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LAGONDA CHARENTE  RALLY MAY 2013

20% DISCOUNT ON BRITTANY FERRIESS CROSSINGS

In  September 2012 the Lagonda Club stayed with us and  enjoyed  our Classic Tour of the Charente Maritime,  so much that another group of these beautiful cars returned in 2013 and this itinerary is an example of a bespoke tour,  tailor made to their requirements.  This tour was fully catered, and included lunches in gourmet restaurants,  welcome dinner in the Manor House and  2 course suppers with wine on other nights (avoiding the need to drive!).

Saturday

4.30 pm arrive at La Rose des Vents, La Tacherie to welcome tea/coffee and cakes served in the garden.  Tour briefing and roadbooks issued. 

In the evening, aperitif, 4 course dinner with wine, coffee & cognac served in the Manor House

Sunday

An opportunity to explore the town of Cognac,- walking route of Vieux Cognac supplied;  reserved parking.  Guests can enjoy a light lunch at a restaurant of  their choice.  Guided tour of Otard or Hennessy Cognac House, with Cognac tasting.

In the evening,  3 course dinner with  aperitif, wine, & coffee  served in a riverside restaurant

Monday

Step back in time to the island of Re, reminiscent of the 17th century.  Stop in La Flotte for coffee and walk round the old covered market before driving into St Martin de Re.  3 course lunch taken at the aclaimed "La Baleine Bleu" (excl drinks)

In the evening  a 2 course supper with wine served in the cottage

Tuesday

Scenic run to the picturesque town of Verteuil with it's fairy tale chateau, old mill and galleries to explore.  Lunch  taken at the Couvert des Cordeliers.  En route, stop in the medieval town of Tusson to visit the monastery gardens.

In the evening a Burgundy wine tasting with finger buffet  served in the garden/or Manor House

Wednesday

Visit to Chateau Chesnel for a guided tour by the resident owner La Comtesse de Rouffignac, followed by  a Pineau tasting.  Lunch  taken at the Bistro de Claude, reserved parking in Cognac. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip along the river Charente in a Gabarre. a flat bottomed boat which used to ferry salt and Cognac.  Visit to the Espace Decouverte and the Museum des Arts.  In the evening a 2 course  supper with wine, served in the cottage.

Thursday

Explore the medieval streets of St Jean d'Angely before enjoying lunch in the Michelin listed restaurant La Scorlion.  Parking has been reserved in the adjacent Abbey courtyard.  In the afternoon a scenic drive along the valley of the river Boutonne to discover the Chateau and Jardins of Dampierre

In the evening, enjoy a 2 course supper with wine, served in the cottage

Friday

Scenic drive along the river Charente through Jarnac, Bassac and Segonzac finishing with a visit to the Jardins du Chaigne.  Lunch  taken at the Restaurant du Chateau in Jarnac. 

In the evening a 2 course supper with wine served in the  cottage

Saturday

Depart after breakfast

The Tariff included  7 nights accommodation in a luxury cottage  with private faclites, all reserved restaurant meals (drinks not included), suppers incl wine, wine tasting, entry fees to places of interest and roadbook