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12th Century Templar Watchtower And Manor House With Stunning Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Historic House For 8 - 15, Plus Garden, Veranda And Pool

By 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.

Richard Hamilton-Wentges
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 February, 2017

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 Lot

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.


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(1 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
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1 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
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1 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £423

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Martin-de-Vers in Midi-Pyrenees

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 296 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite 1 -
    Ensuite 2 -
    Ensuite 3 -
    Bathroom - Bath with Shower
  • All en-suites have a shower cabinet, washbasin, mirror and w.c. as well as fan assisted heater/towel rail. The St Jacques Suite has a luxury bathroom with a bath tub as well as all the above. All bathrooms are supplied with generous towels, bath mats etc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • The four main bedrooms comprise the following:- Garden Room - with double four-poster bed & adjoining bathroom. Rose Room - double bed with en-suite and view over garden. King Henry's Room - double four-poster bed and en-suite. St.Jacques Suite - double bed with large sitting dining area and en-suite bathroom with bathtub. Should you wish to bring a larger party the following extra accommodation is available for a supplement:- the Grenier, an attic twin bedroom with ensuite and the Tower Room at the top of the Tower as well as La Chaumière ( Garden Cottage ) with two double rooms with en-suites and a kitchen/living area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Limited mobility: At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.

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