GiteInBrittany.com - A perfect Brittany family holiday home in rural France, sleeping up to 6

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The Gite's location

Our comfortable family holiday Gite is situated in the tranquil centre of rural Brittany near the D778 between the market town of Loudeac and historic medieval town of Josselin, as shown on this map of Brittany.

We're roughly 40 minutes drive from both the North and South Brittany coastlines, two miles from the nearest town of La Cheze where there's a number of shops and restaurants, and 10 miles from larger towns such as Josselin and Loudeac.

Local Maps of the area

For more detailed maps of where to find us, see maps.google.fr, www.viamichelin.com or www.multimap.com.

Travel Directions

To plan your journey to the Gite, it's easiest to navigate to the nearby town of La Cheze. We will send you full travel directions (right up to the front door) from your chosen airport or ferry port on confirmation of your holiday booking - and we haven't lost any guests en-route yet!

Driving in France

Driving is considerably easier than it is in the UK or Ireland (well, apart from driving on the wrong side of the road that is) with the roads being generally quieter and straighter. Brittany has the additional benefit of having no tolls on any of its autoroutes but there are the occasional fixed speed cameras (see the controleradar website for camera locations) and on-the-spot fines are charged if you're caught speeding.

To help you with the journey we've collected together a comprehensive set of Hints and Tips for driving in France with details of the key French motoring laws and 'rules of the road', speed limits and advice about taking your car to France, filling up at the petrol station, and common road signs you may see whilst driving in France.

How to get to our Brittany Holiday Gite

It's very easy to reach our Gite with a number of ferry and flight options available depending on where you live and whether you want to take your own car over or not.

The autoroutes of France are much much quieter than the UK motorways and so it's quite an easy to drive to the Gite from any of the French ports. It's basically a balance between choosing the amount of time you spend on the boat, and the amount of time driving - the nearest ferryport of St Malo offers a short 1½ hour drive in France to the Gite, but a longer boat crossing from the UK; compared to the Northern French ports such as Calais, Boulogne and Eurotunnel which have shorter (and cheaper) ferry crossings, but a comparatively longer drive.

Alternatively there are lots of different budget airline choices to fly to France from across the UK and Ireland; we've listed below those that land within a 3 hour drive of our holiday cottage:

Option 1 - Take your own car on the Ferry or Catamaran

We're just a short drive from the french ferry ports and most of the route is on the motorway :
Condor Ferries Drive Details
Poole/Weymouth to St Malo
4 ½ - 5 ¼ hours catamaran
1 ½ hours drive
Guernsey/Jersey to St Malo
1 ¾ hours catamaran
1 ½ hours drive
Portsmouth to Cherbourg
5 ½ hours ferry
4 hours drive

Brittany Ferries
Portsmouth to St Malo
10 hours overnight ferry
1 ½ hours drive
Plymouth to Roscoff
7 hours ferry
2 hours drive
Portsmouth to Caen
3 hours catamaran or 6 ½ hours ferry
3 ½ hours drive
Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Le Havre
3 ½ hours catamaran (March to October) or 5 ½ hours ferry
4 hours drive
Poole to Cherbourg
4 ½ hours ferry
4 hours drive
Cork to Roscoff
14 hours ferry
2 hours drive

DFDS SeawaysLd Lines
Newhaven to Dieppe
4 hours ferry
5 hours drive
Dover to Calais
1 ½ hours ferry
6 ¼ hours drive
Dover to Dunkerque
2 hours ferry
6 ½ hours drive

P&O Ferries
Dover to Calais
1 ¼ hours ferry
6 ¼ hours drive

EuroTunnel
Folkestone to Calais
50 minutes Euro tunnel
6 ¼ hours drive

Irish Ferries
Rosslare to Roscoff
17 ½ hours overnight ferry (May to September)
2 hours drive
Rosslare to Cherbourg
18 ½ hours overnight ferry (February to December)
4 hours drive
Dublin to Cherbourg
18 hours overnight ferry
4 hours drive

Stena Line Ferries
Rosslare to Cherbourg
18 hours overnight ferry
4 hours drive


Option 2 - Fly then rent a car or take a taxi for the short drive to our Gite

There are over 30 different low-cost airline routes from across the UK and Ireland into Brittany with bargain basement prices from as little as 99p :
Auto Europe
Auto Europe offer excellent value car rental from over 900 locations across France including nearby Brest, Dinard, Lorient, Lannion, Nantes, and Rennes airports.

RyanAir Drive Details
London Stansted or Nottingham East Midlands to Dinard
1 hour flight
1 ½ hours drive
London Stansted to Lorient
1 hour flight
1 ½ hours drive
Dublin or Edinburgh to Nantes
1 hour flight
2 hours drive
London Stansted, Brussels or Dublin to La Rochelle
1 ½ hours flight
3 ¾ hours drive

FlyBe
Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kirkwall, London City, London Southend, Manchester, Newcastle or Stornoway to Rennes
1 - 1 ½ hours flight
1 hour drive
Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester, Newcastle or Southampton to Brest
50 minutes - 1 hour 20 flight
2 hours drive
Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Kirkwall, Norwich, Manchester, Southampton, Southampton or Sumburgh to Nantes
1 - 1 ½ hours flight
2 hours drive
Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Manchester, Newcastle or Southampton to La Rochelle
2 hours flight
3 ¾ hours drive

Jet2.com
Leeds Bradford and Edinburgh to La Rochelle
2 hours flight
3 ¾ hours drive

AerLingus
Cork, Dublin to Rennes (summer services)
1 ½ hours flight
1 hour drive

EasyJet
Liverpool and London Gatwick to Nantes
2 hours flight
2 hours drive
London Gatwick and Bristol to La Rochelle
2 hours flight
3 ¾ hours drive

Air France
14 UK and Irish destinations to Lorient, Lannion or Brest (via Paris)
1-2 hours flight + interchange wait at Paris
1 - 2 ½ hours drive

Other useful websites:

Driving:
Information Routieres - Traffic News and Roadworks in France
Find the cheapest fuel en-route in France with Prix des Carburants
Positions and maps of fixed speed camera locations in France
AA travel advice for driving in France

Ferries:
Ferrycheap.com for cheap ferry tickets to France, Spain and more online
Book with FerrySavers for a wide choice of cheap ferries

Flying:
Money saving expert's Flightchecker for quickly finding the cheap budget airline flights
Cheapflights.co.uk for flight details from your nearest airport to Rennes, Dinard, Brest or Nantes airports
Jeff Steiner's very useful unofficial Guides to nearby Brittany airports at Rennes, Dinard, Brest and Nantes
Auto Europe for good value car hire rental from all of the French airports