A Coastal Craic
South Western France
Exclusive Swagger & Jacks Motorcycle Adventure
Duration: 7 Nights
Dates: 16 - 23 October 2021
This trip is part of our exciting collaboration with the very excellent gentleman's grooming establishment, Swagger & Jacks of Norwich. The trip has been designed exclusively for clients of this fine organisation and if you ask nicely, I'm sure S&J founder and Master Barber, Mark Young might agree to bring his scissors with him - an open-air trim in the mountains would be a rare and special treat!
“La Vie Exaltante” literally means 'the exhilarating or inspiring life'. This is how we feel when staying at our lovely 12th century French farmhouse with its wonderful views and glorious sunshine, especially whilst enjoying a glass of chilled rosé by the pool…
All seven nights of this trip bar one are spent at our beautiful house. Each day there will be a glorious 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 in a hotel out in the hills in order to give enough time to fully experience the breathtaking landscape of the Cévennes region.
There is a day off in the middle to relax by the pool or enjoy a long lunch in a nearby village.
Each morning we leave at 9am 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 many 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 in the early evening in time to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine and maybe a swim in the pool, before tucking into a sumptuous, home-cooked dinner under the stars.
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. 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 and/or Covid restrictions).
This ‘adventure’ is a bike trip with a difference! It 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. It incorporates great biking roads with magnificent scenery, the opportunity to relax in wonderful surroundings and enjoy great local cuisine…and your pillion can spend as much time on the back seat of your motorcycle as he or she wishes, possibly preferring to relax by the pool in the sun while you are off galavanting on two wheels!
We leave in the morning at 9.00am and aim to be at our destination by 6.00pm in the evening. This equates to around 6 hours in the saddle - we typically ride for an hour and a half before a 20 minute break for coffee with a 1 hour 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.
*NB French Covid restrictions allow only those who are fully vaccinated to enter the country without further quarantine. This trip is therefore only open to those who qualify in this respect.
We strongly advise that you check the relevant government websites and to ensure you are fully up to speed with what is required and that you pay particular attention to the required documentation. It is also crucial that you understand and comply with the requirements to re-enter your country of origin at the end of this trip.
Trip runs from Saturday pm to Saturday am
Starts at our property near Miramont de Quercy, South West France
We can advise on routes from Caen, St Malo or Calais for your ride down
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 amazing mountainous Cévennes National Park
Day off by the pool or visiting local villages
Glorious pool area is available to relax with a book, a glass of chilled rosé or simply to catch up on some sleep!
Minimum: 4 bikes, 4 people
Maximum: 4 couples
*NB If Covid restrictions apply we will use only 3 en-suite bedrooms
so the maximum number will be 3 couples or 3 solo riders.
1 bike, 1 rider, 1 room
1 bike, 1 couple, 1 room
2 bikes, 1 couple, 1 room
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
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
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.