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Lat:  46.581104       Lon:  -0.158944

From Parthenay
The ring road around Parthenay is a normal road with many roundabouts. You need to find the D176 - signposted Vausseroux - the junction being a roundabout. The roundabout is situated between the exits for Poitiers (N149) and St. Maixent L'Ecole (D938), and there is a Europcar car hire office at the junction. Once you leave the ring road, the houses soon give way to fields, and you will pass a sawmill on the right, Follow the road sharply to the left, Ignoring the road straight ahead which leads to Pompaire. You go over a small stone bridge with a lake on the right, and then climb a small incline, passing some farm buildings at La Sicaudiere. You will meet a crossroads where you must give way, before going straight ahead (still the D176 for Vausseroux). Stay on this road until you reach L'Hopiteau, a small hamlet with 4 houses on each side. There is a T-junction left signed St. Martin du Fouilloux. Go straight on, and entrance to La Metairie is the first entrance on the left, about 40 metres after the junction. Journey time approx. 15 minutes

From Poitiers
Follow signs for Poitiers Airport (BIARD). Pass the airport on your right. At the 2 nd set of traffic lights (about 500metres from the Airport roundabout), turn left onto the D6, and stay on this road through Vouneuil sous Biard, Lavausseau, Benassay, and Vasles.
From Vasles, take the D59, signposted Parthenay, and you will come to a crossroads with the D738. Turn left towards St. Martin du Fouilloux. Go through the town towards Vausseroux. As you enter Vausseroux, turn right immediately before a Animal Feed Supplies Company (Fleury Negoce). This is the D176, and L'Hopiteau is 3kms away. "La Metairie " is the first property on the right as you enter L'Hopiteau. Journey time: 45 mins.

From Calais
From the ferry port, initially follow signs for A26, & then the A16, towards BOULOGNE & ABBEVILLE. At Abbeville, you take the A28 towards ROUEN. When you reach ROUEN, you have a choice….TOLL or NON-TOLl.
TOLL: Follow signs for CAEN, on the A13. (approx 20kms) & then take the A28, towards ALENCON, LE MANS & TOURS. At Tours, take the A10 towards BORDEAUX, & leave at Junction 29, signed MIGNE-AUXANCES & PARTHENAY. (N147/N149) After 33kms or so, arrive at a small town called LA FERRIERE. At the centre there is a crossroads with an open car park area on the right. Immediately after the crossroads, turn left, onto the D738, towards ST MARTIN du FOUILLOUX & VAUSSEROUX. Go through ST Martin du Fouilloux & into Vausseroux. As you enter Vausseroux, turn right, BEFORE the large factory (Fleury Négoce) onto the D176. (Signed L’HOPITEAU). Follow this road for about 4 kms. La Metairie is 30mts on the right after you enter L’Hopiteau.
NON-TOLL: From ROUEN, follow signs for EVREUX (N154) by-passing EVREUX, DREUX, to CHARTRES, where you pick up the A10, through CHATEAUDUN, VENDOME, CHATEAU-RENAULT, TOURS, CHATELLERAULT & POITIERS. Now follow directions as above (“from POITIERS”)

Total journey time: 7 – 8½ hrs.

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Distances from ferry ports

St Malo - 4 hrs;
Caen - 5 hrs;
Le Havre - 6 hrs;
Calais - 7 to 8 hrs.

Nearest Airports

Piotiers - 40 minutes;
La Rochelle - 90 minutes;
Limoges - 2 hrs 15mins

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