Limoges / Dijon

#1
The other half and I are planning our hols for next year. I've managed to pursuade her that a leisurely road trip to the South of France is more interesting than slumming it with pikeyair again.

This year we're heading to Carcassonne, I reckon on the first leg getting us as far as around the Limoges area, stop for 2-3 days, then head down to Carcassonne for a week. The return leg taking us up to the Dijon area for a 2-3 night stop before the mad dash to Calais.

So guys, any recommendations for decent places to stay/eat/see roughly 50k around Limoges/Dijon. We're looking at Chambres d'Hotes in interesting towns or villages.

Any suggestions or recommendations gratefully received. Also if anyone has done the trip and can suggest a different route down and up, by all means let me know.

Cheers and thanks in advance.

PS. If anyone has or knows of a Merc SL, Jag XK Conv, or DH Corniche going cheap around August next year, let me know. I'll even sell it back afterwards
 

jarrod248

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#2
South of France can be expensive. Have you considered Charente maritime? Miles of coast, Bordeaux, cognac, empty beaches quiet roads.
 
#3
The other half and I are planning our hols for next year. I've managed to pursuade her that a leisurely road trip to the South of France is more interesting than slumming it with pikeyair again.

This year we're heading to Carcassonne, I reckon on the first leg getting us as far as around the Limoges area, stop for 2-3 days, then head down to Carcassonne for a week. The return leg taking us up to the Dijon area for a 2-3 night stop before the mad dash to Calais.

So guys, any recommendations for decent places to stay/eat/see roughly 50k around Limoges/Dijon. We're looking at Chambres d'Hotes in interesting towns or villages.

Any suggestions or recommendations gratefully received. Also if anyone has done the trip and can suggest a different route down and up, by all means let me know.

Cheers and thanks in advance.

PS. If anyone has or knows of a Merc SL, Jag XK Conv, or DH Corniche going cheap around August next year, let me know. I'll even sell it back afterwards
If you go a bit West of Dijon you come to the Burgundy growing area around Beaune, I used a cheap Ibis hotel in Nuits St George a long time ago. Theres a couple of Ibis hotels in Beaune itself at about £60ish a night and that the epicenter of the Burgundy wines with the great reds to the East & whites like Puligny Montrachet & Mersault to the south mainly! Theres a good, but expensive hotel in Puligny Montrachet, Le Montrachet. But the great thing around this area is all the fantastic wines if you drive around you will find lots of cellars offering tastings, have a look at these sites to give you some ideas. Be warned doing a lot of tasting can put you over the limit if you are driving
Town of Beaune, Burgundy, Wine and Tourist Information, Cte d'Or, Bourgogne, France
and Rick Steves' Europe: Drinking up Burgundy's Delights
and Wine tastings in Beaune, selected tours & cellar visits | Burgundy Eye
and here Wine Tasting activities in Beaune - Lonely Planet
As you might guess I love Burgundy wines, red & white, trouble is they are expensive! Have a good trip!
 
#4
South of France can be expensive. Have you considered Charente maritime? Miles of coast, Bordeaux, cognac, empty beaches quiet roads.
It is expensive, but having spend the last 3 years holidaying in Nice, we're adept at making the Euros go that bit further.

I'd go west coast no problem (always fancied Arcachon), but the other half isn't keen as we're going out mid Sept and she insists on decent sunshine and weather. That said, if there's a route that could allow us to explore out that way on the way down to Carcassonne, I'll have a look at it.
 
#5
for the outward journey Cognac is well worth a visit, a bit further on than Limoges but if you like your cognac you can't go wrong as all the "houses" are there. We stayed at the IBIS just down from the Remy Distillary, good value and comfortable enough. If your going further down from there you have to go over the Millau viaduct, I had planned to do it a couple of years ago but missed out due to car problems.
 
#6
Go a bit further south from Limoges to the Dordogne. Sarlat-le-Canada is a lovely town - excellent restaurants and a great street market. Lots of lovely little villages and towns (Domme and Beynac-et-Cazenac for example).

Every village seems to have a good restaurant and these two places are well worth a visit:

Chateau les Milandes (Josephine Baker's old country estate - my wife loved the place, and it is quite and interesting bit of French history)
Castelnaud la Chapelle (Castle with a museum of Medieval warfare - village has a couple of good restaurants)

I was there a couple of years ago - good weather, great scenery and the restaurant prices were pretty good. The open air markets also have food stalls - try the fresh roast chickens or the fresh paella.

PM me if you need any more info.

:)

Rodney2q
 
#7
There used to be a nice little hotel in a village called Pierrefitte, just south of Limoge, Dijon and the wine growing area around it is bloddy expensive.

If you're in the area of Limoges, look up Oradour-sur-Glane, where 2nd SS Panzer Divisionn massacred the entire village on the way to Normandy. To be fair the Resistance had threatened to burn an SS battalion commander at the stake, but there are (were) two Oradours and the Krauts picked the wrong one for their retribution...

Also, we used to 'bowler hat' generals who failed, the Frogs Limogee them. It's the biggest military backwater in all of the Pays de Grenouille.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#8
for the outward journey Cognac is well worth a visit, a bit further on than Limoges but if you like your cognac you can't go wrong as all the "houses" are there. We stayed at the IBIS just down from the Remy Distillary, good value and comfortable enough. If your going further down from there you have to go over the Millau viaduct, I had planned to do it a couple of years ago but missed out due to car problems.
Yes, that's one of the reason I mentioned Charente Maritime, nice steady drive to Cognac, if you like Oysters they just sell them on stalls at the side of the sea, loads of oyster beds in the region. La Rochelle is a nice town and quite pretty.
I'd not even go to the South as that coastline there is so beautiful and empty and not as far.
The Cognac houses are fantastic and the smells... oh fantastic. If you buy Coganc also buy Pineau de Charente which is Cognac mixed with Grape juice it's a bit like Sherry but not as sickly, very more-ish.
 
#9
Agreed with pineau de Charente, knocked a few bottles of it back. We did the Hennessey House which included the crossing of the river, I could of stayed in the warehouse all day with that smell.
I know Royan is not everyones flavour due to the fact we totalled it during WW2 however there are cracking areas nearby and wonderful beaches.
 
#10
check out Troys on your way it's a lovely medieval city with a few English kings buried there Henry V being one of them, shopping is good for the Mrs too. Don't bother running around Dijon buying mustard because as my wife found you can buy the same stuff in tesco.
Enjoy
 
#11
Mrs CD and I popped down to Montpelier on the motorbike a few years ago.

Le Havre - Tours - Toulouse - Montpelier - Lyon - Reims - Le Havre : back in time for tea and medals.

Toulouse was great, great food and some sort of music festival/live music in the town square.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#12
Agreed with pineau de Charente, knocked a few bottles of it back. We did the Hennessey House which included the crossing of the river, I could of stayed in the warehouse all day with that smell.
I know Royan is not everyones flavour due to the fact we totalled it during WW2 however there are cracking areas nearby and wonderful beaches.
They had some pretty exchange students doing the tours when we went and they were pretty. The Pineau was better from the better branded ones but of course some cheap stuff from the side of the road was more than good enough for me.
I seem to recall getting a 5 litre container of that or it could have been wine. Necked a fair old bit of it, fell asleep at the side of the pool, boyfriend left me to snore and slavver most of the afternoon until I was half burnt to death.
I did go to Royan but can't rememebr what it was like but for sure there are miles and miles of lovely beaches often empty.
 
#13
Thanks for the tips all, we've identified Poitiers as probably our first stop. It seems to tick a lot of boxes and we can do a run out to the coast if the weather holds up.

Agree with a previous poster about Dijon prices, but the GF wants to see the place, so we're still looking for a decent town about an hour away from Dijon (preferably on the north side)
 
#14
If you go a bit West of Dijon you come to the Burgundy growing area around Beaune, I used a cheap Ibis hotel in Nuits St George a long time ago. Theres a couple of Ibis hotels in Beaune itself at about £60ish a night and that the epicenter of the Burgundy wines with the great reds to the East & whites like Puligny Montrachet & Mersault to the south mainly! Theres a good, but expensive hotel in Puligny Montrachet, Le Montrachet. But the great thing around this area is all the fantastic wines if you drive around you will find lots of cellars offering tastings, have a look at these sites to give you some ideas. Be warned doing a lot of tasting can put you over the limit if you are driving
Town of Beaune, Burgundy, Wine and Tourist Information, Cte d'Or, Bourgogne, France
and Rick Steves' Europe: Drinking up Burgundy's Delights
and Wine tastings in Beaune, selected tours & cellar visits | Burgundy Eye
and here Wine Tasting activities in Beaune - Lonely Planet
As you might guess I love Burgundy wines, red & white, trouble is they are expensive! Have a good trip!

Pretty much agree with this, I have stayed a few times in Fuisse, great wine and food. Macon is also a nice place for a lunch by the river. Personally I would give Dijon a miss, its a bit dull and built up.

You might want to try and avoid toll roads if you can, that eats into the euros. Also dont forget the breathalysers.
 
#15
Ask around within Carcassonne itself if you want to try proper cassoulet, as some of the restaurants are mediocre to say the least. Might be worth asking outside the castle walls for the proper stuff- bit hit and miss in the touristy places.
 
#16
Went to Spain last year (or was it the year before? **** knows) and made it to Tours in my first blast from Calais, a heavy right foot may have helped. If you stay there the Novotel is cracking. Carcassonne is beautiful and if you love history bring the Kleenex. On the way down I'd recommend a stop at Agen which is a gorgeous town with some really nice places to eat and stay. Probably not more than 2 nights of touristy stuff though but its still a lovely town with a spectacular memorial.

The Autoroutes are great if you want to get there quick but going the back roads is so much better, a gorgeous view around every bend and stumbling across little French postcard villages dotted along the route.
 
#17
Have a stop over at Epernay and visit the champagne houses. We went last year and had a cracking few days touring the cellars and testing the wares. We spent a fortune on champagne but it was well worth it.
 
#18
I spend most summers in France trying to reduce the Wine Lake so done this trip a few times. Weather in September will still be good south of the Loire although perhaps a little cool in the evenings. Be wary of Cassoulet - unless you've got a very hearty appetite as the portions are Desperate Dan size ... Castelnaudary is the place to go (not far from Carcassonne).

If you're driving up from Carcassonne via Limogues, Sarlat is quite along way down (a good hour from Limogues) however well worth a visit ... do not go on Saturday (market day) unless you've got loadsadosh and like duck! Limogues itself is a tip and not even worth stopping in!

I think some of the advice already given is well worth consideration and go up the coastal route via Bordeaux into Charante Maritime ... Saint / Cognac is good for a visit - Saint probably has the cheaper hotels ( do a google search and you'll get a load of cheap relaise type places which are clean and comfortable. La Rochelle ( about a hour north of Cognac on the A11) is also worth a visit. The motorway from Charante runs right up through Anger / Le Mans and almost right to Calaise and is an easy drive.
 
#19
My father n law live about an hour away ( north side ) of Dijon his 2 nearest towns are Langras and Chatillon-sur-seine there is some lovely country side round there
 

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