'Fantastic trip, great drives, fabulous chateau, good wine and making new friends. What's not to love?' - Linda, Chateau TVR 2023
* * * Chateau Pub2Pub will be taking place between the 28th September and 04th October 2024, and is open to all classic cars, sports cars and grand tourers - please feel free to get in touch with us if a place on this trip would be of interest. * * *
In 2022, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the TVR Chimaera, we ran our first-ever chateau trip. And you know what? It was pretty damn good. But surely that's no surprise to anyone, as combining fifteen TVRs with the exclusive usage of a luxurious chateau in the idyllic French countryside is about as good a prospect for a week away as can be thought of. So naturally, we did it all again in 2023, and you know what? Yep, it was a great trip too.
But you know what they say - third time's the charm.
For this year's chateau trip, we're planning our most ambitious chateau trip yet, to a magnificent venue tucked away in the Normandy countryside. We have a delightfully elegant chateau at our disposal, with history dating back to the 11th century, and a current form which was inspired by none other than the Chateau of Versailles itself. This year's venue is set in glorious grounds which stretch to 360 acres of gardens and grounds - in other words, there's plenty of space to park as many fine automobiles as we can muster. And inside the chateau, the wonder continues. All of the living spaces have been sympathetically restored in recent years, and retain their classical charm. Every bedroom in the chateau is en-suite, and all of the rooms are spacious and unique; just what you'd expect from the height of renaissance luxury, in fact.
We'll be spending three nights in the chateau, which is located in southern Normandy, to the north east of Alencon. This means there will be plenty of time to both relax in luxury, and get out and explore this delightful region, which is surely one of the most underrated and beautiful corners in all of France. And naturally, there'll be a road trip to and from the chateau to enjoy, too, with the all-new provisional plan involving overnight stops in Amiens and Dreux on the way out from Calais, and a stop at Abbeville on the return journey. Just as with our other trips, this drive will be fully documented in the Chateau Pub2Pub itinerary, which will give various options for things to do, places to see and restaurants to eat at during the day's drive, allowing you to shape the trip to and from the chateau into your perfect journey. Additionally, various drive-outs, tours, activities and other suggestions will be available during the chateau stay - for every trip we run, we spend weeks trawling the route with a fine tooth comb to find the most interesting and unusual diversions to include in the itinerary, so rest assured, you won't be disappointed.
So, what's the price of this most glamorous of Pub2Pub trips? A mere snip at £1,450 for a car and two people, which covers channel crossings via the Eurotunnel, all of the hotels for the drive from Calais to and from the chateau, breakfast every morning and of course, a spiffing en-suite room in the chateau itself. Additionally, the fee also gives you the trip itinerary with fully integrated full sat-nav routings, and the peace of mind to know that Pub2Pub's Chimaera or classic Volvo will be along in a support role, loaded with tools, spare parts and a wealth of experience, and on call to assist should you have any issues.
So, a week touring France in the fresh late summer air, in the company of fellow car enthusiasts, with a three-night stay in a beautiful chateau thrown in for good measure - do holiday plans get any better than that? Of course not. Places are limited, but to book onto the trip, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll reserve you a room in Chateau Pub2Pub.