Most people take the Eurostar from London to Avignon. There is a direct service on most days. Otherwise you can travel from London via Lille and change onto the TGV or via Paris where you will need to change station from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon and then on the TGV.
Driving to Cratoule
Hameau de Cratoule
-Leave the motorway A7 at Bollène, junction19.
Take the D994 to PONT ST ESPRIT.
-After leaving the bridge over the Rhône at PONT ST ESPRIT you arrive at a roundabout. Take the first exit from this roundabout ( D6086, ROUTE D’ARDÊCHE ) Don’t go into the town.
– After 3/4mins turn left onto the D901 just after the garage. This turning is signposted ST JULIEN DE PEYROLAS, ST PAULET DE CAISSON and ORGNAC L’AVEN. You have 10/15mins on this road before leaving it
– After going through the village of LAVAL ST ROMAN, the road twists and turns up a hill. When you reach the top you will see a few right and left turns. Take the left turn to ISSIRAC ( D301 )
– When you arrive at the old village of ISSIRAC, perched on a rise in front of you, don’t turn to the right which leads into the village. Turn left and continue down the hill past the cemetery. This small road twists and turns down to the Hamlet of CRATOULE ( 4kms) The music centre is called « LES MUSARTS » which you will see on a wooden sign as you enter the hamlet
In case of difficulty, you can phone Fiona Gibson on 00 33 (0)6 42 83 32 22 or 00 33 4 66 82 01 86
You can fly from City Airport to Avignon International
You can also fly from London Luton to Nimes
Or from London Heathrow to Montpellier or Marseille
Ultimately you will need to find your way by train/bus to the old station at Bagnols-sur-Cèze. This can be done on the Edgard bus (B22 or B23) which takes about an hour from Avignon TGV station and a little less from Avignon Centrale station. The bus fare is remarkably inexpensive (€1.60) for the whole journey. For those of you flying to any of the airports you will need to check trains to Avignon. If you arrive at Avignon International Airport, it is a short taxi or bus ride to Avignon TGV or Centrale to catch the Edgard bus.
Detailed instructions concerning the final leg of the journey to Cratoule (using lifts and shared taxis) will be provided nearer the time.