Getting Here

Crossing the channel

By Ferry:- By far the best routes from the UK are to cross from Portsmouth or Poole to St. Malo, Caen or Cherbourg. These give the shortest road journeys in France, taking from about 2½ hours to 4½ hours depending on traffic. While the Dover-Calais routes give the shortest crossing time, travelling time in France increases to around 7 hours. From Ireland, the ferry routes are to Roscoff and Cherbourg from Rosslare or via the land bridge through the UK.

By Air:- There are now cheap flights from several UK airports to the local airports of Poitiers, Nantes, Angers and La Rochelle. You may, depending on changes made by the ‘no frills’ airlines, be able to fly to La Rochelle from Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, London Stanstead and Southampton; to Nantes from Cork, Dublin, London Stanstead, Manchester, Nottingham East Midlands and Shannon; to Poitiers from London Stanstead and to Angers from Manchester and Southampton.

 In France – Getting to Cheffois and La Guérinière

From Northern Brittany you take the route south via Rennes and Nantes. Once south of Nantes you head south towards Chantonnay and then east towards La Châtaigneraie.  From Calais, you would head south through Rouen, Le Mans and Cholet before leaving the autoroutes to head south past Pouzauges and on towards Cheffois. Alternatively, from Poitiers, go west for approximately 50 miles past Parthenay to La Châtaigneraie and then towards Cheffois.  La Guérinière is in the countryside 3 miles north-west of La Châtaigneraie.

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