La Petite Guyonnière
Gîte holiday accommodation in the Vendée…..
Essential information on almost everything.
The Vendée is of similar size to Devon, at 2,590 sq/miles. However, with less than half the population there is a feeling of space and tranquility. This feeling is magnified by an extensive and well maintained road network, consequently, it’s a pleasure to drive in the Vendée. Whilst coastal towns and villages can be busy during the summer months, most other areas are quiet. The Vendée is packed with tourist attractions, cultural sites and activities to suit all tastes and ages. The people are friendly, the food and wine are excellent – you can feel the pace of life slowing, what a combination!
Your gîte holiday accommodation in the Vendée is just a few hours drive from the main channel ports. So, you could be relaxing in our lovely, heated, swimming pool the same day.
Travelling to La Petite Guyonnière by Car
The Vendée can be reached via two motorways, the A87 and A83, both have sections that incur tolls. In addition, there are numerous departmental (D) roads, many of which are duel-carriageway. Above all, the network is extensive and well-maintained.
Speed limits in France are:
110 km/hr in rain.
80 km/hr (outside built-up areas).
50 km/hr but can be as low as 30 km/hr.
From Folkestone via Eurotunnel. Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 658km. Time 6h 23m (approximately). Shortest & Quickest Route – Via A28 – Tolls.
There are many ferry routes available, prices vary as do driving times from the port of arrival to La Petite Guyonnière.
Ports - Carriers - Distances - Driving Times - Toll Roads
From Portsmouth via Brittany Ferries
Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 375km (Via A87)
Driving Time = 3h 50m (approximately)
Shortest Route – Via A87 – No Tolls
Quickest Route – Via A88/A87 – Tolls
From Dover via P&O Ferries.
Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 671km (Via A28)
Driving Time = 6h 32m (approximately)
Shortest & Quickest Route – Via A28 – Tolls
From Portsmouth and Poole via Brittany Ferries
Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 409km (Via A84)
Time = 4h 12m (approximately)
Shortest & Quickest Route – Via A84 – No Tolls
From Newhaven and Dover via LD Lines
Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 513km
Driving Time = 4h 53m (approximately)
All routes – Tolls
From Dover via DFDS Ferries
Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 695km
Driving Time = 6h 53m (approximately)
All Routes – Tolls
From Portsmouth via LD Lines
Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 480km
Driving Time = 4h 33m (approximately)
All Routes – Tolls
From Plymouth and Cork via Brittany Ferries
Distance to La Petite Guyonnière = 384km
Driving Time = 4h (approximately)
Shortest & Quickest Route – Via N12 – No Tolls
Where Are We?
167 La Petite Guyonniere, Maché, 85190
The nearest petrol station is in Maché, however, it is an independant station and therefore, more expensive. The closest alternative is the petrol station at Hyper-U, in Aizenay (11km). This station has a full range of fuels and, in addition, has free recharging points within the parking area of the main store.
We are unable to offer the facility to recharge electric or hybrid vehicles at La Petite Guyonnière. The domestic system will not cope with the extra requirement, without system failures or potential damage to other appliances.
Travelling to La Petite Guyonnière by Air or Rail
Nantes Atlantique is 67km from La Petite Guyonnière, approximately 55 mins. Car hire is easy with many companies just 2 mins walk from the main terminal.
La Rochelle-Ile de Ré is further away at 109km, approximately 1h 37m. Again, car hire is easy, with companies less than a 2 min walk from the main terminal.
Both airports are easy to get to and serve national direct and international flight destinations.
Facilities and Activities
The pool is 10m x 5m and is suitable for exercise as well as for fun, however, it is not deep enough for diving. It is heated from May through to October.
The large sun terrace features sun loungers and chairs, parasols and a solar heated shower. Beside the pool, for smaller children, there is also a pirate ship, “The Green Pig”.
Also stored here is the games equipment for all the outside activities such as football, badminton and petanque. There is also a selection of buckets and spades etc, for when you visit the beach.
Ouside space is something that we have plenty of, with 10,000 m² set aside as gardens and another 12,000 m² used as grazing for horses. For the past 9 years we have been host to “Hermine”. She is a large, but extremely gentle, retired trotting horse (le Trotteur Français (the French Trotter).
There are a number of shady seating areas with tables and chairs, which can be moved around to suit your tastes. As well as flower beds, shrubs and trees, we have made areas for playing football, a boules court and space for badminton.
The courtyard is at the front of the property, where there is sufficient off-road parking for up to 8 cars. It is South-facing, therefore it gets extremely hot during the day, please be careful about what is left inside cars.
Payment can be made in pounds sterling or euros. Prices in euros are at the current rate of exchange at the time of booking.
25% Deposit payable via bank transfer when returning the reservation form.
Remainder due not later than 8 weeks before the start of the rental period.
Terms and Conditions
Full terms and conditions are included with the reservation form and should be read before returning the form.
Check-in and Check-out Times
Check-in time is not before 16.00hrs on the day of arrival, unless an alternative time has been pre-arranged.
On the day of departure check-out time is 10.00hrs.
Provision can be made for baggage to be secured for early arrivals.
Travel cot with linen and high chair available on request.
Smoking is not allowed in either property.
Sorry, no pets allowed.
Very few shops open on Sundays, therefore, try to do your food shopping prior to arrival. As a rule, most shops close at 19.00hrs. Hyper-U in Aizenay (11km) is the nearest large supermarket and does open on a Sunday morning (until 12.30hrs) in July and August only.