Front garden



Painting at the Monastery

Bandouille Rooster


We are located in the Deux Sevres department, within the Poitou Charentes region of France. Situated on the western side of the country, we are well served by Autoroutes running from the northern coast of France, and are located almost centrally between the airports at La Rochelle, Poitiers, Nantes and Tours.


Bandouille is set in a very historic part of France. Home to the Plantagenets and Richard the Lionheart, following the "Route des Rois de l' Angleterre",  Route of the English Kings. Full of places of interest, medieval and historic architecture, quaint villages and gorgeous sunflower fields, there is an abundance of wonderful things and views, to draw and paint, that typify France. The venue is also on part of the pilgrims route of St. Jacques de Compostelle.


To see our exact location, a very useful site is                   Using the zoom-in / out feature on the right hand side of the “ViaMichelin” site, you should be able to see all the major ports, Autoroutes and the airports.

Via Michelin

How to get here:  


Channel Tunnel       Dover          - Calais


Ferry & car :           Newhaven    - Dieppe              DFDS      


                            Dover          - Calais              


                            Dover          - Dunkirk              


                            Portsmouth  - Caen, St. Malo

                                              - Cherbourg         Brittany Ferries

                            Poole          - Cherbourg         Brittany Ferries



Drive times vary depending on transport, but using the excellent Autoroute network, you should be able to  reach us in around 6 hours from Calais / Boulogne, or about 4 / 5 hours from Caen or Dieppe.



Fly and Drive   Ryanair                          La Rochelle, Tours, Poitiers, Nantes (from Stansted)                                                        

                     Flybe                             Nantes, La Rochelle (Southampton, M'chester, B'ham)

                     Easyjet                          La Rochelle, Nantes (from Gatwick)

                     BA                                 Nantes  (from Gatwick)

                    Jet2                               La Rochelle (Leeds, Edinburgh)



Please note that some of the above flights do not operate all year. Please check with the airline.


The cost of your travel is not included. We will be pleased to help with your travelling arrangements.

Eurotunnel DFDS Brittany Ferries Brittany Ferries Ryanair Flybe Easyjet British Airways

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