With 600,000 miles of well-maintained roads, including 5,800 miles of super-highways, France has one of Europe’s most extensive road networks, but with a population a little over that of Britain, at 61 million, much more space for driving. This makes touring a real pleasure ….. unhurried and stress free. Our location gives access to some truly great touring routes that take in the vast countryside, points of historical and cultural interest and over seemingly empty roads.
We have a number of touring routes that we can recommend to guests, together with suggestions for lunch and rest stops. We can of course provide one of our classic cars for the ultimate in period Grand Touring. Here are a few lines about some of those routes:
Vanzay – Limoges – Bellac – Vanzay
Duration: 5hrs, approximately 260km
The route takes you through the Vienne into Charente to Confolons where the road crosses the mighty Vienne river, affording fine views of the town on both banks. On into the Limousin region through the rolling wooded hills of the Haute Vienne to Limoges before turning back north to Bellac, with its old bridge spanning the peaceful waters of the Vincou river. The final leg of the tour drops down to the pretty town of L’Isle-Jourdain on the banks of the Vienne river, with the route taking a magnificent bridge over the river, before arriving back to Vanzay via Charroux.
Vanzay – Aigre – Cognac – Saintes – Vanzay
Duration: 5hrs, approximately 230km
Heading down through Charente to Jarnac, passing the Courvoisier Chateau on the banks of the Charente river before arriving in Cognac, a fine place to stop for lunch and to take in the sights and scenes of the town and its chateaux devoted to the production of this fine brandy: Hennessy, Rémy Martin and Martell. From Cognac to Saintes, popularised as a 1st century Roman town by pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela and then on to St Jean d’Angely. Head north before cutting through La Forêt de Chizé, one of the few remaining protected areas of original natural forest in France, before arriving back to Vanzay via town of Melle, the site of the silver mines that supplied the Royal Mint.
Vanzay – Champniers – Vanzay
Duration: 1hr15m driving time, approximately 50km
This is a short local run with a distinct objective: food and drink at the Bar Les Tilleuls. This is a small friendly and informal bar in the centre of Champniers that serves a full English breakfast Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as lunch and evening meals.
Leaving Vanzay towards Chaunay where you pick up the D28 to Epanvilliers. The privately owned chateau is visible from the road before continuing on the D28 towards Champniers. The route sweeps through open fields before arriving in Champniers. Returning down the arrow straight Roman road that is the D1 to Civray before the route returns across country to Chaunay and then to Vanzay.