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France in Summer holidays please help!

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TheDrsDocMartens Fri 10-Feb-17 16:06:27

Mumsnet sorted last years holiday with even more complicated requirements so hoping you can help again!

We want a week in France in the summer. Self catering but near enough to potter into town/beach etc.
Need to fly from Manchester, Liverpool or Glasgow. Six of us, teens tend to class as adults for flights.
Don't want to hire a car but pretty sure we will have to just to get to/from airport

TheDrsDocMartens Fri 10-Feb-17 16:15:26

Forgot to say , we need cheap!

frenchfancy Sat 11-Feb-17 09:13:13

There are flights from Liverpool to La Rochelle. From there either get the bus over to the Ile de Ré or hire a car and drive 45 mins to the south Vendee and stay somewhere near Fontenay Le Comte. Ile de Re wouldn't need a car but accommodation is cheaper in the Vendee.

TheDrsDocMartens Sat 11-Feb-17 14:35:14

La Rochelle is on my list as somewhere that suits.
I'll look into the bus.

BBCK Wed 22-Feb-17 17:29:04

Buses are rare things in rural France. I advise you to drive rather than fly.

TheDrsDocMartens Thu 23-Feb-17 00:10:30

Driving would take too long in this country and probably cost more in petrol!
We are three hours from an airport at this end , saves a lot of time.

BBCK Thu 23-Feb-17 12:47:25

Definitely hire a car then

frenchfancy Fri 24-Feb-17 08:30:17

If you are going to the il de Ré from la Rochelle Airport there really is no need to hire a car. Once on the island everyone gets around by bike and there is a bus from the Airport to the island.

TheDrsDocMartens Fri 24-Feb-17 10:14:29

That's exactly what I need!
Thanks smile

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