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We recommend that you travel to France via the Western Channel ferry crossings. St Simon de Pellouaille is just under five hours drive from the ferry port at St Malo, and about seven hours (allowing for breaks in your journey) from Caen and Cherbourg, all ports served by Brittany Ferries. The journey is about nine hours from Calais.   From St Malo or Cherbourg head for Rennes and then take the road to Nantes. From Nantes, where you cross the Loire on the spectacular Pont de Cheviré, follow the signs to Bordeaux. This will bring you on to the A89 motorway, which joins the A10 motorway at Niort. Continue following the signs to Bordeaux. Leave the A10 at Pons (junction 36). Motorway tolls are about £16. We will provide you with detailed directions from Pons to St Simon with your booking confirmation. From Caen, head south to Le Mans, continue to Tours on the A28 where you join the A10. Follow the signes to Bordeaux, leaving at Pons (junction 36). If you are crossing the Channel to Calais, you can bypass Paris. Take the A16 south past Boulogne to Abbeville, then join the A28 to Tours via Rouen and Le Mans. At Tours join the A10 and follow the signs to Bordeaux, leaving at Pons (junction 36).   Alternatively, why not fly to Bordeaux, La Rochelle or Poitiers, all about an hour’s drive from St Simon, and hire a car? Ryanair fly to La Rochelle and Poitiers from Stansted British Airways fly to Bordeaux from Gatwick with connecting flights from Manchester Flybe fly to Bordeaux from Bristol, Norwich and Southampton and to La Rochelle from Birmingham and Southampton bmibaby fly to Bordeaux from Birmingham and Manchester easyJet fly from Luton to Bordeaux and from Bristol to La Rochelle.