La Louveterie - Rural Retreat with horses, cat and whippets !
Welcome to our Trusted Housesitters page ! We are a small busy family with a beautiful 12 hectare rural retreat project 5 kms from Haras du Pin, Orne, Basse-Normandie. We are developing a retreat project for creatives and those wishing to enhance their well being, get closer to nature etc. We travel from time to time and would love to build a relationship with a couple preferably who can take care of the animals and keep an eye on the property while we are away.
Our Home & Location
La Louveterie is a small farm with two houses and an old pressoir that is being converted to host workshops and exhibitions, events and so on. We are 5 km from the french national stud HARAS DU PIN which is a beautiful site with numerous events and attractions throughout the year. The small village of Ginai has a church but no shops, the nearest being at either Nonant le Pin or Gace (8kms and two good supermarkets). Surrounded by stud farms and lovely neighbours with a magnificent country house La Louveterie is a real haven for peace. It is a little isolated for those who are used to amenities close at hand, but that is the beauty of it for us. Own transport essential ! Wifi is reasonable but mobile phones can be a little unreliable here, though there is a house phone with free calls to most countries.
Responsibilities & Pets
We are looking for a couple ideally, they will be comfortable and experienced in the countryside and with horses in particular. We have a small herd of mostly thoroughbred horses, either young stock growing or retired racehorses that have new careers riding or as therapy horses. Responsibilities will include caring for them, feeding, checking the water in the field (they live out almost all year round). No riding required unless this is something that interests you and provided you have adequate level of horsemanship and your own insurance / french riding permit (we can assist you with this as required). Dexter the cat is quite a character and loves company and the whippets are usually with us but when we leave them they need lots of TLC and lovely long walks (there are lots of these here). Otherwise there are general tasks around the house and garden to be agreed in advance, if you are passionate gardeners or DIY fans then there is always something to be done here, but again these are things we would establish in advance. Occasionally there will be visitors in the guest house and we may require you to meet and hand over keys.