Long term house sit in the Languedoc - Late September for minimum 3 months
We are looking for long term sitters from late September onwards for a minimum of 3 months (up to Christmas) but longer up to 9 months if suitable. We visit the house regularly so there are periods when you can have a break.
We are in a quiet corner of South West France with a wonderful golden retriever for company and walks with views of the Pyrenees. Own modern accommodation in separate converted barn. Out of village location set in lovely valley but within easy reach of village. Local towns Villefranche and Castelnaudary both 15 minutes away. Best suited to a couple. Own transport is essential in addition to occasional use of our car.
Our Home & Location
Use of a charming modernised separate flat over two floors (1 double bedroom, bathroom with bath/shower, kitchen/sitting area) and internet.
The property which includes informal gardens, land and a wood is set in lovely countryside and was completely rebuilt by us 10 years ago. It is only 5 minutes by car (40 minutes by foot) from friendly village (shops, auberge, doctor, dentist, post office, social centre...). 45 minutes from Toulouse, Carcassonne and Pyrenees; an hour from winter skiing and Mediterranean and 10 minutes from a reservoir with sailing and windsurfing club. Many local tourist attractions such as the Cathar Castles and the Canal Du Midi.
Responsibilities & Pets
We would like you to dog sit a very benign and much loved 8 year old Golden Retriever walking him everyday. He is very gentle and well trained. You also need to keep an eye on the property (main house, pool, tennis court, large informal garden and field) with some basic maintenance/odd jobs and gardening i.e. mowing using both a ride-on and hand mower, strimming and weeding/watering - basically keeping the place tidy. We will need chauffeuring to/from airport when we are out for about one weekend per month.
We have found this is best suited to a couple (afraid NO children, smokers or pets ), you need to be reliable, happy to mow and strim, practical, independent and good driver(s) with own transport as a car is absolutely essential due to location - some French very helpful.