La Petite Guyonnière

Triathlon Holidays at La Petite Guyonnière

If you love Triathlon and traveling, why not combine them into a unique experience? At La Petite Guyonnìere, we offer you the opportunity to train in the beautiful countryside of France, while enjoying a relaxing and comfortable stay. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned athlete, we have the perfect combination for you.

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Combine your triathlon training with a holiday in rural France. At La Petite Guyonnière, we have 2 spacious gîtes, a heated swimming pool, and sun terrace, beautiful gardens, and clean air. We are surrounded by rolling countryside with quiet country lanes and dedicated cycle routes. Open water is close by, and the Atlantic coast is only 24 km away.

Our guest reviews can testify to the quality of La Petite Guyonnière as a holiday destination, and as for training opportunities, they are as extensive here as in any other top training venue.


La Petite Guyonnière is just minutes away from the largest freshwater lake in the Vendée. At nearly 170 hectares and 13 km long, it offers endless first-class open water swimming opportunities. Lake water temperatures are similar to those found in large bodies of water through northwestern Europe.

If open sea swimming is to your taste, then the Atlantic coast is readily accessible, with nearly 200 km of wide sandy beaches.  St Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is 24 km away, usually 30 minutes by car, or it can also be reached via an extensive cycle route system.

Image of open water at Maché - Triathlon
Open water at maché - Triathlon


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If you are looking for a peaceful and scenic place to train, you will love the Vendée. You can enjoy kilometers of quiet country lanes, where the few vehicles you encounter will respect your space, whether you are running or cycling. You can also experience the beauty and diversity of the bocage region, with its hills and lush green landscapes. Forget about the pollution and stress of the city, and embrace the fresh air and safety of training in nature, as it should be done.

The Vendée is crisscrossed by an extensive (2,000 km) of cycle paths which are well signposted, well maintained, and mostly off of the main roads.

Cycling Facilities

We have secure storage for your expensive bikes, as well as pressure washing facilities. Spares are easily obtainable from any number of local outlets and specialist cycle shops.

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View of chateau at Apremont - Triathlon

There is nothing like exploring the charming countryside by running. You can enjoy the peaceful roads, where cars are respectful and rare, and the fresh air, that fills your lungs with energy. The landscape offers a variety of options for runners of all levels. You can choose between flat, hills, beaches, dirt tracks, or dedicated cycle routes, depending on your preference. This area is ideal for running and discovering its beauty.

Example Triathlon Training Route

This route starts and ends at La Petite Guyonnière. At 17 km it includes country lanes, cycle tracks and circuits the course of the lake. Running, cycling, and swimming all within 3 km of home base, then finish with a dip in our heated pool.

Map of local cycle route - triathlon

Choose La Petite Guyonnière for your Triathlon Holiday in France

If you are looking for a quality holiday in the French countryside, La Petite Guyonnière is the ideal choice for you. You will be able to enjoy a peaceful and comfortable setting, while following your triathlon training program. This is an opportunity to combine relaxation and performance, in an environment conducive to your well-being.