Bienvenue à La Belle Vilaine
Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Pet friendly, family-run gite accommodation - dogs welcome - since 2005 !
Hugely-popular Residential Dog-training Courses - optional extra, fees apply.
IMPORTANT FACTS :
Whilst we are situated on a quiet country lane in a hamlet, the
whole site and individual gardens are securely fenced!
We already have 30 weeks booked for 2014 (of which 25 are from returning clients.
Hot spots : August 2014 - FULL ;
September 2014 - fully booked up to 27th (see availability pages).
In 2013, over 45% were return bookings !!!!
46% of bookings for 2012 were return bookings !!!!!
In 2011 over 40% of bookings were return visitors.
Residential dog training holidays are receiving great feedback. Happy dogs, happy doggy parents and a very proud dog parent counsellor.
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Elaine is now a Professionally qualified Force-free dog trainer, a Full Member of the Pet Professional Guild and holds certificates from the UK and France.
Also fully French Registered and insured. Certificat de Capacité No. 56-313 awarded by the Prefet du Morbihan
Elaine competes in agility at National level in France.
PLEASE NOTE THE PET PASSPORT RULES HAVE BEEN RELAXED. Since 1st January 2012 the blood test is no longer required and the waiting period is reduced to 21 days. (A wormer is still required between 1 - 5 days before returning to the UK)..... MAKING IT CHEAPER AND EASIER TO BRING YOUR BEST FRIENDS ON HOLIDAY TO FRANCE!
We now have added a Flyball fun-run and extra exercise area for our 4-legged guests!
Each gite sleeps 5
Elaine, a fully-registered and insured Force-free, Professional Dog Trainer, also has a dog trainer diploma with the French Kennel Club. We run residential dog training courses - behaviour adjustment, agility, clicker training (dance and obedience), at La Belle Vilaine. The course fee is £150 (in addition to gite rental) giving a total of 6.25 hours individual training split into 5 sessions over the week. The course concentrates on one or two aspects of training (to suit individual requirements) and includes free use of some equipment for practice during your free time AND access to a growing library of books and DVDs. With the new, relaxed rules for the Pet Passport Scheme we can also offer Puppy Training. For more details and testimonials see Residential Dog Training Option
Many of our guests return time and time again. Visitors Comments.
For example - Guests that visited for the first time in May 2012 re-booked before leaving for a further 2 weeks in September AND, during the first week of their September stay, booked another fortnight in 2013 and have now booked the whole of September 2014! Friends of theirs that first visited in 2013 have booked the other gite to join them for 2 weeks in 2014.
that first visited in June 2012 returned for the whole of August 2013 and before returning home re-booked for the whole of August 2014!
Guests that came in October 2009, booked again before leaving and came again at Easter 2010. They returned in April 2011
and again August 2011 .....rebooked for April 2012 wth training option, returned in August 2012 and June 2013 with training ... and have re-booked for April 2014!!!!
Another couple have visited 8 times !
Many, many other visitors have done the same - we now call it La Belle Vilaine Bug ... it's catching!
If you are concerned about the fact that we are very pro-dogs and you are a dog-less family -
please read this :
We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our gites and the good behaviour of our dogs and those
that visit. All dogs are kept on lead when in communal areas.
Non-dog-owning guests that have visited us have commented on this and returned.
For example, a dog-less couple that had already visited twice returned in September 2012 on their honeymoon ... bringing their 20-month-old son!
In July 2010 a young couple with a young child arrived .... upon inspection
of the accommodation their first comment was "It's so clean!" Their comment
the following morning was that they had slept very well because of the peace and quiet (in fact we have
had "complaints" that the beds are so comfortable and the place so quiet that guests sleep in late!!!)
Each of our 2, self-catering, holiday cottages (gites) sleeps 5 people and has a private, fenced (1.5 m)garden. A large, fenced communal area offers a Flyball fun run. Bi-lingual English owners live on-site for help and advice - we pride ourselves on offering a helpful, yet unobtrusive service. Many of our clients return and recommend us to friends and family. Dogs are welcome to bring well-behaved owners to La Belle Vilaine - Gites South Brittany.
Gites available for either Saturday to Saturday OR Tuesday to Tuesday bookings for cheaper ferry fares (Saturday arrival only during July and August).
( Availability of our gites in Brittany)
GPS CO-ORDINATES 47 degrees 34', 25" N , 2 degrees 12' 43", W
La Belle Vilaine is ideally situated in Brittany for those looking for the best of both worlds. Your holiday cottage (or gite ) is set in a peaceful, friendly hamlet with panoramic countryside views, amazing wildlife (swallowtail butterflies and black kites fly over the cottages' gardens during the spring and summer and the neighbouring woods are host to red squirrels and black woodpeckers) and within easy walking distance of the beautiful River Vilaine ( fishing permits available locally). We provide a map of walks along our quiet lanes, through woodland and farmland and down to the river.
Yet only a 5-minute drive will bring you to St. Dolay with bakers, butchers, chemist, post office, bars and restaurants. A 5-min drive in the other direction brings you to Nivillac with a post office, bars, tabac, boulangerie and a mini-supermarket (with butcher's counter). At just 10 minutes drive is the picturesque, medieval town of La Roche-Bernard , with its cobbled streets, riverside eateries, boat hire, river cruises, swimming pool, large Thursday market, supermarkets and all necessary facilities. Closer to home is the local bar at St. Cry (no food) - a 25 minute walk away from your gite, run by friendly, French owners and offering a free games corner (pool, bar-football, darts and video game) and, like La Belle Vilaine, children- and dog-friendly. For beach-lovers the long, sandy beach of La Mine D'Or, Pénestin is just 30 mins drive away – take a picnic and use the on-beach facilities, or eat out in the nearby restaurants. A choice of dog-friendly beaches just 20 minutes drive - details and directions provided.
A 40-minute drive takes you to the wonderful medieval city of Vannes and the Golfe de Morbihan with its islands and nature reserves.
Closer to home you will find La Grande Brière – just into the Loire Atlantique region - a miniature version of the Norfolk Broads. Take a guided tour in a punt, or on a horse-drawn cart, or hire a rowing boat (dogs permitted) and strike out on your own to discover the amazing wealth of wildlife on offer! Alternatively, follow the well-marked walks which take you through the heart of the marshlands. Pic-nic outdoors or indoors whilst watching the wildlife. Don't forget the binoculars!
For those sporting golfers , a stunningly-situated golf course set in the grounds of a lake-side château is only a short drive from La Belle Vilaine - Gites South Brittany.
The old port in La Roche-Bernard in Brittany