La Clos de la Tour, Chátillon-sur-Chalaronne 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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But you said bistrot, not bath?!

Hotel

We had booked into La Tour, but, when we arrived, we found that we had been moved to La Clos, which is another of their hotels around the corner. We had booked just a basic room which was small but perfectly comfortable and very quiet! The bathroom had just a shower, so was a bit too small to put Barnaby in, but he was happy sleeping by the side of the bed.

If you are staying in summer, I would recommend making sure you ask specifically for a room at La Clos, as this has the main restaurant that is open in the summer. It also has a lovely outdoor pool.

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I’ve found my spot!

Restaurant – dog-friendly in summer

On the website they say they have three restaurants: Gastronomic, Bistronomic and Patio. In the summer only the Bistronomic, at La Clos, is available in the evenings. I don’t know what other options are available in the day or if the indoor restaurants are dog friendly, so do check. All the restaurants are closed on Sunday evenings and all day Monday.

The Bistronomic restaurant was set up on the outside terrace and really nicely laid out. We had a table near a fountain, slightly away from everyone else, so Barnaby had a bit more space and could lie on the grass. There were cacti everywhere, even in teapots on the tables! The staff were very smiley and friendly and we had an excellent three course set menu, all of which was delicious, particularly the rather huge chocolate fondant.

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I’ve found more cacti here!

Nearby walks

La Clos has a garden which is perfectly adequate for morning and evening bathroom duties. Our only difficulty in arriving early evening, was that we had to try and find a more discreet place where diners couldn’t see Barnaby doing his business! There is a handy bin in the car park for you know what!

As we left the following morning at 6am, we noticed a lovely park on the river very near the hotel. This would have been a really nice place for a longer walk. Next time!

 

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Are you coming in?

For more information visit their website: http://www.hotel-latour.com

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La Cardinale, Le Pouzin 🐾🐾🐾🐾

The Hotel

La Cardinale is a very charming, small and peaceful hotel with a rustic homely feel.   Despite being only ten minutes from the A7, the Autoroute du Soleil, it was totally quiet and tranquil. The hotel rooms are separate from the main restaurant building and each has a little garden with table, chairs and sun beds, with trees offering privacy between the gardens. The rooms themselves are large with big bathrooms with a large tub, walk-in shower, and separate loo and bidet. Barnaby was banished to the bathroom to sleep (no door but we closed the curtain!) as he jumped on the bed in the night!

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What a grand tub!
The restaurant – Dogs welcome

We arrived very late as there had been delays with Eurotunnel. However, we managed to arrive on the dot of 9pm, just as the kitchen was taking last orders! As we were so late and didn’t want to inconvenience them further, we just ordered the set menu which was moules in garlic and dourade (bream) with vegetables. It doesn’t sound very exciting but it was all delicious. Probably the best moules I have ever eaten and we both said that we would have been happy with just the vegetables which were divine…sweet potato puree, roast potatoes with rosemary and a touch of truffle. It was all very relaxed as we were dining outside and, before our first course arrived, we took Barnaby for a quick walk in the garden and gave him his supper. The next table to us had two dogs; Australian shepherds, dad and daughter!

Breakfast is also worth a mention for its delicious home-made pastries served in colourful stripy cases, fresh fruit and smoothies.

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This way to the restaurant
Nearby walks

The hotel has enclosed grounds which are fine for a short walk. It was also very easy to send Barnaby out for his first and last toilet break on the patch of lawn in our little garden!

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Home sweet home

For more information visit their website: http://www.hotel-restaurant-privas.com/fr

Château Sainte Sabine, Saint Sabine 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

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Well I’m quite comfortable thank you!

The Hotel

This is a very impressive château, the stuff of fairytales! We had a lovely  room upstairs overlooking the courtyard and beautiful rooftops. It had a small bathroom with a bath, but unfortunately not big enough to put Barnaby to sleep in, so he was in with us. He was fine being left in the room whilst we had dinner and breakfast, just a pain in the night!

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Let us in!

The Restaurant

The restaurant does not allow dogs and there was nowhere to eat with them, so they will need to be confined to your room for meal times. That saying, I’m sure I saw a large dog at breakfast, so perhaps try asking very nicely! Situated in Burgundy it is no surprise that the food and wine was great!

Nearby walks

There is a large park right next to the château, but as it has deer in it, it’s not ideal for an off-lead walk.  Instead, head across the road in the direction of Chazilly and you will find paths into the woods where you can have a long off-lead walk. In the morning, Barnaby had a bit of an explore of the deer park on the lead, the faint eau de deer poo lingering in the car all the way back to Calais.

It’s easy enough to do the first and last dog loo visits of the day in the garden or in the area around the car park. A nice touch was the poo bag dispenser there!

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Make way…I’m coming through!

For more information visit their website: http://www.saintesabine.com

Château de Bagnols, Bagnols 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

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Is it really only us here?
The Hotel

This château really has the wow factor! Built over 800 years ago it feels like you are stepping back in time. It was shortly before Christmas when we visited and it was fabulously quiet; it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We made ourselves comfortable in the most enormous stone-walled bedroom and admired the huge bathroom in the turret with our very own throne!

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In France they have thrones!
The Restaurant

Dogs are not allowed in the aptly-named Restaurant 1217, which boats the largest fireplace in Europe (it’s very impressive).  However, there is the Café du Château in the enclosed courtyard, just outside the restaurant, where you can eat with your pup. Barnaby was able to join us for a drink upstairs in the beautiful sitting room with its brick floor and grand fireplace, before we popped him back in our room whilst we went for dinner.

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But no dogs allowed!
Nearby walks

We took Barnaby for a short off-lead walk around the grounds last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It was perfectly adequate for a young pup but you’d need to venture further afield for a longer walk.

For more information visit their website: http://www.chateaudebagnols.com/en

Château de Courban, Courban 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

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Err is this supposed to be a dog?

The Hotel

We’ve stayed at Chateau de Courban three times now as its a fairly straightforward drive in a day from Calais (4-5 hours). The first time we stayed in their basic room on the third floor of the main Chateau which was nicely decorated with a small bathroom and perfectly adequate, but as Barnaby was a puppy and in the same room as us we didn’t get a very good night’s sleep!

So the second time we booked a bigger room in the separate building to the left of the main chateau. This was great as it was a really big comfy room with a huge bed, but even better a large bathroom in which to deposit Barnaby ensuring a good night’s sleep for all. He was perfectly happy in his space and so were we!

The last time we stayed we were in the main house again but on the second floor with a big room and big bathroom. However, Barnaby could hear lots of noises in the hotel and being a bit nervy kept growling to protect us from anyone or thing that might have been lurking. So we’ll try and book in the separate building again next time. The resident dog is the lovely Dolly who came on a walk with us the first time we came, and showed us the route!

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The restaurant – Dogs welcome

This has always been the highlight of our stay. The restaurant is separate from the main chateau and you can enjoy an aperitif in the sitting room by a lovely fire before dinner. The nibbles are fabulous, particularly the savoury macaroons with wasabi! Well behaved dogs of any size are welcome. Barnaby was very happy to lie by the table, whilst we dined in style. By the way the cheese board is to die for!

Nearby walks

You can easily take your dog out for a short or longer walk from the chateau without even putting them on a lead. For a longer walk exit through the car park, turn right, take the left fork by the little cemetery and you can be in the woods in 5 minutes. There are well trodden paths so you can do a quick circular route or go straight and pick up a right hand path that leads down to the road back to the village. We spotted deer in there one morning which was very exciting! For a quick night time wee for your pup, just take the right hand fork at the cemetery and keep to the roads in the village. There are rarely any cars!

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Puppy Barnaby and Dolly

Nice touches

Nespresso machine in the room.

For more information visit their website: http://www.chateaudecourban.com