Le Moulin - a beautiful setting

How to get here

Full directions from Loches and for the final few kilometres will be sent to you following payment for your holiday. Our GPS 'Tom-Tom' reference is N47 degrees 07.019’ and E001 degrees 01.538’. To be sure and to avoid any confusion we suggest you consult something like Google Earth to get your own precise co-ordinates for Le Moulin de Boutineau.

Travelling by ferry from England offers several options, but most depend on balancing cost plus time spent on the ferry against driving time, plus cost of extra toll and fuel charges in France. It is also advisable to book your ferry crossing as early as you can for the best possible price. Initially you can check on the various options at www.channelferries.co.uk or www.AFerry.co.uk

Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries overnight to Caen or Saint Malo can bring the driving time down to around three hours, and their Economy service from Portsmouth to Le Havre leaves between 3-4 hours drive, although motorway driving – indeed any driving - in France is less stressful on uncongested roads than in England. With a leisurely stop or two this would ensure arrival at your destination at the ideal mid-afternoon time when your cottage is ready and available.

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DFDS Seaways is often very good value and runs from Newhaven to Dieppe as well as Dover to Calais or Dunkirk.

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P&O Ferries run from Dover to Calais and driving time is around six hours, almost all of which is on motorways. Go via Rouen - not the Paris ring-road as suggested by many on-line route-finders!

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If you require printed directions for your route in France then we suggest the Michelin Online Route Planner Europe website or Mappy.com or RAC Route Planner as the best way to plan your road route to us in the Loire Valley.

Ryanair plane
Fly cheaper with Ryanair

Ryanair fly almost daily from Stansted to Tours Loire Valley airport. The flight takes a couple of hours, but by booking early you can secure some extraordinarily good deals. Ryanair also fly to Tours from Dublin and some other seasonal cities in UK, while you can go from East Midlands etc to Limoges which is under 2 hours drive away. Fly-Be also go from various UK destinations to Nantes, La Rochelle or Limoges all of which are around two and a bit hours away. Check, particularly with Ryanair on the available routes, as some only run during summer months.

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Car rental is available in the cabin immediately outside the Tours airport terminal building, but it is advisable to pre-book, possibly with your flight for the best deal. Le Moulin de Boutineau is then only about 40 minutes drive away. If you come from the airport and use the A10 (follow signs to Bordeaux, off at exit 23 for Loches) to avoid going into Tours, remember to have a euro cash for the toll-gate.


The high-speed TGV train

France’s famous high-speed TGV rail service has a network linking over 60 destinations across the length and breadth of France. If you travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras UK you can either change onto the TGV at Lille station or continue to Gare-du-Nord in Paris and then take the metro to Montparnasse station for the TGV. You can book directly through to Tours (St Pierre des Corps station) from London via this website.