Directions/How to Get There
Hibou Blanc is easily accessible from a variety of routes:
(A precise Word map to get you to the house will be sent upon confirmation of your booking).
Brittany Ferries run regular cross channel services throughout the year. Departures in the UK are from Portsmouth/Poole to Cherbourg and Caen. Sailings take between 2½ and 3 hours on the high speed ferries and between 4 hours and 6 hours on the regular ferries. It is possible to travel as a foot passenger but most people come by car.
From Cherbourg to the house is a 30 minute drive and from Caen 1,1/2 hours.
See www.brittanyferries.com for timetables and prices. Discounts are available if you become a regular visitor and join their Property Owners Club.
The Eurostar from St Pancras London, or Ashford International in Kent takes 1 hour to reach Calais. Trains from St Pancras also go to the Gare du Nord in Paris. This is a 3 hour journey.
See www.eurostar.com for more information.
From Paris you can take a 3 hour high speed train to either Valognes which is then a 20 minutes’ drive or to Cherbourg, a 30 mins. drive. SNCF offer regular services and high speed trains.
There are taxis outside both railway stations. See www.sncf.com for more information.
Several British airlines offer regular flights to Paris, which is a 3 hour car or train ride away. Alternatively, fly from Southampton to Rennes (Brittany), which is a 2 hour journey to Hibou Blanc by hire car.
A small local airport just outside Cherbourg, Maupertus, may start offering flight to Southampton via Flybe.
See http://www.cherbourg.aeroport.fr/ for more updates.
Take your car on the Euro Tunnel at Folkstone and arrive in Calais a mere 35mintues later. From Calais enjoy a 5 hour scenic (almost all AutoRoute) drive to Hibou Blanc. A good early stopping place is the Baie de la Somme motorway station. More picturesque is Honfleur, just south of Le Havre and with lots of little restaurants.
See www.eurotunnel.com for more information.
If you chose to fly to Rouen, Rennes or Paris then hire cars are readily available via Avis.
www.avis.fr or Europcar www.europcar.fr
At Calais Car Ferry Terminal both Europcar and Budget offer services.
Similarly, Cherbourg Ferry Terminal has Europcar, Herz and Ada hire car services.
The RAC and AA both offer reliable and up-to-date route planner and map information of the area.