Tour de France September 2020 in the Loire Valley



We are delighted to announce that this year Stage 11 (Wednesday 9th September) of the Tour de France starts in Chatelaillon~Plage and finishes in Poitiers and then Stage 12 starts at Chauvigny and continuing out of the region on the 10th September. 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 total of four guests for this wonderful event.
You will be required to book and pay for your own flights and we have based this package on your flights from and to London Stansted arriving at Poitiers Airport and return from Tours Airport both just over an hour away from us which is operated by Ryanair. There are two 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 7th September.   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 host), other guests and the house and garden.

Day 2 – Tuesday 8th September.
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 9th September
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 10th September
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 different 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 11th September
You will start your day with a relaxed Continental breakfast. You will then have the option of  enjoying your morning relaxing at la Voyette or to be taken into Richelieu a wonderful walled town a ten minutes drive from us. In the afternoon we will take you on a guided tour of some of our local places of interest along the river – Candes St Martin, Montsoreau and Chouze sur Loire. Returning to la Voyette for the evening meal and drinks.

Day 6 – Saturday 12th September.  An early start, so breakfast will be served bright and early and we will leave la Voyette to travel to Tours airport where you will catch you flight back to Stansted at 9.25 (arriving back in England at 9.45!).

This holiday package is available at 500 euros per person.

Our two bedroom, detached gite is also currently available for a rent of £541.14 for the week commencing 5th September 2020.

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

Loire Valley Wine & Food Adventure 2020/21

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 2020/21 in the Loire Valley.

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

Wine with food, wholesome gastronomic local food 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

Chinon Classic Car & Bike Show and Fete de la Musique 2021 – 19th, 20th and 21st June

Here in the Loire Valley the weekend of 19th, 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 19~20 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 18th 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, other guests and the house and garden.

Day 2 – Saturday 19th 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 20th 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’. Back to base for an evening meal and drinks.

Day 4 – Monday 21st June –  Continental breakfast will be served and you will have the morning to yourselves to relax at la Voyette.  In the afternoon we will head back into Chinon to be part of  Fete de la Musique. You can wander around the town at your leisure taking in the sites and sounds. We will book a table so that we eat out this evening (this cost is not included in our package).

Day 5 – Tuesday 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 Monday 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 425 euros per person.

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