A Coastal Craic
"La Vie Exaltante"
Duration: 1 Week
Dates: June 2023. Spaces
Week 1: 3 - 10 Week 1: Fully Booked - Reserve List Only
Week 2: 13 - 20 Week 2: Available
“La Vie Exaltante” literally means 'exhilarating or inspiring life'. This is how we feel when staying at our 12th century French farmhouse with its wonderful views and glorious sunshine, especially whilst enjoying a glass of chilled rosé by the pool…
This ‘adventure’ is a bike trip with a difference! All seven nights of the trip bar one are spent at our beautiful old house in the Tarn et Garonne in south western France and each day there will be a ride to a different part of the region, be it the magnificent Gorges du Tarn or the delightful ancient villages around the area.
One night is spent out in a hotel in the hills in order to give enough time to fully experience the breathtaking landscape of the Cevénnes region. There will be a day off to laze by the pool or to enjoy a long lunch in a nearby village.
Each morning we leave after a breakfast of hot coffee and freshly baked croissants and head off on some great roads to see some of the wonderful countryside that surrounds us, stopping off to enjoy lunch or a coffee in one of the many beautiful villages along the way.
There are an incredible number of medieval castles and ‘bastides’ (fortified hill top villages) in the area, dating back from the time when England ruled this part of France, each with their own character and they are very much part of our daily rides.
We will return to the house in the early evening in time to enjoy a cold beer or chilled glass of wine and maybe a swim in the pool, before tucking into a delicious, traditional home-cooked dinner under the stars.
The trip offers a great opportunity for your potentially less “bike-obsessed” better half (hard to believe, I know) to join you on a motorcycle holiday without needing to spend all those long, hard hours in the saddle as they can enjoy as much time astride your bike as they or you wish.
Those who wish to spend the day relaxing away from the road can enjoy the pool or visit the local villages with their colourful markets, excellent cafés and restaurants (whilst we will do our best to help with this, it might be better for you to hire a car to give you full flexibility). We can arrange for you to enjoy a little pampering in the shade with one of our local well-being and massage experts (subject to availability).
This is truly a holiday to cater for all! It incorporates great biking roads with magnificent scenery, the opportunity to relax in wonderful surroundings and enjoy great local cuisine…It also means that you can go on a bike trip WITH your less-bikey other half, WITHOUT over-exposing them to your (undoubted) riding expertise..!
We leave in the morning at around 8.30/9.00am and aim to be back home or at our destination by 6.00pm in the evening. This equates to approximately 6 hours in the saddle - we typically ride for an hour and a half before a leg stretch or a coffee with a stop for lunch and another break in the afternoon. We are definitely happy to stop to admire the view and for photo opportunities along the way.
Trip runs from Wednesday pm to Wednesday am
Based at our property near Miramont de Quercy, South West France
We recommend that you break your journey from Calais for your ride down, staying in Saumur which is approx half way. We can advise on suitable hotels with secure parking
Daily rides on some great roads to some fabulous landscape & stunning ancient villages
Back in time for a swim and a drink before dinner!
6 nights spent at the house
1 night spent in a village in the magnificent mountainous Cévennes National Park
We can advise on local villages, markets etc can be arranged for non-riders if required
Glorious pool area is available all day for non-riders to relax with a book, a glass of chilled rosé or simply to catch up on some sleep!
Minimum: 2 bikes, 2 riders
Maximum: 4 couples (8 bikes)
NB the rooms have double beds with no twin option,
so appropriate for couples only
1 bike, 1 rider, 1 room
1 bike, 1 couple, 1 room
2 bikes, 1 couple, 1 room
£1,275 per person
All accommodation (double room, either en-suite or shared as available)
All meals provided at the house
Dinner on the night in the mountains
Drinks before dinner
Wine or beer with the evening meal
All soft drinks provided at the house
An experienced guide throughout your stay
Airport transfers as required
Some awesome riding!
Ferries/Channel Tunnel crossings
Insurance - we recommend that you take out personal travel insurance before you set off
Any food and drink consumed away from the house (other than as specified above)
All fuel throughout your stay
Bike transport at the beginning and end of the trip
Bike rental - this can be arranged subject to sufficient notice and availability
Please note that routes and trip details may change due to circumstances beyond our control. We will inform you of this as soon as is practicable.