As most pets rule the roost at home, why not book accomodation to match their exalted status? Grandiose country houses, sprawling grounds and medieval architecture; the best pet-friendly properties in France tend towards the historic and luxurious.*
Au Relais Saint Maurice in Chinon, Indre et Loire
Sleep in one of the regal bedrooms at Au Relais Saint Maurice
The Au Relais Saint Maurice is a 6-minute walk from the town of Chinon’s imposing castle – Château de Chinon – and the décor at this elegant guesthouse clearly draws inspiration from its regal neighbour. Highlights include arched stone ceilings, possible the softest, thickest rugs in France (which pets will appreciate too), elaborate tapestries and immaculately arranged bedrooms.
Les Rives du Bassin in Le Teich, Aquitaine
Take this little pup for a walk through the swooping Pilat sand dunes
The nautical theme at Les Rives du Bassin is a fun nod to the villa’s location, less than an hour’s drive from the swooping Pilat sand dunes and within walking distance of Arcachon Bay. The furniture, made from reclaimed wood, vintage sailing equipment, and royal navy striped soft furnishings make this an idyllic spot for salty sea dogs.
Maison Romane 1136 in Cote du Mâconnais-Beaujolais, Burgundy
Stay at the Maison Romane 1136 on the Mâconnais-Beaujolais wine trail
An 12th-century house located along the Mâconnais-Beaujolais wine trail, Maison Romane 1136 is the epitome of ease and luxury. Guests are welcomed with glasses of local Burgundy wine, fresh fruit, cheese and other suitably delicious snacks (don’t worry, pet-friendly options are also available). One of the apartments on offer covers two floors, making it a comfortable fit for even the biggest dogs.
La Tillaie in Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes
Laze on the sunny veranda at La Tillaie
La Tillaie was built in the style of a Provençal farmhouse, with a communal, convivial courtyard and verandas to breakfast on while your pets explore the grounds. On the sun terrace, long gauzy curtains flutter in the breeze, allowing a glimpse of the deep red and green vines that wrap themselves over cream stonework. The interiors are just as relaxing; blond wood, elegant seating areas and a soothing palette of slate-grey and light blues make for a restful atmosphere.
Chambres d'hôtes du Clos de la Dame in Black Perigord, Aquitaine
Enjoy the gardens at Chambres d'hôtes du Clos de la Dame
The expansive gardens around Chambres d'hôtes du Clos de la Dame are inhabited by red squirrels who often venture out to accept offerings from the guests, so it might be prudent to keep young pups on a leash. If your pets are well trained, however, and you’re looking for a peaceful, luxurious place to stay with plenty of interesting landmarks nearby, this is the place for you. A tour of the Lascaux Caves is highly recommended and cycling at least part of the way there is a great way to explore the area.
La Maison Bakea in Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées
Admire the views from La Maison Bakea
La Maison Bakea is a 13-century keep, located at the heart of the medieval town of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Thankfully, facilities like the plumbing and dining menu have been brought up-to-date, but the historical atmosphere is still very much intact. Stained glass windows display the family coat of arms and suits of armour mingle with guests, while the bedrooms are fit for royalty, and either open up onto the inner courtyard or offer far-reaching views of the city.
Le Manoir de Maucartier in Monnaie, Indre et Loire
Treat yourself to a few days at Le Manoir de Maucartier
A welcoming country house in the Loire valley, Le Manoir de Maucartier is an idyllic base for exploring the region’s rolling vineyards, lilac-tinted misty mornings and wildflower-strewn countryside. Driving or cycling through this pastoral paradise with your pet beside you is a truly restorative experience, although you may struggle to tear yourself away from Le Manoir’s generous breakfasts and beautifully maintained gardens.
*These accommodations were the most highly-rated by Booking.com customers as 'pet friendly'.