Coming from the UK by car

There are several options for crossing the Channel:


The Channel Tunnel provides the quickest crossing of the Channel. You drive onto the special train at Folkestone, and emerge 35 minutes later at Calais. From Calais it is approximately five and a half hours driving time to Bournan. For details visit the website of Eurotunnel.


There are several routes from the Engish south coast to French Channel ports. These are some of the main ones. Please consult ferry operators for timetables and other routes.

Crossing Route Approx crossing time Driving time in France Web site of operators
Dover - Calais 1 hr 15 mins 5 hours 30 mins P & O Ferries ; LD Lines
Newhaven - Dieppe 4 hrs 4 Hours LD Lines
Portsmouth - Le havre 8 hrs overnight 3 hrs 30 mins LD Lines
Portsmouth - Caen 6 hrs 3 hrs 30 mins Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth - Cherbourg 4 hrs 4 hrs 15 mins Brittany Ferries
Poole - Cherbourg 2 hrs 30 mins 4 hrs 15 mins Brittany Ferries

The motorway network in France is excellent.  When travelling from Calais it is advised to use the A28 motorway and go through Rouen; this avoids having to drive via Paris.  The ViaMichelin web site is excellent for route planning.


Arriving in the Loire Valley by Air

If you prefer to fly to the Loire valley from the UK, Ryanair fly from London Stansted to Tours and Poitiers airports, both of which are approximately 45 minutes drive from Bournan. You will find details on the Ryanair website.
You will need to hire a car at the airport on arrival. Avis, Hertz, and Europcar provide hire cars at both airports.


Arriving by Rail

The TGV high speeed train does the journey from Paris to St Pierre des Corps mainline station at Tours in 55 minutes. For details of prices and timetables consult the TGV Europe site. Upon arrival at St Pierre des Corps you will need to hire a car for the 45 minutes drive to Bournan. Avis, Hertz, and Europcar provide hire cars at the station.