Where to Buy in France – Montcuq: Buying Hotspots

Where to Buy in France – Montcuq: Buying Hotspots


Natural wonders, rocky landscapes, lush meadows and over 2,000km of waterways, Lot has a rugged beauty all of its own. It’s long been in the shadow of its popular neighbour Dordogne, but with more open spaces, fewer people and cheaper house prices, it’s becoming a serious contender for those looking for somewhere off the beaten track to start their new life in France.

To the west, in the region known as Quercy Blanc, and 25 miles from Lot’s capital Cahors, is Montcuq. This vibrant tourist destination is currently attracting a lot of attention from buyers. It’s a historic town that has grown up around the remains of an ancient castle, its narrow streets and alleyways lined with medieval halftimbered houses.

Beautiful Montcuq is a great base for all the delights this département has to offer – not least nearby Lauzerte, one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. At Lot’s unspoilt heart is Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park, where you can reconnect with nature on foot, mountain bike or horseback along the more than 1,000km of paths that cover this vast terrain. Other highlights include gravity-defying clifftop villages such as Rocamadour and Saint-Cirq Lapopie (a Village préféré des français) and the river Dordogne on which you can take a boat and drift past castles, fortresses and waterfalls.

Toulouse, Brive and Bergerac airports all serve Lot. If you wanted to travel here by train, the TGV from Paris to Cahors takes about five hours. The weather in Lot is not dissimilar to the south of England: fairly mild winters and moderate summers, which can be long and warm, with rain in spring.

In and around Montcuq you’ll find property types from medieval town houses to villas with pools and character country residences with lots of land. We’ve spotted a modern three-bedroom home based in the town itself for €261,250, while at the other end of the spectrum one of Montcuq’s oldest properties – a five-bedroom stone house – has come onto the market for €395,000. You can find doer-uppers here, too, starting at €70,000. Out of town, you can bag a poolside villa for €250,000-€450,000, a farmhouse with land from €200,000 and a gîte business from €325,000. Something a bit more grand will set you back €700,000 plus.

Lot is certainly beginning to give Dordogne a run for its money, and Montcuq could be one to watch…

With thanks to our partner agencies in Montcuq

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Lead photo credit : Montcuq - Office de Tourisme Cahors Vallée du Lot

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