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New Cottage

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The Old Logis

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Stone Cottage

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Gte Tamaris

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The Laurels

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Parasol Pine

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Holiday Cottage

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(5 minutes' walk 

from 

Dolphin Gites)

 

 

 

The Owners: Dolphin Gtes in Vende

 

Howard & Catherine Parkinson 

 

We were both teachers in the UK up until 2004. Cathy, originally from Vaires-sur-Marne in Paris, was a full-time French teacher at Birkdale High School in Southport. Howard, originally from Formby in Merseyside, was Head of Psychology at Winstanley College in Wigan. We lived in the village of Ince Blundell, near Formby, with our 3 children, Elodie, Luc and Tristan. 

 

We acquired the original 3 gtes and main property in La Chaize Giraud in 2002. In 2004, we decided to embark on a new life in France and moved permanently to France with our 3 children aged 7, 7 and 12. Our plan was make a new life for our family in France, to restore an ancient gte complex, to upgrade it and make it work as a family-run holiday-let business in the Vende.

 

Two years later, by 2006, we had upgraded the 3 original gtes, had a beautiful in-ground swimming pool built central to all the facilities, renovated & converted an ancient stone out-building into a quality character gte (Stone Cottage) and started a further conversion of out-buildings into another gte (The Old Logis).

 

At this time, we also ran weekend residential language courses whereby Cathy taught French to English students who attended from the UK. I also taught part-time short courses at Nantes University, Psychology and Hospitality to 3rd Year Law undergraduates.

 

In 2015 we had a new independent gte built from scratch on-site (New Cottage).

 

Today, all renovation work is completed and Dolphin Gtes is now a well established, family run, family friendly gte complex, in an idyllic coastal location in France, with excellent facilities onsite and friendly hosts who are always happy to attend to all your needs. 

 

 

 

 

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