Take a prime down drive in a luxurious convertible and go ‘glamping’ for a French vacation with a twist in Limousin
I’D by no means bought behind the wheel of a convertible earlier than – and the closest I’d come to glamping was pitching a secure distance from the Glastonbury loos.
However what higher technique to spend “le weekend” than coasting alongside the highways of France in a top-down Vary Rover Evoque?
There is no higher technique to journey the highways of France in a £47,000 top-down Vary Rover Evoque
The £47,000 motor — whose prime folds again effortlessly even at 30mph — actually turned heads.
Whereas heading from Limoges airport by way of the Limousin countryside, a clapped-out Renault 21 sped previous the opposite approach, flashing its lights. The driving force had each arms off the wheel — so he might give us a one-finger salute with each arms.
We carried on by way of the rolling fields of this rural idyll, previous herds of Charolais cows, smelling the freshly reduce hay on our technique to the glamping website close to Auzances.
The location is run by Nigel and Olivia Stanton, who swapped the rat race and their Oxfordshire dwelling for this little piece of heaven.
The native village was idyllic
La Toile Sous Les Etoiles has six giant tents kitted out with double beds, stoves and hearth pits for cooking on and cosying round at evening.
Every tent has a luxurious bathe room and there’s a cute “pigsty” with a fridge and a microwave. We arrived late, feeling fairly relaxed after the two-hour drive, to be greeted with a glass of fizz and a pizza dinner, baked in a conventional bread oven within the communal barn.
The location is distant sufficient to imply there is no such thing as a gentle air pollution and with the assistance of an iPhone app and Nigel’s telescope, we loved some beginner stargazing.
After a hearty breakfast the following morning got here a fast dip within the outside pool. Then it was again to the Evoque.
My accomplice Mimi is seven months’ pregnant and finds my regular automobile a battle to get out and in. No such downside right here, with the step-up into the Vary Rover and buttons to fine-tune seat positions. We had a two-hour drive to Vichy, by way of rolling hills and previous dormant volcanoes.
The town grew to become modern within the 19th Century, when Napoleon III moved his courtroom there. He was eager to reap the well being advantages of the clear air and volcanic water.
We got a tour of the dispensary the place townsfolk can get a health care provider’s prescription to fill bottles with the sulphurous mineral water, to treatment all method of illnesses reminiscent of rheumatoid arthritis and pores and skin circumstances. The nice and cozy liquid smells of rotten eggs and tastes simply as unhealthy.
Every tent has a double mattress and a luxurious bathe room
Later, we tucked into a wonderful lunch of carpaccio of beef, roast lamb and fruit crumble at a basic brasserie known as the Empire Cafe. There was nonetheless time to leap again into the automobile and do a fast detour to Clermont-Ferrand.
The town is dwelling to the tyre large Michelin and has an awe-inspiring cathedral constituted of the native black volcanic rock. The statues and fountains of the Place de Jaude are constituted of the identical lava stone.
It will not be driving overseas in the event you didn’t get misplaced at the least as soon as.
Wine and cheese
Heading again to our glamping haven, there was a second after we thought we could be caught out in the course of nowhere all evening as our telephones misplaced all sign.
Fortunately, our pretty campsite lastly got here into view — and the ready glass of purple wine and cheese tasted all the higher for our mini-scare.
It was again to the airport the following day, after a cease at one of many many close by lakes the place you possibly can fish, swim and mess about in boats.
There’s loads of stunning sights to see in Limousin
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Out of the blue, time bought the higher of us and we raced to Limoges for check-in.
One Sunday driver in a Peugeot 205 blasted us along with his horn as we sped by. “Vive la France to you, too!” I believed as we left them in our mud cloud.
High down? High drawer, extra like.
GETTING THERE: Ryanair flies to Limoges from Stansted, Leeds, East Midlands, Bristol and Manchester airports. Flights are from £14.69 a method.
STAYING THERE: Glamping at La Toile Sous Les Etoiles begins at £58.50 per evening for a two-berth tent and £72 per evening for a four-berth tent. Minimal keep is 2 nights.
MORE: Discover particulars on the Vary Rover Evoque Convertible at landrover.co.uk.
Supply hyperlink – https://www.thesun.co.uk/journey/6993687/limousin-convertible-glamping-holiday/