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17 reviews
Heated pool
Gite 2, Dolphin Gites, Vendee
Heated swimming-pool
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Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
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Patio, Tamaris, Dolphin Gites, Vendee
Heated swimming-pool
Heated swimming-pool
Local beach - Brétignolles sur mer
Patio
Bike hire
Table-tennis, wi-fi area
Back gardens
Play area
Gardens
Brétignolles sur mer beach
Brétignolles sur mer beach
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
La Chaize Giraud, Vendee, Pays de la Loire

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Hazel P
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely gites, would recommend”
Reviewed August 19, 2018 for a stay in July 2018

We stayed at Dolphin Gites and had a lovely time. The hosts are welcoming and friendly. The gites were comfortable, and each of the six gites had its own private patio area. The pool was lovely, and we used it most days.

Dolphin gites is located in a great palace to explore the area. There are several,lovely beaches nearby, plus pretty twins and villages. The velo-rail was a highlight ,but does get busy so you may need to book in advance. There’s a good supermarket nearby plus a bakery van that comes daily with French bread etc.

All-in-all, this is a gem of a site, and I would recommend it to families and couple alike.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 20, 2018
Thank you for your kind review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Dolphin Gîtes and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
GoPlaces7...
1 review
“Very well-appointed gite, fabulous location, excellent pool, lovely hosts.”
Reviewed August 8, 2018 for a stay in July 2018

Recently returned from a fantastic family holiday at Dolphin Gites. We stayed in Gite Tamaris and found it very comfortable, super clean and very well equipped. Our children (6 & 8) loved the swimming pool, the table tennis & the garden play area. Very welcoming hosts and a perfect base to explore the wonderful Vendee beaches and surrounding area. We would highly recommend and will definitely be back!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 9, 2018
Thank you very much for your review. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Louise C
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Another lovely holiday at Dolphin Gites”
Reviewed August 27, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

We have enjoyed our third family holiday at Dolphin Gites and yet again it did not disappoint. Lovely spacious gite, great gardens and pool, helpful welcoming hosts and a fantastic location. This year we explored the Chateau at Tiffauges, visited La Rochelle and had fun in the Crazy maze at Talmont St Hilaire. There is so much to do in the area, even on cooler days. Plenty of choice for eating out, but the gite is well equipped for those who like to cook for themselves- we enjoyed doing both! Already booked for next year - can't wait to return. Thanks Cathy and Howard for providing such a relaxing holiday!

Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Aug 28, 2017
Thank you very much for your review. We are really pleased that you had a relaxing holiday at Dolphin Gîtes and we look forward to welcoming you back next summer.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
MSandB
South Gloucestershire
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Quiet location in lovely village”
Reviewed August 12, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

This is one of several gites on one site, run by a friendly Anglo-French couple who live on site and engage with their guests. This included - during our week there, at least - a get together for the guests over wine in the garden.

Our gite was well maintained and clean, with the facilities we needed. It was a bit small for five (the advertised number), but easily large enough for the three of us. If we have any criticisms they were that the TV was a bit small and the shower room/WC had inadequate ventilation. However, we have no real complaints and would happily stay there again.

Facilities on the site included wi-fi, and we were grateful to the owners for going to great lengths to make sure that our teenage son could get a decent signal and a location for his Xbox. There was also a table tennis room and access (for 5 euros) to a washing machine.

Make sure you have directions to the gites before you get to La Chaize Giraud, because they are tucked away in a small lane and you won’t stumble on them while driving through. However, you can also find them on foot by parking near the church (the tower dominates the village skyline) and walking past the vehicle no entry sign left of the west end of the church. The gites actually back on to the church, an attractive Romanesque building dating back 800+ years. The church bell sounds the hour day and night but did not disturb us in the least.

The property has pleasant gardens and a small swimming pool which, tucked behind hedges, is a sun trap. The water in the pool was cold, though.

Within an hour’s drive, we found an interesting chateau at Apremont and an older one at Talmont St Hilaire, the latter associated with Richard Coeur de Lion. St Gilles is a pretty seaside town close by, and there are good beaches along much of the coastline, sometimes a substantial walk through dunes from the car park. If you have a lot of wet weather, make sure you are equipped with books and other indoor entertainment, as this area of the Vendee is not geared to providing wet weather activity.

There is a large Super U store at Bretignolles-sur-Mer, just a few minutes away by car. Within 10 minutes’ walk there is also a small Spar and a very smart bakery. However, you can purchase your bread, croissants, pains au chocolat and pains au raisins from the bakery van that visits the gites at about 8.45 six mornings a week.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 16, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to review your holiday at Dolphin Gîtes and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We are sorry that you found the swimming pool under temperature, as it is heated. In response, we have regulated the thermostat. We are pleased that you found the gîte spacious enough - please note that the gîte is in fact advertised for 4 people on our website, not 5. We have also added further tourist information inside the gîte to inform guests of suggestions of things to do if the weather is not so good. Thank you again for your positive and constructive comments and we look forward to you holidaying with us again in the future, with, hopefully, better weather.
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tikerebel...
Preston, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great, interesting totally excellent GITE”
Reviewed August 6, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

The gite was just what we were looking for and it suited the two of us perfectly.
The swimming pool on site was ideal on the very hot days and the local Super U was only a short trike ride (see photos on website) away with the beach only a mile or so further on.
There is plenty to do in the area and restaurants by the lakes serve great food as does the café on the beach.
One morning when we had rain we amused ourselves playing table tennis then drove out to the windmill.
Catherine and Howard were terrific hosts, always willing to help or advise in fact overall we could not have chosen a better spot for our summer holiday.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 8, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Dolphin Gîtes. We are delighted that you had an enjoyable time and hope to welcome you back in the near future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Louise C
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Super family holiday destination”
Reviewed September 2, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Our second holiday at Dolphin Gites was, if possible, even more relaxing than the previous year! Gite Tamaris was clean, spacious and well-equipped, the weather was fantastic, our fellow guests were friendly, and hosts Cathy and Howard were welcoming and hospitable. Our ten year old had a great time playing with other children, which made for a relaxing holiday for us! The local area is interesting (Puy du Fou, about an hour away, is a must-see!) and there are lots of places we still have to discover. We have never returned to a holiday destination before we found Dolphin gites- but we will be definitely be going back next year for vist number three!

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Management Response
Sep 6, 2016
Thank you very much for your review. We are really pleased that you had an enjoyable holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back here at Dolphin Gîtes next summer.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Emma W
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic”
Reviewed July 10, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Another very relaxing holiday in Dolphin Gites, we stayed in the New Cottage, which was spotlessly clean, and catered for all our needs. The owners Cathy and Howard are very welcoming and knowledgable of the local area. There are lots of good restaurants nearby, a new one has opened up within walking distance, which we would highly recommend. There is a swimming pool, bicycle's and table tennis all on-site for anyone needing to work off their croissants!

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Management Response
Jul 12, 2016
Thank you very much for your kind review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at Dolphin Gîtes and we hope to be able to welcome you here again in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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