A quiet break in North Devon with three cats
My wife Olive and I are both retired and over Christmas adopted three rescue cats. We have always had cats, except for a brief period after our 20+year old boy died and we were in the process of moving house just last year. All are settling in well but we are concerned about leaving them in the local cattery, ( which is very, very good), as they haven't been with us for long and all crave our company. Missy and Toffee came from good homes, but Pepper didn't, so she is very wary of strangers, but soon comes round when she gets to know you. I used to work in the electronics industry, but we decided to move to Devon over 20 years ago to escape the rat race. We have friends and family all over the UK and take the occasional holiday abroad, mostly based on geology trips and volcanoes!, hence the need for a house sitter every few months.
Our Home & Location
Our house, Hill Sampson, is detached with no close neighbours, apart from cows and sheep that belong to a neighbouring organic farm! It has three bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms. There is an upstairs sitting room with wonderful views across to Exmoor, and downstairs we have another sitting room with a log burning stove, a dining room, kitchen and utility room with a toilet and shower. There is an attached barn currently used for storage, and the whole property lies in a half acre plot.
The house has Medieval origins, largely restructured in Victorian times. We have our own bore hole water supply, so the water is very pure with no chlorine! Heating is by LPG gas....
Although there are no close neighbours we are not isolated, as the dead end lane serving our property terminates in two farms, so there are always people passing. Our house is on the outskirts of Burrington, a very friendly village. There is a farm shop, as well as the organic farm shop at the end of our lane, but at the moment our pub is closed. There is plenty of social life too, with a village hall, parish church and Methodist chapel.
The small town of Chulmleigh is only 5 miles away, and they have two pubs, a couple of restaurants and cafes and several shops.
Barnstaple, Bideford and South Molton are all 11-12 miles away and Exeter about 30 miles.
House sitters will need a car as there are only a couple of buses a day to Chulmleigh and Barnstaple.
King's Nympton train station on the Barnstaple to Exeter Tarka Line is about 3 miles away. Trains run every 2 hours or so, mostly alongside the river Taw.
The back roads are generally quiet in North Devon, so along with a number of local footpaths and bridleways walking is always a pleasure. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Our cats are part of our family, so we need someone who loves and understands felines. All have very different characters, but are all affectionate and gentle. The house generally looks after itself, but the occasional dead mouse or shrew will need to be removed! Only in very dry weather will the garden need watering.