Facing the church, in the delightful hamlet of St. Martin de Vers, rises a 12th-century Templar watchtower with sensational views. A charming walled garden surrounds it – a riot of colour in summer – with a barbecue terrace, and a discreetly placed, yet generous swimming pool. Fill this manor house with your family and friends: the interiors may be magnificent and the style 'chateau', but the décor feels homely not daunting. Simple stone walls are set off by period oak furniture - big rugs top wooden floors and the sitting room is baronial, with huge comfy white sofas around a Godin wood-burning stove, in the fireplace at one end, while high-backed dining chairs and pewter candlesticks grace a massive oak dining table at the other. In between generous William Morris curtains frame windows overlooking the garden. An adjoining small, but perfect first-floor kitchen opens on to a veranda with blissful views. Gleaming oak stairs in the tower link four double bedrooms that boast carved four-posters from the set of 'The Tudors ' and views over the medieval village, yet offer all the modern comforts of ensuite bathrooms with large, fluffy towels.( A twin room with ensuite and a lofty single bedroom at the top of the tower with stunning views are also available ) If you plan to bring a larger party a cosy cottage in the garden ( only let in conjunction with the main house ) offers two extra bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and its own kitchen/ livingroom for a supplement.
Historic House For 8 - 15, Plus Garden, Veranda And Pool
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- 19 Jan 2019
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.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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.
Wonderful house in a beautiful village - very peaceful.
House contained everything we needed and plenty of space. Garden is a lovely suntrap for all hours of the day.
2 adults and 4 teenagers had a great week with lots of outdoor activities in the surrounding area.
Wonderful House for Wonderful Friends
we were of group of eight friends enjoying every minute in this beautiful house! Even though it was very hot during our stay, the old , thick walls did not let the heat in and of course the pool was fantastic! Also our host was very nice and welcoming! Thank you so much Richard!!!
We were delighted that Doris and her charming friends enjoyed their
stay at La Tour des Templiers. We try to ensure that all our guests are personally welcomed either by myself or one of our hospitality team.
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.
Additional pricing information
All rental payments to be made by bank internet transfer to our French Bank account A/C . Damage deposit to be paid at same time as balance of rental 60 days before start of holiday at La Tour des Templiers.