Les Chauvins is in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of South West France, situated in the Charente department, along it’s border with the Dordogne.

It is 22km south of Angoulême, the capital of the Charente and 60km North West of Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne.

You can drive from Calais to Les Chauvins in 8 hours, excluding refuelling and rest breaks. If you choose to travel by road to Les Chauvins, there is plenty of parking for your vehicles once you arrive.

By Air:

There is a choice of airports offering a range of airlines and flight times, which means great flexibility. Car hire is available from all of these airports for your onward journey.

  • Bergerac: 80 km (50 miles) approx 1 hour 20 mins drive
  • Limoges: 125 km (77 miles) approx 1 hour 40 mins drive
  • Bordeaux: 134 km (83 miles) approx 1 hour 45 mins drive
  • Poitiers: 148 km (92 miles) approx 1 hour 40 mins drive

All of these drive times depend on the time of day you are travelling and are only approximate.

By Rail:

For those who don’t like flying, the train is a relaxing and scenic way to travel.

  • Angoulême Station: 30 minutes drive from Les Chauvins, with connections to various cities including Bordeaux and Paris (in less than 2 hours) on the TGV
  • Montmoreau-Saint-Cybard Station: only 12 minutes drive away with trains to Angoulême

Pick up a hire-car at Angoulême railway station or be collected by family or friends from Montmoreau.

If you do travel by plane or train, a vehicle is essential to access the local amenities and make the most of all the great activities and adventures that await you in the region.

The nearest village to Les Chauvins is Salles Lavalette, 4.5km away, 6 minutes by car, but with such quiet country lanes it is rather pleasant to hop on a bike and cycle to the local boulangerie there, which takes approximately 15 minutes.

If two wheels are your preferred mode of transport, the National Velo routes run from the end of the lane, providing access to this area by more healthy and environmentally friendly means.