In 2004 having owned Triumphs and Morgans for over 20 years, Lyn & Graham decided to combine their love of France, classic cars and experience in organising classic car tours to France (Lyn was the East Anglian Centre Secretary of the Morgan Sports Car Club) to develop La Rose des Vents, with the facilities to satisfy the most discerning classic car owner.
They know first hand, what it is like to travel with limited luggage space, so everything is provided: pool towels, picnic rugs, hampers, umbrellas, a book of prepared scenic routes of this beautiful area, secure undercover parking and access to a garage and tools for running repairs. Even your weekend shopping can be organised ready for your arrival.
Active in the local classic car scene, guests are always invited to attend any local rallies/classic car events being held during their stay - the 4 hr lunches have proved to be a shock to some guests!
Guests can reserve a cottage on a self catering basis, or if they wish, book one of the classic car tours available. Staying in luxury accommodation - you can enjoy all the benefits of an organised tour, breakfast and dinner included (some at local restaurants) but with the flexibility of more than just a hotel room to call your own - a fully equipped cottage with private gardens, your own heated swimming pool and the facilites to prepare meals/BBQ from the delicious produce and specialities available in the local markets if you wish.
This is fantastic driving country with empty roads and beautiful scenery, The scenic routes take you off the beaten track, through vineyards, picturesque countryside and unspoilt villages. Everything is organised for you, including a detailed itinerary and roadbook, guided tours of places of interest, first class cuisine and reserved parking.
Tours can be organised for small groups of friends/classic car members of 4-12 cars on request, during May, June, September & October, when the weather is balmy and an ideal time to explore this beautiful Region.
In addition to the cottages, there are 3 chambre d'hote rooms in the Manor House (also available for classic car owners, stopping over in the area, seeking a restful night's sleep and a delicious dinner), and if the group comprises more than 8 couples, there is additional luxury accommodation within 15 minutes drive which can be arranged.
In 2005, Lyn & Graham organised their first "Circuit des Remparts Special" in Angouleme which has proved very popular and is always a sell out, but there are also 4 other tours to choose from and if you cannot decide which tour you prefer, just contact Lyn to discuss your requirements,as she is very happy to design bespoke tours to suit individual groups.
Over the years many classic car enthusiastes and members of Classic Car Clubs have found their way to La Rose des Vents, from around the world and the beautiful cars have ranged from Ferraris, MGs, TVRs, Triumphs, Jaguars, pre war Lagondas, Austin Healeys, and of course many Morgans!
So, if you would like to enjoy a friendly, well organised, high quaility but affordable tour just click on the following links to discover the detailed itineraries:
Offering an introduction to this beautiful Region, the tour visits La Rochelle and the beautiful Il de Re; Brantome & Aubeterre in the Dordogne, the historic naval centre at Rochefort, medieval Pons, the bastide of Talmont, and the Atlantic coast at Royan - not forgetting a guided tour and tasting at Hennessy or Otard in Cognac.
Since 2005, Lyn & Graham have been organising their "Circuit des Remparts Special". A must for classic car owners and previous years have all been a sell out. Join them the third weekend in September for a week to explore the delights of the Charente Maritime, and the excitement of the historic Circuit des Remparts, classic car race meeting held in Angouleme. Admire the entrants of the Concourse d' elegance; participate in the 200 km Charente Tourist Rally and enjoy the adrenaline charged racing on the Sunday. Not forgetting the annual lunch in the garden with local classic car enthusiastes!
Seven stunning days to explore South West France - this time with the emphasis on gastronomy, sampling the best local specialities, wines and cognacs available. Join us on a tour through one of the great wine lists of the world!
This tour offers you the opportunity of taking seven days to explore an area rich in history from Roman amphitheatres, medieval towns and Renaissance chateaux, Bordeaux the city of light, and modern Royan rebuilt following WW2, driving deserted roads through vineyards to the Atlantic beaches.
This rally organised in May offered a week of gentle driving and good food. In September 2012, intrepid Lagonda members, braved awful weather and a Brittany Ferry strike , to pave the way. In 2013, the tour was fully catered, restaurants were all Michelin listed or Table Gourmand de Poitou, and scenic routes included visits to chateaux, stunning gardens, the il de Re, a riverboat trip, and naturally lots of opportunities to sample the local cognac, pineau and wines.
TRACK DAY OPTION
Jean Pierre Beltoise (ex Formula 1 driver, former Monaco Grand Prix winner and co-driver with Sir Jackie Stewart at Matra) has opened an F1 homolgenated circuit just 45 minutes from La Rose des Vents. This state of the art race circuit set in 200 hectares, provides a 2.3 km long race circuit, compelte with fully equipped paddock, plus a 1.1 km karting circuit equipped with electric karts. www.circuitdehautesaintonge.com
Should you wish to enjoy a track day during your stay at La Rose des Vents, please contact Lyn or Graham as soon as possible on how to book your place, as the "Open Days" are extremely popular.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The business was established in 2005 and as a"tour operator" we are governed by "The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations" 1992 (SI 1992 No 3288) As a consequence we are required by law to protect clients' pre-payments. We do this by ensuring that all monies paid to us by a client are held in a separate clients' deposit trust account from which they are only withdrawn on completion of the contract, defined as the end of the Tour. The client trust account is held by our bank in the UK.