FROM POITIERS |
Download a PDF version of the directions here.
Two hundred km southwest of Paris, Poitiers is the nearest major city to
Cherry Cottage. High-speed TGV trains take one and a half hours to
reach Poitiers from Paris and leave from either Gare de Montparnasse or
the Charles de Gaulle Airport station (TGV
info here). After arriving in
Poitiers, a car is necessary to get from Poitiers to the guesthouse in
Les Bordes. Cars can be rented in front of the Poitiers train station
and Hertz). The drive from Poitiers
to Cherry Cottage takes just under 45 minutes. Please note the map
below for detailed directions from the highway N10 turnoff to the
cottage. Poitiers can also be reached by plane
with daily Ryan Air flights from Stansted Airport (just outside
Detailed Directions from Poitiers to Cherry Cottage
Cherry Cottage is located in the tiny 3-home hamlet of Les Bordes,
which, amazingly, can now be found using Google maps. Simply search for
"Les Bordes, Brux". Even with Google driving directions, we recommend
that you still have a look at these instructions, which can be easily
printed by downloading the PDF version.
The first three steps in the directions below have been written
specifically for guests making use of the Poitiers train station. More
generally, one can follow signs to the city of Angoulême (about
100 km south of Poitiers). In general, it is necessary simply to find
the N10 "national" highway and head south out of Poitiers -- the directions below
will be useful again at the Couhé turnoff from the N10.
- The main doors of the Poitiers train station open onto the
Boulevard Pont-Achard, a large thoroughfare running approximately
north-south. As one exits the station, the Avis and Hertz rental car
offices are located up the street to the left, less than half a block
north on Boulevard Pont-Achard.
- The best route towards Cherry Cottage is to take Boulevard
Pont-Achard south (to the right after exiting Poitiers Station).
Follow this street as it bends slightly to the right about 1.5 km from
the station and becomes the Avenue de la Liberation (although finding
street signs is difficult).
- Continue straight ahead for several km (the street name changes
again to Avenue du 8 Mai 1945). You will pass a large hardware store
named Castorama on your left. Follow green signs that include the
direction to Angoulème. Just after Castorama you will see a
large shopping area called Auchan on your right and will encounter two
roundabouts in quick succession. Continue straight
ahead through both roundabouts, and in all cases, follow green signs that
direct you toward Angoulème. Ignore the blue signs which
direct traffic to the A10 Autoroute. Instead, after passing through the final
roundabout, you should be heading south on the N10 "national" highway.