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Driving to the Charente Maritime

(For route maps see bottom of page)

From mainland Europe :

Just head for the main A10 Autoroute from Paris to Bordeaux.

La Vieille Grange is just 10 minutes from junction 37 of the A10.

From UK via Channel Tunnel to Calais :

The cheapest route often from UK is to use the Channel Tunnel to Calais -  just 6 1/2 hrs with auto-routes almost all the way - go via Rouen to avoid Paris ! We've used it many times - and it's a great way of getting across/under the Channel ! Standard return fares can be less than £100 (or even less during promotions).

From UK via Ferry to St.Malo :

The shortest way to get to us by car from UK is to use a UK to St.Malo ferry route. Both Brittany Ferries and Condor operate such routes.

Brittany Ferries operate crossings from Portsmouth to St.Malo. All year round, they depart Portsmouth 20.30, arriving at St.Malo 08.15. With the new motorway now open around Niort you can be with us in 4 hours (plus stops). So you can be in your gite for lunch on the terrace at 14.00 ! 

The drive is easy : an hour of good dual carriageway to Nantes, then motorway all the way to us.

Costs : Brittany Ferries don't publish prices, which vary according to season, length of stay and demand. Check their website or phoneline for up to date fares. 

Ways of reducing the costs include (if you've the flexibility !) :

From UK via Ferry to Caen :

The other good route from UK is UK to Caen : it's a quicker crossing, works out cheaper if you have a daytime crossing without a cabin, but it is an extra hour's drive at the other end. However it's now (almost) motorway all the way, with the opening of the final stretch of new motorway between Caen and Rennes

Brittany Ferries now operate two services Portsmouth to Caen : a high speed service (weekends only) taking just 3 1/2 hours, or the normal ferry service taking 6 hours with a choice of daytime or night crossings.

From UK via Ferry to other French Ports :

Numerous operators do other routes including to Roscoff, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dieppe, Boulogne and Calais.

New for 2014 : Brittany Ferries économie service Portsmouth to Le Havre : 20%-30% cheaper

(and with 13 pet friendly cabins for those with a doggie !)

And book with us and get a discount of up to 15% off Brittany Ferries' fares from UK !!

Driving Times from UK to La Vieille Grange:

Approximate driving times to us (excluding stops) from all main ports are :

 Maps :

Book with us and get a discount of up to 15% off Brittany Ferries' fares from UK !!


4 1/2 hrs


5 hrs


5  3/4 hrs


6 hrs

Le Havre

51/2  hrs


6 hrs


7 hrs


7 1/4 hrs

View Larger Map

For a route map click on your destination map (the “B” flag) then “get directions” to change from St.Malo :

  To La Vieille Grange :                                                    

Useful Links :

Ferry Search Engine : Frenchconnections

Best Days to Travel : Bison Fute

If you've got flexibility about which days you drive have a look at this website for forecasts of which days will be busiest ("Calendrier des Previsions")

French motorway electronic transponders for UK motorists : Liber-t


Brittany Ferries

Condor Ferries

P & O Ferries

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