Charente Maritime cottages, France

Classic car accommodation, France

Luxury Holiday Cottages and B & B
Classic Car Tours & Morgan Classic Car Hire
Charente, Maritime, SW France

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Thursday 12th September 2024 for 7 nights

Since 2005 we have been organising our annual "Circuit des Remparts Special" tour to attend the famous Circuit des Remparts classic race meeting at Angouleme.  A must for classic car enthusiasts.

Join us on 12th September 2024 for 7 nights to explore the delights of the Charente Maritime and in particular, the excitement of the  historic Circuit des Remparts classic car race held in Angouleme, when the town fills with racing enthusiasts for the annual gathering of vintage and classic cars. Modern safety equipment has replaced the hay bales and wooden fences but otherwise the circuit remains unchanged since the first race in 1939.

 Arrive on Thursday afternoon to welcome tea/coffee and home made cakes. In the evening enjoy aperitifs and a welcome 4 course dinner with wine, coffee & Cognac served in the Manor House. 

Friday, take time out to enjoy a guided tour of the Chateau and Cognac  tasting at Baron Otard before exploring  the town of Cognac. In the evening  drive into Angouleme to watch the Concours d'Elegance - the cars gather in the centre of town for the judging of both the cars and their occupants, dressed in style. Choose from a great variety restaurants for dinner. 


On Saturday morning, we return to Angouleme to join the 200 km Rallye. About 300 classic cars enter this rally and tour the Charente countryside along roads lined with cheering bystanders. The route takes you past castles and manor houses, through century old forests and vineyards bordering the river Charente with checkpoints and refreshment stops along the way, and a gourmet lunch is included.


Sunday, the highlight of the weekend.  We take a scenic run to Angouleme, (just  40 minutes drive away), to experience the excitement of this historic road race when the whole town becomes one enormous classic car meet with displays of classic cars. Tour the paddocks and watch the racing from your reserved seat in the Grandstands. Car Parking is reserved in the centre of town and at mid day join us in a traditional French Bistro, so that you enjoy lunch and then return to your Grandstand seat in time for the racing.

Monday morning, a private tour of Chateau Chesnel has been organised, when the resident owner, the Comtesse du Rouffignac, will give you a guided tour of her beautiful home, followed by a Cognac & Pineau tasting. Then return to La Rose des Vents, to join local classic car enthusiasts  for our  traditional  4 course lunch with apertifs and wine served in the garden. 

The rest of the week is free for you explore the area – a range of prepared scenic runs are available to explore this beautiful area, and Cognac, Saintes, La Rochelle, Il de Re, Royan and Bordeaux are all within easy reach.


The tariff of £1,150 per person (based on a minimum of 4 people sharing one cottage) includes:
  • 7 nights accommodation in a  luxury cottage (additional accommodation is also available in the Manor House) 
  • Continental breakfast each morning
  • Welcome tea/coffee and home made cakes on arrival 
  • Welcome 4 course dinner with aperitif and wine, coffee & Cognac, served in the Manor House
  • Guided tour and Cognac tasting at Baron Otard
  • Entry into the  Rally, (iRallye des Doyennes, Rallye des Legends or Rallye International depending on age of car) ; offical rally plaque and gourmet lunch. 
  • Reserved grandstand seat and paddock pass
  • Reserved classic car parking on Sunday
  • Souvenir programme for the Circuit des Remparts weekend
  • 3 course lunch in traditional French Bistro on race day
  • Private tour and  Pineau tasting at Chateau Chesnel
  • 4 course lunch with aperitif and wine with local classic car enthusiasts served in the garden at La Rose des Vents

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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