Would you like a rural break in France?.. Yes?... then bring your Wellington boots.
Hi, my name is Glen, and I am brand new to this site, so please excuse me if I say too much, or not enough.
I moved here to Brittany, France in 2016, and took on the task of renovating my home, I’ve always dreamed of doing this and I thoroughly love it....
I bought it because I wanted to escape Essex in the south of England, and enjoy my own little piece of countryside. I have an acre of yard/garden, and 3 acres of woodland, all surrounded by farmland that stretches as far as the eye can see. Now I have my mixed bag of animals, I'm in my idea of heaven. It has been a struggle, but I would happily stay here forever.
I will be 57 in April, and live on my own here with the animals. I run my business online for 3 weeks out of the month. The other week, I go back to the UK and work 'hands on' with dogs or teach students who would like to become dog trainers. That is my job ' Dog Whispering', as it has been called. And actually, I can call myself that, because I was lucky enough go to California, and to be taught by The Dog Whisperer himself... Cesar Millan. Therefore I need someone to look after my place whist I am working for a week in the UK (a week each month if anyone wants it).
My dogs were all taken on by me as problematic dogs (except Macey) that needed rehabilitation, now, they are happy, content, and wonderful pets. I have worked hard to rebalance the dogs lives, consequently I need a trustworthy person/couple to treat them in the right manner and keep them in a healthy mind, body, and emotional state.
In addition; if you want to learn about dog psychology and behaviour, we can talk, while sitting in the garden with a glass of wine. + More info
Our Home & Location
I’m located in a central part of Brittany that allows good access to lots of tourist spots to get here, there are a couple of small airports within 90-100 minutes from me at Rennes and Dinard. There are also a few ferry ports that are about the same distance from me, but the one I use mainly, is St.Malo.
Generally Brittany consist of quaint fishing villages nestled in bays along the Atlantic coastline, while the rolling countryside is dotted with picturesque medieval villages. The landscape varies from peaceful moors, pristine forests to secluded sandy beaches. Some of the places you might consider to visit are:...
The great medieval fortified coastal towns such as Saint-Malo, Concarneau or inland medieval villages like Rochefort-en-Terre, Josselin, Dinan with their narrow little streets, stately half timber houses and atmospheric cobble stone roads providing that old world charm. Or visit the prehistoric Locmariaquer which is filled with mysterious and fascinating megalithic sites with their unique stone structures that are the most ancient found anywhere in the world. Or explore some of the surrounding ancient forests like the legendary forest of Brocéliande that was supposedly home to King Arthur and Merlin.
More importantly are the beaches Brittany boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of France. From hidden coves to vast stretches of white sand with some of the clearest waters to swim in. For example Ploumanac’h, Quiberon peninsula, Dinard, Gravre, Larmor plage and the list just goes on and on. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
I have a 2 bed home is situated in a rural part of France. Brittany is very 'green'. Endless miles of farmland, with beautiful towns and little hamlets. My home is part of a 7 house hamlet. So you will not be completely isolated. There is a small village which is a 5 minute drive away, and that has the typical church, bar, butchers shop, post office, and mini market. (whether they are open is anyone's guess, as the French do like 'a long lunch'!). 18 minutes in the other direction is the town of Pontivy. Being much larger than the village, it boasts all the expected amenities, such as supermarkets with petrol stations, lots of shops, bars ,cafes, hotels, and restaurants etc, but having a car is recommended.
Now my home...
Initially my home was a concrete box when I bought it, and typically it has taken a lot longer than it should have to get it to a basic standard. Maybe I am being unjust, but I assume some of you house sitters go to beautiful homes, set in modern and established gardens, and have every modern convenience. Alas, it has taken me 3 years to get to the point of having electric that stays on, internet, adequate heating, and a nice new clean cooker. OK.. maybe I am being a little dramatic, but I will die of embarrassment if someone wants to run back home.
Generally the house is clean, cosy and comfortable. The main bedroom will be available to the sitter. It has a very comfortable double bed, and has been decorated recently. The kitchen and lounge area is tidy, although I need a new sofa when I get the time. There is a reasonably new washing machine, and a lovely new electric range style cooker. There is laminate flooring for easier cleaning which has underfloor heating. Unfortunately, at this moment I have no underfloor heating in the hallway, toilet, or bathroom, but I have a convector heater in the bathroom, that only needs to be turned on 5 minutes before having a shower or bath. (I'm Just being open and honest!!).
The animals are easy to look after, no fuss or complications are what they need to remain balanced. On a practical level, it is not hard work. My routine consist of:...
In the morning (10 minutes) - The 3 little dogs will accompany you in garden to open and feed the chickens, letting the big dogs out into their run, and letting the goat out to attach him to his tether.
In the afternoon (20 minutes) - Again, little dogs come with me to feed the poultry, feed the big dogs, check on the goat, and collect any chicken eggs. Then back indoors to feed the little dogs.
In the evening (10 minutes) When it gets dark, lock up the poultry, lock up the big dogs, and lock up the goat... easy.. Not forgetting to fill up the feed for the cockatiel a few times throughout the week.
(There is an element of flexibility with the animals, so if you would like to go out for the day, I can advise you how to arrange things).
You have to remember, the winter days are short, so most of my work is inside, Either working on my laptop, or working on the house. In the summer it's different, there are jobs to do outside, and the animals get more attention because the day is longer. The dogs get walked depending on the weather and the daylight. I don't like the big dogs getting soaked, as they sleep in the outbuildings. It is not complicated, but it is important to me that I have someone sensible and responsible, watching over the whole scene, just so I know there are no sudden problems.
I am really looking forward to meeting you guys, and I hope you enjoy the simple quiet country life that is here for you to try... Glen + More info