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Location map of Loire Valley

MONTRICHARD from DUNKIRK, CALAIS or BOULOGNE

Our normal driving route from Calais is:

Via Rouen: Toll Costs i.r.o. £7.00

Time: Minimum 5hrs with no stops.

  • Take the motorway to Rouen (A16>A28)
  • There is a tunnel just before Rouen and, once out of it, follow signs to A13 Paris.
  • At this point you can take the D6015 which goes to the South of the city (avoiding the main route) and takes you along the bank of the River Seine through Amfreville mi Voie and Tourville la Riviere to join the A13 towards Paris
  • Once on the A13 to Paris, follow signs to:
  • Evreux (A154>N154),
  • Dreux (N154),
  • Chartres (N154),
  • Chateaudun (N10) and
  • Vendome (N10). Continue on the N10
  • On approach to Chateau-Renault (N10) turn left at the roundabout towards Amboise (D31)
  • Continue on the D31 over the A10 motorway and River Loire until reaching a roundabout with McDonalds and E. Leclerc on your right
  • Take the third exit from the roundabout (ignore 2nd exit which is the lorry route) and follow the D115 through the Foret d'Amboise and down the hill, over the railway into Montrichard
  • At the T-Junction, turn left into the centre of Montrichard
  • When reaching the traffic lights, turn left onto the D764 which eventually becomes Rue de Blois.
  • Follow the D764 through the Town, our house is on the right hand side about 50m after crossing the railway bridge.

From this approach it is necessary to go into the oncoming traffic lane to enter the gates.

 

OTHER ROUTES TO MONTRICHARD FROM THE CALAIS AREA

Via Paris: Toll Costs i.r.o. £40.00

Time depends on Parisian traffic: Minimum 4hrs 45mins

  • From Calais follow signs to Paris A26>A1
  • On approach to Paris follow take the outer ring road or the Boulevard Periferique .
  • Follow signs to Bordeaux A10
  • Take the A10 as far as Blois and then
  • Follow ‘All Routes’ , over the Loire and round the south of the City.
  • The turning to Montrichard is left just as you approach the River Loire again.

From this approach we are on the left hand side of the road almost at the bottom of the hill as you get to Montrichard.

 

Via Rouen/Le Mans (almost all Motorway, but 60 miles further )

Toll Costs: i.r.o. £30

Time: Approx. 5hrs

  • Take the motorway to Rouen (A16>A28)
  • There is a tunnel just before Rouen and, once out of it, follow signs to A13 Paris/Caen.
  • At this point you can take the D6015 which goes to the South of the city (avoiding the main route) and takes you along the bank of the River Seine through Amfreville mi Voie and Tourville la Riviere to join the A13 towards Caen
  • Once on the A13 direction Caen, follow signs to: Le Mans A28
  • Follow A28 past Le Mans (short spell on A11 direction Paris) to Tours
  • When reaching A10 at Tours go north to Chateau-Renault and leave Motorway there.
  • Turn left off the motorway towards Amboise (D31) and then as before:
  • Continue on the D31 over the A10 motorway and River Loire until reaching a roundabout with McDonalds and E. Leclerc on your right
  • Take the third exit from the roundabout (ignore 2nd exit which is the lorry route) and follow the D115 through the Foret d'Amboise and down the hill, over the railway into Montrichard
  • At the T-Junction, turn left into the centre of Montrichard
  • When reaching the traffic lights, turn left onto the D764 which eventually becomes Rue de Blois.
  • Follow the D764 through the Town, our house is on the right hand side about 50m after crossing the railway bridge.

From this approach it is necessary to go into the oncoming traffic lane to enter the gates.

MONTRICHARD FROM CHERBOURG/CAEN

Tolls: i.r.o. £30.00

Time: Cherbourg Approx. 5 hrs

Caen Approx 3hrs 15 mins

  • From Cherbourg follow signs to Caen on N13
  • From Caen follow signs to Alencon on N158/A88
  • Join A28 direction Alencon, Le Mans
  • At Le Mans join A11 towards Paris for a short way and then back onto A28 direction Tours.
  • When reaching A10 at Tours go North to Chateau-Renault and leave Motorway there.
  • Turn left off the motorway towards Amboise (D31) and then
  • Continue on the D31 over the A10 motorway and River Loire until reaching a roundabout with McDonalds and E. Leclerc on your right
  • Take the third exit from the roundabout (ignore 2nd exit which is the lorry route) and follow the D115 through the Foret d'Amboise and down the hill, over the railway into Montrichard
  • At the T-Junction, turn left into the centre of Montrichard
  • When reaching the traffic lights, turn left onto the D764 which eventually becomes Rue de Blois.
  • Follow the D764 through the Town, our house is on the right hand side about 50m after crossing the railway bridge.

From this approach it is necessary to go into the oncoming traffic lane to enter the gates.

DRIVING REGULATIONS

When driving in France it is necessary to:

Carry your Driving Licence at all times

Passport or another form of ID, if the driving licence does not have your photograph

Carry the Documents relating to the vehicle at all times

If the driver normally wears spectacles, a spare pair should be carried in the car

Have a Spare Bulb Kit, a First Aid Kit, and a Warning Triangle

A Hi-Vis vest for each passenger, which must be carried in the passenger compartment

Carry 2 Breathalyser Kits (these have a ‘Use by’ date)

It is illegal to have a Satellite Navigation system that is able to detect Speed Cameras so, if you have this facility, please make sure that this is switched off at all times.

There are many Speed Cameras along most routes and these are normally after a flashing sign that informs you of the speed you are doing as you pass, or after a large white sign that warns of speed controls ahead……the camera’s are mostly tucked away behind a bridge.

There are always plenty of signs to inform you of the speed limit where you are but:
Motorway Maximum Speed:     130kph (110kph if raining)
Dual Carriageway:                           110kph.
General Roads:                                  90kph
Towns and Villages vary from:    30kph to 70kph

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you do visit, please make sure you have adequate travel insurance as this could ruin your holiday. Possible companies include these, however you may have your favourite:

Travel-Insurance-Online.com , Go Travel Insurance , Direct line

FLYING

Helpful Websites: RyanAir , Easyjet , British Airways

Tours is the nearest airport to 36 Rue de Blois.

Our experience is that RyanAir are the best from London Stansted and Manchester.

Poitiers is an alternative destination.

In addition, there are cheap flights with many airlines to Paris, where it is possible to complete the journey by car or train.

36 Rue de Blois, Montrichard from Tours Airport

At the end of the Airport approach road, just after a slip road off to the right, there is a roundabout. Turn left and follow the dual carriageway past two other roundabouts, traffic lights for the Motorway approach and under the motorway, down the hill, to a larger roundabout where Rochecorbon and Vouvray are signposted to the left.

Follow this road: D 952 (N152) passing through Rochecorbon and Vouvray and at the next roundabout follow signs along the North bank of the Loire to Amboise until you see Amboise on the opposite bank of the river (nice view of the Chateau Royale).

Keep on the North bank of the Loire, over the double mini roundabout, follow the road until you reach a left turn just before the bridge which takes you up on to the road over the Loire:

D31 Blere

Follow the road over the bridge and go straight over the next roundabout.

The second roundabout on this road has E.Leclerc/Mcdonalds on your right and there are two signs to Montrichard.

Straight on is the lorry route and, although longer, brings you into Montrichard with the best views of the town from South of the River Cher.

Alternatively, if you turn left at the roundabout your approach to Montrichard is through the Foret de Amboise and, after following signs, you arrive at traffic lights at the end of the main street of Montrichard.

Whichever direction you arrive in Montrichard from, follow signs to Blois and you will follow the road round the town, past a large car park,over the railway bridge and about 75m further on is the entry into the garden on the right hand side.

From the town direction it is necessary for the gates to be open already and to cross into the opposite lane to enter the garden…so for first arrival it would be best to pull up just past the house in order to be able to open the gates and then, either go up the hill and turn round, or reverse into the garden.

Once in the garden there is room for two cars to manoeuvre in order to be able to drive forward out of the gates.

TRAIN

Helpful Websites: Eurostar, TGV, Rail Europe, RailBookers

Those who prefer to travel by train can take the Eurostar from St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford. Change for the TGV (high speed train) to Tours at Lille (just swap platforms) or Paris (short trip from the Gare du Nord to Montparnasse on the Metro).

The TGV station at Tours is St. Pierre des Corps, which is just to the East of the town.

All trains for Montrichard, from the Central train station in Tours, stop here.

Alternatively, car hire is available at this location.

36 Rue de Blois, by car, from St. Pierre de Corps

Take the D140 direction Vierzon through St Martin le Beau/Dierre

After Dierre, follow signs to Vierzon on D31 then N76, past Blere, until you reach D764 Montrichard

Follow signs to Blois and you will follow the road round the town, past a large car park, over the railway bridge and about 75m further is the entry into the garden on the right hand side.

From the town direction it is necessary for the gates to be open already and to cross into the opposite lane to enter the garden…so for first arrival it would be best to pull up just past the house in order to be able to open the gates and then, either go up the hill and turn round, or reverse into the garden.

Once in the garden there is room for two cars to manoeuvre in order to be able to drive forward out of the gates.

Taxi’s normally wait for passengers when a train is due at Montrichard, but there is a Taxi firm within 100m.

With your back to the main ticket hall, turn left and walk down the street and opposite you will find the Ambulance/Funeral/Taxi firm of: Marteau Tel No: 02.54.32.32.32

How to reach 36 Rue de Blois on foot from the station in Montrichard (approximately 1000m)

  • With your back to the main ticket hall, turn left and walk down the street.
  • Go straight across the crossroads, walking down the right hand side of the cemetery.
  • At the next junction turn left (you are now on Rue de Blois), about 50m after you have crossed over the railway bridge the property will be on your right hand side.