Swim well

with ray gibbs

Join us at our inaugural swim retreat with renowned swim coach Ray Gibbs, founder of Swim Canary Wharf. Having helped thousands of swimmers - from newbie triathletes to cross-channel open water adventurers - to develop a more efficient technique, Ray is one of the foremost freestyle coaches in the world.

Ray will highlight and explain the issues that are holding you back and, crucially, give you the tuned tools that will rectify them over the coming winter.

Unlock your true potential for next season with a mix of indoor and outdoor pool-based sessions, 1-1 video assessment, small group coaching and exploration swims in the lakes of the Mayenne.

Our 27 acre estate provides the glorious setting for you to relax, enjoy restorative yoga classes and on-site recovery massage, engage in thought-provoking seminars and socialise with like-minded individuals whilst enjoying nutritious food and drink.

This long weekend is suitable for improvers.

WHATS INCLUDED

HASSLE-FREE, PERSONALISED RETREATS WITH

options to tailor your weekend

£775 per person, sharing

Includes

Swim program, featuring:
  • Personal swim video analysis, 1-1 and small group coaching in indoor and outdoor heated pools
  • Exploration swims to picturesque local open water lakes
  • Ready access to our own 25m heated outdoor pool and open water lake
Yoga classes to prepare you for the day ahead and aid recovery
Informative seminar program
Luxurious en-suite accommodation
All food and drink, including 3 meals per day and limited alcohol
Exclusive use of our Estate and its superb health & fitness and relaxation facilities
Free transfers from local train stations

sole occupancy supplement £250

travel inclusive supplement £275

STUNNING VENUE

Our gorgeous Chateau, with luxury, boutique style accommodation, superb sports facilities, and welcoming social areas is set in 9 hectares of beautiful woodland grounds. Referenced in Times Top 20 Chateaux, it combines period refinement with modern convenience.

INSIGHTFUL coaching

Renowned freestyle coach, Ray Gibbs, will tailor your technique to extract the maximum efficiency from your style. He provides practical, real world advice that is current and impactful, whilst adopting a relaxed, supportive style - helping you to achieve your goals. Prior to attending our retreat we spend the time to learn about these objectives, so that we can help you achieve them.

swim-FUN

Our fully supported, ability-based group swims are designed to be challenging but also enjoyable and inspiring. The open water lakes of the Mayenne and the undulating countryside of the Pays de la Loire provide a stunning backdrop.

DELICIOUS FOOD

All meals and snacks are provided. Our eye-catching meals are designed to support your active lifestyle but also to be tasty and excite. Snacks are available for the times in between. And homemade energy bars are available for those longer efforts.

PERIOD LUXURY

Individually designed en-suite bedrooms, stunning renovated sitting rooms and cosy reading areas inspire and relax whilst staying true to the Chateau's heritage.

personalised TRAINING

Our 1-1 analysis and consultations will help you move forward, whatever your specific objectives. Our ability-based program will enhance your home-based training and provide a pre-season boost. And our venue will also enable you to review your strength, conditioning and mental preparedness for what lies ahead.

EXPERT TEAM

Professional swimming coaches - with a successful race background - are complemented by degree qualified sports scientists and leading therapists to cater for your every need. Personal service in an enjoyable, relaxing group environment. Approximately 1:3, staffing:guests, ratio.

QUALITY LOCATION

Easily accessible from the UK and Europe, yet peaceful and uncrowded. Our wonderful corner of the Loire, where strong historical connection merges into the tranquil beauty of the Mayenne and the vibrant French chic of the local shops and spas sits alongside a genuine, unspoilt French community.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Everything’s optional, enjoy your time with us.

* CLICK ON EACH DAY TO FIND OUT WHAT'S ON OFFER

TimeActivity
18.30Familiarisation Tour
20.00Welcome Dinner
TimeActivity
08.00Breakfast
09.30Pool Based Swim
11.00-15.001-1 Swim Assessments
12.30Lunch
TimeActivity
15.00Lake Swim (wetsuits optional)
17.30Yoga
19.00Seminar
20.00Dinner
TimeActivity
08.00Breakfast
09.30Open Water Swim (wetsuits optional)
11.30-15.001-1 Video Assessments
11.30-17.30Sports Science Assessments
12.30Lunch
TimeActivity
14.00-18.00Personal Massage
15.30-19.30Small Group Pool Sessions
18.30Yoga
19.30Pre-Dinner Drinks
20.00Dinner
TimeActivity
06.00-10.00Sports Science Assessments
08.00Breakfast
10.00Open Water Swim (wetsuits optional)
TimeActivity
12.30Lunch
14.00Depart

UPCOMING RETREATS

Swim Well with Ray Gibbs

19th-22nd March 2021 | Long weekend

From £775
Assumes 2 guests sharing twin or double room. Single room supplement £250.

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THE VENUE

Chateau de la Motte Henry is a beautiful, 19th Century Chateau set in over 9 hectares of glorious parkland in the Pays de la Loire. Easy to get to from the UK and mainland Europe, the Chateau is equipped with first class health, fitness and leisure facilities to allow guests to relax and reenergise. The spacious accommodation remains true to the Chateau’s heritage, updated for modern convenience.

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HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD

LOVINGLY PREPARED

Our nutritionist and chef have designed an eye-catching, delicious menu, founded in local, organic produce. We serve the highest quality, locally produced organic food to produce an energising and detoxifying menu throughout your stay. Vegetarians and vegans catered for.

SAMPLE MENU

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BREAKFAST

Homemade cinnamon and Granola

Seasonal fresh fruit

Frittata

Chia and berry breakfast pots

Green machine smoothie

Fresh orange and apple juice

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LUNCH

Wasabi salmon skewers

Sweet potato falafels

Carrot, orange and cashew salad

Herbed bean salad

Quinoa and tzatziki salad

Mixed leaf salad with lemon dressing

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DINNER

Mushroom soup with parsley and garlic

Homemade buckwheat bread

Mozzarella chicken protein pack

Seasonal vegetables

Black rice pudding

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