Transport from your home is not included in our pricing. However, once you have arrived in our area, a free transfer service to and from airports or railway stations is provided (subject to our Terms & Conditions).
You should aim to arrive on a Saturday if at all possible. This is because our painting and photography schedules run from Monday to Friday inclusive, with Sunday being a free day, allowing you to settle in and recover from your journey. We can accommodate week-day arrivals if necessary but, as this necessitates hiring additional vehicles and drivers specifically for this purpose, we have to levy a supplement of 150 euros for each such trip.
Of course if you prefer to hire a car and drive to us (perhaps because one person is not going to participate in the painting or photography schedules and/or because you wish to arrive mid-week and want to make your own arrangements for getting here) Europcar and others have desks at the arrival airports.
In any event, whether you choose to fly to us, drive, or come by train, you will find that getting here is very easy....
If you are thinking of renting a car as part of your holiday, we can certainly recommend the use of Europcar.
We use Europcar ourselves whenever we need to rent a vehicle, here or in the UK. We find their rates very competitive (and they have an office in Marmande (just 16 kms away from us here in France)
And no, unfortunately, we don't gain anything from this recommendation!
By Air from the UK and Ireland Clicking the links in black type below will connect you to the airlines and airports listed:
Bergerac or Bordeaux are our two preferred airports as there are flights in and out on Saturdays and your transfer time is only approximately one hour for either. Toulouse is twice as far and so has a transfer time of apx. 2 hrs, dependent on traffic. We have to levy an extra charge of 125 euros each way for Toulouse flights as we have to hire another driver and vehicle to make the journey. Alternatively, if you have to fly to Toulouse, you could take a train from there to Tonneins.
British Airways From: From major London airports and many provincial airports - please check with British Airways for details
Other airlines - Lufthansa, Air France and several others also fly in to the area
By Air from other countries
Paris is the main 'hub' for long-haul international flights, with connecting flights to Bordeaux (which is our primary pick-off / drop-off airport for international travellers) However, Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt and London have all been used as 'hubs' to get to Bordeaux by previous guests.
By Rail The high speed TGV runs to Bordeaux (travelling from the north and north-east and to Agen (travelling form the south-east) enabling connections to our local station at Tonneins
We will collect you from Tonneins station (10 minutes away) Please check with the French rail service, SNCF, for full service information in English. You may book tickets online and have them posted to the UK. Discounts apply to the over-60s.
By Road - We are just 15 minutes from the A62 autoroute
If you have a GPS/SatNav device that allows navigating to precise co-ordinates (such as Tom-Tom), you can target us at these co-ordinates : 44º 23' 14"N 0º 15' 42"E. The decimal equivalents of those co-ordinates are Latitude 44.387528, Longitude 0.261531. Failing that, enter the town/village as "Lagruere" and the address as "St. Juin" There is no house number.
If you are using a map then....
From Bordeaux take the A62 autoroute, leaving at Jct 5 (Marmande). From the toll booth, proceed to the roundabout ahead and take the third exit onto the D933 (signed to Casteljaloux). At the next roundabout, take the third exit, signed to Le Mas d'Agenais, and follow the D289 on past Sainte Marthe until you arrive at the junction with the D6. Turn left at this T junction and drive to Le Mas d'Agenais, keeping to the right on that 'major road' so that you don't go down into the village centre. You will arrive at a crossroads where hangs a huge low bridge warning for HGVs. Turn right here onto the D143 (signed to Calonge and Damazan) Take the next turn left onto the D234 signed Lagruère. Follow this road, and, after you enter the village of Lagruère, turn left at the T junction. Then, JUST BEFORE the canal bridge ahead of you, turn immediately right, following the signs to The 'Halte Nautique'. This will take you on through the rest of the village of Lagruère. You will eventually pass the 'Mairie' (Mayor's Office), on your right, and then you will go steeply downhill, curving sharp left to take you across the canal. Once over the bridge, bear right and keep straight on, past 'La Halte Nautique' with the canal on your right and stay straight on this road. Turn next right by the old ruined church (signed to Villeton) and you will see the gated entrance to "Les Peupliers" immediately on your left. just after you make the turn.
From Toulouse take the A62 autoroute, leaving at Jct 6 (Aiguillon / Tonneins) at the village of Damazan. From Damazan, there are two roads signposted to Tonneins. DO NOT follow the sign to Tonneins which has the sign for Heavy Goods Vehicles on it! Take the other road signed to Tonneins, the D300 Follow the D300 towards Villeton for about 8 kilometres. On the edge of Villeton cross straight over the D120 and continue ahead for apx 3 kms until the road forks. The left fork leads over the canal bridge to Lagruère and Calonges. Take the right fork and drive down away from the trees to the T junction near the ruined church at St Juin. The gated entrance to "Les Peupliers" is immediately on your right just before you reach this junction
From Bergerac take the D933 to Seyches In Seyches, take the D641 to Gontaud-de-Nogaret, continuing through on past Gontaud on the D641 for 3.5 kms until you reach the D813. Turn left here to Tonneins. In Tonneins town, turn right at the first set of traffic lights (signed D120 - Casteljaloux). Cross the Garonne river and then turn right at the sign for Lagruère and "Halte Nautique" Turn first left at the sign for "Halte Nautique" (don't follow the sign pointing straight on to Lagruere) Turn left at the ruined church (signed Villeton) "Les Peupliers" is the large house on that corner