The drive to Villeneuve-Minervois was scheduled to take around 7 hours, The routes selected by Via Michelin , google maps and Kate were all slightly different but times were similar. We set off 9:30 as planned having allowed time to hand back the keys to Norma and say our goodbyes. We headed towards Brehemont where we ignored Kates initial directions and headed across country towards Poitiers and then south to Limoges. A Brexton coffee was taken around midday and a lunch stop taken at the Aire De Briance Ligoure services south of Limoges. After our initial route across country the rest of the route was on dual carriage ways and peage. Traffic was busy in places but we only had one significant delay of around 15 minutes. We arrived Villeneuve-Minervois just after 18:30. We called ahead and were meet by the owners mother who lives next door. We were able to park in a space directly opposite the accommodation and carry our bags across the road.
The house is on 3 floors with bedrooms on the second and third floor and sitting room / kitchen downstairs. We decided to eat out so booked an outside table 150 yards from the house at the Auberge de la Clamoux. We were pleased to find our table for was spaced away from other diners. Our Covid pass was not required to be shown but masks were being worn when diners went inside with the locals attaching them as arm bands whilst they ate. After a good 3 courses, 2 in Louise’s case we finished with coffee / hot milk. But not before being “entertained “by a topless man being chased round the streets by 3 locals and then the local gendarme . Extra locks we put on the bikes before we went to bed but are unlikely to be required.