where are we?
A short walk from our village, Bourlens, past the plum orchards and the fields of sunflowers leads you to Labarde. We are in the beautiful, untouched, Lot et Garonne department of south west France between the towns of Villeneurve sur Lot and Agen.
how to get here
The two most popular ways of travelling to Labarde are by air, flying into Bergerac, Toulouse or Bordeaux airports and Hiring a car for the duration of your holiday. The other is crossing the channel by ferry and driving through France.
You can fly direct into Bergerac, our nearest airport, with Ryanair, Flybe and Jet2 from airports across the UK. The journey from Bergerac airport to Labarde takes just under 1 hour on quiet roads through the rolling countryside.
www.ryanair.com Ryanair fly from Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool and London Stansted.
www.flybe.com Flybe fly from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Gatwick and Southampton.
www.jet2.com Jet2.com fly from Leeds/Bradford
A little further a field are the Airports at Toulouse (1.5 hours from Labarde) and Bordeaux (2.5 hours from Labarde) where you can fly with Air France, British Airways, Flybe and Easyjet.
Car hire is available at all three airports, and can be booked through the airlines.
Even with the increasing number of flights arriving at our local airports, driving still remains a popular way to travel to South West France.
Not only do you eliminate the need to hire a car, you will have a bit more room to take home some of the delights you will experience during your holiday. Crossing the channel by ferry takes between 1 and 9 hours. There are a large number of routes and operators. A good place to start looking for a crossing is here. www.directferries.com
The most convenient way we have found to cross the channel is via Eurotunnel where the crossing takes 35 minutes and costs from as little as £90 return for an average sized car. See www.eurotunnel.com
The journey from the sea ports takes between 8 and 10 hours. Some guests prefer to catch an early crossing and arrive at Labarde by early evening, others prefer to set off the day before and have an overnight stay south of Paris. The most popular place to stay overnight is in the town of Orleans. Some suggested hotels can be found here www.tripadvisor.co.uk