Chateau and dog sitter in Poitou (France) Gardeners welcomed
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Couple only for the gate cottage : October the 23rd to the beginning of January 2018 (dates are flexible)
Accommodation comprises : 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom gate cottage with a tiny closed garden. Another couple or family will occupy the farmhouse at the same time....
Couple or family wanted for the Farm Cottage ! 3 months and more if you wish
Start Date : April the 7th 2018 End Date : July 6th 2018
Accommodation comprises : 2 adjoining Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom farm cottage with terrace and garden. Another couple will occupy the gatehouse at the same time.
Hello there! We live in a beautiful post Renaissance style Castle in a remarkably good condition, situated between Tours and Poitiers, a region famed for its history and beauty. The Chateau operates as a family home. The grounds consist of a small woodland area, this has paths for nature walks and abundant wildlife, a swimming pool (not heated,) barns welcoming weddings and receptions in the summer, a greenhouse, ample lawn areas, a 2 bedrooms farmhouse and the 1 bedroom gate cottage.
WE ARE OFFERING THE ONE BEDROOM GATE COTTAGE WITH TINY GARDEN TO A COUPLE OF ENGLISH SPEAKING HOUSE-SITTERS.
WE ARE OFFERING THE TWO BEDROOM FARM COTTAGE WITH GARDEN TO A COUPLE OF ENGLISH OR SPANISH SPEAKING HOUSE SITTERS. Set on the edge of the woodland area and very private, it is very well equipped and obviously more Human Sized than the castle to live in ! We must point out that the two first floor bedrooms are adjoining.
The separate lounge on the ground floor has a sofa bed, this easily converts to a third bedroom if required temporarily. + More info
Our Home & Location
The property is located in an idyllic location in France, and is only 700 meters away from the nearest village with bakery, bar, post-office and an itinerant service of : butcher, fish merchant, pizza maker and grocery (each of them twice a week).
The village includes a Catholic church with service only once a month now.
The nearest city is less than 5km away, and features a mainline high-speed train connection (TGV).
We are only 1 hour and 15 minutes from Paris by train.
We are also near all the castles of the Loire Valley as well as many attractions locally (Futuroscope Park, golf, trekking, riding horses, bicycling tracks, hot-air balloon, lake sailing, etc...).
We welcome weddings only in the summer and really enjoy that activity.
The cottages are rented 3 or 4 week ends in the summer which gives the opportunity to our sitters to go visiting a little further !
Responsibilities & Pets
Our ideal couples :
· Must hold EU Passports OR Visas permitting them to stay in the EU for the time frame
· Are physically very fit and active
· Have a relaxed ‘Can-Do’ attitude and
plenty of initiative
· Sense of Humour
· Enjoy the challenges of gardening and can help in our current projects
· Have a keen interest in France
· Love the outdoors
. Love dogs
· Get along with each other and enjoy
· Each should have clean driving licences, and no criminal history (may be checked)
· Also, moderate drinking habits only
All efforts are made to ensure that our house-carers are comfortable, happy and enjoying the delights of France.
If one has any particular skills or talents,
either artistic or practical, we definitely
encourage any creativity.
Utilities are provided by us (including wifi).
We are looking for couples who like to be active in the garden and who can help us in our current projects within the property.
Depending on the season: mowing, painting, light masonery or using chainsaw, trimming, using tractors, doing some general maintenance, feeding the dog, closing the gate at night, in the summer as we receive weddings I'd appreciate a little help making the beds of our guests......
Our kids (girl 14 and boy nearly 12 years old) are always happy to practice their fluent english or quite good spanish playing and spending time with our sitters children. Actually I would say they teach each others their language, go to school together and life is not too far from paradise around here ! That is why we appreciate our sitters children matching in age ours. This year our daughter is going to a boarding school (monday to friday) but our son won't be the only kid at home permanently as we welcome this year the son (20 yo) of one of my best friends going to University in our home town of Chatellerault.
Please note that the farmhouse and the gate cottage are guest houses for us, so if you would like to stay longer than the proposed months, you are very welcome to do so.
During summer (the wedding season) we rent those cottages a few times, so for the ones applying for that period it means they might be encouraged to go visit other parts of France during one or two week ends...
During the winter, we usually travel with our kids for at least 2 months (january and february).
We have a lovely and very affectionate outdoor dog called Havane who needs love when we are away.
She is a 5 yo Beauce Shepperd or "Bas-rouge" (french breed) and lives freely inside the property.
No need to walk her.
More info on request.
I apologize for my english...
Talk to you soon !
Thanks for your interest
Arnaud & Marie-Laure + More info