Procrastination may be the thief of time, but sometimes slow and careful research brings its own rewards. We have finally booked our overnight stay for our journey down through France to Bergerac in August – and we couldn’t be more delighted with our choice.
We wanted to make the journey part of the holiday, rather than simply ten hours with the pedal to the floor.
However, we had been dithering about which way to go. We had been thinking of stopping off in La Rochelle overnight and continuing on from there. That’s quite some detour, mind.
So we’ve stuck to more familiar territory, though we’re stopping further down than usual. That’s because we’ll have covered more ground during the day, given that we’ll have taken the overnight ferry.
We have found a rather beautiful looking chambres d’hôtes near Poitiers, called La Roseraie. It one of the Gîtes de France network.
Gîtes de France began with rather noble aims: to fight back against the desertification of the countryside. The first one opened in 1951 in the hamlet of Chaudol, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département.
Now there are some 47,000 members.
At La Roseraie, we have booked the garden room. We’ll be able to wind down on our own private terrace with a glass of wine and some bread and cheese. I’m looking forward to it already.
As for the return journey, that’s already sorted. We’re heading back to our favourite stopover, Le Clos des Sources…