Getting to France

The choice of getting to us is ultimately up to you and your budget. We reckon the timescales and cost of getting here works out about the same whether you fly and then hire a car or ferry/tunnel and drive yourself. Train we’ve never tried, but having a car once you get here is essential, so you’ll need to hire one.

Below is a list of options and operators. We have no allegiances to any of them. At the end of the day it boils down to getting the best deal. Saying that we have always found P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways (was Norfolk Line) and Ryanair very good and competitively priced. We’ll leave it up to you to decide what’s best for you. However you decide to get here the trip will be worth it!

One tip we would say at this point is that booking early seems to give the best savings.

Crossing the Channel and Driving

Don’t be over ambitious about the distances you are able to travel in one day, especially if you have a long drive to your UK port of departure. This is especially important if you are driving with a young family. France is a very big country, so it might be better to travel a day earlier, stop overnight and then take time to enjoy the beautiful countryside. From main ports in the north of France (Dunkerque, Calais & Boulogne) to here is a good 10 to 12 hours drive. From the north west (St-Malo, Caen) is still 6 to 8 hours.

One can take the tunnel, which is excellent, but is normally more expensive than the ferries unless they have a deal on. The link below will take you to their site. Driving to here will take between 10 to 12 hours.

When coming from the north either by ferry or tunnel we would recommend that you avoid Paris and head to Rouen, followed by Chartres and then onto Orléans before heading south on the A71-E9.

Channel Tunnel - www.eurotunnel.com

Alternatively you can try the ferries. The sites below seem to give the best deals and you can see the differences between the operators.

Flying

This area is served by all the best of the cheap airlines. The list below shows you the French airports, with travel time to here, plus where they fly from.

Hire cars can be booked via the airlines sites but if you are flying into Bergerac then you could try a company called Buggs Car hire which is run by some local English. They can be found at www.buggscarhire.com. They offer some very competitive rates, so why not give them a try. Tip:- Diesel is cheaper than petrol here so if you are going to cover a lot of miles a diesel car would be your best option.

Trains

French Railways offer an overnight Motorail service from Boulogne to Brive-la-Gallarde (1.5 hours drive).

Cahors (45 minutes drive) and Gourdon (30 minutes drive to here) are on the main Paris-Toulouse rail line which has a fast regular service.

 

Directions to Boussagou

Google Earth Link

If you have Google Earth installed, you can click on the file link below and it will fly you to Boussagou. If not, you will need to install Google Earth first (available at http://earth.google.com).

» Boussagou.kmz

Coordinates:

Latitude 44.6507153
Longitude 1.1684529

Coming from Bergerac Airport (about 1 hour)

Exit airport road and at the T junction turn right. At the first two roundabouts turn right signposted to Sarlat and you’ll pick up the D660 to Cahors / Sarlat. At Couze-et-St-Font, turn right to Cahors (still on the D660 ). Stay on this road past Monpazier and follow for approx 17kms to a main T junction. To this point is about 45 minutes drive. Turn right towards Villefranche du Perigord / Cahors. Continue on, turning left at the roundabout. Go through Villefranche du Perigord and follow the D660 (direction Cahors) for approx. 2 kms (1 Mile). The road will start to descend and is quite twisty. You’ll then need to take your next left signposted, St-Etienne des Landes & Cazals. There is a large wood mill and tractor garage on the left at this turn. Follow this road, the D59, and you’ll drive through St-Etienne des Landes when you now need to follow signs for Cazals on the D63. Carry on for approximately 3km and you’ll come to a major crossroads, carry straight on heading for Marminiac. You’re now only a minute away. As the wood on the left finishes you’ll see the hamlet. Take your next left and follow the lane round to the left to your Gite. On this lane please don’t turn right up our French neighbours drive. Welcome.

Coming from Bordeaux Airport (about 2.5 hours)

There is no one direct or best route from Bordeaux but the one described below is what we think is the best compromise. From the airport turn left/north onto the ring road following the signs for Paris and Libourne. Follow the ring road until Junction 1 where you want to take the right exit onto the E70 signed Lyon, Périgueux & Bergerac . Carry on the E70 and then turn off at Junction 26, ignoring the sign for Bergerac, for Libourne & Perigueux still on the E70 / N89. Carry on the E70, part of which is a toll section, coming off at junction 12 signed Ribérac, Ste-Foy & Montpon. After the toll, turn right at the roundabout onto the D708 to Ste-Foy. When you arrive in Ste-Foy turn right at the T junction, signed ‘Autres Directions’ and then at the roundabout go nearly all the way round taking the D936 to Bergerac. Once you arrive into the outskirts of Bergerac you’ll come to a roundabout with a large E’Leclerc on the left. Stay on the D936 signed to Agen. Go straight across the next two roundabouts signposted to Sarlat and then turn right at the next and you’ll pick up the D660 to Cahors / Sarlat. At Couze-et-St-Font, turn right to Cahors (still on the D660 ). Stay on this road past Monpazier and follow for approx 17kms to a main T junction. Turn right towards Villefranche du Perigord / Cahors. Continue on, turning left at the roundabout. Go through Villefranche du Perigord and follow the D660 (direction Cahors) for approx. 2 kms (1 Mile). The road will start to descend and is quite twisty. You’ll then need to take your next left signposted, St-Etienne des Landes & Cazals. There is a large wood mill and tractor garage on the left at this turn. Follow this road, the D59, and you’ll drive through St-Etienne des Landes when you now need to follow signs for Cazals on the D63. Carry on for approximately 3km and you’ll come to a major crossroads, carry straight on heading for Marminiac. You’re now only a minute away. As the wood on the left finishes you’ll see the hamlet. Take your next left and follow the lane round to the left to your Gite. On this lane please don’t turn right up our French neighbours drive. Welcome.

From the North via the A20

Stay on A20-E9 until junction 56, then head for Gourdon on the D801. After 20kms you’ll arrive in the town of Gourdon which has a one way ring road. You’ll fork right on to this road and then at the T junction turn left. You’ll pass the main market square, shops and bars before arriving at a mini roundabout. Turn left here onto the D673 to Fumel. At the second fork in the road keep right still on the D673 heading for Fumel. Go straight across the roundabout (Note the Intermarche Supermarket on the left). Continue on this road, but please watch out for a speed camera after about 7kms. It's hidden behind a tree in a 90km (55mph) zone, just before you enter a 50km limit. Keep going for another 7km until you reach Salviac. Follow the one way system through Salviac and at the T junction turn right. Follow this road for another 7kms, ignoring the first turn you'll see for Marminiac, until you start to drop down into Cazals. After passing a garage and Casino minimarket on the left, take the next major right onto the D13 signposted to Marminiac. Follow this until you reach Marminiac and at the T junction turn left. Head out of the village and take the next left, onto the D63 signposted to Villefranche. Carry on for approx 2kms until you go downhill through a wood and as you leave the wood on a twisty section of road, slow down just after the cross road sign and take the next right at the blue plough sign shown at the top of this section. Follow the lane round to the left to your Gite. On this lane please don’t turn right up our French neighbours drive. Welcome.

From the South via the A20 (about 2 hours from Toulouse)

Stay on A20 until junction 58 and head for Cahors. You will follow the main road past shops like Carrefour and Obi. When you get to the roundabout after this stretch of big shops, take the 3rd exit signposted to Brive. This goes under a viaduct and takes you over a massive bridge with lovely views! Follow this road to the ‘McDonalds’ roundabout and then take the 3rd main exit (D811) direction Villeneuve-sur-Lot/Puy L'Eveque. Follow this road, at mini roundabout take the second turn (straight on) drive through village following the windy road up hill. At the top after the 2 lane section turn right on to D6 to Catus/Cazals. You’ll arrive in Catus, at the T junction turn left signed D5 Prayssac/Cazals. After leaving the village take your first right onto the D13 signed Cazals. Follow the road until you arrive in the bastide village of Cazals. When you reach the square turn right at the ‘Café de Paris’ T junction. Take the next left onto the D13 signposted to Marminiac. Follow this until you reach Marminiac and at the T junction turn left. Head out of the village and take the next left onto the D63 signposted to Villefranche. Carry on for approx 2kms until you go downhill through a wood and as you leave the wood on a twisty section of road, slow down just after the cross road sign and take the next right at the blue plough sign shown at the top of this section. Follow the lane round to the left to your Gite. On this lane please don’t turn right up our French neighbours drive. Welcome.

NOTE: there are other routes, some shorter, but these stay on major roads, so ignore your Sat Nav!!