Frequently Asked Questions

Here we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions, by both those still looking for a great get-away location and those that have already booked.  If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to then use the contact form at the bottom of the page.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Follow us on Facebook…..


Do I need travel adapters?

Yes - if you wish to use electrical items that have a UK (3 pin) plug fitted.

Is it safe to drink the tap water?

Yes - The quality is good but you may wish to buy bottled water if travelling further afield.

Is there off-road parking?

Yes - The courtyard can take 8 or more cars, there is plenty of space.


Can I pay with a cheque or cash upon arrival?

No - payment is by bank transfer or check, payed into the account given on your booking form.

If we arrive early, can we check-in?

Check-in before 16.00 hr is sometimes possible by prior arrangement with Diane or Chris.  Agreement depends upon the intensity of the change-over taking place on the day you arrive.  Bags etc can be securely stored if required.

Our ferry is not until the evening, can we delay checking-out until the afternoon?

Only if there is no-one wanting to occupy the gîte that you are vacating.

Do you accept credit cards?

No - Check or bank transfer only.


Do we have exclusive use of the swimming pool?

Only if you have booked both gîtes or are sole occupants of La Petite Guyonnière. 

Is wi-fi available?

Yes - but in typically rural fashion, connectivity and quality is sometimes not what you may be used to at home.

Is there a washing machine available on-site?

Yes - a coin operated machine is located in the utility room at the rear of Le Marronnier; it is a shared facility. 


Where is the nearest supermarket?

There is an Hyper-U in Aizenay (11 km) away.  It is in the “Espace Commercial Porte Littoral” visable from the D948.

Is there a bar in Maché?

Yes - “Oh Mine de Rein” opposite the Boulangerie, is a bar/brasserie.  Friendly staff and good food.

Is there a bakers in Maché?

Yes - “Le Fournil d’Elo et Steph”, opposite the church.  Amazing cakes, bread and pastries.  If you want a large amount of any item it’s best to pre-order, as it is a very popular bakery.

Tourist Stuff

How far is the nearest beach?

St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is closest at (28km).

Is open-water swimming possible in the lakes?

Yes - The best place is off the man-made beach in Apremont (6 km).

Is there an adventure park like "Go-Ape" or similar nearby?

Yes - Le Grand Défi at Saint Julien des Landes (18km) is amazing and well worth the short drive.

We are always keen to expand our frequently asked questions list, so, if you have a question - ask away.

How can we help?

Feel free to ask a question or simply leave a comment.

Make a Reservation

To make a reservation now or to enquire about availability, follow this link…..