Flexible long term sitters for sheep, cats and a rambling house over winter in beautiful rural South West France
Long term sitters needed to care for one very elderly cat, eight younger cats (rescue or local feral cats) - all neutered, a beautiful flock of rare breed sheep and my large country home, whilst I am abroad.
Our Home & Location
Large rambling house, said to have been a convent in the 15th Century, surrounded by more than 70 hectares of woods and farmland. Rolling countryside between the Garonne river and the Pyrenees. Near a beautiful Roman market town and not far from Agen, Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Responsibilities & Pets
Feed and care for cats;
Look after sheep including, if necessary, bottle feeding any bummer lambs;
Look after house (cleaning lady will come weekly to change sheets etc).
Pruning roses (and try to stop the sheep from pruning the roses);
Keep Wood burning stoves burning.
I need self starting and sensible sitters who are able to survive and enjoy life on a farm in the deep French countryside. Experience with sheep would be useful, even though they are free roaming and a breed that generally requires little help.
The town (which has a supermarket, restaurants, cinema, weekly market etc) is about 12 miles away. The house is in glorious countryside and there is lots to see and do in the area (Atlantic and Pyrenees only a couple of hours away). However, although winter weather can be lovely, it can get cold for a bit, and it can rain. It would be a great place for writers or artists (willing to look after animals!).
The house is large and old and there are always unexpected things happening. It is the French countryside so the power goes off during storms and the cats just watch mice running around. Things go bump in the night and barn owls sound like old men taking constitutionals. The sheep give birth, and sometimes they reject a twin who will need bottle feeding. It is difficult to predict what might happen, so I need people who can deal with the unexpected without drama. My neighbours and cleaning lady are great and will always give a hand or advice.