There are usually two main events each year, one based in the U.K. and one overseas in Europe.
Due to current restrictions 2021 events will be scheduled after the pandemic.
Additionally, the Society’s A.G.M. in January is also a social event, currently held at a hotel in Oxfordshire with many members staying overnight. We often engage a speaker to entertain the members after lunch, or alternatively put on a film show.
Le Plan: Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo, drive south to St Georges sur Loire. Stay at the exclusive Chateau de l'Epinay on dinner, bed & breakfast for three nights. The hotel has extensive grounds, formal gardens, swimming pool, fitness centre, free bikes. Visit https://www.chateauepinay.com/en/ for more information.
Then: Drive 105 miles east to Chenonceau in the Cher Valley to stay at the Auberge du Bon Laboureur for 4 nights. At the 4- Star Auberge du Bon Laboureur our accommodation will comprise 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast and two nights bed & breakfast – i.e. 2 evenings free to eat out at local restaurants within walking distance.
Secure parking within the hotel grounds, swimming pool, gardens, etc. For more information visit https://www.bonlaboureur.com/en/loire-valley-hotels This traditional hotel, built in the 18th century is within easy walking distance of the Chateau de Chenonceau – one of the most picturesque French chateaux, and which spans the River Cher.
A full programme of optional outings will be arranged at both hotels and there will be
an EMGS pétanque (or boule) championship to sort out les hommes from les garçons!
On the return journey to St Malo, we will stay overnight at the hotel l'Ermitage in Saulges, (104 miles from Chenonceau) which is in the Mayenne department, west of Le Mans, on dinner, bed & breakfast. The EMGS group has stayed here before, since when a new bedroom wing has been built. Saulges is 108 miles from St Malo.
Visit https://en.hotel-ermitage.fr/ for more information.
The tariff for this event includes large 4-berth cabins for two occupants on the ferries (cabin upgrades available) and twin/double rooms at the three hotels, where upgrades are also available, prices on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
Included are: 8 hotel nights in France, with 6 evening meals at the hotels, plus 2 nights on ferries.
Based at the Izaak Walton Hotel in Dovedale, Ashbourne.
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