Planning to take your pet with you on your next holiday to France? Then you will need a pet-friendly place to stay. From a campsite on the beach to a luxury hotel with a pet service, we pick five of our favourites
Château la Thuilière, Dordogne
At this stately 19th-century mansion, 30 kilometres from Bergerac, small dogs and their owners can expect a friendly welcome from Patch – the owners’ own spaniel. Visiting canines are welcomed to stay for a fee of €20 a night, which includes being presented with a bowl and blanket. With pets free to roam the hotel at leisure, guests can feel at ease as they relax beside the roaring fire in the drawing room. Step outside and there are acres of private parkland, woods and fields on the doorstep, perfect for walkies or a game of throw and fetch. Doubles from £104; pets €20.
High ceilings, eclectic art and period furniture give this luxury bed and breakfast, near the medieval town of Vitré, a magical allure. The elegant 19th-century château is already home to a friendly labrador and two cats, and visiting pets are also welcome for a nightly charge of €10. The six hectares of parkland, dappled with old oak trees, are perfect for your pooch to stretch their legs, while the hotel’s salon, library and five spacious suites provide owners with the ultimate in tranquil breaks. Doubles from £85 including breakfast.
Château de la Mouchère, Orne, Normandy
Tucked away up a long tree-lined lane, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Perche Regional Natural Park, this charming chambre d’hôtes is owned by ex-university professor Roger Huss and his historian wife Marie-Monique. Their château will soon feel like a home-from-home for guests, who are invited to share an evening aperitif and who can also make use of the helpful ‘resource cupboard’ filled with easily forgotten holiday items. Such warm hospitality extends to pooches too, who can befriend the resident dogs, Carrington and Dalloway, and share their canine reserves of food, blankets and water. While four-legged visitors are welcome inside the château, most will prefer exploring the gardens and nearby park. Afterwards, muddy paws can be washed off in the ‘dog bathroom’ – where warm water and towels are provided. Doubles from €85 (€65 from second night) including breakfast, pets €10.
This five-star boutique bolthole on Paris’s Left Bank offers small, well-trained dogs a dose of luxury with its VID (very important dog) service. On arrival, your travel-fatigued canine will be given a water bowl, while a cosy basket and miniature bottles of dog shampoo are ready in the bedrooms. The pampered pooches won’t go hungry either; they are free to enter the hotel restaurant where the chef will create a special canine menu upon request. The concierge will organise dog sitting and walking so that owners are free to visit the city’s less dog-friendly addresses, be it chef Joël Robuchon’s famed Atelier restaurant next door or the Musée du Louvre just across the River Seine. Doubles from £287.
Panorama du Pyla, Gironde, Aquitaine
Campsites make a pet’s paradise – after pitching up in the great outdoors, there are countless walks, games and play areas on the doorstep, with no need to worry about too much tail wagging or loud barking. Yelloh! Village’s Panorama du Pyla, on the Baie d’Arcachon, has a mixture of cottages, chalets and camping areas surrounded by pine trees, with the Dune du Pyla – Europe’s highest sand dune – as a backdrop. on-site facilities include grocery shops, bike hire and a restaurant with panoramic views of the bay. Camping from €18 per night; cottages from €39.
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