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Getting There

La Grande Maison is located in the tiny hamlet of Gresignac in the Dordogne region of South-West France.

Getting there is getting easier!

You can get there using cross channel ferry services:

With Brittany Ferries you can travel from Portsmouth to Caen, Cherbourg & St Malo or alternatively from Plymouth to Roscoff.  You can also travel with either Brittany Ferries or Condor Ferries from Poole to Cherbourg or St Malo. Condor also operate from Weymouth. LD Lines operate from Newhaven to Dieppe, Newhaven to Le Havre and Portsmouth to Le Havre. With P&O, and a co-operative venture between DFDS Seaways and LD Lines you can travel from Dover to Calais. The route from Dover to Dunkirk, operated by DFDS Seaways can be a cheap alternative. For those travelling from the north of England the route from Hull to Zeebrugge, operated by P&O , is worth considering as the mileage from Zeebrugge is only a little more than that from Calais. Similarly, when travelling from Scotland, the route from Rosyth to Zeebrugge, operated by Norfolk Line, may be an option.

Motoring organisations such as Disabled Motoring UK (formed by the merger of the Disabled Drivers’ Motor Club and the Disabled Drivers' Association) can offer significant discounts on ferry prices for disabled people.

You should allow about six to seven hours travelling time from Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo or Le Havre – and a minimum of eight hours thirty minutes from Calais or Boulogne.  

The Channel Tunnel avoids a sea crossing and you should allow up to eight hours thirty minutes driving time to get to Gresignac.

Cheap flights can offer great opportunities:

The nearest airport to Gresignac with flights from the UK is Bergerac (47 miles). Limoges Airport is 65 miles, Brive Airport (sometimes known as Dordogne Valley) 70 miles, Bordeaux Airport (Merignac) 87 miles, Poitiers Airport 93 miles and La Rochelle Airport 115 miles.Ryanair operate from London Luton to Limoges, from London Stansted to Bergerac, Limoges, Poitiers and La Rochelle, from Birmingham to Poitiers, from Bournemouth to Limoges, from Bristol to Bergerac and Limoges, from Dublin to Poitiers and La Rochelle, from Edinburgh to Bordeaux, and Poitiers, from East Midlands Airport to Bergerac and Limoges and from Liverpool to Bergerac and Limoges. Flybe operate from Belfast to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Limoges, Birmingham to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Limoges, Dundee to Bergerac and La Rochelle, Edinburgh to Bergerac and La Rochelle, Exeter to Bergerac, Glasgow to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Limoges, Kirkwall to La Rochelle, Leeds Bradford to Bergerac, London Gatwick to Bergerac, Manchester to Bergerac, Limoges and La Rochelle, Newcastle to La Rochelle and Limoges, Southampton to Bergerac, Limoges, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. EasyJet fly from Bristol to Bordeaux and La Rochelle, London Gatwick to La Rochelle, Liverpool to Bordeaux and Luton to Bordeaux. Jet2.Com operate from Leeds Bradford to Bergerac and Manchester to Brive. CityJet operate from London City Airport to Brive. British Airways offers flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux and Air France operate flights from a range of UK airports to Bordeaux (mainly via Paris Charles de Gaulle).

You can also get there by rail:

Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford International to Lille or Paris and then on to Angouleme by TGV.  Alternatively, you could fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle (Ryanair or Easyjet and most of the airlines above offer cheap flights) and travel on to Gresignac by rail or road.

Car Hire:

If you opt to fly or go by rail, you will need to hire a car.  Most companies offer reasonable deals but you would be well advised to make arrangements well in advance if you require special arrangements such as hand controls. Angouleme has most of the major car rental companies including Avis, Hertz, Budget and you will normally find these, plus others, at airports. Buggs Car Hire offer low cost standard car hire at Bergerac airport. Rhino Car Hire offer very competitive standard car hire at Bergerac airport (and other airports and cities throughout France) and will offer a 10% discount if you quote "access holidays" when booking.

Gresignac - Position in France

Gresignac Position in Perigord (Dordogne)

Gresignac - Local Map