Pech Sirech was built in the 17th century by the Guiscard family, 'sieurs' of the Château de Grezels, a huge and beautiful castle visible from the kitchen window. It has been in our family since the 1960s and is usually shortened to 'Pech'.
The house came into the family when it was bought by Roger and Hermione Piat, grandparents of Paul (the current owner), almost exactly 50 years ago. Much loved, first as a home and then as a countryside retreat, Pech has been enjoyed by four generations of our family and friends. It can be a place for contemplation in the peace and quiet of rural France, or it can be a base for fun, relaxation and parties.
The local area, the Lot Valley, is carpeted with vineyards and sunflowers, dotted with beautiful villages and threaded with winding lanes. The hills of the Causses du Quercy, on which Pech rests, are covered with trees and interspersed with sunny wildflower meadows, perfect for walks and picnics. Activities range from boating and kayaking on the Lot to buying antiques in village square markets, stopping for fishing and tennis via the steam museum and a visit to a chateau on the way—you will never run out of things to do, even on the rare days that it rains!
If you are more keen on relaxation than activity then you cannot do better than drink local wine (bought from any nearby farm) by the pool or on the terrace. Pech is private without being isolated: the nearest settlement, sleepy St Jean, is a kilometre away at the bottom of the hill. The nearest neighbour is 500m away across the vineyards.
There are large supermarkets just 15 minutes’ drive from the house, in the villages of Puy L’Eveque and Praysac, to keep you well stocked. For more refined tastes there are butchers' shops, bakeries and greengrocers' shops in the villages, as well as weekly food markets. There are also several restaurants to suit all budgets, including a bistro a fifteen minute walk away at the local chateau.
Pech is our spiritual home, and we would love for you to come and share it with us.