The first thing your best friend will need

is a Pet Passport

(Requirements after Brexit are currently unknown)

All you need is your dog to be microchipped and then they need a rabies jab, this can be carried out by most vets who will also issue the Passport. Following that you have to wait 21 days before re-entering the UK; the rabies vaccine is then valid for 3 years. It is not necessary for any other vaccinations to be up to date. 

On leaving France, your dog is required to have a worming tablet between 24hrs and 5 days before arriving on British soil. You must see a vet for this as they also have to stamp the Passport. See the Defra site for latest guidelines and more detail.

Snoops paddling in the estuary

Dogs can roam anywhere throughout Estuary House although we prefer them to stay out of the bedrooms if possible in respect of following guests who may have sensitivities or allergies to pet hair.

If you need your dog to be in the bedroom with you then please contact us, we may be able to arrange something for you.


There's a fridge freezer in the garage for the raw feeding camp. We have 3 dogs ourselves and bring all their food either in a coolbox or bundle the whole lot up in a blanket or several fleeces, it'll stay frozen for 24 hours like that.

I haven't found any decent frozen dog food in France, but they do sell packs of waste meat in all supermarkets in the meat sections, labelled 'dechets pour les animaux' but it can be expensive, and considering that some human-grade pork cuts for example are about 2.99€ a kilo I will usually buy that if I've run out. Meats are often on special offer and very often cheaper than their waste packs.

Empty sandy beaches 

Beach etiquette for dogs

French culture is such that although there are rules for everything, the French largely ignore them! Be sensible and don't let your dog be a nuisance to others and you should be fine.  So, although a lot of beaches in Brittany will have a 'No Dogs' sign, it's acceptable for you to take your dog on the beach providing you keep it under control and always clean up any mess. The French aren't very good at doing this though! 


  • Please be aware that dogs are not allowed in the bedrooms. (unless specifically agreed with us) If you need your dog to be on or in the bed with you then please let us know but also please bring your own bedding.

  • Please bring throws/fleeces to use on the sofas in the the sitting room and library.

  • If the cleaners find it necessary to have the rugs and cushions dry-cleaned at the end of your stay then we'll have to deduct the cost from your security deposit. This would only be in the event that they had soiled those items or that they smelt particularly 'doggy' - we love dogs but appreciate that other people renting the property after you may not feel the same.

  • You must not allow your dog in the pool. The amount of bacteria that a dog carries will ‘use up’ all of the sanitising chlorine in the water almost immediately and will take days to get back to normal. Meanwhile the water quality will no longer be safe for the rest of your family. 

  • No pets or animals other than those specified are allowed on the premises. 

  • There must be NO evidence of your pet left in the garden at all, please bag and bin all deposits into the green-lidded bin.

  • Please hoover up dog hairs inside the house frequently and on your departure. 

  • Dogs must NOT be left on their own in the house unless confined in a dog crate. We’ve had too much damage done by home-alone dogs, mostly by one of our own whippets when she was 9 months old! 

  • There is a £10 charge per dog per week. 

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