Saturday, June 26, 2021

Biscuit carriers.


The hotel is remote. The last mile of our journey spent driving along a pot hole scarred dirt track. Places like this in the US would have long ago been bought by a corporation wanting it turned into an oceanside 'complex' with a pool and a variety of 'theme' bars.


The place is set in a national forest at the edge of a beach . You pay for the privilege of not having any neighbours. Think of the less commercial parts of Nantucket.  The sand dunes that form a barrier with the sea are populated by wild boar piglets and leverets. How amazing to find a spot like this in densely populated Europe.


The owners sensibly provide a bed, blankets, towels and water bowl for their four legged guests.  Canine vegetables are cooked at lunchtime. We ask for them to be steamed but they come sauteed in duck fat. Sophie is now a great proponent of vegetables sauteed in duck fat. At dinner time a blanket is laid on the dining room floor so that the four legged member of the family can doze under the table while her humans eat. This is a very French 'dogs as family' approach to running a hotel.


Perhaps the best news is that the staff carry packs of LuLu biscuits with them. It goes without saying that Sophie adores the staff ... and the LuLu biscuits. She would be putting on weight were it not for long walks along the beach and the occasional piglet that wanders on to the sand and must be chased. Sophie has not yet discovered the trick of running through soft sand so the piglets are unperturbed.



13 comments:

  1. Bliss, pure bliss.
    Bertie thinks even he might enjoy vegetables that come sautéed in duck fat - only in France!

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  2. Your patience with the reservation system really paid off - happy dog, what looks like lovely weather given that beautiful blue sky, vegetables sauteed in duck fat. I hope that the Font is enjoying her birthday trip as much as Sophie!

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  3. Hari OM
    Oh my word yes... I can see Sophie insisting on all holidays being at this very beach from now on... and that steamed veges back at the ROF are now at leasted drizzled with butter! YAM xx

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  4. Bailey Bob Southern DogJune 26, 2021 at 1:56 PM

    What a remarkable place you have discovered! Your photos express a delightful story.

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  5. The first and second photos of some of my favorites of Sophie (sauf for her portrait close-ups). I am enchanted by the interior, the painting and the white furniture....Needless to say, I'd like to find myself there.

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  6. What a fabulous find, and fabulous photos too! Biscuits and veggies sautéed in duck fat - Inca wants to go there right now! Judging by the pristine beach and the surf, I gather it's the Atlantic coast?

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  7. Such a perfect holiday, The sea looks wonderfully restless and I can think of nothing better than chasing piglets over the soft sand. Consideration for the most important member of the family , civilized and welcome! Must love France for it's love of canines! Thank you for these lovely shots, i can almost take in the salt air.

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  8. What a wonderful place to vacation! It looks like heaven to me.

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  9. Oh my gosh...you've found paradise!

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    1. Ditto...my kind of retreat ...no one else there but my dog!

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  10. Loving Sophie at the beach photos.

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