House Sitting in Kingsbridge, Devon, UK

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Animal and house sitters for beautiful farmhouse in S Devon UK

  • Kingsbridge, Devon, UK
House Sitter wanted
March 20, 2014 and March 25, 2014
Animals & Pets that require sitting
Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Poultry
Suitable for families with children
Unconfirmed

Only past dates available

Approximate location

Introduction

Chris is 61 and an educationalist and Georgina is 59 and a writer. We are going away from 20 March 2014 until 25th March 2014 and seek suitable house sitters. This could be an opportunity to be repeated three or four times throughout the year when we go away for short breaks. If you like rural locations and love animals this might suit you very well.

What responsibilities are required of house sitter?

We are looking for someone who adores and is both confident and competent with a range of animals. We have two wonderful golden retrievers - mother and daughter - who are very affectionate and delightful company. They enjoy walks on the beach and in the countryside but the mother is now elderly and is happier just strolling in the garden. We have a similarly affectionate but timid female tabby cat who spends most of her time in the house. We have a small number of geese, ducks and chickens which live free-range in a large fenced area of the garden. They need letting out first thing in the morning and shutting in their house at night. They obviously require daily feeding, access to fresh water, and regular cleaning of their accommodation. They will in return - hopefully! - keep you supplied with eggs. We have friends who live nearby who are variously experienced with the animals. They could be called on if needed. We have an excellent veterinary practice in Kingsbridge.
This is a rambling house; while it is in good structural and decorative order, clearly houses of this age can be vulnerable in adverse weather conditions, for example. We need someone who would not be phased by small domestic emergencies if required. We will, of course, leave lists of appropriate tradespeople.
We have a range of plants throughout the house which require only occasional watering during the winter.
The garden looks after itself in the winter. However, we would not deter keen gardeners from pursuing their interests or pottering in the greenhouse.
We will be leaving our cars at the property, one of which can be made available for your use if required.
We would appreciate regular contact with our housesitters, to reassure us that our animals are well. This could be by phone or email. Some mail redirection may be required.

Features of the property and location

The Old Farmhouse has been our much loved family home for twenty years. It dates from the seventeenth century with early Victorian additions. We have carried out extensive renovation work, providing a beautiful period home with up to date facilities.
A conservatory-style entrance hall leads into a magnificent heavily beamed drawing room, with two original stone fireplaces, one with a large wood-burner. A study with extensive books provides a lovely space in which to relax in front of the wood burner. The newly rebuilt kitchen retains the original stone walls, creating a timeless yet practical space. It is heavily glazed and South facing. There is a large laundry room and a cloakroom with toilet and hand basin. There is full central heating throughout, and logs from the garden will be provided for the wood burners. There are landline telephones and wi-fi internet.
A feature of the property are the five acres of garden and meadow. This includes lawns, vegetable and fruit gardens, shrubberies and a number of ponds, one of which contains ornamental fish.
The farmhouse stands in a quiet and secluded rural hamlet, in the midst of beautiful rolling hills. However, Bantham beach, famous for surfing, is fifteen minutes' drive to the South. The entire South Devon coastline provides wonderful walks at any time of year. Twenty minutes' drive to the North takes you to Dartmoor, an extensive area of moorland and forest and one of the earliest designated National Parks in Britain. This whole area provides unrivalled opportunities for walking, horse riding, fishing, and water sports. The area is well provided with excellent golf courses.
It is conveniently located for the small and picturesque towns of Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Totnes and Dartmouth where there are good markets and shopping facilities. For arts and cultural pursuits Dartington Hall, twenty minutes away, is world renowned, and Hazelwood House, a small but unique centre for arts, music and meditation is ten minutes away.

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