a wisteria-clad farmhouse dating back to the 15th Century. An extensive renovation has yielded romantic guestrooms and indulgent bathrooms nestled under exposed beams and vaulted fireplaces. A very special B&B for couples.
  • Maison Forte is a gorgeous white-stone country house with two guestrooms. Think epic rural views, a refreshing swimming pool and lovely breakfasts on the terrace. A blend of classic charm and contemporary cool, this is a delightful B&B choice near Montcuq.
  • Le Métairie des Songes is a charming rural B&B offering quintessentially French interiors and spectacular food near Gourdon. Four individually styled rooms are filled with antiques and decorated with pretty chintz fabrics. The owners also offer fabulous four-course dinners, crafted from local ingredients.
  • Les Hauts de Saulies offers five elegant guestrooms in an 18th-century manor house. Just 18km from Cahors, the house has a swimming pool, gym, library and cosy firelit lounge for relaxed evenings in. A romantic B&B choice.

For Foodies

  • Le Pont de L'Ouysse sits at the foot of a cliff on the edge of the Ouysse River; it's a family-owned spot with a terrific Michelin-starred restaurant. Savour truffles foraged by the family or delicious roasted pigeon and seasonal vegetables in the shade of the trees. Charming and restful.
  • Château de Mercuès boasts beautifully decorated rooms in a medieval castle. Chef Julien Poisot's Le Duèze restaurant specialises in innovative modern cuisine, showcasing the best of the Lot region's produce paired with local wines. Magical.
  • Château de La Treyne is a striking spot, set within 300 acres of woodland, on the banks of the Dordogne River
  • Chef Stéphane Andrieux serves delectable gourmet fare, and guests can enjoy the swimming pool, tennis court or unwinding in opulent or contemporary guestrooms. Luxury for foodies and couples.
  • Le Domaine de Saint-Géry sits on 170 acres of leafy grounds in the southern part of the Lot region. A romantic hideaway, where chef-owner Patrick Duler prides himself on growing truffles, olives and grapes, as well as raising livestock. The farm's produce steers the hotel's delicious dishes. For foodies who will appreciate an organic, home-grown focus.


  • Le Troubadour is a converted 18th-century farmhouse with ten guestrooms and three gîtes. Just a few minutes walk from the town centre, this friendly spot offers an inviting terrace restaurant and a refreshing outdoor pool. A flexible, laid-back choice for families or groups.
  • Le Grézalide offers individually decorated rooms with space for families or groups on extra single beds. Set in the Parc Naturel des Causses du Quercy this is a top spot for keen hikers, horse riders and mountain bikers of all ages. A great value family holiday base.
  • Le Relais St. Anne is a lovely former school in Martel. Set in gorgeous parkland, the property offers a four-bedroom cottage as well as a duplex which sleeps up to four guests. Cook up a storm in your private kitchen after pool swims and garden strolls as a family. Perfect for small groups.
  • Domaine de la Rhue is an eight bedroom gîte with simple, traditional interiors and lots of space for a large group of friends or extended family. Expect a swimming pool, large lawn and direct access to surrounding Natural Park of the Gramat Causse. Brilliant for relaxed group getaways and events.
  • Hôtel-Spa Le Saint Cirq can be lovely for couples, but family suites and multi-room apartments make it a top family choice. Enjoy swimming pools, a restorative spa, proximity to Malbec vineyards and an inviting restaurant. For active guests of all ages.


  • Domaine de Labarthe offers gorgeous, individually decorated rooms and gîtes surrounded by vineyards and immaculate gardens. The stone manor house features large sash windows, antique furnishings and lovely bathrooms. Unwind in the pool before savouring delicious dishes with local wines. Close to Cahors.
  • La Vayssade is a lovely, family-run collection of pretty rooms and gîtes with pitched ceilings and cosy corners for unwinding. Guests are invited to explore the leafy grounds, enjoy the pool and hot tub, go horse riding or gather for dinner and truffle-foraging in season. Rural bliss with wonderful hosts.
  • La Terrasse is a stunning converted castle in Meyronne with mesmerising views over the Dordogne River. A romantic retreat with a swimming pool, gourmet restaurant and traditional guestrooms.
  • Les Vielles Tours offers pretty rooms, a duplex and a two-bedroom suite in a 17th-century manor house. Set in the hamlet of Lafage, the hotel boasts breathtaking views, chic contemporary interiors, great food and a relaxing pool. For a rural break in a stunning setting.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Toulouse Blagnac Airport, and journey by bus, train or car to your destination in the Lot region.
  • The Lot area is great for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the spring or summer for the best weather, with temperatures ranging between 20 and 28°C in June to August. May or September-October are ideal for quieter trips. Avoid the school holidays and peak summer if you can; this is easily the busiest time of year.



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Best Hotels in Lot

  • Le Pont de L'Ouysse Lot 12 rooms from £67

    Great walks  -  The Rivery Ouysse is lined with lovely footpaths and gardens
    Sights nearby  -  Chateau de Montal and Saint-Céré are well worth a visit.
    Restaurant  -  A gourment Michelin-starred restaurant on site.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    Nestled beneath the Belcastel Castle and beside the Ouysse River there is magic in the air at this charming hotel. The rooms are bright and crisp with gleaming hardwood floors and gorgeous views. It boasts a Michelin starred restaurant, outdoor pool & hot tub. See More

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  • Le Troubadour Rocamadour, Lot 10 rooms from £73

    Families  -  Children's menus in the restaurant, baby sitting available.
    Sights nearby  -  Chapelle Notre-Dame, Grottes de Lacave.
    Kayaking  -  On the Dordogne River.
    Restaurant  -  Local French cuisine.
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    A traditional stone building with blue shutters and ivy clad terraces in the heart of the Dordogne. Charming rooms have stone floors and iron bedsteads. Local produce served in the restaurant, outdoor pool, tennis court, billiards, and many activities around. A fantastic spot for families. See More

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  • Les Vieilles Tours Rocamadour, Lot 15 rooms from £65

    Views  -  Panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.
    Local exploring
    Restaurant  -  Inventive regional cuisine.
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A beautiful 17th century manor house set in the middle of a national park. Charming traditional rooms have stone walls, attractive fabrics, and wooden beams. Pretty parkland, panoramic valley views, swimming pool, and excellent local cuisine. An ideal spot for exploring. See More

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  • Hotel Le Saint Cirq Tour-de-Faure, Lot 22 rooms from £78

    Families  -  Family rooms sleep three and four people.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Pech Merle Cave, Marcilhac-sur-Cele Abbey and Cahors Cathedral. .
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    A fabulously positioned near the Malbec vineyards, on a river bank, and with stunning views up to the hills around. A selection of rooms, triples, family suites, and a fully equipped apartment, all in chic creams with elegant furnishings. Fantastic surrounding restaurants and wineries. See More

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  • Le Metairie des Songes Gourdon 4 rooms from £80

    Foodies  -  A foodie haven with exceptional home cooking show casing local produce at its best.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the prehistoric artworks in the nearby cave system, Grottes de Cougnac.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat tour along the Dordogne starting from La Roque-Gageac.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Jardins de Marqueyssac.
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    A charming rural B&B offering quintessentially french interiors and spectacular food. Individually styled rooms are filled with antiques and decorated with chintz fabrics and soft hues. Gourmet meals are served six times a week and are accompanied by an exemplary wine list. See More

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  • Le Grezalide Grezes, Lot 19 rooms from £74

    Country Escape  -  Set in a charming park with solar powered swimming pool and yummy regional cuisine using fresh local produce.
    Sights nearby  -  The amazing Pech Merle Cave is twelve miles away with an abundance of prehistoric drawings.
    Great walks  -  Spend long days walking through the stunning parklands and along the riverbank.
    Fishing  -  Bring your rods, there is excellent fishing all along the Lot river.
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    Beautiful rural hotel situated in the Parc Naturel des Causses du Quercy. The rooms are appointed with elegant furnishings and tasteful contemporary art. Take a horse ride through the surrounding parkland or nearby visit fascinating prehistoric caves. Stunningly good value. See More

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  • La Terrasse Meyronne, Lot 15 rooms from 90

    Romantic Break
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Spectacularly romantic chateau with magnificent views over the Dordogne. Fantastic gourmet food served from terraces or in the vaulted-ceiling restaurant. Stone-walled bedrooms with parquet floors, wooden beams and soft fabrics. Very special, utterly romantic. See More

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  • La Vayssade Lalbenque 5 rooms from £82

    Local exploring  -  Well situated in quiet spot with good connections across the region.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the surrounding Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy.
    Tennis  -  Play a game of tennis on one of the two courts available at Lalbenque.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Renaissance castles of Cieurac and Cénevières.
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    A family-run converted stone barn set in a vast park of truffle oaks. Interiors are traditional, yet chic, with a choice selection of antiques, exposed stonework and white washed walls. Sample exemplary contemporary fare in the four course dinners and spend days discovering the region. See More

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  • Le Relais St Anne Martel, Lot 6 rooms from £87

    Private Hot Tub  -  Some of the bedrooms have hot tub bath tubs
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A former school set in gorgeous parkland, this charming property offers a four-bedroom cottage and a duplex for families and friends. Spaces are appealing and traditional, with well-equipped kitchens and access to the swimming pool & large gardens. A relaxing, low-key spot for families or groups. See More

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  • Manoir de Malagorse Cuzance, Lot 6 rooms from £103

    Families  -  The apartment is ideal for families, with a kitchen to prepare picnics before setting off riding, cycling or on a truffle hunt
    Cooking classes  -  During season, enjoy truffle hunt with trained dogs, visit a local market and then return to hotel to prepare a meal with them
    Fishing  -  Trout, pike and carp fishing in river Lot. Hotel can advise on local regulations
    Great walks  -  Through the Natural Park in Quercy
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel, Fodors

    A beautiful B&B in a 19th century mansion. Large, contemporary rooms have wooden floors, four posters and superb bathrooms in slate. Outdoor pool, enormous gardens, and a peaceful sun terrace. Fantastic regional cuisine with local wines. Elegant, chic and quiet. See More

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  • Les Hauts de Saulies Vers, Lot 5 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  An elegant rural property offering tranquility and charm.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the prehistoric artworks in Pech Merle' cave.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    Recommended by  -  Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC

    A picturesque blue shuttered rural property set in picturesque gardens. Elegant rooms are simply styled with block colours, minimal furniture and large sash windows. There's a cosy fire-lit lounge for the winter months and an outdoor pool for summers. A delightful spot to explore the region from. See More

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  • Mas De Garrigue Calvignac, Lot 5 rooms from £112

    Country Escape  -  A rural idyll boasting fantastic food, a fabulous selection of wines, charming interiors and friendly hosts.
    Sailing  -  Take a cruise down the river from the nearby village of Bouziès.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the historic towns of Cajarc, Figeac and Limogne.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 are welcomed on request
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC

    A wisteria clad 15th-century farmhouse set in picturesque Lot. Charming hosts are ever hospitable and provide sumptuous evening meals. Rooms are rustic chic decorated with a choice selection of antiques. Find plenty to explore in the region (that's if you can tear yourself away). See More

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  • Maison Forte Montcuq en Quercy Blanc 2 rooms from £125

    Country Escape  -  A pretty rural house in a beautiful part of France.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the prehistoric art in the Pech Merle caves.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  Chambres d’hôtes de Charme CHC

    A pretty white-stone country house boasting fabulous views of picturesque rolling hills. Housing just two immaculately styled rooms which mix traditional and contemporary styles. Spend days lounging by the pool, curled up with a good book or exploring the culturally rich region. See More

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  • Domaine de Saint-Gery Lot from £132

    Foodies  -  A spot where the world's best chef's come to holiday. Enough said.
    Great walks  -  Build an appetite on long walks starting straight from the property.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    A gastronomic delight spanning across 170 acres in a remote part of southern Lot. The owner (and chef) has created an agricultural area amidst the woodlands growing truffles, olives and grapes (for wine naturally). The rooms are traditional yet luxurious and the food is undoubtedly good. See More

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  • Four Maison d'Hôtes Montcuq 4 rooms from £117

    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Lot valley, on your doorstep
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    As the name suggests, four modern, chicly furnished rooms in an ancient building hidden away in Montcuq's side streets. Owner managed means personal touches, delicious breakfasts of local organic produce and dinners on request. A stylish base to explore the beautiful Lot countryside. See More

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  • Domaine de Labarthe Cahors 6 rooms from £130

    Country Escape  -  Lounge by the pool, sip on regional wines and dine on delicious local food.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks starting straight from the property.
    Restaurant  -  Not a restaurant as such but dinners are served
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A beautiful light stone country house set in immaculately kept gardens. Spacious rooms are individually styled but all feature large sash windows, antiques and luxurious bathrooms. Superb dinners are served along with regional wines and there's a large pool to lounge besides too. See More

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  • Chateau de Mercues Cahors (Lot) 30 rooms from £264

    Wine tasting  -  Taste the Malbec wines of Cahors in the grand cellars of hotel. The chateau produces some of the region's best.
    Foodies  -  Tours, tasting and workshops of the three main treats of the region: Truffles, Saffron and Malbec
    Restaurant  -  La Dueze Restaurant holds one Michelin Star. Book the Chef's Table for a special occasion
    Fishing  -  Upon Lot River; hotel can advise on local regulations
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A sumptuous hotel in 13th century castle. Elegant rooms have parquet floors, antiques and regal drapes, excellent bathrooms. Chapel, outdoor pool, tennis court, gardens and terrace. Simple, yet exquisite French cuisine in the restaurant, lovely bar. A must for foodies and wine lovers. See More

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  • Chateau de la Treyne Lacave, Lot 17 rooms from £260

    Local exploring  -  Abundance of outdoor activities from riding, canoeing on the river, wine tasting, or just wandering the stunning grounds
    Birdwatching  -  Eagle Rock, which is home to more than 400 birds, representing 60 different species
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the towns of Domme, medieval Sarlat and Rocamadour
    Great walks  -  Walk through the castle’s 300 acres of woodland
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors, Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    Gorgeous chateau right on the Dordogne river. Elegant bedrooms feature original French antiques, creamy fabrics and garden views. Tennis court, outdoor pool, sun terrace and 300 acres of woodland. Sublime gourmet French cuisine in ambient dining room. Utterly charming. See More

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  • Domaine de la Rhue Rocamadour 1 rooms from £685

    Groups  -  An eight-bedroom house with swimming pool, perfect for big group getaways
    Sights nearby  -  A few mins from the pilgrimage of Rocamadour and the villages of oubressac, Carennac, Autoire, Martel, Collonge-la-Rouge, Domme.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
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    A country house in the middle of a Natural Park. Eight charming stable-conversion bedrooms offer stacks of space for groups travelling together. An outdoor pool, extensive lawn and easy access to nearby restaurants and the park make this a wonderfully relaxing base. Excellent value for exploring. See More

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