|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
|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
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
(click on the British flag for an English
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.
|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.