Animalcouriers set off from the UK with a fine crew of passengers on board. Our first stop was a wonderful hotel in Normandy, Chateau du Landel at Bézancourt.
We always try to do some research before we set off to find places to stay where we can park safely, where our passengers will be welcome, and where dogs can have good walks. Generally, we do pretty well and this time was no exception.
This lovely chateau was an out-of-season bargain — we would always encourage travellers in France to consider places to stay away from town and in the countryside. Quite apart from the beauty of the surroundings, there are many stunning places to stay at reasonable prices.
We chatted to a granddaughter of the family who built the house several generations ago, and heard about its former life as a glass factory, the farming, some local history, and how some parts of the property have been converted into workshops. We even met the donkeys!