TRAVELLING TO LAGARDE
Lagarde is situated 4 kms west of Montsalvy and 30 kms South of Aurillac. To locate the area on the map, Aurillac lies midway between Lyon to the North-East, and Toulouse to the south-west.
For your GPS system, the geographical co-ordinates for Lagarde are 44.722047, 2.466954 or 44°43'19.4"N 2°28'01.0"E.
To choose the most suitable route between your place of arrival in France and Lagarde use the Michelin Tourist and Motoring Atlas France, Michelin map 726 or Michelin maps from the 1:200 000 series.
The most favoured routes to Lagarde from Britain (using the Channel tunnel or channel ferries) are via Limoges using the Autoroute A20 or, via Clemont Ferrand using the Autoroute A75. Detailed local directions to Lagarde will be sent with your booking confirmation.
The driving time from the Channel Tunnel to Lagarde is approximately 10 hours. From Le Havre and Caen the driving time is approximately 9 hours. Many of our guests opt to break this journey by staying one night en route. A guide to good-value, family-run hotels is the guide book, Logis et Auberges de France, available from the French Tourist Office.
If you prefer, you can reserve Bed and Breakfast or Guest House accommodation by clicking www.logis-de-france.com It is advisable to book accommodation in advance of travel rather than leave it to chance, especially in summer.
Eurostar runs via the Channel Tunnel between London and Paris in less than three hours. In Paris it links to the high-speed rail network (TGV) which covers most of France. The nearest railway station to Lagarde is Aurillac at 30kms away. For detailed information on routes and train times run by the main French railway company SNCF, please select www.sncf.fr.
SNCF also operates a telephone information, reservation and prepayment service in English - 00 33 8 92 35 35 35. An English language website for SNCF is also available, accessible by selecting www.sncf.fr/en.
Ryanair have regular scheduled flights from Stansted to the nearby airport of Rodez in addition to airports in Limoges, Toulouse and Brive Vallée de la Dordogne – flight times less than 1hr 45 minutes. Ryanair also offers services to Limoges from other UK airports including Bristol, East Midlands and Manchester. For routes, timetable, fares and further information please click on www.ryanair.com. The driving time from Limoges or Toulouse to Lagarde is 3 hours, from Brive to Lagarde 2 hours and from Rodez to Lagarde 1 hour. There are several car hire firms at all of these airports; it is advisable and recommended to book in advance.
British Airways, Easyjet and Flybe also fly regularly to Toulouse from Gatwick, Southampton, Bristol and several other UK airports. For full details of routes, timetables, fares and further information please go to the respective website for www.flybe.com, www.easyjet.com and www.britishairways.com. The driving time from Toulouse to Lagarde is about 2 hours 50 mins. Cars can be hired at Toulouse Airport; again it is advisable to book in advance.
Eastern Airways, in partnership with FlyBe, operate regular flights from Rodez, our nearest airport one hours drive from the gites, to several airports in the UK including Southampton, Manchester and Edinburgh. For routes, timetables, fares and further information please click on www.flybe.com. Cars can be hired at Rodez Airport; again it is advisable to book in advance.