Location
The cottage is located in central France, approximately 45 minutes south of the Loire Valley with chateau's all within easy reach. Rumour has it that the sun shines longer once you are south of the Loire and Les Deux Platanes certainly seems to enjoy some warm springs, glorious summers and very comfortable Autumns. The distance via auto route from Calais is 360 miles or 310 miles via good 'A' roads and this takes circa 7 hrs. Portsmouth also offers sea routes that are much more expensive but may be more convenient for your location. The cottage is located in region 36 (Indre) a beautiful and quiet region with the great advantage of being a superb location for travel to a wide range of destinations and attractions. You can also fly (low cost) to the City of Tours from Stansted or Limoges from East Midlands and other airports (this varies so please check on a good search site such as SKYSCANNER). Route details from the channel ports / tunnel are all available in detail on this website.

If you choose to travel via the autoroute it currently stops at Tours where you can join the smaller road to Loches and then on to Chatillon. The autoroute tolls from Calais (Tunnel or boat) to Tours will amount to circa 45 Euro. Exact route details are also available as a download from this website. If you are travelling to Le Breuil from other parts of France do not hesitate to contact Maureen who will be pleased to plan a route for you from any part of France, after more than 40 years travelling around France we are expert route planners. SATNAV can be useful but you can miss so much history and sights - AVOID travelling via PARIS at all costs, it can add hours to the journey.
 
Map
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Les Deux Platanes
20 Le Breuil aux Gittons

Turn right just after you pass the Maison Carreau sign on the Chatillon to Clion road - main road. The cottage owners have a small house on site and should be available to welcome you on arrival.
Route Planner
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Channel Crossing Tips
A return crossing in high season can cost as little as 98** return maybe less if you look out for special offers. For those wishing to cross quickly there is no substitute for the channel tunnel but it can be more considerably more expensive at around 160** return in high season. Some travellers, depending upon your location in the UK may choose to cross the channel in the afternoon, or Friday evening and stay overnight at a low cost hotel in or around Calais (42 euro / 34 for a room). You can then travel the 320 miles to Les Deux Platanes the following day. We can provide further details if required.

FREE CROSSINGS: For those who shop at TESCO you can use TESCO vouchers to pay for the tunnel crossings, see vouchers website for more details. This is an easy system and you multiply the maximum value for your vouchers x 3.

We recommend you visit the the Ferrysavers website featured on this website, this will help you locate good fares but we advise to then book direct with the company as Ferrysavers have a 25 charge for changing dates etc. If you require further information do not hesitate to contact Maureen via this website.

INFO:
  • Time in France is one hour AHEAD of the UK , include this in any travel calculations.
  • Ferry boats: Calais to Dover take about 75 minutes to cross plus loading / unloading time but you can have a nice rest as you cross.
  • Tunnel Trains: take about 35 minutes to cross plus loading/unloading time.
  • Avoid travelling via PARIS, use directions given on this website.
  • Travel time is about 7 hours (320 miles) from Calais to Les Deux Platanes including several short stops.
** Based on return travel for car and two passengers on a Saturday in June 2017. Up to 5 passengers is normally included in fare.