8 Stopovers Enroute from Calais to Bergerac
We know the 9 hour drive from Calais to Bergerac can feel somewhat overwhelming - particularly when you’re ready to switch-off, unwind and loaf about on your French getaway. So at French Loaf we always recommend making a real break of it with a stopover enroute. Here are 8 options worth looking at:
Approx. 3 hours from Calais, located in the historic town of Chartres, this beautiful bed & breakfast is as enchanting as its surroundings. A former bishopric, Maison Ailleurs is steeped in history of its own but has been given a lovely contemporary styling perfect for the modern tourist. It makes a nice base to kick back and rest from a long drive or to go off and explore the local French charm.
A wander by the ancient cathedral is a must here, and if you’re a history fanatic then ask the staff to share a story or two about the mansion’s past.
Looking for a Chartres stopover on a budget? A basic chain we’ve always been impressed by is B&B. We’ve stayed at the B&B Hotel in Chartres a number of times as it has great family rooms, is easy to get to get to from the motorway and has late night code access so you can arrive at any time.
Set in the Loire region with the Chambord and Cheverny castles nearby, this campsite has both pitching spots and charming lodges. It’s a real nature lovers haven with both woodland and countryside views. It also has fantastic cycle opportunities. Approx. 4 hours 30 minutes from Calais.
Step into true French sophistication before your luxury French Loaf break, with a stay at Hotel Diderot in the quiet and picturesque town of Chinon (located 5 hours from Calais). In the centre of the town it’s ideally located to explore Chinon’s history and is close to restaurants for your dinner out of the holiday. The Hotel also has a bar and wine shop if you want to stock up and take a couple of bottles of Chinon’s finest to the holiday house.
Another historic chateau turned hotel, the Manoir Saint Thomas is 5 hours from Calais in the peaceful town of Amboise. Definitely worth considering for a one nighter, if you don’t mind scrimping on the contemporary luxe factor for one night, it offers charming accommodation in a style that reflects the history of the town: marble fireplaces, stone turret, and painted beams. Other hotel highlights include a pool, large gardens (great for letting the kids run off steam) and lounge/bar
Situated 6 hours 30 minutes from Calais, Logis de Puygaty is a grand 15th century home turned boutique hotel set between vineyards, fields and forests. Its interiors mix regal with rural to incredible effect (think chandeliers alongside farmer tools, stable doors turned chic table tops). Outside there are stunning grounds and an unheated pool with sun loungers, so your stopover can be a real chance to sit back and relax.
There’s no restaurant but there is an exclusive ‘table d'hôte’, where owner Pierre can rustle you up elegant French or international dishes.
The Logis Hotel chain is also worth considering if you’re looking for a simple and affordable night stop. They are each independently run but to the same Logis standards - well respected, professional and with the promise of ‘real France’ flavour. Logis Hotels are available dotted across the whole of France, so you can pick one based on how far you want to drive before you stop.
We often stay here for a relaxed, affordable stopover with a pool the boys love! Located 4 hours from Calais, it has comfortable stylish rooms and is well located for an interesting afternoon of exploration. The Le Mans museum is a family favourite and with 120 vehicles and historic race track, it tells the epic motor racing story of the Le Mans international event. A good few hours can be spent here.
Our biggest tip when it comes to picking the right stopover for your French Loaf getaway - avoid Paris! While there’s much to love about the capital, the hassle of getting in and out is never worth it when the aim is an escape that leaves you completely recharged. Save that one for another French visit!
Have you done a French stopover on your way to Southern France before? Which resorts would you recommend? Let us know over on Instagram, we’d love to find out.