The Hidden Gem Of Monclar De Quercy…


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.



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.


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.





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…..

The Hidden Gem of Monclar de Quercy

Want to discover more about Monclar De Quercy? Click here.

Click here for my Tripadvisor review.



Photo courtesy of La Forestière

Photo courtesy of La Forestière

Photo courtesy of La Forestière

Photo courtesy of La Forestière

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52 thoughts 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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    1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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