Auvergne and Vendée
Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne and the Vendée
La Belle Etoile and Chambon-sur-Lac
An opportunity to experience French life as a guest in our home and French roads on your bikes combined with a cross country road trip to Chambon-sur-Lac in the spectacular Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne.
La Belle Etoile is a large farmhouse set in grounds of just over four acres located in the Deux-Sèvres region of Western France. We would like to share our experience of living here and offer a three night B&B short break, for up to six guests, combined with a three night two star hotel B&B stay in Chambon-sur-Lac in the Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne.
We will be exploring the two regions over three full ride out days; it’s all about the riding, the incredible roads especially in the Auvergne, the wonderful French countryside, towns and villages and of course the food and wine!
You’ll make your own way down for arrival at La Belle Etoile on Day One Sunday afternoon or early evening, we will supply you the most interesting but progressive enough route depending on your arrival port. As a Brittany Ferries Trade Partner, if required MSL Tours can make the booking on your behalf.
We’ll greet you with a complimentary home cooked three course meal on the first evening, with a glass or two of wine produced locally in the Loire Valley. You’ll have plenty of time to relax in the peaceful courtyard, listen to the swallows chirping and marvel at their flying skills as you enjoy a post dinner glass of wine, or a cold beer, reflecting on your day on the bike with fellow guests, perfect!
On Day Two Monday after a good breakfast, we’ll make an early departure for Chambon-sur-Lac in the Massif du Sancy in the Auvergne, forty miles southwest of Clermont-Ferrand. Riding distance is approximately two hundred miles across country with plenty of coffee stops, lunch and a visit to the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, the ruins of the village left as a permanent memorial destroyed by the Germans in June 1944.
Over the next three nights you’ll enjoy the B&B comfort of our two star Tour hotel with rooms having a view of Lake Chambon, single rooms enjoy the benefit of a small balcony. The hotel also offers free parking with optional secure garaging for the bikes for a small charge. We will be eating out locally each evening with breakfast included at the hotel.
Over the next two days we will make the most of our time by riding the fabulous roads around the Massif du Sancy in the Parc des Volcans d'Auvergne. ‘To say that there’s good riding in the Massif Central – the huge range of low mountains, high hills and dormant volcanoes in the heart of France – is to undersell the attraction of the region. For one thing, it’s huge so there are miles of amazing roads to explore; for another, it’s quiet, especially as you get further from the beaten track.’ Ride Magazine 2017.
Day Five Thursday will see us riding back to La Belle Etoile for a further two nights, we’ll be eating out locally in the evenings. On Day Six Friday we’ll head west towards the Vendée Atlantic Coast for our final ride out day, crossing over the ‘Pont de Re’ connecting La Rochelle to the Île de Ré after winding our way through the beautiful scenery of the Marais Poitevin and ‘la Venise Verte’.
Day Seven Saturday is departure day, if you would like to stay longer or arrive sooner then you would be welcome to book a few more nights as a B&B guest!
We will be out for up to six - eight hours each day, covering around one seventy five – two hundred miles on the bikes, depending on our stops along the way with plenty of time for coffee breaks and lunch. A great opportunity therefore to experience and explore these two beautiful regions of France, staying in relaxed and informal settings at La Belle Etoile and Chambon-sur-Lac with a small group of like-minded biking guests!