"My family &
I have just returned from a three week holiday to
Dolphin Gites. We arrived a little early on the Saturday
but was allowed to de bunk etc, which I thought was
great as it showed the owners had some flexibility ..The
owners, Howard & Cathy were brilliant hosts from the
moment we arrived to our reluctant send off at the end
of our stay. We stayed in New Cottage.
This is a detached gite with gardens to the front and
rear which were adequately manicured. Inside is an open
plan living room/kitchen /diner. There is adequate space
for all needs and on arrival the gite was clean and
airy. Two bedrooms and a bathroom made up the floor plan
of the area. There was enough crockery and utensils to
cook on a cooker that was both gas and electric....There
are relevant alarms attached to the property so that
aspect has been cared for.. Also the gas bottle for the
cooker is located outside of the gite...
The grounds to Dolphin Gites could be described as
picturesque and rolling...To me this was the jewel in
the crown. The rolling lawn from the owners house to the
end was easily 175 yards (sorry, I don't do metric). They
are walled in by a beautiful period wall. This for
families holidaying is piece of mind plus interest. The
kids have full access to the rolling lawn, which to give
it some credence, think of a fairway on a golf course
& you will not be far off......
The pool area is also cased off with a perimeter fence
.....As you look at the whole area it is clear that both
Howard & Cathy have ticked the health & safety
boxes very well. If I were taking a young family abroad
I would want them to stay at Dolphin Gites....
The weather was fantastic and this only acted as a
backdrop to the "Tuesday night" meet and greet
drinks which the owners arrange at their expense......
The village is quaint
and the gite complex is central to everything....A CAR
IS NOT REQUIRED.....REPEAT NOT REQUIRED....If you choose
Dolphin, please make sure you take bikes as there are
some of the best cycle tracks in the area.
We visited many
locations on our cycles and the beach is only a 15
minute saunter on the bikes. This is a complete cycle
friendly location so as I have alluded to a bike is a
The only time the car
should really be used would be to do the "big"
shop............... Rather than go on and on about the
fabulous cycle trips, its best to interrogate the owners
website as there is a complete section on
cycling.......Howard clearly must have taken some advice
on this section......
To sum up, this was a
fantastic holiday for my family & I and I would love
to return if only for the rolling lawn & the
majestic view from the bottom right of the pool area. It
was simply breathtaking........The whole gite complex is
well maintained which is testament to the hard work
Howard & Cathy puts it.....The lawns are clearly
safe and well cared for........ Enjoy......."
& J., family, New
Cottage, July 2016, from Lancs).
super holiday at Dolphin Gites! The most relaxing two
weeks we can remember! A perfect spot for a family
holiday - constant sunshine, lots to do, clean spacious
gite, on-site facilities and welcoming hosts. We can't
wait to come back! Many thanks." (C. family, gite
Tamaris, August 2016, from North Yorks).
you Cathy and Howard for a fantastic holiday at Dolphin
Gites. The girls have said it is there best holiday!
They have loved the pool and garden and being able to
play with other children on site. We would love to come
back in the future." (S. family, Parasol Pine,
August 2016, from Herts).
have had a wonderful time. This is our seventh holiday
in Vendée and this has been the best accommodation and
holiday by far. It has all the facilities we love to
have on our holidays. We will be booking next year as
soon as possible. Thank you for your hospitality!
Merci." (S. family, New Cottage, August 2016, from
enjoyed the company of other guests, but also having our
own space. Appreciated the welcome bottle of wine and
recommendations, leaflets, info of things to do. The
location and pool made our stay particularly
enjoyable." (C. family, The Laurels, August 2016,
lovely relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. We
have really enjoyed ourselves and would love to return.
Particularly enjoyed the lovely swimming pool, the table
tennis and the croissant van!" (S. family, gite
Tamaris, July 2016, from Dorset).
thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to
returning. The complex was well maintained and the
swimming pool and area were excellent. Particularly
liked the friendliness of the hosts, the terrace and the
weather!" (J. family, gite Tamaris, June 2016, from
particularly valued the enclosed garden, then if we
wanted to we could wander to the communal areas.
Beautiful pool and a great garden for a play on the
swing. The washing machine, dishwasher and large fridge freezer,
plus large flat screen TV made everything pleasurable.
Quality outdoor furniture. Loved the fact that we could
walk to the nature reserve, cycle with young children
for glorious miles of coastline. Really liked your board
in hallway with how to find useful places, the quaint
village, the peace and serenity of the local area and
the nature reserve. All in all, we will be back, for us
it was a winning formula." (D. family, Stone
Cottage, May 2016, from Wales).
of information about surrounding attractions, good
beaches nearby, well kept grounds, pool for the
children, wifi for the adults, seeing the Hoopoes and
Black Redstarts that you would never see in the
UK." (S. family, The Laurels, May 2016, from North
and clean on arrival, feels very homely. Good location
close to everything needed, but in a nice quiet
location. Wi-Fi great for teenage children. Nice garden
area was very welcome and the swimming pool and gardens
of the complex lovely. Had a great week, would certainly
look to return or recommend to others!" (C. family,
New Cottage, May 2016, from Wiltshire).
you for your warm welcome, advice and assistance. You
have helped make this a fantastic holiday with all the
valuable local information, the friendly communal
atmosphere and the drinks evenings. We would, and will,
highly recommend Dolphin Gites." (A. family, Old
Logis, August 2016, from Cheshire).
have had a lovely visit. There was so much to do. We
were lucky with the weather and the gites were so
relaxed, it was easy to chat with other families and to
make friends. We definitely want to return! (K. family,
Parasol Pine, August 2016, from Herts).
have so enjoyed our time here - thank you so much for
your help, wonderful gite and fantastic pool. We hope to
return! (H. family, New Cottage, August 2016, from
a great stay and a great week. Very welcoming and
fabulous pool. Many thanks for all your help with the
tyres - got them sorted ok - much appreciated. (M.
family, gite Tamaris, August 2016, from West Sussex).
gîte was very welcoming and homely - excellent cooking
facilities and we really enjoyed the outdoor games
(table tennis and swing ball). We really enjoyed the get
together with other residents and yourselves. It was
lovely listening to all our stories. We loved the market
and the beach was so very beautiful. Thank you for
letting us print off our boarding passes and for such a
wonderful stay. Thank you also for the red wine on
arrival - it was a lovely touch." (C. family, The
Laurels, September 2015, from Notts).
area - would definitely come again. Lovely pool,
beautiful surroundings, lovely and quiet. My children
thought the bread van turned up too early and the horn
woke them up!! That is teenagers for you. Cathy and
Howard very friendly and made us very welcome - could
not do enough for us. Thank you." (B. family,
Parasol Pine, Aug 2015, from Hampshire).
pool, bigger bread knife may be useful. We liked the
bread van. Very good having the Freesat. Thank
you." (E. family, gîte Tamaris, Aug 2015, from
have had a great holiday. The gîte was very spacious
and the garden area great to relax in. The pool was
never over busy as only 7 gîtes on site. Howard and
Cathy are really friendly. Loads to do around the area
and great beaches. Would recommend Dolphin Gîtes in
Vendée to friends." (R. family, Stone Cottage,
Aug. 2015, from Herts).
have enjoyed a fantastic holiday. The area is
interesting, our hosts very welcoming and the gîte was
perfect for our needs. We look forward to coming back
again soon! Many thanks." (C. family, Parasol Pine,
July 2015, from North Yorks).
you for another lovely holiday. We do love it
here." (R. family, New Cottage, July 2015, from
on arrival was a nice gesture. The house was very
spacious, airy and quiet. We particularly liked the
pool, the facilities on site and the hospitality of the
owners." (C. family, Country Cottage, July 2015,
setting, garden and pool. The accommodation well
equipped and comfortable. We have had a very relaxing
and comfortable stay." (R. family, The Laurels,
July 2015, from Isle of White).
was good to be back at Dolphin Gîtes and in the Vendée.
There is really no place like it. It is just the best
location to experience France. Howard and Cathy have the
X factor. Merci." (M. family, Stone Cottage, Aug.
2015, from Wales).
really appreciated that everything that was needed was
available, eg. sun chairs, loungers, microwave, English
TV, DVD, etc. It made it very relaxing and the kids also
enjoyed the garden space, the proximity of the beaches.
We enjoyed having the privacy of our own space which is important
to us. We would recommend Holiday Cottage." (D.
family, Holiday Cottage, July 2015, from Ireland).
pool, great location, enjoyed the drinks evening. The
new gîte was great, especially with large garden.
Thanks." (R. family, New Cottage, July 2015, from Gloucestershire).
had a great week here and hope to come back again soon.
We particularly enjoyed the pool, garden and the play
area for kids." (M. family, Stone Cottage, July
2015, from Ireland).
gîte was bigger than we expected, very well equipped.
We liked having a private seating area just to
ourselves, the pool was a good size and a nice
temperature. We enjoyed the evening get together too.
Overall, a fabulous holiday - we will be back! Thanks
for good wifi!" (F. family, Country Cottage, July
2015, from North Lanarkshire).
you for making our party feel so welcome. We were very
fortunate with the weather during our stay, but this
only goes part way to making a holiday. We are very
appreciative for your efforts in helping to complete our
experience. We thought the garden and the pool were
excellent especially for our 2 year old. We liked the
secluded dining outdoors, the bakery van and the hosted
evening. We will have no hesitation in recommending
Dolphin Gîtes in Vendée (and in particular the Old
Logis) to others." (W. family, The Old Logis, July
2015, from Suffolk).
have had a great holiday. Good cycling area which was
one of our priorities. The pool was a welcome bonus as I
had not noted it when booking. The friendliness of our
hosts made for a very relaxed break. Merci
beaucoup." (J. family, The Laurels, July 2015, from
peaceful and relaxing place to stay. Lots of places to
visit for days out which we enjoyed, particularly the
markets. Restaurants offered good value for money.
Enjoyed time spent at the pool which was never too busy.
Very pleasant holiday." (S. family, gîte Tamaris,
July 2015, from Scotland).
had a lovely holiday in your beautiful gîte. We
particularly enjoyed the ambiance and the views. Thanks
for everything." (B. family, Old Logis, July 2015,
really enjoyed our stay and the evening drinks where
everyone had a chance to get to know each other was yet
again a great success. It was particularly good to have
a chance to talk to you and Howard." (A. family, gîte
Tamaris, June 2015, from Dorchester).
enjoyable stay. The location was superb being close to
beaches. The gîte was well equipped and having the pool
was a lovely addition. We also enjoyed the
barbecue." (K. family, gîte Tamaris, June 2015,
over 30 years of holidaying in France, this is one of the
best gîtes we have stayed in. It is clean, airy and spacious
and the kitchen is well equipped. The complex itself is well
maintained including the pool and gardens." (F. family,
June 2014, from Swansea).
size complex for mix of private and social time. Howard
and Cathy always very helpful. Nice pool, excellent
location for beaches and lake. Many thanks and hope to
see you again" (P. family, gîte 1, Aug 2014, from
all round accommodation, clean, well laid out, well
equipped! Thank you for enabling us to have a great
holiday in La Vendée" (W. family, gîte 7, July
2014, from Warwickshire).
and Howard - our 2nd year visiting you and again we were
not disappointed - thank you so much for providing a
beautiful area to stay and offering a warm welcome - we
will be back. We have had a lovely stay and the children
love coming too (even if T. stays in bed until
lunchtime!!! - teenagers ...)" (K. family, gîte 6,
Aug 2014, from Flint shire).
really enjoyable week, wish it was 2! Loved the peaceful
location and the privacy between the gîtes. The pool was
fabulous, we had it mostly to ourselves. The area is
amazing, so much more to explore! Plan to bring our
bikes next time. May be a hair dryer, but I lived
without it. We would love to come here again and will
report on Tripadvisor and recommend to friends and
family. Good luck with the new project. Enjoy your
family time" (M. family, gîte 6, Sept 2014, from
stocked kitchen in the gîte. We enjoyed the bbq on
Tuesday evening. Loved the pool area too! and the table
tennis! We would love to come back in the future"
(H. family, gîte 3, July 2014, from
gîtes are in an ideal location for exploring the Vendée.
The gîte site is superb with lovely swimming pool and
extensive garden area. The gîte was well fitted out and
spacious. We were fortunate to have 2 weeks of stunning
weather and we loved our private patio area. A good
break away despite the bad knee!" (H. family, gîte
6, Sept 2014, from Wilts).
for a lovely week. The boys loved the pool! You are well
located and the local beaches were great" (A.
family, gîte 5, Sept 2014, from Sheffield).
place to stay. Great base from which to explore and
enjoy the Vendée region. It is our first visit to the Atlantic
coast of France and we all love it" (G. family, gîte
6, Aug 2014, from London).
we please have the same weather next year?" (C.
family, gîte 2, Sept 2014, from Suffolk).
time had by all. Excellent gîtes and fantastic area. So
much to do!! Would definitely recommend to friends and
would love to come back" (O. family, gîte 5, Aug
2014, from Oxfordshire).
was very clean and well equipped. Grounds and swimming
pool were lovely. We really enjoyed the drinks evening
and meeting the other guests. We've had a lovely holiday
- thank you!" (M. family, gîte 1, Aug 2014, from
très complet (four, micro-ondes,...), ainsi que
vaisselle- très bien. Accueil très agréable, très
bien d'avoir des documents de base pour découvrir la
région sans passer par l'office de tourisme.' (B.
family, gîte 3, August 2014, from Belgium).
pool was excellent. Very friendly hosts and we really
enjoyed the get together to meet other residents. The
kitchen was superbly equipped. Outside space was fantastic
and we really enjoyed having two tables (the covered area
was brilliant!). Lovely setting - evening strolls were much
enjoyed. The new restaurant in Landevieille was superb and
we would highly recommend it to anyone. A fantastic holiday
for 3 generations!" (R. family, gîte
4, June 2014, from
nice stay. Hope to return." (T. family, gîte
1 June 2014, from
convenience, nothing too much trouble, pleasant
atmosphere." (H. family, gîte
2, June 2014, from Yorks).
super gîte in a lovely setting. Gîte spacious and well
equipped. Swimming pool a great asset. Had a wonderful
holiday." (D. family, gîte
3, June 2014, from Scotland).
you for a wonderful stay. Very peaceful! (H. family, May
4, from Herts).
had such a lovely time! Thank you for ordering such nice
weather for us. We'll be in touch, re. further booking for
next year. Merci!!" (T. family, gîte
1, May 2014, from Hants).
location. Enjoyed the grounds and amenities. M. and Mme
Parkinson very helpful and friendly. Would thoroughly
recommend Dolphin Gîtes." (D. family, gîte
2, May 2014, from Worcs).
time, so much to do, we're coming back! (B. family, gîte
1, July 2014,
gîte and grounds and in a great location. Thanks Cathy and
Howard, we've had a really great time and felt you were always
available if necessary. We would love to come again. (R.
6, May 2014, from Cornwall).
was exceptionally clean and well prepared. Bathroom was
lovely. The gîte was actually far nicer than the website
photos would have you believe. The location is very central
and I drove far less than I anticipated. We had a lovely
holiday. Merci!" (T. family, gîte
7, July 2014, from Ireland).
our stay, the area is fab with plenty to explore and the gîte
grounds were excellent, especially with a young family. Our
gîte was well equipped and we enjoyed our stay. Thanks for a
great week." (N. family, gîte 1, Aug 2013, from
you Howard and Cathy. We had a lovely two weeks. All was
great.'' (C. family, gîte 1, June 2013, from Leicestershire).
laid-out. Very enjoyable holiday. Hope we'll be back again!''
(W. family, gîte 1, July 2013, from Cheshire).
absolutely delightful week. Lots to see and do close by.
Fabulous beaches, perfect location for families with children.
Very helpful hosts, good to have them on site." (D.
family, gîte 1, Aug 2013, from Kent).
is our third holiday at Dolphin Gîtes. We always enjoy our
holiday here enormously: this year has been no exception. The
location is ideal for us and we love the region with its miles
of beaches, places to see, corners to explore. Cathy and
Howard work very hard to provide a complete, professional and unobtrusive
experience. We will be back.'' (O. family, gîte 2,
June 2013, from West Midlands).
have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found Dolphin Gîtes a
relaxing and welcoming holiday. Thank you. (K family, gîte 2,
July 2013, from Flintshire).
had a lovely holiday. The location is superb, both beach and
lakes nearby. The girls loved the pool and made friends. The gîte
itself was ideal for our needs. We would love to return
in 2014. Thank you for a lovely holiday. (M family, gîte 2,
July 2013, from Ireland).
lovely gîte - well decorated and furnished. Represented good
value and we would consider coming back.'' (W. family, gîte 2,
May 2013, from Lincolnshire).
good for kids. Lovely pool. Just wish that there was a taxi
service for us adults!" (C. family, gîte 2, Aug 2013,
"Had an absolutely brilliant week at Dolphin
Gîtes - don't want
to leave! Lovely gîte, lovely location and good facilities,
particularly fab pool. Everyone very friendly (owners and
other guests), the welcome drink was a lovely idea and we
enjoyed chatting to everyone. Hope to come back! (W. family, gîte
3, Aug 2013, from Devon).
weather, delightful gîte. Many thanks. (E family, gîte 3,
July 2013, from London).
you for the warm welcome and the ease with which you helped out
with any queries/ difficulties. We will certainly consider
booking again next year and are aware that we will need to do
so soon to ensure a booking! (S. family, gîte 3, Aug 2013,
pleasant stay. Lovely!" (B. family, gîte 3, July 2013,
thanks for a really lovely holiday. Great place to stay in
great location and we have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Merci bien. We hope to back again in the next couple of years.
A bientôt! (W. family, gîte 4, Aug 2013, from Oxfordshire).
setting. Peaceful (however, once or twice quite busy in pool).
Absolutely LOVED our holiday. Thank you for your excellent
services and hospitality. We hope to se you again." (H.
family, gîte 4, July 2013, from Wales).
4 is spacious, lovely and bright and clean. It lacks for
nothing. The overall site is well set out, the pool and
amenities are all spotless and there is plenty on hand to keep
youngsters happy. This was our second visit and we would
happily book to return. Cathy and Howard are so welcoming it
feels like a home from home, the kids are desperate to
revisit. The area has so much to offer it will be hard to say
no!" (M. family, gîte 4, Aug 2013, from Middlesex)
love the gîte and the setting. We are delighted with our
choice for our holiday. There is everything in the house we
needed and the grounds were ideal for our kids. We will
certainly come back! Thanks Cathy!'' (H. family, gîte 5, June
2013, from Ireland).
very comfortable and spacious gîte in a lovely setting. With a
warm pool, table tennis, bikes for hire and even English TV,
there was something for everyone. Many thanks Howard and Cathy
- we'll see you again next year." (G. family, gîte 5, Aug
2013, from Wirral).
was our 3rd stay at Dolphin Gîtes and our first ‘on-site’
in Gîte 6 (Old Logis). Everything more than exceeded our
expectations. We found our stay to be very restful and
relaxing throughout. We were fortunate enough to be blessed
with 14 days of sunshine during our 2 week holiday. Our 4 year
old son had no end of fun with other children of all ages (4
years - 17 years) in the safe surroundings of the extensive
grounds and gardens. Moreover, the convivial fun continued in
the warm outdoor pool. Our gîte was spacious and well equipped
with a washing machine, dishwasher and every kitchen utensil
you could think of. A lovely environment/atmosphere in which
to experience a family holiday. A hidden gem in the heart of
the Vendée region. This is a special holiday destination with
so much to see and do in the nearby vicinity. In our opinion,
La Rochelle and Ile de Re are certainly worth a long day out
and both possess real character and charm of their own. So
much for children of all ages- from high wire adventure parks,
crazy golf, quad bikes, water parks, canoeing. We also
explored a few of the well laid out and sign-posted bike
paths/routes which can be taken in directly from Dolphin Gîtes.
Bikes can be hired for a nominal fee. We will be back in
2014.(S. family, gîte 6, Aug. 2013, from Herts).
is our 6th year at Dolphin Gîtes. A lovely clean group of gîtes. A wonderful crystal clear pool. Great hosts who have
recommended many of the must see tourist attractions in the
surrounding area. We have many happy memories of our stays at
Dolphin Gîtes." (M. family, gîte 6, Aug 2013, from
complementary bottle of wine was a nice touch, as was the
soirée. Everything was neat and presentable and friendly. We
will recommend you to others. Thanks (E. family, gîte 7, July
2013, from Lincolnshire).
have had a lovely week here. H. and J. have really enjoyed
playing in the garden and it has been great being so close to
the beach and other attractions''. (G. family, gîte 7, May
2013, from Stockport).
a great time. Up to expectations. Beds were very comfortable
(written by children - "I liked making new friends, and
having a big garden and playing swing ball. I liked having the
TV!). (A. family, gîte 7, July 2013, from Bath).
would be a great addition to the holiday cottage. Fantastic
French lessons. Great BBQ. Wonderful holiday. Hope to be back.
(N family, gîte 7, Aug. 2013, from Kent).
a lovely week. Very pleasant sitting out area. Very well
equipped cottage. (H family, gîte 7, Sept 2013, from
friendly and charming hosts. Family friendly and great warm
pool on site. No greater recommendation than seeing visitors
returning regularly for an annual fix of this quaint part of
France. (D family, gîte 2, Aug 2012, from Plymouth)
perfect package in the Vendée. An idyllic hideaway. We wish we
had discovered it ten years ago! Thank you Howard and Cathy
for being great hosts." (M family, gîtes 1 and 6,
July 2012, from Cardiff).
enjoyed this gîte complex. Visited many in the past and this
is one of only two that we would like to visit again. Lovely
atmosphere, welcoming and accommodating. Both J and A have
enjoyed and benefited from their time with Catherine. Many
thanks." (M family, gîte 4, July 2012, from
4 and not wanting to go back to the UK!! Enjoyed staying in
larger gîte this year, facilities excellent in gîte 5 (really
enjoyed dishwasher this year). Excellent owners and hosts as
ever. The pool has been a delight as ever, and used by our
family every day. Looking forward to next year already. Five
stars!" (W family, gîte 5, Aug 2012, from
gîte - very clean and well furnished. Enjoyed having the quiet
and privacy of the gîte while having access to the pool and
other facilities at the main site. Catherine and Howard were
excellent hosts - very welcoming and gave us lots of helpful
tips. The pool is a fantastic asset, such a beautiful setting.
We consider that the holiday offered excellent value for money
and would love to return." (W. family, gîte 7,
Aug 2012, from East Sussex).
value gîte. Beautiful gardens, fab pool, lovely hosts and
really nice idea of a get together." The village of La
Chaize Giraud is quiet and rural, but near enough great sandy
beaches. Thank you Howard and Catherine." (N family, gîte
3, Aug 2012, from West Yorkshire).
booked through a colleague at work who stayed with you in
early summer and recommended you to us. A really lovely and
enjoyable break, lovely area, plenty to do around even during
rainy days. We are already planning our return trip next year!
Thank you." (J family, gîte 5, September 2012,
have had an absolutely superb week. Dolphin Gîtes is ideally
situated to access plenty of beautiful, clean beaches with
something for everyone from rock pool to surf and safe
beaches. In addition, we found more activities to do in the
surrounding area such as climbing, chateaux, boating, and
water parks - we will have to return next year just to fit it
all in! The gîte was perfect with everything we could need.
Thank you for the bottle of wine on arrival, it was much
appreciated. The swimming pool was gorgeous - the photos on
the website of the pool, church and garden do not do justice
to the grounds as they are lovely and the views are amazing!
Thank you for your hospitality - we look forward to returning
and will definitely recommend you to family and friends."
(H family, gîte 5, Aug 2011, from Hants).
time - gîte was comfortably furnished and spacious. Great
facilities, friendly atmosphere and beautiful gardens. The
helpfulness of the owners, Howard and Cathy, enabled us to
make the most of the wonderful area. I am sure that we will
want to come back again." (B. family, gîte 6, Aug 2011,
from West Yorkshire).
you for a very relaxing holiday in a lovely setting. The
extensive grounds enabled the children to play together in a
safe, carefree environment and the swimming pool was lovely
and warm. The gîte itself was very comfortable with a generous
patio area for our many bbqs. We'll be back next year! (G.
family, gîte 3, Sept 2011, from the Wirral)
setting is lovely. The welcome evening was very hospitable.
The pool and loungers provided a great focal point to swim and
to meet others. Communication email etc. was very efficient.
We were very pleased you were able to provide French lessons
and with the high quality of the lessons. We know that you
can't guarantee this - but we were very fortunate with the
weather. (S. family, holiday cottage, Sept 2011, from Bucks).
you so much for a wonderful week in your gîte. Everything was
just as we hoped. Better in fact. It was lovely to find tea bags and a bottle of wine after our
long journeys and the welcome drinks were very nice. The house
itself was bigger than we expected and really perfect for our
holiday. Thanks again. I shall certainly recommend you to my
friends. We had a wonderful time." (D family, gîte 4,
Sept 2011, from Cornwall)
enjoyed our stay here. The gîte was more than what we expected
- your website pictures do not do your lovely gîtes justice!!
We would definitely recommend and will definitely be staying
with yourselves again, thank you." (G family, June 2011,
holiday cottage, from West Midlands).
location and great, safe environment for the children. We have
all enjoyed our stay and the use of the pool. Thank you so
much. We hope to come back again one day! (S family, July
2011, gîte 2, from Scotland).
owners; information sheets very useful; location is excellent;
general cleanliness is great; a larger living area would have
been welcome; the use of a pool was a bonus; thoughtful
provision of washing up liquid, etc." (L family, July
2011, gîte 1, from West Midlands).
gîte we have stayed in having stayed in gîtes for the past 4
years. As guests we felt very welcome. Kitchen very well
stocked with crockery and cutlery. Lots of info for travelling
around. Really nice to have basics such as washing up liquid,
washing up powder, toilet paper, etc. Kids loved the pool. The
drinks on the lawn were a lovely touch. Hope to be back."
(T family, July 2011, gîte 5, from Ireland).
gîte, wonderful location, lots to do. Kids really enjoyed the
swimming pool and all the children to play with." (E
family, July 2011, gîte 6, from Lancs).
enjoyed by everyone, especially the table tennis and the pool.
Accommodation comfortable and adequately equipped. Thank
you!!" (S family, Aug 2011, gîte 4, from Plymouth).
have had a great holiday at Dolphin Gîtes. The accommodation
and location were perfect for us!" (W family, Aug 2011, gîte
1, from Kent).
holiday gîtes and the garden and pool were as much as we want
from a base for our break. The children have been able to have
some freedom and that has helped us enjoy our time at the gîtes." (K family, Aug 2011,
gîte 2, from Herts).
have had an excellent 2 weeks and found the cottage ideal and
very well equipped to provide us with all necessary comforts.
D has really enjoyed all the space and a big plus was being
able to use all the facilities on the main site. We would also
like to thank you for your warm hospitality and the 2 social
evenings. This enabled exchange of ideas and allowed people to
foster friendships. We have had a very relaxing holiday in
peaceful surroundings and the location could not be bettered.
We would certainly recommend the gîtes to anybody looking to
come to France and no doubt we will be looking to come back
ourselves in the very near future." (S Family, Aug 2011,
holiday cottage, from Herts).
pool is a fantastic resource, mainly because it is such a good
temperature. We greatly enjoyed the upstairs room in gîte 4.
Everything felt very professional and efficient which
contributed to our enjoyment." (P family, Aug 2010, gîte
4, from Cambridge).
friendly welcome on day of our arrival. Really enjoyed the
Tuesday drink/ social meetings, chance to meet other holiday
guests. Wish we had made more use of the bike hire, but wanted
to see and do so much during our stay. M and H overwhelmed by
meeting lots of other children and also your children. We've
had a fab time and will hopefully be returning soon. PS
fabulous pool, M and H would have stayed at the pool for the
full 3 weeks if they had their way. (W family, July 2010, gîte
2, from Nottingham).
gîte, just right for 3 people. The drinks night was a nice
touch helping the guests to get to know each other. Merci
beaucoup Howard and Catherine. Au revoir." (W family,
July 2010, gîte 3, from Gwent).
very well maintained gîte complex, competitively priced in a
very nice setting near to the beaches. The boys should charge
1 euro a night for a camping business!" (B family, July
2010, gîte 2, from Suffolk).
really lovely holiday in a very good gîte. We would definitely
return and will certainly recommend Dolphin Gîtes. Overall,
loved it and thanks for your hospitality and we really enjoyed
the bbq. Hope to see you again." (F. family, June 2010, gîte
6, from Shropshire).
have had a wonderful week with you and we will surely
recommend your gîtes to our friends and work colleagues. Your
gîtes were better than expected. I don't think you could have
supplied another item in the gîte that we could have wanted or
needed. Excellent value for money, see you again." (W.
family, July 2010, gîte 3, from Bristol).
very nice, comfortable, garden great! Thanks for
everything." (O. family, July 2010, gîte 6, from
stay. Very nice evening reception party. Thank you." (A
family, June 2010, gîte 3, from Gloucestershire).
accommodation and good location for getting around the Vendée.
Would consider coming back." (P family, May 2010, gîte 2,
a very relaxing and enjoyable week. Can't wait to come
again." (R family, Aug 2010, gîte 5, from Surrey).
liked the freedom the gîtes/ facilities gave the children
which provided a safe environment for them to play. Thought
the welcome drinks were a very good idea to meet everyone.
Thanks for the help with the car (much appreciated)." (M
family, Aug 2010, gîte 5, from Yorkshire).
gîtes in a wonderful part of France, hope to return next
summer." (M family, Aug 2010, gîte 1, from London).
have really enjoyed our stay; the accommodation was fabulous
and the pool fantastic. Thank you very much. We would really
consider coming here again." (W family, Aug 2010, holiday
cottage, from Middlesex).
accommodation and situation of gîtes. Welcome night was good
fun. J enjoyed the treasure hunt. Thank you! Howard and Cathy
very helpful and friendly." (N family, Aug 2010, gîte 6,
maintained property and gardens in an ideal location. We liked
the get together evening and the community feeling
on-site." (S family, Aug 2010, gîte 3, from Devon).
holiday. Loved the site. We will be back. Thank you for your
welcome." (J family, Aug 2010, gîte 4, from Sussex).
fantastic holiday. Gîte 6 is a wonderful, spacious, well
appointed (with great character, exposed beams and walls
lovely) addition to your complex. Such friendly and amiable
hosts. Drinks evening always enjoyable. Pool so clean and a
pleasure to swim in. We look forward to returning next year -
to gîte 6!!". (M family, Aug 2009, gîte 6, from Suffolk).
particularly enjoyed the use of the pool - clean, spacious and
good provision of loungers. Gardens pleasant and private.
Welcome party good idea and enjoyable. The welcoming bottle of
wine - a much appreciated gesture. We would return.
Thanks!". (V. family, Aug 2009, gîte 5, from Grantham).
were very happy with our stay and would like to come again.
Many thanks for your warm hospitality. (...and the swimming
pool was nice and enjoyable and nicely heated and I liked the
house very much - Matthew)". (C. family, Sept 2009, gîtes
6, from Shropshire).
location, great pool, the Tuesday apero is a nice touch, as is
the bottle of wine on arrival. We hope to come again
soon". (B. family, Aug 2009, gîte 2, from Yorkshire).
had a great time and thought the gîte was perfect. The pool
was a big success!". (L. family, July 2009, gîte 4, from
enjoyed the get together on Tuesday night; really felt
welcome. Peaceful place, great for a good break from stressful
life. Thank you!". (M. family, July 2009, gîte 2, from
you for a lovely holiday. We have very much enjoyed our stay
with you". (S. family, Sept 2009, gîte 4, from Kent)
a fantastic time! Thanks for all your help. Gîte 3 - lovely,
airy, clean. Tuesday nights were a great idea! Take
care". (H. family, July 2009, gîte 3, from Ireland).
have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Gîtes and would
like to thank Howard, Cathy and family for the warm welcome
and help throughout our visit. All the very best." (S.
family, July 2009, from Ireland).
really enjoyed our stay. The complex is perfectly suitable for
families with young children". (R. family, June 2009, gîte
2, from Ireland).
had a lovely stay. The accommodation was perfect for us. The
garden and pool are very safe for small children. We would be
happy to return again. Howard and Cathy were very welcoming
and helpful". (H. family, May 2009, gîte 5, from
holiday. Gîte was perfect - peaceful. Lots of quality sleep.
Would definitely choose to come again. Thanks!". (C.
family, Aug 2009, gîte 6, from Cambridge).
friendly and welcoming, we really enjoyed our stay". (S.
family, Aug 2009, gîte 3, from Lancs).
setting and very clean pool. Great Tuesday event - whole
family very welcoming. Thoroughly enjoyed stay and look
forward to next year. Thanks again!". (R. family, July
2009, gîte 3, from Wales).
you once again for a wonderful holiday in your beautiful gîtes.
We go home re-energised, rested and nicely tanned!". (K.
family, June 2009, gîte 5, from Ireland).
have very much enjoyed our stay - excellent, well equipped
accommodation, lovely grounds and pool, and friendly helpful
hosts (including the young hosts!). Drinks party on Tuesday is
a good way to meet everyone. Many thanks." (H. family,
June 2008, gîte 3, from West Sussex)
you are lucky enough to have chosen Dolphin Gîtes as your
holiday destination, then you have found a little bit of
heaven in the Vendée region of France. Howard and Cathy are
gracious and friendly hosts and they have lovingly restored
these unique properties. We enjoyed a wonderful family holiday
in a beautiful location with lots to see and do. The Parkinson
family add a personal touch which is rare and much
appreciated. Thank you very much for a wonderful stay and we
are very much looking forward to seeing you all next
summer". (K. family, June 2008, gîte 5, from Ireland)
gîte! Perfect hosts! We are back next year, so that says it
all. Thank you so much for a great holiday." (M. family,
July 2008, gîte 5, from Kent)
had a wonderful time and were sad to leave. The hospitality we
received was outstanding and we look forward to coming
again." (S. family, August 2008, gîte 3, from Gloucester)
have enjoyed a tremendous holiday which surpassed our
expectations. The pool and table tennis have been a particular
pleasure and it has been lovely to spend time in a warm,
welcoming and safe environment. Thank you for making a
memorable holiday." (B. family, August 2008, gîtes 2
& 3, from Devon).
gîtes and owners, has been great staying here. Excellent pool.
Really enjoyed drinks night." (S. family, August 2008, gîte
4, from Cleveland)
gîte and complex met all our expectations. Hospitality of all
the family has been exceptional. We have all thoroughly
enjoyed our stay and would certainly recommend Dolphin Gîtes
to our friends. We would use Dolphin Gîtes again. Thank
you." (H. family, Aug 2007, gîte 2, from Beds)
gîte, stunning location, the swimming pool made the holiday
for the children, very friendly hosts especially Luc and
Tristan. Good beaches, lots to do in the area. All in all a
very relaxing and enjoyable holiday - a little more sun next
time needed." (G. family, Aug 2007, gîte 4, from West
welcoming, nice complex, well maintained and safe for
children, nice pool. Very pleased with the whole
package." (C. family, Aug 2007, gîte 5, from Nottingham
have enjoyed our holiday and next time would come for 2 weeks.
The location is excellent being near to the beaches plus other
attractions and sites to visit. We enjoyed the get together
evening as it allowed adults and children to get to know each
other." (G. family, Aug 2007, gîte 1, from Kent).
central location for sightseeing the area. Beaches and local
towns excellent. Gîte superb, welcoming and very quiet.
Swimming pool a bonus to come back to each day to cool off. A
wonderful annual holiday had by us all and would certainly
return. You made us feel very welcome on our arrival and
during our stay. Thanks very much. " (W. family, August
2007, gîte 1, from Essex).
the gîte and location superb-well thought out. We've had a
fantastic holiday. Thank you very much." (S. family, July
2007, gîte 5, from Scotland).
location, very welcoming hosts in Catherine and Howard and co.
The bottle of wine was most welcome. The gîte was superb with
a great enclosed garden and the pool was brilliant and heated.
Had a very enjoyable stay and would be more than happy to
return. Veranda a brilliant idea, very cosy and a great
addition to the gîte." (K. family, July 2007, gîte 4,
accommodation has been perfect. It had all the facilities a
family needs, space for the children to play and a
"homely" feel. We have enjoyed our stay. Typed out
information sheets regarding beaches and places to visit was
very useful. With thanks." (M. family, April 2007, gîte-5, from Northampton).
gîte is lovely and spacious. The pool is excellent. The site
generally has been ideal for our family holiday. Fantastic
holiday had by all. Good value for money. Many thanks."
(B. family, July 2007, gîte 5, from Warwickshire).
have all had a lovely holiday, the gîte was well equipped. The
pool area was ideal for our children and the water was warm.
Thank you." (M. family, July 2007, gîte 1, from
nice pool, good value for money, attentive and friendly hosts.
We have had a great holiday, thanks very much!" (S.
family, July 2007, gîte 2, from Warwickshire)
beautiful and clean. Lovely surroundings. Friendly
welcome" (P. family, May 2007, gîte-4, from Hampshire)
from French: "We had a very nice stay, lots of things to
visit in the area. We enjoyed using the pool. Warm welcome. We
would have liked to stay an extra week!...hopefully we'll see
you again." (D.family, July 2007, gîte 2, from Normandy).
website is an honest reflection of the gîte. This has not
been our experience with other gîtes. The pool is superb, and
ideal for young children, being heated. We found the Parkinson
family very hospitable and friendly without being intrusive in
any way. Your children are very mannerly and we hope to
holiday here again. Thank you." (T. family, Sept 2006, gîte-5, from Dublin)
self-catering accommodation - every need catered for.
Fantastic pool area, very clean! Beautiful gardens well
maintained. Great owners, Cathy and Howard are helpful and
friendly - we were recommended some great places to visit and
eat at. Local knowledge very good. Overall a fantastic holiday
and we are looking forward to coming again very soon! PS.
Please give Whisky a big hug for us." (P and T, Sept
2006, gîte-2, from London)
have had a great holiday. Even better than last year due to gîte-5 being so spacious and comfortable and the swimming pool
being heated! The bottle of wine was appreciated on arrival,
thank you" (B. family, Aug 2006, gîte-5, from Essex)
had fun playing with Luc and Tristan. The pool is wonderful.
We are hoping to return in the future, back to gîte-2. The
location is fantastic and you have been very helpful and
welcoming, thank you" (L. family, Aug 2006, gîte-2, from
have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Vendée is fantastic. The
layout of these gîtes is great, providing privacy, yet
allowing you to get to know your neighbours. The pool was fab
thanks to it being heated. Alanna has come on leaps and
splashes! we are going home very relaxed and we hope to return
sometime in the future." (C. family, June 2006, gîtes 5
and 1, from Merseyside)
you very much for a warm welcome and a very enjoyable holiday.
The gîte, pool and gardens have been excellent and we really
enjoyed the opportunity to meet the other guests on Tuesday
evenings. Thank you." (B. family, June 2006, gîte-3, from
set up of the gîtes and surrounding land is superb. The pool
is fantastic and the playground was a definite hit! It has
been a pleasure to stay and we would hope to return in the
future. (B. family, Aug 2006, gîte-3, from Midlands)
big gîte with a good sized garden, ideal for a large family.
The swimming pool was a very welcome bonus. Thank you for your
help when we had to seek the services of a pharmacist and
doctor. You have achieved the right balance of a relaxing
atmosphere along with the need to respect property and people.
Thank you!" (C. family, July 2006, gîte-4, from
peaceful surroundings and great pool! Beaches nearby perfect
for children. This is the first holiday the children have
clearly enjoyed. Thanks for creating such a relaxing
atmosphere." (S. family, July 2006, gîte-5, from Surrey)
was beautifully clean on arrival. Thank you for a wonderful
holiday. The pool was an absolute godsend and the children
have spent hours in there!! Aperitif evening was very
enjoyable" (T. family, Aug 2006, gîte-2, from
and area surpassed expectations. Pool and garden lovely.
Social aspect of getting to know you and other guests helped
overall enjoyment. Thank you for a smashing week and hope to
see you again" (W. family, July 2005, gîte-1, from North
had a fantastic holiday, really pleased we booked here.
Complex is wonderful, garden, views, setting and especially
the pool. Howard and Cathy could not have been more welcoming
or helpful - the evening party was a very nice touch. A great
place and we hope to come again" (C. family, July 2005, gîte-3, from London)
holiday and the pool was the icing on the cake" (H.
family, June 2005, gîte-2, from Liverpool)
nice quiet, peaceful and relaxing time. Enjoyed the pool and
the company" (Mr and Mrs T., June 2005, gîte-2, from
excellent holiday made especially so by the swimming pool
which is a first class amenity kept in perfect condition"
(Mr and Mrs H., Aug 2005, gîte-3, from Essex)
love the peace of the countryside and being able to explore
the grounds. The pool is a great addition and having a kitten
to play with has been great fun" (B. family, September
2005, gîte-2, from Brighton)
accommodation on arrival that we have stayed in. We all plan
to return to the Vendée next year and would like to stay here
again. Very friendly and helpful advice on the local area and
we really enjoyed the aperitifs evening (M. family, August
2004, gîte-1, from Northern Ireland)