A short break in the Loire Valley, France

We have just hosted a group of six here at La Voyette. A cosy weekend for friends to get together, relax and catch up – here is their review.

A fantastic weekend in La Voyette. Denise and Kev are fabulous hosts who looked after us from the moment we arrived at the airport until we were safely dropped off back. Nothing is too much trouble. Fantastic food and wine- some of which we chose for ourselves on one of our wine tasting trips out with Kev. The house is warm and comfortable and was an ideal venue for our adult party of 6. Kev and Denise catered for us and the food was fabulous. We all ate and drank together, learning about France and the local area.
This is rural France as it’s best, even in February it’s a lovely area to visit.
Can’t recommend spending some time here enough.
Thank you Denise and Kev and hope to see you again soon. Nerissa and Dave

If you need to escape for a long weekend or mid-week break, then why not do the same. 

Bed, breakfast and a four-course evening meal including drinks with a visit to Chinon and a local cave to taste wine. A three day break special price 299 euros per person based on two people sharing a room (you will need to book and pay for your own flights into Tours or Poitiers). Please do not hesitate to get in touch

CHINON CLASSIC CAR & BIKE SHOW AND FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2020

Here in the Loire Valley the weekend of 20th and 21st June is a very eventful time in our nearest town Chinon which in itself is a most beautiful medieval town set alongside the Vienne river with an impressive Fortresse as its backdrop.
Chinon Classic car and bike show 19~21 June     An event based in the centre of Chinon, a section of the town is made into a promenade track so all these beautiful cars and bikes can be seen at their best. This is a free event and there is a wonderful atmosphere with Trade stands and food stalls situated alongside the river.
Fete de la Music 21st June    An event that takes place all over France and one that Chinon excels at, a music day set with the backdrop of the old town where any budding musicians can play and sing – you will find them throughout the day and into the evening in the squares and on the streets. This is also a free event.

We have a holiday package available for this wonderful weekend.

Day 1 – Friday 19th June You will be collected from Poitiers airport and driven back to our delightful Chambre D’Hote. You will be welcomed and shown to your room followed by a four-course evening meal with drinks when you can get to know your hosts and the house and garden.

Day 2 – Saturday 20th June – You will rise to a full continental breakfast. Today the exhibitors for the Chinon Classic rally will be arriving and they will spend most of the day driving around the local countryside. We will find ourselves a vantage point and set up there for an hour or so to watch (and hear them) drive by. Depending on the timing of the promenade we will take you either before or after on a tour of the local area to take in the views. A picnic hamper with drinks will be provided for lunch. We will head back to La Voyette for drinks and a four-course evening meal.

Day 3 – Sunday 21st June – You will firstly be served with a continental breakfast. Today will be spent in Chinon where the Classic Vehicles will be parked up in the square guarded by the impressive statue of Joan d’Arc the local heroine. They will then, according to certain categories, be driven at varying speed and agility around the ‘course’. There is a brilliant atmosphere which will be heightened this year with the fact that Fete de la Musique falls on the same day. We will book a table so that we eat out this evening (this cost is not included in our package).

Day 4 – Monday 22nd June – You will be served with a leisurely brunch so that you can relax and enjoy your morning Chez Nous and be driven back to the airport in plenty of time for your departure.

You will be required to book and pay for your own flights and we have based this package on flights arriving to and leaving from Poitiers Airport which Ryanair fly into from London Stanstead. We have three bedrooms with en suite facilities available in our delightful B & B and prices are based on two people sharing a room. Evening Meals with wine are included where stated as is a Picnic Hamper lunch on Day 2 of your stay. All other meals and drinks (light lunches) and the evening meal at a restaurant in Chinon on Sunday 21st are payable by yourselves. While here as our guests you will have the use of our large sitting room and a further reception room in which you can relax along with many places to sit in the garden. You will also have the use of our above ground swimming pool.

We can offer the above package to you at a price of 375 euros per person.

To book or for more information on this or any other holiday package follow this link

TOUR DE FRANCE 2020 in the Loire Valley

We are delighted to announce that this year Stage 11 (8th July) of the Tour de France starts in Chatelaillon~Plage and finishes in Poitiers and then starts at Chauvigny and continuing out of the region on the 9th (Stage 12). This means the race passes within an hour of La Voyette our Chambre d’hote in the Loire Valley.

We have created a holiday package available for a group of up to five people for this wonderful event.
You will be required to book and pay for your own flights and we have based this package on flights arriving to and leaving from Poitiers Airport which Ryanair fly into from London Stanstead. There are three twin bedrooms with en suite facilities available in our delightful B & B and prices are based on two people sharing a room. Evening Meals with wine are included where stated as is a Picnic Hamper lunch on Day 3 of your stay. All other meals (light lunches) and drinks while out and about are payable by yourselves. While here at La Voyette as guests you will have the use of our large sitting room and a further reception room in which you can relax along with many places to sit in the garden. You will also have the use of our hybrid bikes and above ground swimming pool as you require.

Day 1 – Monday 6th July
You will be collected from Poitiers airport (arrival time 16.45) and driven to our delightful Chambre D’hote. You will be welcomed and shown to your room followed by a four-course evening meal with drinks when you can get to know us, your hosts, and the house and garden.

Day 2 – Tuesday 7th July
After your continental breakfast we will take you into Chinon, our local town, where you can stroll around the medieval streets, visit the Fortresse and then maybe sit and have yourself some lunch and a glass of beer or wine (not included). After your break we will take you on a wine tour at a local vineyard or two where you will get the opportunity to taste the produce.
You will return to la Voyette for a relaxing evening and a four-course evening meal with drinks..

Day 3 – Wednesday 8th July
After a continental breakfast we will head off to our chosen location in plenty of time to settle ourselves into position on the route of the Tour de France. As is very traditional with the French, we will have a delightful picnic hamper and drinks while we soak up the atmosphere and hopefully the sun while we await the arrival of the ‘Caravan’ followed by the competitors themselves. At this stage of the day there could be a lone rider or two before the main peloton reaches us and its always fun to look out for the cyclists in their high-profile jerseys.
Once the cyclists and the long stream of supporting cars with spare bikes on roof racks have disappeared into the distance, we will make our way back to la Voyette for an evening of food and wine.

Day 4 – Thursday 9th July
Potentially an early start so we can take ‘breakfast’ with us to eat en route as we head down to our vantage point for Stage 12 of the race. We will be able to enjoy the difference atmosphere as we experience the beginning phase of a Stage and again watch the Caravan, competitors and support teams whiz past! We will meander back to la Voyette taking in views and stopping off for some lunch in a local town (not included in our price).
The rest of the day will be relaxing at la Voyette with an evening meal with drinks to look forward to at the end of a busy day!

Day 5 – Friday 10th July
You will start your final day with a relaxed Continental breakfast. You will then have the option of either enjoying your last morning relaxing at la Voyette or to be taken into Richelieu a wonderful walled town just fifteen minutes from us. Either way we will depart at 14.00 to make the journey to Poitier Airport where you will catch your 17.10 flight back to Stanstead (arriving back in England at 17.35!)

This holiday package, based on five people booking at the same time and sharing three twin bedrooms, is available at 480 euros per person.

Our two bedroom, detached gite is also currently available for a rent of 650 euros for the week commencing 4th July 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and to book.

NEWS FROM THE LOIRE VALLEY

From here in the Loire Valley we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We are very excited about 2020 and have already made plans to increase the experiences we can offer our guests when they immerse themselves in this beautiful part of France.

But firstly, we would just like to thank all our 2019 visitors, some of whom have already re-booked to come back – it would seem good times were had by all including ourselves!
We have also had a number of successful ‘Pop Up’ events selling our French Finds back in England seeing friends and family and meeting new customers and possible guests.

Our delightful 2 bedroomed Gite is available from the beginning of April as are two of the bedrooms in our Chambre D’hote – both are situated in rural locations close to the medieval town of Chinon the jewel in the crown of the National Park and World Heritage Area.

We also have dates set aside for relaxed adventure holidays and breaks whether they are cycling, walking or wine tours with tried and tested routes for you to explore and enjoy. We specialise in bespoke holidays where our aim is to provide you with a holiday experience tailored to you. So please get in touch to discuss your ideas and we will design a holiday ideal for you.

In 2019 we hosted cyclists, walkers, Tours de France followers, fishermen, vintage car enthusiasts, Harley Davidson owners, wine lovers, landscape and portrait artists, a ceramic artist, seamstresses and passionate cooks!

Here we have listed diary dates for events in and around this beautiful area already known to us for 2020. Why not let us plan your holiday break around an event that appeals to you*

Festival of wine in Chinon……………..….19th April
Taking place in the centre of Chinon. With your 4 Euro glass in your hand you will be able taste and enjoy the wine of many of the producers in this appellation.
Panzoult foire au vins……………………….1st May
Set in this spectacular sculptured cave once you have purchased your wine glass you can stroll round and taste the wine of the vignerons of Panzoult.
Salon des vins Bourguiel………………………Early June
This wine tasting event takes place in the beautiful chateau at Langeais.
Chinon Classic car and bike show…….…19~21 June
An event based in the centre of Chinon, a section of the town is made into a promenade track so all these beautiful cars and bikes can be seen at their best. This is a free event and there is a wonderful atmosphere.
Fete de la Music…………………………….….21st June
An event that takes place all over France and one that Chinon excels at, a music day set with the backdrop of the old town where any budding musicians can play and sing – you will find them throughout the day and into the evening in the squares and on the streets. This is a free event.
Avoine Groove Music Festival………………26th~28th June
Set in the heart of the small village of Avoine you can enjoy this 3-day music festival. Primarily French acts with an English headline band. Past acts include Status Quo, Earth Wind & Fire, The Blues Band, Rag’N’ Bone Man and the Dire Straits Experience.
Tour de France………………………………….8~9 July
We are delighted that this year Stage 11 (8th July) starts in Chatelaillon~Plage and finishing in Poitiers and then starts at Chauvigny and continuing out of the region on the 9th (stage 12). This means the race passes within an hour from La Voyette. We have a holiday package available for this wonderful event.                                                       Bastille day…………………………………….14th July
Better known in France as ‘fete de France’ there is entertainment in the town and the day finishes with a grand firework display set across the river and with the backdrop of the fortresse.
Marche Nocturne………………………… Mid July
A night time market based in Chinon where you buy local goods, food and wine.
A day at the races Chinon……………… July and August
Chinon has its own horse ‘Les Course Hippique’ racing venue which pops up twice a year. Dates to be confirmed.
Anjou Vintage Velo Ride……………… 20th July
As this event states it is a spectacular time with many people taking part on vintage bicycles dressed for the part in and around Saumur and its vineyards.
Marche Medieval……………………………. 1st August
Another spectacular event that Chinon hosts based on its medieval and historic past.
L’ancienne Marche……………………………Late August
This daytime event for all the family has lots going on all relating to the ‘good old day’.
*All dates are to be confirmed once announced by the Tourist Information Office.

We hope this gives an insight into what we can offer you here at Loire Valley Leisure Holidays. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information and to book your holiday adventure.

Kevin and Denise  Loire Valley Leisure Holidays

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‘Time To See The Loire Valley’

 

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The Loire Valley, France is one of the most visited places in France. It is ideal for both holiday makers looking for short breaks or long weeks in this beautiful area. It is only 3 hours from Paris by train or a 1 hour flight from Stansted.

The Valley hosts a variety of landscapes the vineyards, forests, rivers and of course 179 chateaux.

It is also a major cycling area for those who wish just to see the attractions or those wishing a bit more of a sporty feel too their time here.

For more information on our holiday packages or just simply to get email up dates on our special offers get in touch.

‘TIME TO SEE THE LOIRE VALLEY’

Kevin and Denise