Car: The most popular option as you will definitely need a car when you are down there (the nearest shop is a forty minute walk). From Calais it's 930 km, a 7-8 hour drive with no stops. Tolls are about 150 Euros. See motorway route and directions from Valence. See motorway route and directions from Valence


Train:The quickest, most relaxing way to travel, St.Pancras to Valence TGV is about £120 (there are special offers if you book early).and takes 6-8 hours. Easier to go via Lille rather than Paris as you don’t need to change stations. Valence is 45/55 minutes by car, usual car hire companies have offices at the station.(Avis, Europcar etc.) Visit Eurostar site

Air:The nearest airports are Lyon and Grenoble, both around two hours drive from Escoulin. Easijet flies daily from Gatwick to Lyon and Grenoble from £29 one way.

Motorway Route · Directions to the house · Hotels on The Way

Motorway Route

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Directions to the house

Leave the autoroute at VALENCE SUD - rather a complicated roundabout but you are looking for the GAP/DIE road.

Keep in the middle then right-hand lane for turn right to CREST on the D 111. Then down slope to roundabout and take final exit. !

Follow this road through Beauvallon and Montoison to CREST. There is a pizza restaurant in Montoison , ‘Les Cerisiers’, on right-hand side as you enter village - it also does takeaways. Often a welcome stop.

Go straight into CREST, Centre Ville. As you enter CREST there is a bit of dual carriageway and the road bends right past a cemetery, over 2 lots of speed bumps. Pass the train station on your right and go straight on.

Don't cross bridge but keep river on your right and continue to follow signs for Aouste/ Die, going straight on past the traffic lights.

There is a market place on right with a bandstand and then the road narrows past cafe/bar, go straight on.

Go through AOUSTE village centre avoiding flower tubs and straight across the roundabout as you leave the village, or follow by-pass round village to left.

Follow signs for MIRABEL ET BLACONS and Die.

Before you reach Blacons there is a cafe on left called LA BELLEVUE. Go left immediately taking the D70 for ROYANS, PARC DU VERCORS AND BEAUFORT-SUR-GERVANNE.

Up the hill to BEAUFORT and turn right as you enter the village, just before the Cafe Le Midi. Pass a phone box on your right and follow the road round through the village and the sign for L'ESCOULIN.

It's a very windy road with lots of hairpins - go carefully and don't turn off it. After about 15 mins you approach the village. Don’t take the left fork for the church. Look for the village sign for Escoulin.

There is a large walled farm with green gates and railings on the left. Ahead is the village fountain (statue of a faun) Slow right down and cross over the tiny bridge almost immediately before it on your right. You will see a cluster of buildings with a large archway. Do not drive in.

Follow the road round to the left up the hill for about 50 yards, pulling in to the right in front of the final building with blue shutters.

You can park or unload here (pass stuff for kitchen and ground floor through kitchen and bathroom windows).If you have more than one car, park across the stream on the other side of the bridge in the village next to the fountain.

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Hotels On The Way

Hotel de la Banniere,
11 Rue Franklin-Roosevelt, Laon,
Tel: 0033 323.23.21.44
Just two hours drive from Calais this pretty little fortified town perched on a hill feels a million miles from Dover. The hotel is very reasonable, has a good restaurant, and unique French interior decorated with an excitingly random selection of chintz and floral wallpapers.

La Vielle Ferme
Sance 71000 Macon, RN6 - Exit at Macon Nord – over half-way and into Burgundy
tel: 03 85 21 95 15
Around 140 Euros per room it also has a pool. Some motel style rooms but a wonderful restaurant in the old stone farmhouse part which has an outdoor terrace from which you can look down at the peacocks strutting around below.

Le Champ des Oiseaux
20, Rue Linard Gonthier 10000 Troyes
Tel: 00 33 3 25 80 58 50
Troyes is just the right distance from Calais to break the journey (4 hours). A spectacular town in the Champagne region it’s worth the stop. This is the loveliest hotel we have ever stayed in in France. Stunning location (next to the cathedral), top breakfast. No restaurant or car park. Both round the corner in the Cathedral square.

L'Hôtel de la Poste
Til Chatel , Tél:00 33
Further on Til Chatel is another natural break not far from the motorway. L'Hôtel de la Poste is in the centre of the village and has been run by the same family for four generations. It’s got a nice restaurant- have to be there by 7.30 pm or they give your room away.

Excellent stopover. Visit ‘caves’ for tasting the best of Burgundy’s wines, the historic gilded Hospices de Beaune and a large choice of restaurants and hotels.

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