Travelling to our family friendly
gites in the Charente Maritime
Travelling to our family gites at Les Vallaies couldn't be easier. We are an easy  hours
drive from the ferry port of St Malo and just a 1 hour drive from the airport at
La Rochelle. Calais is about an 8 hr drive, Cherbourg and Caen a 5-6hr drive. Other
airports within a reasonable travelling distance are Bordeaux at 1.5hrs, Poitiers at
1.3hrs and Limoges at 2hrs.

We have compiled a list of useful information and links to help plan your travel to our
family friendly gites. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
Ferry Ports
St Malo 4hr30 drive 395km
Cherbourg 6hrs drive 560km
Caen 5hrs drive 467km
Le Harvre 5hr30 drive 548km
Roscoff 6hrs drive 531km
Calais 7hr30 drive 730km
Flying from the UK
London Stanstead -Ryanair to La Rochelle, Poitiers, Limoges
London Gatwick - Easyjet to La Rochelle ; London Luton -Easyjet to Bordeaux
Manchester - Flybe to La Rochelle, Limoges ; BMI Baby to Bordeaux ; Flybe
Liverpool - Ryanair to Limoges ; East Midlands - Ryanair to Bordeaux
Birmingham - Flybe to La Rochelle ,BMI Baby to Bordeaux
Bristol - Easyjet to La Rochelle, Bordeaux ; Southampton - Flybe to La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Limoges
Newcastle - Flybe to limoges
Car Hire
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. Or try
'France this way'
Train
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 Calais.
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. Car Train Take your own car on the train with you.
Driving in France
French roads are well signposted, but bring a good map or use GPS. Print a detailed route planner from
www.viamichelin.com , www.mappy.fr (which also gives the locations of "safety cameras") or
www.aaroadwatch.ie/routes .
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.
Flying From Ireland
Aer Lingus ( www.aerlingus.com ) flies from Dublin to the larger French airports, including Bordeaux,
Toulouse, Lyons, Marseilles, Nice, Paris and Rennes. It also flies from Cork to Paris and Nice, and from
Belfast to Nice.
Ryanair ( www.ryanair.com ) flies from Dublin to a number of regional airports, often close to holiday
destinations. It also flies from Shannon to Biarritz, Carcassonne and Nantes, and from Cork to Carcassonne.
Aer Arann ( www.aerarann.ie ) flies from Galway and Waterford to Bordeaux and Lorient, and from Cork to
Lorient, Nantes, La Rochelle and Brest.
Air France ( www.airfrance.ie ) offers connections to most regional French airports from Dublin via Paris.
Airports
La Rochelle 1hr drive
Potiers 1hr20 drive
Bordeaux 1hr30 drive
Limoges 2hrs drive
Ferry from Ireland
www.irishferries.com sails from Rosslare to Cherbourg or Roscoff
www.brittanyferries.ie sails from Cork to Roscoff.
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 and are likely to be cheaper than direct sailings.
The Channel Tunnel  www.eurotunnel.com is then an option.
ROUTE FINDER - www.autoroutes.fr   gives toll prices, estimated petrol consumption, distances and detaled
routes inc pictures of the signposts to look out for .

Visit www.skyscanner.net for comprehensive details of all airports, who flies where and when
Contact Chris and Wendy Blakeman on oo 33 546330902 or
email us at
wendyblakeman@googlemail.com

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Ferry Companies
Brittany Ferries
P&O
Sea France
Condor Ferries