Looking towards St Cere and the Dordogne Valley


Where are we?

The Lot Department is located in the Midi-Pyrenees region of south-west France and can be reached by car, plane or train. Our home is situated in the north-east of the department on the edge of the village of Lacam D'Ourcet about 15 minutes from the delightful town of St. Céré.

See further information below about various travel options.

To explore the area, a car is essential and if you are not driving down then car hire is available at the airports and rail stations.

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Travelling by Car

From the Channel Ports you can, if you wish, travel most of the way on the autoroute. We recommend leaving the A20 autoroute south of Brive-la-Gaillarde at junction 53 taking the D820 then D840 to Martel where you take the D803 to Bretenoux and then onwards to St Cere. We will provide you with detailed directions to Lacam D'Ourcet by post or email.

Travel times from the Channel Ports are approximately:
Calais 8 hours- Boulogne 8 hours- Dieppe 7 hours- Le Havre 7 hours- Cherbourg 8 hours 45 minutes

For a comprehensive route map showing time, distance, toll charges and fuel costs visit the MAPPY website. If you want to break the journey or visit other parts of France, Drive-Alive Holidays offer you a full range of ferry crossings, although you must book at least two nights' accommodation with them. Prices are competitive and we have found their personal service excellent.
Links:
Mappy
Drive-Alive Holidays
P&O Ferries
Brittany Ferries
Eurotunnel


Excellent mail order service for the IGN series of maps

Travelling by Air

Below is a guide to some of the flights we are aware of but there may be other UK airports with flights so it always worth checking with the airline's websites.

Brive - Vallee de la Dordogne (about 45 minutes from us)

From Stansted - Ryanair
From London City Airport - Cityjet
From Paris - Air France

Rodez (about 75 minutes from us)

From Stansted - Ryanair
From Dublin - Ryanair
From Paris - Air France

Limoges ( about 2 hours from us but an easy journey)

From Bristol - Ryanair
From East Midlands - Ryanair
From Leeds Bradford - Ryanair
From Liverpool - Ryanair
From Stansted - Ryanair
From Newcastle - Flybe
From Southampton - Flybe

Toulouse (about 2 hours and 15 minutes away but again an easy journey)

From London Heathrow - British Airways
From Gatwick - Easyjet
From Bristol - Easyjet
From Paris - Easyjet

Other airlines are starting to fly to Toulouse so check on the internet for the latest information.

If you are touring the south-west of France there are also services to Bergerac airport about 2 hours and 45 minutes away, from several UK airports.

Car Hire (see below) is available at each airport but please check before booking your flight. Pre-booking of Car Hire is strongly recommended.


Links:
British Airways
Ryanair
Easyjet
Jet2
Cityjet
Flybe
British Midland

Travelling by Rail

Our closest mainline station is at Brive-la-Gaillarde. There is a direct service from Paris Austerlitz station and the travelling time is approximately 4 hours. We recommend investigating pre-booking the rail ticket in the UK as it may be cheaper. The rail service is operated by SNCF.

Car Hire (see below) is available next to Brive station and again pre-booking is recommended. The car journey from Brive is very pretty and takes just over one hour.

We can arrange a pick-up from Brive station - please contact us for details of the cost - although for a stay of any length you do need your own car.

 

Hiring a Car

All the airports and main towns are well served by the major car hire companies. Links to their websites are shown opposite or you can go to the UK website of travelsupermarket.com for a price comparison service that automatically finds the cheapest deal (we have not used the service so cannot vouch for it). Pre-booking is recommended.

For a comprehensive route map showing time, distance, toll charges and fuel costs visit the MAPPY website.
Links:
Hertz
Avis
Europcar
Car Hire comparison

 

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