The Classic Car Tour of the Charente and Charente Maritime offers a programme which commences with arrival on Saturday late afternoon, at La Rose des Vents with tea and cakes served in the garden. In the evening a welcome 4 course dinner with aperitifs and wine will be served in the Manor House.
Sunday, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, before exploring the ancient streets and mansions, museums and Romanesque architecture of Cognac. Enjoy lunch in one of the many cafes/restaurants clustered around the fountain in the centre. In the afternoon a tour of one of the world famous Cognac Houses (Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martell, or Otard (located in the Chateau du Cognac) includes a tasting. Dinner will be be taken in a lovely restaurant with terrace overlooking the River Charente.
Monday, a scenic drive to the Chic Il de Re, driving over the famous toll bridge to wander through an unspoiled island of sandy beaches, whitewashed houses and take in the atmosphere of the bustling harbours lined with art galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon drive into La Rochelle and discover the “Vieux Port” guarded by magnificent towers, linger in a quayside restaurant and wander through the ancient arcaded shopping centre.
Tuesday, a scenic run along twisting roads through vineyards and forests to the Dordogne, where you can visit picturesque Brantome and it’s magnificent abbey, and Aubeterre sur Dronne, one of the prettiest villages in France, with it’s steep lanes, tiered houses and flower decked balconies. Here you can visit one of the most spectacular sights in the Charente – the 12th century church of St Jean with its 66’ underground nave.
Wednesday, in the morning a private guided tour of nearby Chateau Chesnel by the Comtesse de Roufignac the resident owner has been arranged.. Return to La Rose des Vents for lunch/BBQ in the garden. The rest of the day is free to relax around the pool, play a game of boules or take an optional scenic run to Saintes, a historic town built in the 1st century and famous for it’s Roman amphitheatre (excellent shopping centre in the old town!).
Thursday, join us on a scenic run to Rochefort, where you can visit La Corderie Royal, built in 1666 to make the rigging for the great warships, the Maritime Museum and the arsenal which includes the oldest masonry dry dock in the world. The docks where L’Hermione, General Lafayette’s frigate, (in which he sailed to the Americas in 1780) has been reconstructed using traditional methods.
Friday, scenic run to picturesque Verteuil sur Charente, where the magnificent Chateau,with its breathtaking turrets, looms over the village. A gourmet Lunch will be taken in a riverside restaurant. In the afternoon continue to Tusson which sits on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. Wander through the pretty streets of 15th and 18th century houses and follow “Le Circuit Fleuri” which takes in some of the stunning gardens as well as the monastic garden and historic Abbaye, not forgetting to visit the artisans and potters who live here.
|The tariff of £1,150 per person (based on a minimum of 4 people sharing one cottage in May, June or September) includes:
MANOR COTTAGE and ROSE COTTAGE are fully equipped for self catering, so you can enjoy local delicacies bought in the local shops and markets, or sample the excellent local restaurants on the three days when an evening meal/lunch is not included.
If your group comprises more than 4 couples, additional accommodation is available in the MANOR HOUSE, and we also have links with other luxury cottages, within 5 minutes' drive where additional accommodation can be arranged.
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