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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

 

Parasol Pine

Sleeping 3-4

 

 

 

Holiday Cottage

Sleeping 4

(5 minutes' walk 

from 

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 rentalcars.com), for the duration of your stay at Dolphin Gites. 

 

If you are flying from the UK, Flybe fly to Nantes from Manchester, Southampton, Glasgow.

 

Easyjet fly to Nantes from London Gatwick and Liverpool.

 

You can also fly to La Rochelle (1hour 45 from our gîtes) from London Stansted or East Midlands with Ryanair.

 

Ryanair also fly from London Stansted to Poitiers (2 hour drive).

 

If you are travelling from Ireland, you can fly Ryanair from Dublin to Nantes or you can sail from Cork to Roscoff in Brittany.

 

 

Discounted Ferry Crossings

 

La Chenaie Vacances

 

English speaking travel agent working with the major operators (Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries). They can  provide discounts on some ferry crossings. You can contact them by telephone or e-mail.

 

You should check the regular price of the crossing before contacting them and you should quote Dolphin Gîtes in order to qualify for the discount.

 

Email      anthony.cluskey@wanadoo.fr

Tel. 00 33 2 31 69 98 54  (Tony Cluskey, based in France)

 

 

 

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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