"Gerald pulled up in front of the porte cochère"
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePorte-cochère - Credit: Adrian Plat

A porte-cochère is an open-air porch built outside a doorway, or a covered entrance to a courtyard. It is sometimes known as a carriage-porch, as its original function was to shelter travellers as they alighted from their carriages.

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Porte-cochere with a Rolls Royce