Pet and house sitting in glorious SW France
We are English/Irish and moved to SW France 14 years ago, quitting the rat race of SE England and jobs in finance. We live on a 15 acre estate with a 200 year old very rustic stone farmhouse that we have painstakingly and lovingly renovated over the past 13 years. It's 90% finished inside, there’s still a bit to do. The outside is a bit of work in progress, we are currently building a pool. We have made a lovely apartment for guests, which is fully furnished and has a kitchen and bathroom, all with underfloor heating. Its very comfortable. Our home is our precious project along with our pets who are our family. The dogs are so much happier at home and of course the other animals can't be moved! The region is spectacular for countryside lovers and of course the famous french wine and cheese! Our dogs are all rescue dogs, I don't believe in buying a special breed puppy when there are so many abandoned dogs needing a loving home and in the case of James being saved from starvation. We treat them as our family. Ella our LabX is getting on in years now and needs a lot of and patience, she can’t go for walks with the other 2, although she’s doing well for 14 years‘ old.
Our Home & Location
We are very rural in deepest SW France in the department of The Lot. Surrounded by trees, fields and quiet single track roads. It's very quiet and peaceful, some days the birds seem noisy as there is no other noise! Supermarket is 20 minutes away and the beautiful town of Cahors is 30 minutes away. We unfortunately can not provide you with a car. We are able to collect from airports/train stations and can take you to a supermarket before we leave and can arrange friends to give you a lift, if you don’t have a car. There’s a village shop 2km walk away with very basic supplies. Our nearest neighbours are about 400m away, so not isolated. A walk can be taken around our own woodland or around the many quiet roads and other woodlands. Great for cycling too. Our oldest dog doesn't like to walk anymore, although enjoys a slow amble round the woods. The little ones are always eager but don't need to go for miles. They're great fun and love a cuddle on the sofa. Although they are not allowed to sleep on our bed they will take any opportunity to sleep on yours! The cat lives outside due to an allergy but is incredibly affectionate and loves attention, always looking forward to his food.
Responsibilities & Pets
Feeding, walking (of dogs) and care of animals and keeping them company