La Petite Guyonnière

Things To Do

Things to do

at La Petite Guyonnière

With the vast array of tourist information available, choosing things to do can be overwhelming at times, so this page is designed to offer some suggestions.

Gîte 1 – Le Marronnier

4 Bedrooms, 12 Guests

Gîte 1 – Ground Floor Only

2 Bedrooms, 8 Guests

Gîte 2 – Le Petit Bouleau

2 Bedrooms, 4 Guests

Things to do at and around La Petite Guyonnière

Exploring the area is a pleasure due to the extensive and well-maintained road network. Outside of major towns, the traffic density is low, so you spend less time sitting in traffic and more time exploring.  Everything is within easy reach, historical sites, lively coastal resorts or picturesque towns and villages.

View of pond - things to do

There is 160 km of wide sandy beaches in the Vendée alone.  Close by there is the calm of St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie (28 km), or if you prefer hustle and bustle, then there is Jean-de-Monts (33 km). The countryside is diverse, from open fields to woodland, marshland to sand dunes, making it perfect for ramblers and nature lovers.

The Vendée Tourism website offers lots of advice and more things to do for those new to the area as well as the more seasoned visitor.

Vendee office de tourisme logo - Tourist information on the Vendée

Things to do on the doorstep

LPG pool stepsOur swimming pool is situated between the accommodation and 2.5-acre field.  It is fenced, with a padlocked gate and an alarm.

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.

new games roomThe games room is in our small barn, with access from the courtyard.  Inside are a table-tennis table, a dartboard, and a  selection of free-weights. There is also a selection of buckets and spades etc, for when you visit the beach.

LPG bowling and petanqueOur range of outdoor games provides fun activities for all ages and abilities, they include: Swings, Petanque, Badminton, 9 Pin Bowling, Selection of medieval games and Football.

P1040615Outside 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.

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.

ParkingThe 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.

Leading from the courtyard are the entrances to both gîtes, the indoor games room and via a passageway, the gardens.

Utility RoomThe laundry has a coin-operated washing machine.  There are sinks, a vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board, clothes dryer, pegs, bucket and mop, etc.  Directly to the rear of the laundry there are 2 rotary washing lines.

This room is also our recycling centre.

Fairy Door 319x329Have we mentioned the tree fairies?  They are around, although, you will have to look really hard to find them.

Open-air activities

icons8 walking 50     Our country lanes, open countryside, and woodlands make walking a real pleasure.

icons8 running 50     The same country lanes, open countryside and woodlands are also a pleasure for runners, but you pass them quicker.

icons8 cycling 50     For “pleasure cycling” there is over 1,800km of dedicated cycling tracks and trails.

The Vendée Velo website has all the information that you could possibly need to ensure a great cycling experience.

icons8 falcon 50     The Vendée boasts some amazing bird watching opportunities, the great variety of habitat encourages species of all kinds. The list is long and fully documented on this website

icons8 cyclist 50     For serious “road cycling” the options are infinite. Country roads are quiet, well maintained and other vehicles will give you plenty of space when passing.

icons8 swimming 50icons8 cyclist 50 icons8 exercise 50   This area is ideal for serious training regimes, especially Triathlon. The terrain is varied, open water is close by, the largest lake in the Vendée (170 hectares) is only 2.5 km away. The road network is extensive, French drivers are ‘bicycle friendly’ and there are plenty of unpaved roads.

Local amenities – Mache (2.4km)

icons8 baguette 50icons8 confectionery 50  icons8 croissant 50   Le Fournil d’Elo et Steph

The best bread and cakes

icons8 wine glass 50      icons8 restaurant 50    Oh Mine De Rein

icons8 shop 50     Epicerie Machéenne

icons8 barbershop 50     Laëtitia Coiff

Local amenities – Apremont (6 km)

icons8 jewelry 50    “Les Beaux Cadeaux”

icons8 modern art 50    “Verre Curieux”

icons8 restaurant 50    “Le Cabanon”

Live Concerts, Cocktails, Mini-golf

Le Cabanon Apremont (

icons8 restaurant 50    “Les Vieux de la Vieille”

Attractions in the area

Vie    The largest in Vendée (170 Hectares)

Maché (2 km)

icons8 palace 50   16th century Château

Apremont (6 km)

icons8 water park 50 icons8 wakeboarding 50    KS Water Park

Apremont (6 km)

icons8 climbing 50   Le Grand Défi

Saint Julien des Landes (18 km)

icons8 forest 50    Aizenay (11 km)

icons8 golf 50   Golf

Coëx (19 km)

icons8 bowling 50   Littoral Bowling (10 pin)

Aizenay (11 km)

Pizzeria nextdoor

Tourist – Interactive Map

Although not in the immediate area, your holiday would not be complete without a visit to Puy du Fou, simply the “Best Park” in the world.  On your visit you will be transported through 2000 years of history, it’s a memorable experience that is unique to the Vendée.

At just over an hour’s drive, the park is a sensational experience that you will want to repeat again and again.

 – Our personal record is 4 visits in one season –

Puy du Fou publicity picture -  tourist information on the Vendée

Want more things to do?

We are always available to offer information on things to do or any aspect of your holiday, you can e-mail us or use the form on our contact page.