La Guérinière - Cheffois - Vendée
La Guérinière is a hamlet of Cheffois. It is situated in Western France, in the Vendée, south of the Loire valley and between the cities of Nantes and Poitiers. It is close to Le Grand Parc de Puy du Fou and the Mervent -Vouvant forest.
In Cheffois (4 km), there is an afternoon post office in the Mairie, a boulangerie and hairdressers. The closest small town is La Châtaigneraie (6 km) where there are several boulangeries, three supermarkets and a range of other shops including clothes, shoes, pharmacy and newsagents as well as the post office, garages and church. Hypermarkets can be found in the bigger towns of Fontenay-le-Comte and Chantonnay.
Restaurants and cafes
In Cheffois there is a bar/restaurant and in La Châtaigneraie, there are several restaurants including Hotel La Poste opposite the post office, Le Relais Delice opposite the square and Le Stelvio’s on the road to Fontenay-le-Comte. You will find bars, restaurants or crêperies in most small towns and large villages in the area.
There are markets in most towns. Only in the bigger towns are they held every week and it is best to arrive early as they close at lunch-time. Information on markets is in each ‘house information book’.
Places to visit
There is lots to see and do in the locality of La Guérinière and its surrounding countryside – walking, cycling and horse-riding are available as well as swimming, fishing and water sports in the locality. Especially beautiful is the Mervent Vouvant Forest with its large lakes and forests which is about 20 mins away. Fishing permits for lake and rivers can be purchased at local Café des Sports and the 100 hectares fishing park of Pescalis is near Moncoutant, about ½ hour away. There are at least five 18 hole golf courses within an hours drive.
For the more adventurous there are also micro-light trips and bungee jumping near Breuil-Barret, and go-karting at a track at Fontenay-le-Comte.
The famous chateaux and grounds of Le Puy du Fou, devoted to the history of the Vendée, are well worth a visit being about 45 mins away; it’s evening Cinéscénie presentations are quite spectacular although you will need to book for one of these before your holiday begins. (www.puydufou.com/uk)
It is also well placed for day trips to the chateaux of the Loire Valley, Futuroscope at Poitiers, and the coastal towns of La Rochelle, La Tranche and Les Sables D’Olonne all being between 1 and 1½ hours away. The Venise Verte, an area of waterways created by monks in the 13th century, is about 40 mins drive away.
The Vendée has the second best climate in France after the Mediterranean taking advantage of the Atlantic Gulf Stream on the coast to the west.
It is a region steeped in history having been fought over many times by the English and the French; the most significant wars being the Hundred Years war, the Wars of Religion and the Vendéen war when the royalist peasants and nobility fought against the republican armies. After much fierce fighting, the republicans finally got the upper hand – thousands of people were shot or guillotined and to prevent more uprisings, the government of the region was moved from Fontenay-le-Comte to La Roche-sur-Yon, where it is today.