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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 - optional extra, fees apply.

Local Area

Whatever your tastes or interests the south Brittany and Loire Atlantique regions have so much to offer that you will easily find enough to fill your days during your holiday!

Walkies Anyone?

There is so much to do and see in this lovely area, but the beauty of La Belle Vilaine is that your holiday cottage is situated in a quiet hamlet near the river and the woodlands above - a wildlife-rich area with stunning views. Go to our Dogs Welcome page (link on the left) to watch videos of walkies from the front door.
Le Cycriens - Café-Bar, St. Cry

Walk from your holiday cottage (2.5 km), along quiet country lanes and you reach the small village of St. Cry. Le Cycriens bar (no food) is situated in the square.
St. Dolay

A 5-minute drive from your gite will bring you to the town of St. Dolay, which offers a baker, butcher, chemist, post-office, newsagents, bars and restaurants.

•  Medieval towns and cities

•  Local Markets

•  Beaches

•  Family attractions

•  Swimming pools

•  Annual Fêtes

•  Local Wildlife

•  Restaurants

La Roche Bernard
10 minutes from the gites by car

Thought by some to have been founded by Bernhart (Strong as a Bear) the Viking, La Roche Bernard is situated on the banks of the beautiful River Vilaine, which snakes its way up to Redon. From the port which offers boat-hire, a sailing school, river cruises (optional 5-course meal) and several restaurants the flower-filled, cobbled streets wind their way up the rocky promontory. Designated a "Petite Cité de Caractère", the town offers all the necessary facilities (shops, indoor swimming pool, restaurants, vets etc.) and hosts a vibrant market each Thursday morning, plus an evening Artists' Market every Monday during the summer.

La Grande Brière Nature Reserve
Just 20 mins by car, this miniature version of the Norfolk Broads is both picturesque and teaming with exciting wildlife.
For details of the wildlife to be seen here, visit our Nature Notes Archives and our Local Wildlife pages.

30 minutes from the gites by car

Medieval Guerande in Loire Atlantique region of France

Medieval streets, 20 minutes from you self-catering accommodation
Within the ramparts of the medieval city there are many small shops selling tradtional souvenirs including cider bowls and Guerande salts, produced in the salt marshes just south of the town.
You can also take a guided tour around the city walls.
The Guerande indoor/outdoor market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It offers Breton and local Loire Atlantique produce.
Guerandes' market is one of many to enjoy whilst on holiday
The working Salt Marshes near Guérande

Open air swimming in Brittany France .
This is the swimming pool at Nivillac. During the summer part of the roof swings open to allow 'open air' swimming.

Quaint cottage shop in Vannes, Morbihan France

35 minutes by car

With its quaint, half-timbered cottages, cobbled streets, ramparts, stunning gardens, port and impressive cathedral the city of Vannes is a must.

The ancient "lavoir" where women came to wash their laundry in the river Marle - was still in use during the last century! It offered such mod-cons as a roofed shelter with fireplaces in which to heat the river-water for washing!

Vannes is host to an impressive twice-weekly market (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and offers a range of special events and fêtes throughout the year.

A visit to the Aquarium océanographique et tropical and Le Jardin aux Papillons (free-flying tropical butterflies) is also recommended.

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Vannes public gardens, 35 minutes from your gite
Nantes a 18th century city, Loire Atlantique

Approx 1 hour by car

Over the border in the Loire Atlantique region, set on the banks of the Loire river, Nantes is a modern city with 18th century architecture and famous stores including, La Fnac - a book, computer and CD shop which also sells a number of English books.

Les Galleries Lafayette department store offers many popular brand name items.

Nantes is a day trip 'must' from your holiday gite.

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Self-catering, holiday cottages on the South Brittany/Loire Atlantique border in France.
Friendly family run gite accommodation where dogs are welcome.