France has a very good road system and it appears to us that they
cater more for the 'long distance' traveller. The Autoroutes, although
mainly toll roads, are very quick and usually less congested than
the UK and with a higher speed limit, you can make good progress.
There are also ample rest areas and fuel stops that also allow you
to take your time if necesary. Our French Farmhouse is approx 450
miles from Calais and on average will take about 8 hours travelling
using the Autoroutes. This is extended if you decide to use the 'N'
or Route Nationalle -equivalent to our 'A' roads. Cheap hotels near
every motorway exit in many towns include (cheapest first): Formule
1, Ibis, Premier Classe, Campanile. Prices per room range from £20
to £50 incB&B. Always clean, mostly en suite, friendly and
Campanile food is great. Obviously we send you detailed directions
from Riberac to our farmhouse with your booking confirmation. There are many route planners available to get detailed directions and our preffered route is Calais:Rouen:Le Mans:Tours:Poitiers:Angouleme:Riberac, details of which will be included with the booking confirmation.
Cheap flights are well advertised now and are provide an easy alternative
to driving. Car Hire is available from all the airports we have used
and it is simple to book. The closest airports to the house are Bordeaux
Bergerac and Angouleme. We are familiar with both Bordeaux and Bergerac
having used them several times and can recommend them. We understand
Angouleme airport is as good as the others and is about 70km distant
although have not found out which airline flies there! Please use
the links below to help with your travel plans. As above we send you
detailed directions from Riberac to our farmhouse with your booking
The TGV travels all the way to Bordeaux stopping at Angoulême, and whilst we have never
used the french railway system we understand it is excellent. Eurostar from London
now takes under two and a quarter hours to get to Paris and from there you can change
to pick up your onward TGV service. We shall post more details as
they become available. Car Hire facilities are opposite the station
entrance in Angouleme.