Angouleme Circuit des Ramparts 2012 – classic cars and classic houses!

This year’s “circuit des remparts” promises to be one of the best ever.

It’s on 14-16 September and the course has remained unaltered since the first ever race in 1939, with the classic cars being sourced from both private collections and museums.

If you have never been before you can expect to see vintage cars working their way round the famous hairpins and Touring & GT cars power sliding round this tight Angouleme street circuit.

The event starts on Friday 14th, with the Concours d’Elegance – cars and drivers gather in the town centre for the judging. On Saturday 15th, if you have a pre-1975 car, you can join in the Tourist Rally, which takes you out of Angouleme on a pre-planned route.  In the evening there is the gala buffet to enjoy and on Sunday 16th there are practice sessions in the morning and full racing in the afternoon.

Hotels in Angouleme have been sold out for months but, if you’re thinking of coming, you should be OK in near-by Jarnac or Cognac.

Whilst there why not take time out from the racing and take a look at some houses we have for sale.

The historic town of Cognac is home to many fine houses and one of the best is this elegant maison de maitre with six bedrooms and five bathrooms sitting in 7,540m2 of beautiful gardens.  On the market for €890,000 it comes with stabling and beautiful views over the surrounding vineyards.

Moving out into the Grande Champagne countryside and close to the terrific Chateau de Bouteville we are marketing a charming property dating back to 1788.  It is a typical vineyard property with sweeping views over the vines.  It sits on a plot of 3,800m2 and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and plenty of outbuildings.  The owners are asking €477,000.

Finally, head back towards Angouleme and stop at the riverside town of Chateauneuf sur Charente which is home to this delightful logis dating back to the 17th century.  It’s a truly impressive building with five bedrooms and two bathrooms all set within a walled garden of 950m2.  We are marketing the logis for 4477,000.

Don’t forget that if you don’t want to miss a second of the racing you can always see the whole Leggett Immobilier portfolio within Poitou Charentes online at www.frenchestateagents.com/poitou-charentes-property

You certainly don’t need to be a “petrol head” to enjoy the spectacle…after all who can resist a little chuckle at the thought of seeing so many Terry Thomas lookalikes gathered in this historic old city!

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