If you have a GPS in-car navigation system, these are the coordinates for the village: North 44° 28′ 0″ East 1° 40′ 0″. Maison d'Être is about 6 hours drive South from Paris. It is within easy drive of the following six airports.
|Airport||Driving time to Maison d'Etre||From here, go...|
|Toulouse (Blagnac)||1 hr 45 mins||North|
|Rodez||1 hr 30 mins||East|
|Bergerac||2 hrs 10 mins||East|
|Carcassonne||2 hrs 17 mins||West then North|
|Bordeaux||under 3 hrs||East|
|Paris||approx 6 hrs||South|
Driving From the North:
The quickest way down is via the A20, which starts at Vierzon, about 60 miles south of Orleans, and continues south to Cahors. If you come via Paris, take the peripherique and follow signs for Bordeaux, to leave on the A10 and then the A71 to Orleans.
Driving From the South:
Come via Toulouse, following signs to Paris and Bordeaux on the A62. 25 miles or so north of Toulouse, take exit 10 to A20, following signs for Montauban and Paris. 35 miles later, take exit 58 on the N20, following signs for Cahors. Use the Michelin Map 337 from here. GPS will probably take you over the river and through the woods, probably on cow paths. Better to use the map.
The nearest international airport is Toulouse with direct flights from London, Paris, Amsterdam and other international airports. If you fly into Paris, you can either fly to Toulouse or one of the local airports listed above, then rent a car and drive directly to the gite. Your best option will depend on what day and time you arrive and how many of you are traveling.
From Paris, take the train to Toulouse that leaves from the Gare d’Austerlitz and stops at Cahors. It’s a 5-6 hour journey, depending on the time of day. The SNCF website provides schedules and fares. It is about 60 Euros per person to Cahors. You can rent a car at Cahors train station from Avis (+33 565 30 13 10 NOTE: they are not open on Saturday or Sunday) or Hertz (+33 565 35 34 69 NOTE: they are not so near the Rail Station). You will need a car while you are at the gite. Bus transportation is regular from the train station and leaves about every 30 minutes, but only takes you as far as Tour de Faure. St Cirq Lapopie is a 20 minute walk up hill from there.