Planes, Trains and Automobiles

We aim to make your journey to The French Retreat as simple as possible.

If you have any queries or need assistance please contact Emma on or call 07508 920583.


There are daily flights from London Gatwick to Bordeaux on both EasyJet and British Airways

You can also fly from London Stanstead to Bordeaux on Ryan Air


When you have booked your flights we can arrange airport transfers with an English taxi service for 90EUR (approx. £65) each way or you can hire a car for approx £50 per day. The French Retreat is 70 minutes from Bordeaux Merignac Airport.

For the interepid there is an airport bus from Bordeaux Merignac Airport to Bordeaux St Jean train station where you can take a train to Chalais train station, and we can pick you up from here.


You can take the Eurostar to Angouleme, either London St Pancras-Lille, Lille-Angouleme which is easiest as you arrive and depart from the same station, see jourmey times here or for the lunch in Paris option you can go London St Pancras-Paris Gare du Nord, Paris Montparnasse-Angouleme, for info click here. Both journeys take about 8 hours and we can arrange collection from Angouleme which is 45 minutes away or you can take a local train to Chalais. For info on buying tickets click here.



The French Retreat is about 6 hours from Dieppe, 10 hours from Calais. To see our exact location click here