Classic Car Touring in Poitou-Charentes

We’ve had a fine spring and summer of classic car enthusiasts staying with us and making the most of the open and empty roads in our classic cars and theirs.

Opening the season was a visit by Chris and Tamera who had booked the Citroën DS23ie for the week of their stay. This qualified them for our free of charge airport collection and return service, in this case from La Rochelle, so they didn’t need to worry about hiring a car and finding their way to us. Instead, they were able to concentrate on enjoying the DS for the duration of their stay, taking the opportunity to explore the area in the most quintessentially French way.

For everyone who drives the Citroën DS around these parts there is always interest from the local folk and pleasure expressed by comments such as La Déesse, le Président! This is a car that is held in the highest esteem here in France – after all, it saved De Gaulle’s life.

We’re always glad when guests leave comments and so thanks to Chris and Tamera for theirs:

Lovely stay in a pretty place. Friendly people and a great location to visit quaint villages. Just wonderful. The classic car made the trip. Merci!

The Classic Triumph Party

Beautiful Triumph TR4 and Triumph Stag in our courtyard

We were lucky enough to have Trevor, Helen, Nick and Sharon stay in July for a week of touring in their beautiful Triumph TR4 and Triumph Stag. It’s always great fun to have a courtyard full of other people’s classic cars and these fine examples looked perfectly at home.

Abi and me were delighted to be asked to join the party on a drive out and so we planned a route that would not take us very far – down to Verteuile for lunch at the Café Porte Bleu – but meander through the countryside, following the Charente river south. It being an all English affair we took the Jag and parted company with the Triumphs after lunch.


Arriving in Verteuile in the Jaguar Mk2

John and Abi made us very welcome in their gite ‘La Petite Maison’ . The welcome pack was one of the best that we’d ever received.The gite had all home comforts and the swimming pool was splendid (especially the Kontiki Bar). Our stay coincided with the Bastille Day celebrations and Abi and John invited us to join them at Vanzay’s village get together at the local Lavoir where plenty of good food and wine were consumed before we all tottered back to the gite. We also enjoyed a run out in our classic cars, following our hosts in their rather beautiful Jaguar as we toured through several picturesque villages before arriving at pretty Verteuile for a gourmet lunch. Many thanks to John and Abi for making our holiday very special.

So, if touring in a classic on open roads in France appeals to you then do get in touch, we’d love to welcome you to Poitou-Charentes.
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