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.


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


‘Time To See The Loire Valley’


Images From Loire Valley Leisure Holidays

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.


Kevin and Denise

Loire Valley Wine And Food Adventure

Autumn and winter breaks in the Loire Valley for up to 6 people.

The Loire Valley is the largest northern wine area in Europe. Just over 1 hour flight from the UK.

Come and join us for a personal weekend break for you and your friends. We will help you explore the Chinon area of the Loire valley and its wines.

Autumn and winter breaks 2019/20 in the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley area is known as the food basket of France.

Wine with food, wholesome gastronomic nourriture and with the season.

Guests enjoying Saturday evenings at La Voyette

Prices for your stay and what’s included;

  • All meals and transport while you are with us.
  • Breakfast, brunch or lunch and 4 course meal drinking the wine chosen from your cave visits.
  • Guided tour around the area.
  • Visits to wine caves and vineyards.
  • Collection and return from Tours, Poitiers or Nantes airports (please note from Nantes there is a small charge of 30€) using Ryanair
  • Or from local rail station.
  • Based on 2 people sharing a room.
  • Each room has its own dedicated bathroom or shower.
  • 350€ per person based on 3 night stay. This is based on a group of 6 people.

Not included are;

Any lunches or meals bought while out.

Entry fees to chateaux etc etc.

Spend the weekend with us and explore this amazing area and discovering Loire Valley wine.

From the moment we say bienvenue to sadly au revoir we will escort you through your stay with us. Showing and touching this most wonderful part of the French countryside.

See what the Wine Traveler has to say about the Loire Valley.

All of this with the back drop of being in the World Heritage area and Chinon – the jewel in the crown just a short distance away.

Follow this link if you would like to know more about the History of Loire Valley wine

Chinon red wine

Tour caves and visit the supermarket, this will give you an understanding of what to look for when back home.

Your accommodation for the weekend will be with us at La Voyette on the southern edge of the Loire Valley National Park, just over an hour from the airport.

The weekend typically will be if collected from Tours airport.

  • Arrive at Tours airport late afternoon on Friday where we will take you to a vineyard in Vouvray, there you can taste the special sparkling and still white wine of this small area.
  • On to your accommodation at La Voyette where a 4 course meal will be waiting for you.
  • Saturday morning after breakfast we will whisk you off to a vineyard. Here, weather permitting, we will go in to the vines to explore the wine making process then taste the wine in the cave. Afterwards back home for a light lunch.
  • In the afternoon a trip in to Chinon for sightseeing then on to the supermarket to explore the wine of the wider region.
  • Saturday evening will be a 4 course meal matched to the wines bought that day.

The vines of Couly-Dutheil Chinon

  • Sunday is more chilled – first brunch then in the afternoon we will go to a cave in the Saumur-Champigny appellation where the wine cave is an old troglodyte palace. After buying the wine, head home for the evening meal via Candes-St-Martin to catch the view of the confluence of the mighty Loire and the Vienne rivers.

Vines of the area

  • Monday it is time to say goodbye so, after brunch, we will meander back to the airport via a sightseeing tour of the area. If time allows, possibly another vineyard tour on the way.

The group size is 4/6 people

La VoyetteLa voyette

Chinon fortress in autumn

img_2663-1Winter in the Loire Valley

How to book.

Simply let us know which weekend you would like, follow the link to Ryanair to book your flight or train line for rail costs (these costs are not included in the advertised price for the weekend) and we will pick you up.

We use TransferWise to receive monies into our bank account. When you are ready we will send the link.

Come and join us

For more information email us at

Kevin and Denise