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Tandems & Turrets

Luxury E-Tandem Holidays Made for Two

4 or 7 Night Holidays staying in the Chateau with all meals included


Staying in this wonderful riverside Château in south west France, inclusive of all meals, electric assisted tandem hire. Each day we have a different route for the group to follow and riders will be accompanied by Steve at all times. Steve holds an International Cycling Tour Guide Qualification to enable him to lead cycle rides.

 Our luxury accommodation at Château Caillac provides a fully catered centre with accompanied tandem trips of around 30-40 miles (50-60 km) a day depending on the needs of the group. The maximum group size will be 10 adults (5 tandems)

The lot et Garonne region is ideal for cycling, with its mixture of level routes along the Lot river valley, alongside rolling hills with numerous bastide towns en route. We don’t believe there is better way to see this beautiful region of France.

Tandem and Turrets has the perfect mix of an activity holiday with luxury accommodation.

                                                                                                                  


 



What’s included:-

4 or 7 Nights luxury accommodation in an en-suite bedroom at Chateau Caillac

Breakfast, picnic lunch and 4 course dinner

Wine and beer with your evening meal

Use of one of our electric assist Tandems

Different bike rides each day with Steve a trained Tour Leader


What’s not included:-

Flights

Private holiday insurance

Helmets and cycle wear

For more information please contact Angela

Email: angela@chateaucaillac.com

+44 (0) 7967499083

Tandems & Turrets

Luxury Tandem Cycling Holidays Made For Two



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Château Caillac

Fongrave

Lot et Garonne

47260

France

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Tandem and turrets in the lot et garonne france Mail: angela@chateaucaillac.com

Don’t be concerned if you haven't ridden a tandem before, Steve and Angela are experienced tandem riders who will soon have you on your way. These modern electric assisted tandems use the proven Shimano e8000 Steps motor and are easy to learn on. Once you have tried one you will soon be hooked.



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Steve holds an International Cycling Tour Guide Qualification.


Please read these reviews from our first few weeks :-

“We had an amazing time staying at Chateau Caillac on one of their tandems and turrets breaks. We cycled every day on the most comfortable bike I have ever sat on. The brand new,high-spec,electric tandems were a revelation.We rode an enjoyable 50k a day along country lanes, by the river and up hills. We visited cafes and picnic’d in the countryside. Steve is a perfect tour leader with his encyclopedic knowledge of the local roads. Then, back to the chateau for a cool dip in the pool and a gourmet meal .... With wine of course... I did not want to come home !”

“Just returned from a fabulous few days at Chateau Caillac doing a test run of their Luxury Tandem holidays. From the moment we were collected from Bergerac airport by Steve and our welcome at Fongrave by Angela with drinks and nibbles we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. A beautiful property in a stunning location, delicious home cooked food washed down with wine and prosecco whats not to like? As for the revelation of the electric tandems, we thought it would feel a bit like we were cheating but the boost of power meant we could ride further afield and tackle hills that we would never dream of in this country. Steve chose some amazing routes in a variety of landscapes- riverside and ridges and it was a privilege to share in it all. Steve and Angela are the perfect team to offer these holidays and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys leisure cycling, great food and luxury accommodation”

We had a brilliant time in this gorgeous chateau and touring on the e-tandems. Angela and Steve are the perfect hosts and totally spoiled us. The e-tandems are such fun and take the hard work out of the hills, the countryside is lovely and the weather was mixed but hot when the sun shone. Angela's food was wonderful and Molly the cat loves cuddles. We would definitely recommend this holiday and will definitely book again.

“An exceptional weeks holiday.”

What a beautiful Chateau, expertly hosted and with top class dining and great local wines.

Delightful cycling lanes and lovely market towns to visit all made easily accessible with the superb electric tandems.

A full on fun rest day of crazy crazy golf and messing about on the river.

To top it all off we made some like minded new friends.

See you next year.



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“Truly Amazing”

What an amazing four days of Tandems & Turrets. The Chateau was jaw dropping as you drove up the driveway and simply stunning inside and out. Both Angela and Steve welcomed us into their beautiful home with open arms and nothing was too much trouble.

The electric tandems were simple to master, having never ridden one before. Just make sure you keep in time with each other when peddling, it makes it much easier.

Steve took us to some beautiful villages on our travels and he even turned a miserable rainy day into fun! Steve’s knowledge of the area was superb using mainly cycle tracks and quiet roads with stops for coffee, lunch and photos.

Angela was always there when we returned with a big smile and an even bigger homemade cake with tea, coffee, wine or beer. Time to relax or have a swim before

aperitifs around the pool with nibbles then an amazing four course dinner cooked by Angela.

Thank you Angela and Steve for four amazing days we will never forget.


“Tandems & Turrets - fantastic.”

A brilliant few days staying in a beautiful chateau in the french countryside. 3 days tandem cycling brilliantly organised by Steve. Suitable for all fitness levels with the excellent support provided by Steve and the wonderful bond and camaraderie of the group of like minded couples. Angela provided us all with a lovely breakfast, a packed lunch and our return was greeted with fresh home made cake and followed with a wonderful 4 course dinner. Overall, a fantastic few days where strangers became friends, laughter and fun was in abundance and it was a pleasure to meet Steve and Angela who both go the extra mile to make everyone feel welcome. Would highly recommend to others. Keep up the good work.



“Great Chateau, Great food, Great guests and Great hosts!”

Booked a 5 night Tandems and Turrets holiday back in January as a birthday present for my wife. Then found the chateau being featured on Channel 4 programme (Escape to the Chateau DIY) in early Feb. The actual holiday exceeded the expectations set from the program. The Chateau and the room were delightful, the other three couples taking part on the holiday were wonderful and our hosts, Steve and Angela, were just perfect. We had a great time with so many laughs and lovely meals. We were sad to have it all end. Would definitely recommend.


“Simply the best”

We have travelled widely, but we return to Château Caillac regularly, as it is our absolute favourite place. The château itself is stunningly beautiful and stands in exquisite grounds. It’s rural location and situation on the banks of the river Lot make it an ideal holiday venue. There are beautiful views over the river with mesmerising reflections of trees, neighbouring properties and lovely sunsets. The garden leads directly to a jetty and access to the river itself. The rooms are sumptuous and spacious, with en suite bathrooms. We recently enjoyed the Tandems and Turrets week, a fully catered package. I have cycled in this area before, but the e-tandems allowed us to explore even more widely and tackle some of the steep hills up to the medieval towns, local markets and other places of interest. The holiday allows you to be active in a safe, but challenging context. Furthermore, this is such a beautiful, unspoilt part of France and Steve’s guided tours were superb. We felt well looked after at every stage of the varied routes and the added boost from the motor, when needed, gave us the confidence to cycle greater distances and steeper terrain than usual. To then return to Angela’s warm and friendly welcome, with aperitifs and canapés … what more could we ask? Angela’s homemade cakes and four course evening meals are beyond compare, and wine is included. This makes the package exceptionally good value for money. The icing on the cake is team Angela and Steve and the way in which they share their beautiful home. Their hosting skills, along with the uniquely beautiful environment, make this holiday unique and simply the best.


“Fun, friends, food, France - all my favourite things at once, c'est magnifique!”

My husband and I are huge France fans, we like to cycle and well, who doesn't like a bit of luxury now and again, so small wonder we had such a fantastic time here on our Tandems and Turrets trip.


Steve and Angela are château owners extraordinaire, they are kind and generous hosts who genuinely seem to enjoy sharing their stunning home with guests and take pride in ensuring everyone has the best possible time. Their level of care and planning shows in every thoughtful detail, nothing is too much trouble and they are constantly on hand offering drinks or yet more delicious food, showing you round their home or mending guests' possessions!


As hard as it was to tear ourselves away from the luxury of the château, we had great fun on the tandems too. Each tandem is colour coded and you keep the same bike, fitted to your preference, for the whole trip. A pannier is also provided which eliminates the need to wear a rucksack plus you are given your own water bottle which fits the holders on your tandem. Steve has the bikes cleaned, checked and charged each morning and the route planned according to weather conditions, he also makes provision for coffee breaks, comfort stops, photo ops and visits to places of interest such as a traditional french market or the beautiful water lily gardens that inspired some of Monet's paintings. We had never ridden a tandem before but quickly took to it, learning to pedal in sync and enjoying being able to chat away as we travelled through picturesque and peaceful countryside. We averaged around 50km per day, the electric boost on the tandems proving helpful for hills and headwinds and meant that the group could always keep together at a decent pace. Due to the huge range of weather we experienced during our three days of cycling, a top tip would be to pack a really good waterproof coat and bring spare trainers, we enjoyed the day despite the rain but boy did we get soaked! Also, for the ladies, just two words...padded bottoms!


Returning each day to Angela's smiling welcome and home baked cake was really something to look forward to, but make sure you're first home on flapjack day and run off with the whole plate, they are amazing! Following that we tended to relax around the pool with a drink, chatting to the other guests but if you still have the energy there is table tennis or a game of pool, equally if you want a little down-time there are plenty of different seating areas indoors and out, the choice is yours.


It's hard to get across just how much I enjoyed this trip thanks to Angela and Steve's fabulous hospitality, the great company of our fellow tandemers and the feeling of contentment I felt at the chateau, it was all wonderful, merci beaucoup.

“The best 4 days I have ever spent”

I was a bit apprehensive that riding a tandem would be tricky but I needn’t have been, as the quality of the e-tandems and the clear and simple instruction that Steve gave us meant that we and the other guests took to it very quickly. The optional extra “umpf” that the motor gave on the hills meant that we handled the inclines with ease. This is particularly a real bonus when the weather is hot. Steve took great care to make sure we we all enjoying the ride and were safely negotiating the hills and junctions. The electrical assistance, which one can easily switch on and off as required, is a really good idea and meant that I took to the tandem really quickly. When you have got the hang of it and are full off energy you can turn off the assistance, conversely when tired or on a steep hill you can boost the electrical assistance to a higher level. For some it became a badge if honour to see how little battery one could use up! But when tired or just feeling lazy there was to be more than enough battery capacity to last the whole day. Steve made sure that the tandems were checked and recharged overnight and even lent us some very effective ponchos that really helped protect us from the rain showers on the first day. Well planned coffee / rest and lunch stops and additional items of interest such as the opportunity for wine tasting added to the variety.


At the end of each day it was wonderful to be welcomed home by Angela with drinks and cake by the pool.


The chateau itself is an incredible place to stay. Our room was of a high standard with the quirky addition of a toilet in a turret! Waking up to the view across the pond, lawns and down to the the river Lot was very special. You can even savour the view while sitting in the bath.


It is hard to pick on one particular aspect of our stay as a single highlight as it was all excellent. However Angela’s food was definitely one of the very many high points for me. The four course dinners were delicious and were something that I really looked forward to. Angela is a terrific cook and her attention to detail is obvious. Drinks and canapés before dinner were all also excellent.


Our hosts, Steve and Angela, are both lovely people and it was ultimately they, not the stunning chateau, the amazing location by the river Lot nor the wonderful countryside that made it such a great holiday, though they all added to the experience. It did not feel merely like a hotel stay but instead something very special and personal. Steve and Angela shared their wonderful home with us for the duration of our stay and they were an integral part of the experience for me.


I was genuinely very sad to have to leave at the end of break. I cannot recommend Tandems and Turrets highly enough. I will be back.


Thank you to Angela and Steve, (and Molly the cat) for an excellent experience. I am confident that Tandems and Turrets will continue to be a huge success.