|HOW TO GET TO OUR FAMILY FRIENDLY GITES IN THE
CHARENTE MARITIME REGION OF SW FRANCE
|Ferry from the UK to France
St Malo 4hr30 drive 395km our closest ferry port
Cherbourg 6hrs drive 560km
Caen 5hrs drive 467km
Le Harvre 5hr30 drive 548km
Roscoff 6hrs drive 531km
Calais 7hr30 drive 730km
|Car Hire in Charente Maritime
All the major car hire companies will supply hire cars
at the local airports providing they are prebooked
(these smaller airports don't have 24hr offices, if any
office) Budget, Easy car, Argus, Hertz and Holiday
Autos are well known companies but they all do deals
at different times so try an independant comparison
site such as www.travelsupermarket.com to get the
best deal of the day.
Train to Charente Maritime region
Eurostar will take you from London to Paris direct or
indirectly to Bordeaux and Angouleme where you can
hire a car or take the eurostar channel tunnel train to
SNCF is the excellent French train system. Our
nearest tgv stations are Angouleme, Poitiers or
Surgeres. You can then get connections to St Jean
d'Angely, however please remember a car is essential
as our cottages are located in the countryside where
there are no taxis or public transport. You will need to
arrange car hire before arriving, from the main tgv
arrival town as there is not a car hire office in St Jean.
Car Train Take your own car on the train with you.
gives toll prices,
and detailed routes inc
pictures of the signposts
|Ferry from Ireland
www.irishferries.com sails from Rosslare to Cherbourg or Roscoff
www.brittanyferries.ie sails from Cork to Roscoff.
We can give you a 20% discount code for Brittany ferry crossings
www.celticlinkferries.com sails from Rosslare to Cherbourg. This is
a container service that takes some car passengers. Service is basic,
but all meals are included in fares, which keeps spending down,
especially for large families.
www.ldlines.com sails from Rosslare to Le Havre.
Sailing via the UK Landbridge crossings - catching one ferry to the
UK, then driving to catch a second to France -
offer more frequent departures
The Channel Tunnel www.eurotunnel.com is then an option.
|Fly- distances from airports in the Poitou
Charente to our family friendly gites
La Rochelle 1 hrs drive
Poitiers 1hr20 drive
Bordeaux 1hr30 drive
Limoges 2hr15 drive
Nantes 2hrs drive
Bergerac 3hrs drive
|DRIVING IN FRANCE
French roads are well signposted, but bring a good map or use GPS to
get to Saint Jean d'Angely but DO use the motorways.
Please use the directions we provide to reach the gites from St Jean
d'Angely. GPS may not get to us.
or Print a detailed route planner from www.viamichelin.com
www.mappy.fr (which also gives the locations of "safety cameras") or
Motorways are the best way to cover long distances; they provide
frequent rest stops. Tolls operate on most routes
apart from city ring roads.
For up-to-date traffic conditions, roadworks, closures and peak-period
warnings, see www.bisonfute.equipement.gouv.fr
(click on the British flag for an English translation).
Be warned that all cars travelling in France are obliged to carry, along
with other safety equipment (such as spare bulbs, first-aid kit and fire
extinguisher), a warning triangle and a high-visibility vest or jacket for
use in the case of breakdown or emergency. You will not be fined if
you do not have a breathylyser kit.
|Visit www.skyscanner.net for
comprehensive details of all
airports, who flies where and when
|Travelling in July and August
Avoid Paris on Friday and Saturday or leave very early. Heavy traffic is normal in the morning and until evening on the A86, which circles Paris, on the A6 motorway
from Paris to Lyon, on the A10 from Paris to Bordeaux and the A13 from Paris to Caen. If possible travel on Sunday, when the roads should be relatively quiet.
Travellers are advised to avoid driving on 31 July and 7 August, the two worst days of the year in terms of traffic. Obviously if you have booked to come then, thats a
bit hard but be prepared and try and leave very early or expect to get stuck in traffic. Bring snacks and water and make sure you have plenty of petrol.