26 August 2020 by Jessica Boston
Holidays for all the family – including your dogs!
For many people a four legged friend is very much one of the family – don’t leave them at home, let them join you for a holiday in France everyone will enjoy! We have hundreds of self catering properties all over France that welcome dogs to stay. Just use the filter button and select ‘Pets Welcomed’ to see the full selection, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Take your dog with you as you explore beautiful countryside, coastline, forests and fields together, and enjoy cosy, comfortable accommodation hosted by people who understand a family holiday just wouldn’t be the same without your pooch. Many hosts are dog owners themselves so they understand that you’ll need a safe, secure garden, and can recommend a preferred local vet. They may also be able to share their favourite dog walk routes and dog-friendly restaurants to visit during your stay.
We’ve chosen five pet-friendly properties to give you an idea of what to expect:
1.The Balcony Studio, Lagrasse, Aude
This studio apartment comes highly recommended and features in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame! The studio has a private terrace and access to communal gardens, it’s an ideal place to stay for a romantic couples break where your dog can come too. Find out the fascinating Cathar history of the region and go on walks to explore the beautiful medieval villages, the local river beach, the Canal du Midi, Cathar castle ruins and the Mediterranean coast, all within easy reach. The village offers nine restaurants and cafes and the owners can also arrange a private chef so there is no need to be a great cook to enjoy the best French cuisine on this self-catering break!
2. Le Vieux Fournil, Chantrigne, Mayenne
This pretty one bedroom cottage has been converted from historic farm buildings and features a fenced private garden. The owners say “We accept one small to medium sized dog (labrador size) on request at the property at an additional charge of €25 per stay. Your dog will receive a ‘pooch pack’ containing a blanket and bowl for use during the holiday plus pooch poop bags, hand gel and a dog treat.” Set on a hilltop surrounded by fields the opportunities for dog walks are endless, or take a day trip and head to the beach for a walk on the sand. Past guests say “(the owners) are on hand if you need anything but are unseen and discreet if you don’t. Their dog Barney is the same and probably the coolest dog in the whole of France!”
3. The Barn in the Sunny Vendee, Oulmes, Vendee
Pets are made most welcome at this six bedroom barn conversion in the Vendee that also sleeps up to 12 human guests. The owners are animal lovers and say the area is perfect for holidays with your dog “Close by are lovely walks, bike rides, the canals of the Marais Poitevin also known as the Venise Verte (Green Venice), Mervent Forest, riverside beaches and picturesque villages.” The property has its own private pool and is also walking distance from the village shops and restaurant making it perfect for a relaxed break with family or friends.
4. Foxes Farm near Mont Saint Michel, Manche, Normandy
This pretty dog-friendly gite has been converted from an 18th Century farmhouse. There is a large fenced garden and plenty of grounds to explore, the owners also keep chickens and have two friendly dalmatian dogs. This cottage is in a great location for a wide choice of countryside and beach walks, and the D-Day landing beaches are also within easy reach. Past guests say the property has “Fantastic outdoor space where we spent most of our evenings; the bbq and outdoor dining area has an amazing outlook of farm life. Great enclosed garden space for our dog to roam free…Great location to explore the regions of Normandy and Brittany. Dog friendly beaches and woodlands just a short drive away.”
5. Gite du Moulin, Saint-Michel-en-l’Herm, Vendée
Up to two dogs can stay for no extra charge at this pretty coastal cottage in the Vendee. The enclosed garden is safe for children and pets and countryside walks are just minutes from your doorstep. The owner says “As a dog owner myself, I am keen to encourage visitors to holiday with their pets, especially as many of the local beaches are dog-friendly.” A lovely place to stay at any time of the year with the local village offering shops, restaurants and a weekly market within easy walking distance.
Plan to bring your dog on your next French holiday with confidence; our pet-friendly owners will be happy to offer any help and advice you need to enable you to relax and enjoy a getaway with your canine companions!