Travel arrangements to:
Le Verger,
9 & 11 Rue du Gravelain,
Coutarnoux,
Yonne 89440,
France

By car

From Calais:

Coutarnoux is five hours drive from Calais. Follow the blue motorway signs Toutes Directions from the tunnel port (or from the ferry port). You want the A26 motorway to REIMS. To begin with this is also the motorway to Paris, but after some miles the Paris road peels off.

You pay a toll on the approach to Reims.  Do not take the right turn to Reims centre but go straight on.  You want the A26 direction TROYES. Confusingly it is not signposted until you have gone through the next péage (toll).  Once the motorway has passed Troyes, you fork right (direction PARIS A5).  Leave at the first exit on this section, Exit 21 (direction TONNERRE) There is another toll to pay here. After the péage (toll), you will come to a roundabout. Take the third exit (direction CHAOURCE). You are now an hour from Le Verger provided you don't get lost!

You then go though lots of small places:

Le Bordes Aumont, Les Bruyeres, Chaource (visit the church if you have time; it has a wonderful 15th century mise au tombeau), Cussangy, Vallieres, Prusy, Coussegrey, and into TONNERRE. At the roundabout at the bottom of the hill just before the town centre turn left (Toutes Directions) towards AVALLON (D 965). This road skirts the town over a couple of waterways before reaching another roundabout with a cutting straight ahead, go straight on here up the cutting - the road goes steeply up with an escape road on the left. Once you have crested the hill and start to come down, look out for the sharp left turn to Avallon. Shortly the road turns right under the railway. Follow signs to Avallon through Yrouerre (wonderful Hotel de Ville on right, a former orangerie) and on to Nitry. Go straight through Nitry and over the motorway; keep straight on until you reach Joux La Ville; here you turn left for L'Isle sur Serein. The road threads across fields and over the motorway again; then through woods for a mile or so. Once you come out of the woods the road starts downhill and you come to a crossroads. Turn right here for Coutarnoux. You will see the church spire over the crest of the hill. On arrival in the village, follow the Grand Rue to the church. Opposite the church door is the courtyard of Le Verger where there is ample parking space.

Directions from Paris by car

The journey takes two hours. Unless you are an old Paris hand, we would advise having a satnav to help navigate the Paris peripherique (ring road). You need to find the A6.  Once on this motorway it's a straightforward journey. Come off at exit 21 (Nitry).  Turn left on the D944 to Joux La Ville. At Joux la Ville you turn left on the D11 (direction L’Isle sur Serein). The road threads across fields and over the motorway again, then through woods for a mile or so. Once you come out of the woods the road starts downhill and you come to a crossroads. Turn right here for Coutarnoux (it is signed). You will see the spire of the church. On arrival in the village follow the Grand Rue to the church. Opposite the church door you will see some large gates at the entrance to our courtyard.

Burgundy Hols

By train

From the UK you can take the Eurostar to Paris and then the TGV (a high speed train) from the Paris Gare de Lyon to Montbard, our nearest mainline station.

Alternatively, you can book the Eurostar to Lille and then take the TGV to Montbard. This connection is not as frequent as when you change at Paris so check available trains carefully.

(From Paris Gare de Lyon or Bercy you can also take a TER (local stopping train) to Avallon but the journey takes two hours rather than one on the TGV.)

You will need to arrange for a hire car either at Paris or at Montbard or Avallon. A car is essential for your stay – there is no public transport to and from our village.

By plane

You fly to Paris or Dijon and then hire a car. Alternatively you can take the TGV (high speed train) from Paris or Dijon to Montbard and hire a car there. We have found flying to Paris and hiring a car there the better option. Coutarnoux is a two hour drive from Paris.