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New Cottage

Sleeping 5


The Old Logis

Sleeping 5


Stone Cottage

Sleeping 6


Gîte Tamaris

Sleeping 4


The Laurels

Sleeping 3



Sleeping 3-4




Holiday Cottage

Sleeping 4

(8 minutes' walk 


Dolphin Gites)








Travel Information


Fly or drive? 


You can fly into Nantes and hire a car, or you can drive from the UK crossing the Channel by ferry or tunnel. We are located about 3 hours' drive from the Channel port of St Malo, and about 4-5 hours from the ports of Roscoff, Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre. It takes 6 hours on the motorway to drive from Calais and the Channel tunnel. Nantes airport is a good hour away. 


There are daily flights to and from Nantes airport from the UK and Ireland. You can fly into Nantes, hire a car at the airport (which you can book at the same time as your flights using, for the duration of your stay at Dolphin Gites. 


Easyjet and Ryanair fly to Nantes (1h 10min from Dolphin Gites)



Which Ferry Crossing?


Approximate distances from Dolphin Gites to the cross channel ports are listed below:


St Malo/ 170 miles

Caen/ 240 miles

Roscoff/ 250 miles

Cherbourg/ 270 miles

Le Havre/ 290 miles

Dieppe/ 321 miles

Calais/ 400 miles



Dover - Calais  


This is a quick crossing which only takes about 90 minutes. You will make a big saving on the price of the crossing, less than half the price of the other cross-channel routes.  The journey from Calais to La Chaize Giraud takes about 6 hours, depending upon your driving speed. Don't be put off by the distance, as the roads in France are excellent, the density of traffic is much less and there are no heavy goods vehicles on the road on a Sunday.



Portsmouth - Cherbourg or Caen  


These are longer crossings (5 to 6 hours) giving you time to unwind and and enjoy the luxury facilities the modern ferries have to offer, eg. bars, restaurants, shops and cinemas. Many people prefer taking the night crossing with a cabin or reclining seat, so that they are refreshed for the journey ahead of them in the morning. From Caen it is motorway all the way (non-toll) and will take around 5 hours, but from Cherbourg the first 100 miles are on A roads and later some of the motorways are toll.



Portsmouth - St Malo  


This is another popular crossing. The  night crossing takes about 10 hours but if you are asleep in your cabin you will be unaware of the time. This crossing leaves the shortest drive in France in the morning (about 3 hours).




Visit Paris


With the recent completion of the TGV (high speed train) Nantes to Paris, it is possible to combine your stay at Dolphin Gites with a trip to Paris. You may wish to see the sights, or visit Disneyland. The train journey takes 2 hours, so a day trip is certainly possible, however, an overnight stay would be more relaxed.



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