La Ferme du Moulin
We are a Franco-British artist couple who live on a beautiful farm in Burgundy. We love the countryside and enjoy the simple outdoor pursuits that our rural home offers us. However our work leads us to travel now and again. We are looking for one or two responsible and caring people who would enjoy looking after both our animals and our home and who would enjoy discovering the wine, history and scenic beauty of our region.
Our Home & Location
Our home is an old mill farm at the edge of a beautiful village, sitting in 23acres of garden and private countryside in the Burgundy Region of France.
The Beaune wine region and Dijon, the Capital of Burgundy, are both an easy 30 minute drive away. The Burgundy canal that runs through the exceptional Ouche Valley is 2kms from our front door. There are beautiful walks in every direction with different historic castles every 5kms or so. The Panthier Reservoir (6kms) offers the possibility for swimming, fishing and kayaking. The picturesque village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (3kms) has nice places to eat and fabulous views. For practical concerns, there are three supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacists, vets, doctors, banks,etc., in Creancey and Pouilly (8kms). The region is stunning. Our location means that a House-sitter will need a car or motorcycle to live comfortably here....
The house is a restored farmhouse with numerous outbuildings and large pond. It is centrally heated and offers the usual modern facilities (TV,wifi, etc.). The decoration and furniture give an old worldly feel to the place but with home comforts.
We are a Franco-British artist couple who have lived in Burgundy for 25 years. We work from home and have large studios on the premises. Our two grown-up children have just flown the nest. Our life style is simple. We enjoy walking the dogs, cycling and other outdoor pursuits as well as the more cultural things associated with our work.
We have two dogs, two cats and two donkeys under our care. They are our pets and we love them but they also have jobs to do.
The cats hunt rodents in the barns, the dogs are our eyes and ears to alert us to visitors day and night. They also fend off larger animals that might stray onto the property (wild boar, coypu, pine martins, etc.). The animals live outside and in outdoor shelters. They are not allowed into our home but they do spend time with us in our studios. This is perhaps unusual for people from urban backgrounds but very common in rural France. This does not mean that we don't care for and love our four legged friends, just that they also earn their keep.
I cannot give an exhaustive description of our home and invite house sitters to make contact for more information via the website. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Potential house-sitters would need to be mature and responsible people who are not afraid of the countryside and who have some experience of practical things (just in case of emergencies). The property is large and requires sitters to keep an eye on things. The principle roles are: 1/ to feed and walk the dogs twice a day (1/2 hour or so is plenty) 2/ to be on site as much as reasonably possible for security reasons. Other responsibilities would include; feeding the cats and making sure that electric circuit switches are on (e.g. sometimes a storm can turn off a switch. If it's not put back, the freezer may defrost). There are many other things that a sitter may wish to do for relaxation such as some gardening, lawn mowing,etc. but these are not conditions for acceptance. It's true that some lawn mowing would be fantastic however. We are non-smokers and do not wish for anyone to smoke in our house. We are careful with electricity and water which are both metered. We would ask house-sitters to be economical with both of these expensive commodities. We would expect that house-sitters respect our home, treat it with care and leave the place as tidy as they found it. Trusting strangers in the stewardship of our home and belongings is quite a big deal! We hope to find honest and agreeable sitters who may wish to come back another time.
The dogs are both very calm and friendly but strong and quite stubborn ( the usual Mastiff character). They sometimes require a firm hand and some strength to keep them in check. Because they are both young, one dog must stay attached at all times. It is easy to swap them around every few hours so that they each have their freedom to roam around the farm but they must never be allowed off the lead together. This is an essential rule to follow which allows peace of mind at all times. They will never run away on their own. It's only when they are a team that they sometimes run off. Walking them is a pleasure when one is on the lead because the other will run forward and backward, getting plenty of exercise yet staying close....
The cats are outdoor farm cats. One is very friendly, the other less so. They only require feeding.
The donkeys do not require anything. + More info