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Summer 2023



"Quiet, lovely pool and grounds, good weather. 'Would certainly recommend La Chaize Gourmande' for a wonderful meal. Thank you for being such friendly hosts.'' (M. family, New Cottage, June 2023, from Staffs).


"Nous avons pass un trs agrable sjour. Le gte tait propre, bien quip, suffisant pour notre famille de trois personnes. Le cadre tait trs agrable avec possibilit pour nous de faire notre barbecue, de jouer au ping-pong ou de profiter de la piscine. Nous avons apprci les recommandations de Catherine pour les visites.'' (Famille N., gte Parasol, Aot 2023, Val de Marne).


''Another lovely stay - weather made it all very good! We shall return (again!). Thanks for everything." (M. family, gite Tamaris, Sept 2023, from Cornwall).


"A really lovely holiday for the whole family! We would love to come again! (K. family, Stone Cottage, Aug 2023, from Hertfordshire).


"We had a wonderful week staying at Dolphin Gites and enjoyed the whole experience. We were greeted warmly and made to feel welcomed. The accommodation was excellent, well equipped with everything we could possibly need. Thank you."  (M. family, Stone Cottage, Sept 2023, from Scotland).


"We had a great holiday. The gite and pool were beautiful. The owners friendly and helpful and the location excellent in a lovely village. Thank you." (F. family, gite Tamaris, Aug 2023, from Cornwall).


"We particularly liked the beautiful gardens and tranquility, our friendly and helpful hosts, Cathy and Howard and revisiting beautiful venues in the Vendee. Our gite, the Laurels, was delightful, very well equipped and spacious. The pool was fantastic!" (B. family, the Laurels, July 2023, from West Sussex).


"We have had a great week here and would love to come again." (S. family, the Laurels, Sept 2023, from Lancs).


"Merci pour votre accueil. Nous avons pass un excellent sjour!'' (Famille C., Gte Tamaris, Juillet 2023, Essonne)


''Nous avons apprci la convivialit du site, l'accueil, le calme, la proximit des plages et les possibilits d'activits''.(Famille J.,  Stone Cottage, Juillet 2023, Yvelines)


''Le calme, les apros, la piscine, l'tat impeccable du site en gnral, la gentille attention dans le frigo notre arrive ont contribu un sjour trs agrable!'' (Famille B., Les Lauriers, Juillet 2023, Belgique)










Summer 2022



''Catherine and Howard are amazing hosts, wealth of local knowledge. Lovely place to stay and would definitely return! Thank you for making our stay wonderful a chance to recharge after a difficult few weeks.'' (Mr and Mrs B., The Laurels, July 2022, from Kent)


"We have had a perfect week's holiday at Dolphin Gtes. You are in such a good location for the coast but quiet and tucked away. Love the village. We enjoyed your suggested cycle routes. The pool was fantastic and we really made use of it in such hot weather. Thank you for your welcome and making us feel so relaxed.'' (R. family, Parasol, August 2022, from Leicestershire)


''As always, we have had a lovely relaxing holiday at Dolphin Gtes. Stone Cottage is a lovely spacious and airy gte with good facilities. We will be back!'' (C. family, Stone Cottage, August 2022, from North Yorkshire)


''We appreciated the calm environment and the owners' kindness and professionalism in dealing with their guests. Beautiful grounds, nice gte with private terrace. We recommend this destination.'' (Mr & Mrs M., The Laurels, August 2022, from Allier, France)


''We loved our stay here. It is close to so many lovely places to visit and some beautiful walks from the gtes are easy to find. The weather was fantastic! The gte was everything we wanted - spacious and great value for money. Facilities as always are brilliant and it is just a great place to chill.'' (H. family, New Cottage, August 2022, from Staffs)


''We had a great holiday, the weather was kind, the facilities were good. The gte is comfortable and well equipped. We appreciated the hospitality of Cathy and Howard and being made to feel enormously welcome. Thank you. We would happily recommend Dolphin Gtes as a holiday destination.'' (H. family, New Cottage, June 2022, from Warwickshire)


'' We had a wonderful holiday at Dolphin Gtes and would love to return with our family. The hosts were very welcoming, the area is beautiful with lots to see and do. The garden and pool are very peaceful. Thank you!'' (M. family, Gte Tamaris, July 2022, from Ireland)


''Thank you Cathy for our lovely stay here. The week has gone by far too quickly! The gte had everything we needed and the surrounding areas are very nice.'' (S. family, Stone Cottage, September 2022, from Gloucestershire)


''Very pleasant stay, warm welcome, big garden, beautiful swimming pool, and each gte is secluded with its own private terrace and you feel comfortable. A beautiful place to relax and enjoy nice surroundings in easy drive from Paris. Near to leisure activities (beach, lake, summer festival, restaurants and shops). Thank you for your welcome.'' (Mrs R, The Old Logis, July 2022, from Essonne, France)


''A very special place - thank you. Very welcoming and comforting. Well equipped. Lovely grounds and pool. Enjoyed the space and felt at home in the gte. We hope to come back soon!'' (P. family, Gte Tamaris, August 2022, from Bristol)


'' We have had a lovely time staying here. We liked the tranquility, the garden and the pool, and the comfy bed! We hope to be back before too long.'' (Mr & Mrs S., The Laurels, August 2022, from Devon)


''This is our second time staying at Dolphin Gtes and we would definitely come back again. It is set in a lovely location, with lots of activities nearby. The gte is nice and clean and there is lots of outside space. The visit of the bread van in the morning is a charming and convenient service.'' (T. family, Parasol, July 2022, from Hampshire)


''We have really enjoyed our holiday here. Comfortable clean house and (almost) perfect weather! Lovely to meet you both and hope to be back! (Mr & Mrs P., Stone Cottage, June 2022, from Scotland)


''After having to cancel our original booking for June 2021, we were pleased to be able to rebook. We've had a wonderful time and looking forward to returning in 2023. The weather made our stay particularly enjoyable and Cathy helped us so much when we had car issues. Please enjoy this bottle of sloe Gin made with the berries from our farm!'' (S. family, Stone Cottage, June 2022, from Scotland)


''Thank you for a great holiday. Fantastic pool, baker delivering every morning, bikes delivered to our cottage. Great location, lovely hosts.'' (W. family, Stone Cottage, July 2022, from Ireland)






Summer 2021



"Thanks again Cathy for another wonderful stay and for accommodating us at such short notice. No doubt we'll be back again in the future."  (S. family, New Cottage, July 2021, From Switzerland)



"We loved our 2 week stay at your lovely place and your kind hospitality. We enjoyed the swimming pool and the table tennis. We hope to see you again with hopefully better weather." (W. family, Old Logis, August 2021, from Netherlands)



"Thank you very much for our enjoyable stay at your beautiful place!. Thanks for the warm welcome. We liked the silence, the village, etc." (V. family, Laurels, August 2021, from Netherlands)



"We enjoyed the quiet and peaceful location. The gite is spacious and well equipped and the swimming pool is great. Many thanks and good luck for the future." (J. family, Stone Cottage, August 2021, from Savoie, France).



"Despite mixed weather, we had an enjoyable week. The region is beautiful, the activities varied, the gite was well maintained, the location was peaceful and the atmosphere on site was friendly. Thank you for your welcome." (C. family, New Cottage, July 2021, from Vosges, France).



"We really liked the environment and its proximity to a range of activities. The owners were very friendly. A Petanque pitch would make the evenings even more enjoyable. Thank you for the holiday. (L. family, Tamaris, August 2021, from Herault, France).



"The surroundings are really nice with every asset (pool, gardens, relaxing areas) for an enjoyable holiday. The location is quiet. The patio very nice and the gite cosy and charming. Top notch welcome we appreciated Mrs Parkinson's attention and discretion." (P. family, Parasol Gite, July 2021, from Oise, France)



"Manicured exterior, very peaceful, very well equipped gite, very tastefully decorated, excellent welcome" (C. family, Old Logis, July 2021, from the Puy de Dome, France)



"The kitchen equipment was really good, everything required for cooking and lost of it, the gite and its garden were spacious, the region is beautiful. Your gite domain is very well maintained and is very attractive. Enjoyable holiday and a warm welcome." (C. family, Stone Cottage, July 2021, from Val D'Oise, France)



"We really liked this gite and its outdoor space bordered with trees and flowers. We enjoyed the setting and the serenity of the place, the simplicity and functioning of the gite. Everything has been thought out so that you feel at ease. We will recommend this gite to our relatives as it is very well geographically located. We appreciated the warm and friendly welcome. Thank you for your thoroughness and kindness. Maybe see you again soon."  (F. family, The Laurels, Aug. 2021, fro Puy de Dome, France).








Summer 2020



"A difficult situation with Covid was well managed. We had a wonderful time and hope to come again."  (S. family, Stone Cottage, July 2020, From Switzerland)



"It has been an utter pleasure staying in your gites. You are excellent hosts. Your town and country are beautiful. Thank you also for your extra assistance with booking and for speaking excellent English as well as being very reassuring, re. Covid measures. We have some super photos and cannot wait to recommend to friends and family."  (V. family, New Cottage, July 2020, from Kent).



"The stay was first rate, and the friendliness of the owners was just the job. A very enjoyable stay."  (K. family, New Cottage, Sep. 2020, from Deux-Sevres, France)



"Really enjoyed our stay - gite had everything we needed, and it was such a great location near lots of great sandy beaches. We hope to come back again."  (H. family, New Cottage, Sep. 2020, from Southampton)



"Perfect for adults or children. Everything you need in one place. Very nice swimming pool and grounds. Very friendly hosts."  (F. family, Aug. 2020, The Laurels, from Staffs)



"Another lovely holiday. Feel so lucky to get away this year. I'm sure we will be back again!"  (S. family, New Cottage, Aug. 2020, from Wakefield)



"Thank you for a lovely holiday. It was just the week we had hoped for. The boys had had a ball making friends and playing in the gardens which are amazing! We liked the proximity to the beach and lovely cycling."  (W. family, Aug. 2020, Stone Cottage, from Hampshire)



"Thanks for a most enjoyable stay which went by all too quickly! Great setup location and facilities. Fab garden and pool. Priceless seeing the children together all running around late into the evening - great memories to have."  (I. family, Parasol Gite, Aug. 2020, from Leicestershire)



"Both gites we stayed in were lovely as was the site overall - the gardens are well kept and look really nice - both owners obviously work very hard to look after the properties. The pool area was also pristine. we really hope to come back again in the future."  (M. family, Stone Cottage, gite Tamaris, July 2020, from Worcestershire)



"The gite is very well equipped and very nicely decorated. We really enjoyed the pool and bbq. Thanks for the nice stay and hope to see you again in the future."  (T. family, Old Logis, July 2020, The Netherlands)



"We really appreciated the welcome, the quietness of the place, the cleanliness of the gite, the swimming pool and the ping-pong area for the boys, the patio and the bbq."  (C. family, gite Tamaris, July 2020, from Paris, France)








Summer 2019


"We have had another great holiday and are already looking forward to next August. Thanks for another great time."  (R. family, New Cottage, Aug. 2019, from Staffs)



"Many thanks for a very enjoyable stay. The cottage was immaculate and very comfortable."  (G. family, Holiday Cottage, Aug. 2019, from Worcs)



"We initially booked one week, but as it was so nice we ended up staying for two! The gte is so well equipped I could happily move in and all the simple essentials that you forget to bring have been thought about. The bed was comfortable and we slept well during our stay. For the workaholics, there's stable internet access and the mobile reception is good too. The gte has its own secluded garden with furniture and BBQ and the pool is just a few steps away. There are some nice restaurants nearby and the beach isn't too far either and if you can bring a bike as the Vende has some excellent cycling paths. We had such a good time and for me in particular it was a well needed break. We are already planning our next visit!"  (K. family, New Cottage, June 2019, from Leics)



"A wonderful place to stay, very family friendly, large enclosed garden safe for little ones to run around or cycle around, with gated access to a fabulous pool. Accommodation was clean, spacious and homely, very comfortable. The owners were friendly, and very helpful. I would highly recommend."  (M. family, Stone Cottage, Aug. 2019, from Bristol)



"We had a wonderful time. The owners were very accommodating and friendly. Gite lovely. Gardens amazing. Location great.  (H. family, Gite Tamaris, Sept. 2019, from Kent)



"Really fabulous place to spend time exploring and enjoying the area, beaches and attractions. Accommodation was clean, kitchen well equipped, and beds comfy. The pool was great and grounds were excellent, including plenty of space and a sheltered table tennis table, which our kids certainly made the most of. Cathy and Howard were great hosts and the neighbours were all good fun. We hope to return next year to repeat the experience. At the risk of creating competition for summer vacancies (!), very highly recommended..."  (T. family, Parasol, Aug. 2019, from Hampshire)



"Loved it and will be back. Many thanks."  (H. family, New Cottage, Aug. 2019, from Hampshire)



"The holiday was lovely, having the other guests around made it very friendly. So much to see and do in the area. Thank you for being great hosts."  (C. family, The Laurels, Aug. 2019, from Merseyside)



"We've had a lovely two weeks staying at Dolphin Gites. The location is great, being so close to so many things."  (S. family, Parasol, Aug. 2019, from Yorks)



"We have loved our time here, especially the pool and lovely gardens. The location is perfect for us and we will be returning for sure."  (H. family, Gite Tamaris, Aug. 2019, from Staffs)



"Lovely gite, very clean."  (W. family, The Laurels, Aug. 2019, from Worcs)



"Very enjoyable stay - would recommend O'gliss Park, Grand Defi and bike hire. Thank you Cathy and Howard."  (M. family, Gite Tamaris, Aug. 2019, from Lincs)



"We have had another fantastic holiday. Can't wait to come back next year. Thank you!"  (T. family, Stone Cottage, July 2019, from Monmouth shire)



"Really pleased with the cleanliness and the shower. Great pool area and gardens. Website gave us lots of information about things to do. Great restaurant recommendations.  (L. family, Old Logis, Aug. 2019, from Kent)



"We have had a lovely week and really enjoyed Dolphin Gites and the area. (C. family, New Cottage, July 2019, from London)



"We had a lovely relaxing time here. The pool was a treat, the amenities are all nearby and we would certainly come again and recommend you to friends. Hope to see you next year. Thanks."  (H. family, Gite Tamaris, June 2019, from Warwickshire)



"we can't believe how well we have slept with the church bells. It is a really lovely place to stay, Close to many beaches. Good luck for the future."  (H. family, Parasol, May 2019, from Shropshire)



"Thank you for a lovely stay! We have really enjoyed it."  (L. family, Stone Cottage, Aug. 2019, from Wales)



"Thank you for a great gite and for being so helpful and welcoming."  (S. family, Parasol, July 2019, from Hampshire)







Summer 2018 


"Another lovely stay. Hope to return." (C. family, Old Logis, Sept. 2018, from Suffolk)



"Many thanks for a great stay - we had a lovely time here!" (B. family, Parasol, Aug. 2018, from Northants)



"Thank you for a lovely stay and your hospitality. The guest get together on Tuesday evening was really lovely. Many thanks." (B. family, gte Tamaris, Aug. 2018, from Bristol)



"We had a fabulous relaxing holiday. Dolphin Gites is perfect for families and we could not have asked for a better place to enjoy our two weeks in France. The cottage and swimming pool are lovely and we enjoyed the drinks evenings. Cathy and Howard are friendly and helpful hosts." (J. family, New Cottage, Aug. 2018, from St. Albans)



"Thank you for a lovely two weeks and see you next year." (R. family, The Laurels, Aug. 2018, from Staffs)



"Thank you for another great holiday. We will definitely be back - see you in 2020!" (H. family, Parasol gte and The Laurels, Aug. 2018, from Essex)



"Excellent holiday. There is lots to do in the area. We enjoyed it so much we are returning in 2019. Thank you." (H. family, Stone Cottage, Aug. 2018, from Southampton)



"We loved the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We chatted to the other guests and our girls made lots of new friends. A perfect family holiday in a beautiful location!" (S. family, New Cottage, Aug. 2018, from Herts)



"Yet another lovels two weeks in the Vende sunshine! Dolphin Gites never fails to impress and we have had a super relaxing holiday. Thank you Cathy and Howard for being great hosts. See you next year! (C. family, Parasol, Aug. 2018, from North Yorks)



"This is our second time coming here and we enjoyed it just as much as last time. Hopefully see you again! (P. family, gte Tamaris, Aug. 2018, from Kent)



"We have loved our holiday in Stone Cottage and can't wait to come back next year! Thank you! (T. family, Stone Cottage, July 2018, from Monmouthshire)



"In hindsight probably pay extra and include bedding and cleaning. Loved it here, so relaxing, lots to do, wish we had stayed for two weeks. Our son has loved being amongst other children who have been very kind to him. We would definitely bring our bikes next time." (H. family, The Laurels, July 2018, from Derbyshire)



"Thank you for a wonderful holiday. We enjoyed every single moment and would like to say what a wonderful set up you have." (D. family, New Cottage, Aug. 2018, from Lincolnshire)



"We have had a wonderful week. The children have enjoyed every minute and we have relaxed. You have been the nicest hosts and your gites are lovely. We hope to come back for a longer stay in a couple of years when the boys are bigger. We hope that they have not been too noisy! Merci beaucoup. (M. family, gte Tamaris, July 2018, from Surrey).



"We had a fabulous week again. Enjoyed the pool, the table tennis and the relaxing quiet location. Catherine and Howard are very welcoming. Thank you. (R. family, The Laurels, July 2018, from South Yorkshire)



"Had a wonderful 2 week stay and weather was a bonus! Enjoyed the privacy of the cottage whilst being able to use the swimming-pool on the main site. Will definitely consider returning.'' (O. family, Holiday Cottage, July 2018, from Lancs)



"We've had a lovely time. We particularly enjoyed the drinks evening, the friendly atmosphere, the swimming pool and the French lessons. Salt and pepper would be useful in the kitchen! Will recommend to friends and family." (W. family, Old Logis, July 2018, from Leeds)



"Lovely relaxing time had once again. Loved the surroundings. Thanks to Howard and Cathy for your hospitality." (P. family, New Cottage, July 2018, from Hants)



"We enjoyed drinks on the lawn and moules frites festival and band. Appreciated the help after my bike accident. Can't wait to come back." (B. family, The Laurels, July 2018, from Staffs)



"Thank you very much for an extremely enjoyable stay in your beautiful property. We were made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We wish we had discovered your place earlier. Look forward to seeing you again soon." (C. family, The Laurels, June 2018, from Gloucester shire) 



"A great welcome, very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. Nice pool, quiet and peaceful. Looking forward to returning next year!" (J. family, Parasol, June 2018, from Essex)



"Thank you for a wonderful relaxing stay. Lots of activities to do locally and the kids LOVED the swimming pool." (S. family, Old Logis, Aug. 2018, from Kent)



"We've had a lovely holiday. Thank you so much. Really enjoyed the wine and nibbles gathering, the pool, friendly owners and nice guests." (S. family, Old Logis, Aug 2018, from Notts)



"We really loved our stay. Really enjoyed the swimming pool. Thank you!" (M. family, Old Logis, July 2018, from Scotland)





Summer 2017


"A great base from which to investigate lots of interesting places. A warm pool to swim in on site. A good gite. Owners were always there to help. Who could ask for more?" (S. family, gite Tamaris, June 2017, from Lancs).



"Lovely location. Nice pool area shared with other children. Spacious and peaceful garden. Nice bottle of wine on arrival plus cleaning products available. Great weather - Lots of pool time! Millie says she is definitely coming again!" (T. family, May 2017, Stone Cottage, from Oxon).



"Lovely holiday, enjoyed collecting bread in the morning" (B.family, Holiday Cottage, July 2017). 



"Cathy and Howard were great hosts. Although there were 6 gites on the site we still felt very private. Lovely quiet area, easy distance to beaches and towns such as St Gilles. The observatory at Olonne Sur Mer is definitely worth a visit. It was great to see green woodpeckers and especially hoopoe in the garden. Would certainly stay there again." (S.family, The Laurels, July 2017, from Cardiff).   



"Lovely old cottage with everything you could need. Fab garden barbecue etc all for personal use. Great pool area and large field for ball games or just a stroll. A beautiful peaceful location but near to everything. Our granddaughter loved it.The weather was excellent and we spent most of our time outside playing games or swimming. Very welcome bottle of wine on arrival too. Thanks Cathy and Howard we will definitely be back." (T.family, Stone Cottage, May 2017, from Oxfordshire).



"Little piece of paradise. We stayed in gite 6 recently and it was perfect. It is situated in a very quiet area and you can almost hear the silence . Although we were unlucky with the weather there were enough breaks in the cloud to ramble around the area. The 2 restaurants recommended to us by the owners were top class. Our 2 lads really enjoyed playing football in the garden." (O.family, Old Logis, July 2017, from Dublin).



"Well, where do I start? Probably at the beginning....We stayed in this gite last year and was perfect for our needs. The wifi is spot on and there are a plethora of films and mini series to watch if required.

We have found the owners Howard & Cathy not only accommodating but truly professional in their approach to customer friendly service.


These three weeks have been truly fabulous. In this time we have done loads, from cycling around the area to having a go at the velo rail nearby which is a must at 26 euros, to trying out the local canoes which are 4 euros if booked between 10am and noon....

The location of Dolphin Gites as previously stated is central to all the amenities, either in the village or down to towards the beach.... No vehicle is required unless going for a "big shop" at the supermarket which is only 3 miles away.

The town of Bretignolles sur mer is 3 miles from our gite and is a traditional French coastal location... The market on Sundays is not to be missed as there is a wide range of goings on to keep you interested.

The beach is perfectly situated as is the many cycle paths and routes that meander & weave through this beautiful part of the vendee. Also nearby is a petit cemetery which has evidence of commonwealth war graves. This is an absolute must for anyone interested in this type of past time.

If its the pool you are after, then this is located in the 1.2 acre of gardens and is perfect to unwind and chill... Or if its a quiet part of the gardens to read a book , Dolphin gites has it all...Sitting in the well manicured gardens on a cloudless sunny day is like being in the verse of a poem...Its tranquility is hard to be matched and surely impossible to be surpassed...


We have lived & loved every minute of this adventure and will return."

(H & J., family, New Cottage, July 2017, from Lancs).



"The gite was very well equipped, better than many we have been in before. We really enjoyed our stay here. It was comfortable and easy to keep clean. We liked our private space outside our gite. The dishwasher and washing machine were invaluable. Your invitation to have a drink and nibbles with you both, and the other visitors was a very pleasant evening. For myself, the best things were the birds, the weather (once the rain left) and the swimming pool." (S. family, Old Logis, June 2017, from Cornwall)








Summer 2016


"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 must.


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......."  

(H & J., family, New Cottage, July 2016, from Lancs).



"Another 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).



"Thank 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).



"We have had a wonderful time. This is our seventh holiday in Vende 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 West Yorks).



"We 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, from Chester).



"A 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).



"We 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 Staffs).



"We 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).



"Plenty 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 Yorkshire).



"Lovely 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).



"Thank 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).



"We 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).



"We 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 Bristol).



"Overall 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).







Summer 2015


"The gte 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).



"Beautiful 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).



"Nice pool, bigger bread knife may be useful. We liked the bread van. Very good having the Freesat. Thank you." (E. family, gte Tamaris, Aug 2015, from Surrey).



"We have had a great holiday. The gte was very spacious and the garden area great to relax in. The pool was never over busy as only 7 gtes on site. Howard and Cathy are really friendly. Loads to do around the area and great beaches. Would recommend Dolphin Gtes in Vende to friends." (R. family, Stone Cottage, Aug. 2015, from Herts).



"We have enjoyed a fantastic holiday. The area is interesting, our hosts very welcoming and the gte was perfect for our needs. We look forward to coming back again soon! Many thanks." (C. family, Parasol Pine, July 2015, from North Yorks).



"Thank you for another lovely holiday. We do love it here." (R. family, New Cottage, July 2015, from Wales).



"Wine 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, from Leicestershire).



"Beautiful 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).



"It was good to be back at Dolphin Gtes and in the Vende. 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).



"We 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).



"Excellent pool, great location, enjoyed the drinks evening. The new gte was great, especially with large garden. Thanks." (R. family, New Cottage, July 2015, from Gloucestershire).



"We 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).



"The gte 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).



"Thank 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 Gtes in Vende (and in particular the Old Logis) to others." (W. family, The Old Logis, July 2015, from Suffolk).



"We 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 Monmouthshire).



"Very 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, gte Tamaris, July 2015, from Scotland).



"We had a lovely holiday in your beautiful gte. We particularly enjoyed the ambiance and the views. Thanks for everything." (B. family, Old Logis, July 2015, from Scotland).



"We 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, gte Tamaris, June 2015, from Dorchester).



"Very enjoyable stay. The location was superb being close to beaches. The gte was well equipped and having the pool was a lovely addition. We also enjoyed the barbecue." (K. family, gte Tamaris, June 2015, from Maidenhead).






Summer 2014


"In over 30 years of holidaying in France, this is one of the best gtes 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, gte 5, June 2014, from Swansea).



"Perfect 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, gte 1, Aug 2014, from Hants).



"Fantastic all round accommodation, clean, well laid out, well equipped! Thank you for enabling us to have a great holiday in La Vende" (W. family, gte 7, July 2014, from Warwickshire). 



"Cathy 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, gte 6, Aug 2014, from Flint shire). 



"A really enjoyable week, wish it was 2! Loved the peaceful location and the privacy between the gtes. 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, gte 6, Sept 2014, from Gloucs).



"Well stocked kitchen in the gte. 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, gte 3, July 2014, from Northumberland). 



"Dolphin gtes are in an ideal location for exploring the Vende. The gte site is superb with lovely swimming pool and extensive garden area. The gte 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, gte 6, Sept 2014, from Wilts).



"Thanks for a lovely week. The boys loved the pool! You are well located and the local beaches were great" (A. family, gte 5, Sept 2014, from Sheffield).



"Lovely place to stay. Great base from which to explore and enjoy the Vende region. It is our first visit to the Atlantic coast of France and we all love it" (G. family, gte 6, Aug 2014, from London).



"Can we please have the same weather next year?" (C. family, gte 2, Sept 2014, from Suffolk). 



"Lovely time had by all. Excellent gtes and fantastic area. So much to do!! Would definitely recommend to friends and would love to come back" (O. family, gte 5, Aug 2014, from Oxfordshire).



"Gte 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, gte 1, Aug 2014, from Basingstoke).



"Mobilier trs complet (four, micro-ondes,...), ainsi que vaisselle- trs bien. Accueil trs agrable, trs bien d'avoir des documents de base pour dcouvrir la rgion sans passer par l'office de tourisme.' (B. family, gte 3, August 2014, from Belgium).



"The 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, gte 4, June 2014, from Scotland).



"Very nice stay. Hope to return." (T. family, gte 1 June 2014, from Hampshire).



"Every convenience, nothing too much trouble, pleasant atmosphere." (H. family, gte 2, June 2014, from Yorks).



"A super gte in a lovely setting. Gte spacious and well equipped. Swimming pool a great asset. Had a wonderful holiday." (D. family, gte 3, June 2014, from Scotland).



"Thank you for a wonderful stay. Very peaceful! (H. family, May 2014, gte 4, from Herts).



"We've 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, gte 1, May 2014, from Hants).



"Excellent location. Enjoyed the grounds and amenities. M. and Mme Parkinson very helpful and friendly. Would thoroughly recommend Dolphin Gtes." (D. family, gte 2, May 2014, from Worcs).



"Great time, so much to do, we're coming back! (B. family, gte 1, July 2014, from Guernsey).



"Lovely gte 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. family, gte 6, May 2014, from Cornwall).



"House was exceptionally clean and well prepared. Bathroom was lovely. The gte 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, gte 7, July 2014, from Ireland).






Summer 2013


gte 1


"Loved our stay, the area is fab with plenty to explore and the gte grounds were excellent, especially with a young family. Our gte was well equipped and we enjoyed our stay. Thanks for a great week." (N. family, gte 1, Aug 2013, from Merseyside).


"Thank you Howard and Cathy. We had a lovely two weeks. All was great.'' (C. family, gte 1, June 2013, from Leicestershire).


''Well laid-out. Very enjoyable holiday. Hope we'll be back again!'' (W. family, gte 1, July 2013, from Cheshire).


"An 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, gte 1, Aug 2013, from Kent).



gte 2


'This is our third holiday at Dolphin Gtes. 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, gte 2, June 2013, from West Midlands).


"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found Dolphin Gtes a relaxing and welcoming holiday. Thank you. (K family, gte 2, July 2013, from Flintshire).


"We had a lovely holiday. The location is superb, both beach and lakes nearby. The girls loved the pool and made friends. The gte itself was ideal for our needs. We would love to return in 2014. Thank you for a lovely holiday. (M family, gte 2, July 2013, from Ireland).


'A lovely gte - well decorated and furnished. Represented good value and we would consider coming back.'' (W. family, gte 2, May 2013, from Lincolnshire).


"Very good for kids. Lovely pool. Just wish that there was a taxi service for us adults!" (C. family, gte 2, Aug 2013, from Kent).



gte 3


"Had an absolutely brilliant week at Dolphin Gtes - don't want to leave! Lovely gte, 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, gte 3, Aug 2013, from Devon).


"Fantastic weather, delightful gte. Many thanks. (E family, gte 3, July 2013, from London).


"Thank 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, gte 3, Aug 2013, from Kent).


"Very pleasant stay. Lovely!" (B. family, gte 3, July 2013, from Cornwall).



gte 4


"Many 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 bientt! (W. family, gte 4, Aug 2013, from Oxfordshire).


"Beautiful 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, gte 4, July 2013, from Wales).


"Gte 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, gte 4, Aug 2013, from Middlesex)



gte 5


''We love the gte 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, gte 5, June 2013, from Ireland).


"A very comfortable and spacious gte 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, gte 5, Aug 2013, from Wirral).



gte 6


"This was our 3rd stay at Dolphin Gtes and our first on-site in Gte 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 gte 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 Vende 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 Gtes. Bikes can be hired for a nominal fee. We will be back in 2014.(S. family, gte 6, Aug. 2013, from Herts).


"This is our 6th year at Dolphin Gtes. A lovely clean group of gtes. 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 Gtes." (M. family, gte 6, Aug 2013, from Berkshire).



gte 7


"The complementary bottle of wine was a nice touch, as was the soire. Everything was neat and presentable and friendly. We will recommend you to others. Thanks (E. family, gte 7, July 2013, from Lincolnshire).


'We 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, gte 7, May 2013, from Stockport).


"Had 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, gte 7, July 2013, from Bath).


"Wifi would be a great addition to the holiday cottage. Fantastic French lessons. Great BBQ. Wonderful holiday. Hope to be back. (N family, gte 7, Aug. 2013, from Kent).


"Had a lovely week. Very pleasant sitting out area. Very well equipped cottage. (H family, gte 7, Sept 2013, from Liverpool).






Summer 2012


"Warm, 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, gte 2, Aug 2012, from Plymouth)


"The perfect package in the Vende. An idyllic hideaway. We wish we had discovered it ten years ago! Thank you Howard and Cathy for being great hosts." (M family, gtes 1 and 6, July 2012, from Cardiff).


"Really enjoyed this gte 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, gte 4, July 2012, from Middlesex)


"Year 4 and not wanting to go back to the UK!! Enjoyed staying in larger gte this year, facilities excellent in gte 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, gte 5, Aug 2012, from Nottingham).


"Excellent gte - very clean and well furnished. Enjoyed having the quiet and privacy of the gte 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, gte 7, Aug 2012, from East Sussex). 


"Great value gte. 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, gte 3, Aug 2012, from West Yorkshire).


"We 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, gte 5, September 2012, from Northampton)



Summer 2011


"We have had an absolutely superb week. Dolphin Gtes 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 gte 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, gte 5, Aug 2011, from Hants).


"Excellent time - gte 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, gte 6, Aug 2011, from West Yorkshire).


"Thank 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 gte itself was very comfortable with a generous patio area for our many bbqs. We'll be back next year! (G. family, gte 3, Sept 2011, from the Wirral)


"The 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).


"Thank you so much for a wonderful week in your gte. 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, gte 4, Sept 2011, from Cornwall)


"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The gte was more than what we expected - your website pictures do not do your lovely gtes justice!! We would definitely recommend and will definitely be staying with yourselves again, thank you." (G family, June 2011, holiday cottage, from West Midlands).


"Fantastic 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, gte 2, from Scotland).


"Friendly 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, gte 1, from West Midlands).


"Nicest gte we have stayed in having stayed in gtes 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, gte 5, from Ireland).


"Lovely gte, wonderful location, lots to do. Kids really enjoyed the swimming pool and all the children to play with." (E family, July 2011, gte 6, from Lancs).


"Holiday enjoyed by everyone, especially the table tennis and the pool. Accommodation comfortable and adequately equipped. Thank you!!" (S family, Aug 2011, gte 4, from Plymouth).


"We have had a great holiday at Dolphin Gtes. The accommodation and location were perfect for us!" (W family, Aug 2011, gte 1, from Kent).


"The holiday gtes 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 gtes." (K family, Aug 2011, gte 2, from Herts).


"We 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 gtes 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).



Summer 2010


"The pool is a fantastic resource, mainly because it is such a good temperature. We greatly enjoyed the upstairs room in gte 4. Everything felt very professional and efficient which contributed to our enjoyment." (P family, Aug 2010, gte 4, from Cambridge).


"Extremely 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, gte 2, from Nottingham).


"Lovely gte, 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, gte 3, from Gwent).


"A very well maintained gte 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, gte 2, from Suffolk).


"A really lovely holiday in a very good gte. We would definitely return and will certainly recommend Dolphin Gtes. Overall, loved it and thanks for your hospitality and we really enjoyed the bbq. Hope to see you again." (F. family, June 2010, gte 6, from Shropshire).


"We have had a wonderful week with you and we will surely recommend your gtes to our friends and work colleagues. Your gtes were better than expected. I don't think you could have supplied another item in the gte that we could have wanted or needed. Excellent value for money, see you again." (W. family, July 2010, gte 3, from Bristol).


"Gte very nice, comfortable, garden great! Thanks for everything." (O. family, July 2010, gte 6, from Ireland).


"Happy stay. Very nice evening reception party. Thank you." (A family, June 2010, gte 3, from Gloucestershire).


"Lovely accommodation and good location for getting around the Vende. Would consider coming back." (P family, May 2010, gte 2, from Bucks).


"Had a very relaxing and enjoyable week. Can't wait to come again." (R family, Aug 2010, gte 5, from Surrey).


"We liked the freedom the gtes/ 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, gte 5, from Yorkshire).


"Wonderful gtes in a wonderful part of France, hope to return next summer." (M family, Aug 2010, gte 1, from London).


"We 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).


"Lovely accommodation and situation of gtes. Welcome night was good fun. J enjoyed the treasure hunt. Thank you! Howard and Cathy very helpful and friendly." (N family, Aug 2010, gte 6, from Hampshire).


"Beautifully maintained property and gardens in an ideal location. We liked the get together evening and the community feeling on-site." (S family, Aug 2010, gte 3, from Devon).


"Cracking holiday. Loved the site. We will be back. Thank you for your welcome." (J family, Aug 2010, gte 4, from Sussex).



Summer 2009


"A fantastic holiday. Gte 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 gte 6!!". (M family, Aug 2009, gte 6, from Suffolk).


"We 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, gte 5, from Grantham).


"We 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, gtes 6, from Shropshire).


"Great 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, gte 2, from Yorkshire).



"We had a great time and thought the gte was perfect. The pool was a big success!". (L. family, July 2009, gte 4, from Essex).


"Really 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, gte 2, from Glos).


"Thank you for a lovely holiday. We have very much enjoyed our stay with you". (S. family, Sept 2009, gte 4, from Kent)


"Had a fantastic time! Thanks for all your help. Gte 3 - lovely, airy, clean. Tuesday nights were a great idea! Take care". (H. family, July 2009, gte 3, from Ireland).


"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Gtes 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).


"We really enjoyed our stay. The complex is perfectly suitable for families with young children". (R. family, June 2009, gte 2, from Ireland).


"We 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, gte 5, from Ireland).


"Lovely holiday. Gte was perfect - peaceful. Lots of quality sleep. Would definitely choose to come again. Thanks!". (C. family, Aug 2009, gte 6, from Cambridge).


"Ver friendly and welcoming, we really enjoyed our stay". (S. family, Aug 2009, gte 3, from Lancs).


"Beautiful 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, gte 3, from Wales).


"Thank you once again for a wonderful holiday in your beautiful gtes. We go home re-energised, rested and nicely tanned!". (K. family, June 2009, gte 5, from Ireland).




Summer 2008


"We 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, gte 3, from West Sussex)


"If you are lucky enough to have chosen Dolphin Gtes as your holiday destination, then you have found a little bit of heaven in the Vende 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, gte 5, from Ireland)


"Perfect gte! Perfect hosts! We are back next year, so that says it all. Thank you so much for a great holiday." (M. family, July 2008, gte 5, from Kent)


"We 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, gte 3, from Gloucester)


"We 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, gtes 2 & 3, from Devon).


"Lovely gtes and owners, has been great staying here. Excellent pool. Really enjoyed drinks night." (S. family, August 2008, gte 4, from Cleveland)



Summer 2007


"Our gte 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 Gtes to our friends. We would use Dolphin Gtes again. Thank you." (H. family, Aug 2007, gte 2, from Beds)


"Quality gte, 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, gte 4, from West Yorkshire).


"Helpful, welcoming, nice complex, well maintained and safe for children, nice pool. Very pleased with the whole package." (C. family, Aug 2007, gte 5, from Nottingham shire).


"We 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, gte 1, from Kent).


"Good central location for sightseeing the area. Beaches and local towns excellent. Gte 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, gte 1, from Essex).


"Found the gte and location superb-well thought out. We've had a fantastic holiday. Thank you very much." (S. family, July 2007, gte 5, from Scotland).


Fantastic location, very welcoming hosts in Catherine and Howard and co. The bottle of wine was most welcome. The gte 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 gte." (K. family, July 2007, gte 4, from Ireland).


"The 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, gte-5, from Northampton).


"The gte 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, gte 5, from Warwickshire).


"We have all had a lovely holiday, the gte was well equipped. The pool area was ideal for our children and the water was warm. Thank you." (M. family, July 2007, gte 1, from Cheshire).


"A nice pool, good value for money, attentive and friendly hosts. We have had a great holiday, thanks very much!" (S. family, July 2007, gte 2, from Warwickshire)


"Pool beautiful and clean. Lovely surroundings. Friendly welcome" (P. family, May 2007, gte-4, from Hampshire)


Translated 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, gte 2, from Normandy).



Summer 2006


"The website is an honest reflection of the gte. This has not been our experience with other gtes. 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, gte-5, from Dublin)


"Excellent 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, gte-2, from London)


"We have had a great holiday. Even better than last year due to gte-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, gte-5, from Essex)


"Tim had fun playing with Luc and Tristan. The pool is wonderful. We are hoping to return in the future, back to gte-2. The location is fantastic and you have been very helpful and welcoming, thank you" (L. family, Aug 2006, gte-2, from Midlands)


"We have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Vende is fantastic. The layout of these gtes 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, gtes 5 and 1, from Merseyside)


"Thank you very much for a warm welcome and a very enjoyable holiday. The gte, 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, gte-3, from Cheshire)


"The set up of the gtes 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, gte-3, from Midlands)


"Lovely big gte 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, gte-4, from Warwickshire)


"Lovely 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, gte-5, from Surrey)


"Gte 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, gte-2, from Northampton)



Summer 2005


"Gte 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, gte-1, from North Wales)


"We 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, gte-3, from London)


"Wonderful holiday and the pool was the icing on the cake" (H. family, June 2005, gte-2, from Liverpool)


"A nice quiet, peaceful and relaxing time. Enjoyed the pool and the company" (Mr and Mrs T., June 2005, gte-2, from Liverpool)


"An 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, gte-3, from Essex)


"We 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, gte-2, from Brighton)



Summer 2004


"Cleanest accommodation on arrival that we have stayed in. We all plan to return to the Vende 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, gte-1, from Northern Ireland)



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