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Getting to our Gites in Southern Brittany

Our Brittany gites are perfectly located for easy access to beaches, local towns and a vast choice of places to visit -see the 'things to do' page

You can find exactly where we are by looking at the maps below..... Creme, Rose and Violet are around and in the village of Reminiac which is about two kilometres from Blanche and Orange. La Maison Bleue is in the pretty village of Treal

A taxi service (24/7) is available from the gites to wherever you want to go and you can pre book direct with the company- ideal if you don't fancy driving !

Gites in Brittany

Things to do in Brittany

Mont St Michel

The large market towns of Guer, Malestroit, Ruffiac and Ploermel are all within fifteen minutes drive of each house.The capital city of Brittany (Rennes) is approximately forty minutes drive to the north-east whilst cosmopolitan Nantes is seventy five minutes to the south. To the west, the fishing ports of Vannes and Damgan and their surrounding white sandy beaches are less than thirty minutes by car

Brittany map

Map of Brittany

Your Journey: Brittany Ports and Roads

Luckily Brittany is well served by motorways and there are no tolls to pay on any of them. St Malo port is just over an hours drive away, Caen is just over two hours and Cherbourg and Le Havre are under three hours journey via generally deserted motorways The motorways run as far as the local town of Guer, ten minutes away

Calais is about five hours away and the tolls through Normandy add up to about twenty pounds. Most -but not all- French toll booths take credit cards

Mileages to our gites from the ports as supplied by the RAC Route Finder are as follows: Caen- 149 miles, Cherbourg: 169 Miles, St Malo: 76 miles, Roscoff: 169 miles, Le Havre: 203 miles, Calais 357 miles. You need to book your crossing yourself direct with the ferry company, Channel Tunnel or airline


SAVE TWENTY PERCENT ON ALL BRITTANY FERRIES CROSSINGS

Get twenty percent discount on your travel with Brittany Ferries who cross from Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth and Cork to St Malo, Caen, Roscoff, Le Havre and Cherbourg. Ask us for our discounted travel number. The twenty percent off Brittany Ferries standard rates is only available when you book a gite with us !!!

 

Brittany Ferries


Brittany Ferries

Portsmouth - St Malo Crossing time 9 hours
Portsmouth - Cherbourg Crossing time 3 hrs
Portsmouth - Caen Fast Cat Crossing time 3 hrs 45
Portsmouth - Le Havre Crossing time 6 hrs
Plymouth - Roscoff. Crossing time 6 hours
Poole - Cherbourg. Crossing time 4 hours
Cork - Roscoff Crossing time 14 hours

 

Travel to Brittany

 

DFDS ferries

 

DFDS Ferries

Dover - Calais Crossing time 1.5 hours
Dover - Dunkirk Crossing time 2 hours
Newhaven - Dieppe Crossing time 4 hours

 


Ferry to Brittany

PO Ferries


P&O France


P&O Ferries

Dover - Calais Crossing time 75 minutes

Condor Ferries


Condor Ferries

Weymouth - St Malo. Crossing 8 hours 15 mins
Poole - St Malo Crossing time 5 hours 45 mins Portsmouth - Cherbourg. Crossing time 4 hours Portsmouth - St Malo. Crossing time. 8 hours.


Ferryt o caen

Irish ferries

Irish Ferries

Rosslare - Cherbourg Crossing time 18 hours
Rosslare - Roscoff Crossing time 16 hours
Dublin - Cherbourg Crossing time 19 hours

Ferry to Cherbourg

Channel tunnel

Eurotunnel


The Channel Tunnel

Folkstone - Calais. Journey time 35 minutes

Flybe Brittany

Nantes airport

Brittany Airports

Rennes 40 mins drive, Dinard & Nantes 80 minutes
From Southampton, Southend & Exeter with Flybe.
From East Midlands and Stanstead with Ryan Air
From Gatwick with Easy Jet and Flybe
 

BRITTANY TRAVEL INFORMATION AND INTERNET ACCESS

CAR HIRE
Car hire is available at all the French airports but we recommend you book in advance from the UK. Locally you can hire a car at Europcar in Ploermel


DOCUMENTATION
You need to bring your Vehicle Registration, Insurance, MOT and Driving Licence. It is advisable to take out European breakdown cover. You will need spare car bulbs, a warning triangle, breath test kits, and a yellow jacket -that you can reach without getting out of your seat, Note: Regulations seem to change all the time so please check with the AA, RAC or other reputable insurer before you travel

SPEED CAMERAS
Although there are not too many fixed cameras, they do exist, particularly on the motorways. You will see large white signs with black pictures of different vehicles followed by radar lines. Recently these warning signs have been giving way to LED signs showing your actual speed. Normally within three miles of passing one of these there will be a speed trap camera. Hand held speed traps are also used and normally an on the spot fine of ninety euros will be given. The speed limit on a Brittany motorway is 110Km/h. In towns and villages it is usually 50Km/h but can be as low as 30Km/h

PRIORITY TO THE RIGHT- Priorite a droite
A yellow diamond shaped sign with a white border indicates that drivers on main roads have the right of way and don't need to give way to the right. When the sign reappears with a diagonal black line through it, then this reverses and you do not have priority so you must give way to the right. This is often applied in small village squares and on country roads where cars can pull out from junctions on the right in front of you and onto the main road. Unless you see give way markings on the road at the junction or a give way sign be very careful. Please note French road regulations are subject to change at any time

PETROL STATIONS
Motorway and dual carriageway stations are normally manned twenty four hours. There is one about ten minutes away on the N24 at Ploermel. Supermarket and local petrol stations are normally manned from nine in the morning until midday and from two until seven in the afternoon. Automated twenty four hour pumps are available at all petrol stations and will take UK credit and debit cards that have a PIN number with them. All the large supermarkets have petrol stations - e.g Casino and Super U at Malestroit are less than ten minutes drive from the gites

CHANGING MONEY
You can use British credit /debit cards in most cash machines in Brittany to obtain your Euros. Most banks have an cashpoint machine

INSURANCE
Check that you are insured to drive in France and that you have adequate European Breakdown Insurance. Also make sure that you have full medical insurance- Both the E111 supplied by the British government and top up private medical cover

Holiday cancellation insurance is also recommended. Normally a bank or home insurance company will be able to assist you with these policies. We do not offer any insurance at all. All the above travel information is advisory only. If you would like more specific details then please speak to the French embassy in the UK or a travel organistion such as the AA or RAC. We carry no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.

HEALTH: Doctors, Dentists and Hospitals
Brittany is well served for its medical needs, having the highest percentage of doctors per head of population in France. It's important to know that there is somewhere you can get immediate treatment in an emergency so we have found a local doctor and dentist who both speak fluent English. Full details of both of these are included in the House Folder supplied in each gite The doctor is in Ploermel, less than fifteen minutes away and you can see him six mornings per week without an appointment The dentist is in Malestroit. The local A&E is also at Ploermel and is open 24/7. Most doctors speak English. Ploermel hospital is large, new and very efficient. There are huge hospitals in Vannes and Rennes as well- just over half an hour away

FREE WiFi
There is free WiFi at the gites Rose, Violet, Orange, Blanche and Creme and a separate WiFi office for the sole use of Maison Bleue

The private WiFi facility for La Maison Bleue is a self contained and approximately two miles from Bleue. Access is during normal working hours (9am-5pm Monday-Saturday), there is no need to see or speak to anyone to arrange to use the WiFi and you can come and go at your leisure. The entrance to the office is direct and it has off-road parking. The door is locked with a key and the location of the key is supplied to you with the house information in the gite. There is only Wi-Fi available in the office so you need to bring your own laptop, tablet or smartphone with you

Rose, Violet, Blanche, Creme and Orange have free Wi-Fi at the houses themselves. Please note that the internet speeds here in Brittany are not as fast as you will may be used to in the UK (we have the highest available). It's fine for e mail, general internet use, social networking sites etc but we cannot guarantee its speed, reliability or functionality as we offer it as a free service. We are in the hands of France Telecom and Orange, and although it tends to be fine most of the time it does have hiccups occasionally

Many local cafe's and bars have a free Wi-Fi service as do most large supermarkets and restaurants. Mobile phone coverage is good in most areas

French gites