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The Hidden Gem Of Monclar De Quercy…

The unspoiled setting of the French countryside surrounding Monclar De Quercy is breathtaking. Read more...

 

The unspoiled setting of the French countryside surrounding Monclar De Quercy is breathtaking.

Illustrated by landscapes of sheer beauty emerging as picture postcard images, the natural surroundings of the Midi Pyrenees, boast grand mountains, lush valleys and flowing rivers.

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Occitanie / Midi Pyrenees, is the largest region in France, the capital being Toulouse. One hour north of Toulouse is the small town of Monclar De Quercy. It’s neighbouring historical towns, Montauban, Gaillac and Albi are great tourist destinations, showcasing traditional architecture and French style.

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If you ever get the chance to discover this amazing region, I would highly recommend staying at La Forestière.  A Bed &Breakfast and self-catered holiday accommodation (Gîte), owned and managed by husband and wife team, Monique and Frédéric. The property features three modern double suites and a separate villa with cooking facilities. La Forestière has a fully fenced pool for guests, trampoline (great for kids), volleyball net and beautiful gardens. All stays include a light home cooked breakfast. A three-course dinner with local wine can also be organised and prepared by Monique herself, at a reasonable cost. The food is all locally produced and sourced. Monique is a fabulous cook and I would definitely suggest you treat yourself to her home cooked French specialties. Meals are eaten together with the other guests, promoting social connections with fellow travellers. On warmer evenings, eating outside together under the vine draped patio, surrounded by the French countryside is an experience to remember.

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When visiting this region of France a few years ago, our itinerary included travelling from Paris to Barcelona, which was quite a distance, so we broke our journey and stayed two nights with Monique and Frédéric. We had planned a day trip to the holy city of Lourdes whilst staying at La Forestière. I remember being asked by our gracious hosts, why we were going to drive two hours each way to Lourdes, when instead we could explore the nearby towns, local markets and the beautiful lakes of Monclar De Quercy. At that stage of our journey we were limited with time and visiting Lourdes was a higher priority. Therefore, restricting the opportunity to explore beyond.

However,  bypassing these neighbouring towns, leaves me with a strong desire to return to the genuine and hospitable La Forestière once again. Hence, enabling me to discover in more depth the beauty and magic of the Midi -Pyrenees region of France. There will always be a next time…..

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Photo courtesy of La Forestière

Photo courtesy of La Forestière

Photo courtesy of La Forestière

Photo courtesy of La Forestière

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70 comments on “The Hidden Gem Of Monclar De Quercy…

  1. France is an amazing country and very diverse, check out the non-tourist areas and you will see the real France. We spent 3 months in Northern France housesitting. Certainly much different from our previous visits to Strasbourg, Nice to name a few areas. Big plus it is always cheaper 🙂

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  2. I love the few days we spent in France. I wish we could have seen more while we were there, it is great to hear about these smaller places that are worth a visit! I cannot wait to go back 🙂

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  3. This sounds like such a fun experience! And the landscape looks so serene and beautiful!

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  4. There’s so much to see everywhere. I do hope you get to return and explore the provincial areas closer to your hosts.

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  5. France is soooo pretty, love it.

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  6. Hi there!!
    I really like your blog and wanted to tell it you that I nominated you for Versatile Blogger Award here:
    https://thewanderingcore.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    I hope you will continue writing amazing blog for far far in the future.
    xx

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  7. Hi Lorelle, Great post , what a beautiful place!! looking forward to reading your posts and am so glad to follow your blog!

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  8. There are so many lovely places in France. Would like to explore more of this country. #wanderfulwednesday

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! It’s been way too long since I visited France – must rectify that soon!

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  10. Wow, such gorgeous colours and landscapes! 🙂 The French countryside always manages to surprise me, it’s just so charming.

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    • Definitely agree with you there Marcella. It’s a country I want to go back to and discover more regions. We were in The areas of Provence and saw so much in that week. It was just beautiful. But there is so much more. I can’t wait to do that eventually. Xx

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  11. Love how rustic and tranquil the place is!

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  12. I traveled around Aux en Provence years ago & totally fell in love. I’d love to see much more. Lovely post

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  13. Lovelyy !! France is sooo soo beautiful !

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  14. France really is just beautiful isn’t it?! 😍

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  15. Looks lovely and tranquil. 🙂

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  16. Loved this post! gets me so excited to hike the Camino de Santiago, while it will probably be next year before we go now, I know where I’m going to be returning to (your blog) for inspiration and stunning imagery of the French countryside. Thanks!

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  17. We love France and we want to visit more of it. This place looks beautiful!

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  19. angelanoelauthor

    Monique and Frédéric sound like amazing hosts! A home cooked meal and a generous spirit go a long way to making a trip even more special. The pictures are amazing. I want to go!

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  20. Such a beautiful place! I wish I could visit in the future!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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  21. What a gorgeous place to travel to!

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  22. I had to google where this was, but I love that field of flowers. Looks gorgeous.

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  24. bavariansojourn

    Living in the UK, we often take France for granted, and how easy it is to get to. It’s such a beautiful country, but I could never live there as I would be as huge as a house with all that lovely food! It really looks like you found a lovely place to stay! 🙂

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    • Oh you are very close. So lucky. It takes me a full year to plan a Europe holiday like that being so far away in Australia.
      I hear you about the food. French food is soooo good! Have a great week. 😉

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  25. This place is magnificent! This hidden gem is so picturesque! When’s the best time of the year to visit it?

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    • Hi Agnes. Yes it really is. I love the French country side, there is so much to see. I loved travelling in September as the Summer crowds have slowed down, so for me, that’s the best time to go. But if you like the crowds, then July/August is a great time to visit too.

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  26. Hello Lorelle,
    I see what you mean about wanting to return. This little village and your accommodation look stunning. The hospitality is such a huge part, feeling like you’re amongst family in another country.
    France is beautiful. I hope you can return there.
    Thank you for sharing…
    Di 💐✨💐

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  27. Hello Lorelle,
    I see what you mean about wanting to return. This little village and your accommodation look stunning. The hospitality is such a huge part, feeling like you’re amongst family in another country.
    France is beautiful. I hope you can return there.
    Thank you for sharing…
    Di 💐✨💐

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  28. I love seeing these photos of the french countryside, it’s so different from what I see here in Costa RIca

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