Destination: an old Château just south of Cherbourg - http://www.chateaulemontepinguet.co.uk/home.htm
The French Weekender will return for its fourth year in March 2009. Thursday 26th March until Monday 30th March
Inspired by the great events of the last 3 years, The French Weekender 4 v2.0 will draw on the successful format of previous years with a few tweaks. Mostly just stolen from the Beatmaster and Peanut though!
The travel and accommodation costs are expected to be close £380 for a couple – this now includes 3 course dinners and wine on the nights in France. We will be staying in an old Château just south of Cherbourg. Note that this is not a hotel but a fantastic informal guest house. This means that numbers are limited, en-suite bathrooms rare and some rooms’ twins rather than double. So book early!
I have based this price on overnight ferry with cabin from Portsmouth to Le Harve and then a ferry from Le Harve back to Pompey. Other routes may save money (but not time or fuel).
It is close to the ports so those of you who have not been abroad before can take the plunge without feeling too far from Blighty!
Early notice should give people time to save and plan ahead and also any French Weekender virgins who fancy the adventure will have plenty of time to ask about it (and discover how much fun it is!).
Runners and riders – we will have to limit the numbers to the first 20 people as accommodation is restricted.
1. PAA100 and Natalie – Accommodation deposit paid. Return ferry booked
2. Beastmaster and Peanut – Accommodation deposit paid. Return ferry booked
3. Mandy Moo and Mini Friz - Accommodation deposit paid. Ferry and Chunnel Booked
4. RVW and Storm - Accommodation deposit paid. Ferry and Chunnel Booked
5. Marty_58 and Bev – Accommodation deposit paid. Return ferry booked
6. Dealmaker and Star Girl - Accommodation deposit paid. Return ferry booked
8. Scream ans Becky– Accommodation deposit paid. Return ferry booked
You can start booking the crossings as soon as you like. The cabins on the overnight ferry out do vanish quickly, although you don't have to have a cabin as you can sleep in a seat - lots of others do! I don't!
The Outward Ferry
The Return .
There are 2 camps.
Return from Le Harve to Portsmouth 1700 to 2130 30th March 2009
Return from Calais to Dover by EUROTUNNEL (1500 0r 1600 to be agreed) 30th March 2009
Let me know when you have booked the return transport and I will update the first post
We will stay in a fairy-tale French château in the heart of the beautiful Normandy countryside. Dating from the 18th Century, the château is run as an informal guest house by its English proprietors.
The château is situated in an area of great historical interest, only 30 minutes away from glorious sandy Normandy beaches opposite Jersey.
£33 per person per night half board including 3 course dinner and half a bottle of wine per person. You need to let mark and Fiona that you would like a vegetarian option when you send your deposit. Also, as its home cooking there won’t be a load of choices or options……….
I will send details of how to confirm and book if yo pm me that you wish to go.
Our usual overnight deployment from Pompey to Le Havre. Over one of those big bridges then follow the coast – breakfast somewhere. Keep north of Caen, Bayeux and the follow the landing beaches up the Cherbourg peninsula. Arrive at the Chateau mid afternoon. There will be a Tom-Tom file for this (in case you are preparing list for Santa between now and then)…….
There is loads to do, the Normandy Beaches and Museums, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel and loads of nice villages. Calvados, Cidre Bouche, mussels. The owners can also give directions to some of the local sites from the war including a V2 launch site if you fancy a stroll locally. There may be a great market at Briquebec – the place we stopped in the castle for lunch a couple of years ago. No run is planned but volunteers welcome. Maybe a run to Bayeux?