By Air

  1. –The nearest airport to the house is La Rochelle which is 45 minutes away by car. Ryanair flies direct from Stansted or Dublin, Flybe flies from Southampton, alternatively there are plenty of options from London/Manchester/Dublin to Bordeaux ( two hour drive).

By Train

  1. –The TGV from Paris to La Rochelle takes 3hrs 15 and you can hire cars from both La Rochelle airport and train station. You need to take the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris, then change in Paris to catch the TGV down to La Rochelle. Fares start at about £200 but you can get quite a good deal on kids tickets

By Car

  1. –The only one we have done is the Portsmouth to Caen ferry – it is an overnight on the ferry normally, then a good 5 hour drive down


From La Rochelle airport:

Exit the airport following Toutes Directions, then follow signs for the N137 towards Rochefort. As you approach Rochefort take the right slip road market D733, Exit 31 and signposted Marennes/île D’Oléron. Continue to follow signs for Marennes/île D’Oléron as far as St Agnant where you take the D123 slip road which after approximately 13kms takes you to Marennes. You know you are five minutes away when you see the church spire..

From Bordeaux:

Follow the A19 motorway north to exit 5 to the west of Saintes. Ten take the 728 westward towards Marennes

In Marennes:

Turn left at the first set of traffic lights marked D3. Keep straight ahead until you come to the church. With the church on your left follow the road around to the right and turn into Place Carnot, then drive through the square o the furthest corner where you wind your way down a narrow lane called Passage Rocher. You will see the new, and currently unpainted, garage doors of No2 Rue Dubois Meynardie on your right.

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