Location

The village

Saint Benoit du Sault is a medieval village in central France, 300km south of Paris. It is just to the north of the Limousin region, in the département of Indre. The nearest cities – it lies between them – are Limoges, Poitiers and Chateauroux. The closest town is Argenton sur Creuse.

The Old Coach House

The house is situated in the old town on a promontory overlooking the valley of the Portefeuille.

Getting there

By car: St Benoit is about 5 hours from Caen, 5hr30mins from St Malo, or 6hr30mins from Calais. It is very close to the A20 motorway.

By plane: The village is within easy reach of Limoges’s Bellegarde airport (50 minutes’ drive).  There are direct flights to Limoges from: Bristol, Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton. Other French airports worth considering are: Poitiers (1hr 20mins drive); Orleans (2hr 10 mins); Bergerac (2hr 45 mins); La Rochelle (3hr 20 mins). Airlines include RyanAir, Flybe and Easyjet.

By train: The quickest route is Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris, cross town on the Metro (no need to change metros), take a train from Paris Austerlitz to Chateauroux (40 mins drive from there to St Benoit). On the same line, you can also get off a stop or two later, at La Souterraine or Limoges. Best of all is to get off at Argenton sur Creuse (20 minute drive to St Benoit) but there are only one or two trains a day between Argenton and Paris. Another slower route is to take the Eurostar to Lille Europe and pick up a TGV to Poitiers (1 hr 30 mins drive). There is car rental at the bigger stations mentioned above.
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