When you go to Dordogne, France for your family holiday, you want to find gites in France that are dog friendly – not some uptight place that wont allow your pets. There’s plenty of places in France which don’t like pets, but equally, lots of fantastic cottages in France with beautiful gardens that love pets!
In your search results you might find a nice relaxing holiday cottage with a swimming pool, private garden and a lovely local village… but then find out they don’t allow pets.
So think through – what are your criteria?
What’s Important For Dog Friendly Cottages in France?
What matters most, that you would define it as a perfect place, for dog friendly cottages in France, as the ideal holiday cottage to spend with all the family and your dogs.
- Obviously, they need to be accepting of your dog or pet etc
- Holiday homes with a private garden?
- Private parking?
- Surrounded by lots of peaceful country / land?
- Holiday homes with a large swimming pool or small pool or none?
- Situated near the French Riviera or Paris, ski resort, Loire valley, Alpes Maritimes or cotes d’Armor? Easy access to the rest of Europe, Spain etc?
- A holiday home near vineyards and the finest wine?
- Self catering property?
- Apartments or larger farmhouse properties?
- Sandy beaches or destinations in the countryside with a man-made lake and beach locally,?
- Accepting of children (you’d be amazed – some places don’t take children!)?
- Good local restaurants and food?
- What price point? Luxury or budget?
- Holiday cottage owners onsite, nearby or far away?
The good news is that it is all possible!
Dog Friendly Gites France
Dog friendly gites in France offers you a welcome break in France with your favourite pet and family.
We have a stunning property situated in south west France, an old farmhouse ‘cottage’ (much larger than you might normally call a cottage) surrounded with 26 acres of land, of quiet, open grassland fields, lakes and forests.
Dog Friendly Cottages in South West France
So we have plenty of space for your pet to run around.
Set in 26 acres of grasslands, forests and lakes, there is lots of room for your pets and you.
Our wonderful French countryside forest, 2 minutes from the house
When you and guests arrive at this beautiful villa for your French holidays, you will see the open grasslands for your pet to roam.
They might like to run and jump in the lake and have a swim.
Dog Friendly Cottages in South West France
Because we holiday here ourselves, with our own pets, the house is well catered for everything you will need with your pet.
The space and land they can have fun over is large! You can watch your pet sprinting across acres of grasslands and maybe jumping into the lake.
Holiday Cottage For Your Four Legged Friend
At our holiday cottage in France, you will find the cellar is accessible by an outside door, and this is the door that your canine must use to enter and exit the house.
We have a large crate for pets in the cellar, for sleeping in at night. During summer it is also suggested that they rest in the cellar out of the midday sun. Our dogs will often get themselves over exhausted so we shut them in the cool of the cellar for a couple of hours each day, around midday, so they rest and cool off.
We have blankets and bowls for drinking and feeding.
The Pool at the Holiday Cottage in France
Whether you’re here for 1 week or 2 weeks, our large heated private swimming pool will be very popular with your family!
It is surrounded by a secure-glass enclosure, to keep toddlers and dogs safe and outside. It also means that sat on the terrace patio, you can look into the pool without your view being blocked.
And it also means you can see the surrounding countryside view.
There are sun loungers around the pool, so you can soak up the sun, while you dogs can run a course around the garden and fields nearby.
The Cottage Terrace Patio
The terrace patio is a large open area (1om x 11m square) for you to enjoy meals together as a family, just adjacent to the holiday cottage farmhouse.
You can cuddle up on the terrace sofas with your dog and a glass of fine wine or a pack of beer, and relax in peace
There is seating for meals for up to 14 people here.
You also have a brick barbecue to sizzle up something delicious.
You also have an outdoor kitchen, with sink, an oak work surface and gas hob cooker. This is ideal for cooking fish to avoid the smell indoors, or just to enjoy cooking your meals outside in the sun.
Self Catering Destination
In addition to this brick barbeque on the terrace, there is an even larger BBQ in the Bakehouse (a separate building) which houses a 2 metre wide barbecue and a rotisserie for lamb or hog roasts for larger groups of guests.
The main self catering area is the Country Kitchen indoors, in the modern Banquet Hall.
Activities and Destinations Out From The House
There are many fantastic restaurants locally for a good meal at a good price.
The beach is 2-3 hours from the house at Arcachon. The sandy beach lake at Rouffiac, which is only 20 minutes away from the house, is a great destination for a day out. It is free to swim there and the restaurant has drinks for a decent price, depending on which week and dates you go.
Many guests have visited Sarlat and Gouffre de Padirac to the south on days out, and also visited the Jumilhac chateau castle and restaurant.
You can even learn French onsite if you book a language holiday course in France with us (which is very different from the usual cottage holiday).
French Language Holiday in France
You also have the option to come with your dog and family – and enjoy a luxury French Language Holiday course here.
Dog Friendly France Holiday Cottages
Find out more about your dog friendly gites in France here or check your dates, price and availability to book your holiday cottage in France.
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