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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.
Residential Dog-training Courses with Elaine Clark IMDT - optional extra, fees apply.


We now also offer Residential Dog Training Courses with Elaine - Full Overseas Member of Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and Pet Professional Guild
Certificat de Capacité No. 56-313 awarded by the Prefet du Morbihan
- basic life-skills, clicker training, heelwork to music and agility. Click here for details. We also have a new dog exercise area with a fun flyball run and doggy paddling pool.
On-site dog agility course click for photos - new videos added regularly.


From left to right : Haïyla, Gracie, Paul and Cass
posing in the woods where we walk every morning.
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you we lost our beautiful Gracie on 14th October, 2015.
She really was the most wonderful, gentle girl and was the dog that set Elaine on her path to become the successful dog trainer she is today. Everybody loved Gracie and we know our guests will miss her, too.


An insight into the fun awaiting you at La Belle Vilaine.
Various videos taken during summer 2014
3 couples that are regular visitors to La Belle Vilaine with their lovely dogs enjoying group walkies, training and swimmies with us and our own dogs.
We will be seeing all of them again next year.
Among the many special touches we bring to your
holiday experience, we provide maps of walkies - many of which
start and end at the gîte.
Our daughter, Cheryl, gave a great demo of dancing with her 2 girls, Daisy and Fran at our open day for Elaine's dog training centre in September 2014
Our brave, beautiful and fun-loving Ficelle finally lost her year-long fight against lung cancer on Monday, 8th April ,2013.
She had astounded the veterinary experts who couldn't even understand why she was still alive, never mind well, when diagnosed last July. Yet she continued to live a full, happy, quality life ..... still playing with her ball and wanting to go walkies and do agility even the day before.
Typically, Ficelle did it her way and died on her own terms in her own home - no-one that knew her would ever have expected anything different.
It is with a mixture of deep grief and tremendous pride that we honour Ficelle, notre belle.
Film of our dogs at Betahon - Oct 11.

Hi fellow human owners! We're Gracie, Haïyla and Cassand we love our life in France at La Belle Vilaine in south Brittany. We have trained our humans to a very high standard. If you have very well-behaved, sensible owners like us you are welcome to bring them along on your self-catering, gite holiday. We accept multiple dog-families - dogs can stay FOC. Terms and conditions apply - contact us for a booking form for further information.

Here we are with some other doggies who came to stay. (We immediately became firm friends, we even took our owners swimming). Our training sessions became a source of delight for the children (and parents) who were staying in our other gite.





Latest news - March 2014 - Elaine was assessed by Nando Brown and Steve Mann of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and gained Full Overseas Membership. Elaine has competed in agility at national level. Finding the 13-hour-long agility competitions in France too stressful for our dogs, Elaine and Cheryl walked away from competing in France. In 2014 Elaine succeeded in registering La Belle Vilaine as a venue for Valor Virtual Agility Competitions, so we now compete in the comfort and stress-free environment of our own garden. In 2009 Elaine was awarded the qualification of "Moniteur en Education Canine Premier Degré" - her pass mark 113/120, enabling her to teach dog training classes voluntarily in local Dog Clubs. Earlier that year Gracie and Elaine were successful in passing their Certificat d'Aptitude à l'Education Sociale du Chien. The test was similar to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold level standard (a bit easier, in fact!). The test is designed to confirm that the owner is capable of training a dog to the necessary standard and only needs to be taken once and not with each new dog. It involved walking to heel on and off the lead at 3 different paces, sit and down, recall, out-of-sight down stay, meeting a stranger, walking between other dogs and their handlers, allowing a stranger to look at teeth, ears etc (the dog's!) and then a test on the requirements under French law specific to dog ownership. We did several demonstrations of obedience, agility and doggy dancing in the region during 2009. Strange as it may seem to British people, very few French people have ever heard of such sports - our neighbours enjoy watching the training sessions, but I think they think we are very eccentric!

Our house and holiday cottages (or gites) are set in one and a third acres of land in the heart of the picturesque Morbihan countryside. Each self catering cottage (or gite) has its own private garden. There is a large, fenced doggy-play area also, with a Flyball run and doggy paddling pool !!!!!!

Every day we walk along quiet lanes and through the woods to the banks of the river Vilaine. We have trained Paul and Elaine to collect fir cones along the way and throw them into the river for us to swim after (during warm weather) - by the time we have walked back home through the lanes (about 20 minutes) we are clean and dry and very happy.

Some days we jump in the car and head off to walk along the coastlines and play on the beaches (restrictions apply on some beaches). If we are pleased with our owners we take them into one of the many restaurants, crêperies or cafés around which allow well-behaved humans to go in with their dogs.

One of our favourite treats is to go for a row in a boat through the marshes at La Grande Brière - followed by a long walk following the way-marked routes. There are lots of way-marked walks around here - we will let you know where they are and will do our very best to test as many out as possible (life's tough you know!).

To see some of the animals and plants we find in the garden - Click here

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We love swimming in "our" river - just minutes walk away through the woods.
A quick shake and we dry-off on the walk home.
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