Dog, bantams and riverside house in Bucklebury
We are a family of 4 who like living in the countryside with our dog Harry and our bantams. Occasionally we go away on holiday and would like others to look after Harry and the chicks and to enjoy our house and surroundings while we are away.
Our Home & Location
Our house is in the village of Bucklebury and the river Pang runs through our garden. Bucklebury is a small rural village of 30 houses, surrounded by farmland and woods.
We have 4 bedrooms including an en-suite guestroom for any Trusted Housesitters....
We love sitting outside in the summer evenings watching the sunset or sitting after sunset on the bench over the river watching the bats fly up and down. In the river you can see trout and crayfish and if you are lucky you'll see the blue flash of a kingfisher flying by. We've a conservatory to sit in if the evening is a little chillier. There's a croquet set if you'd like to play that too. If you are musical, we have a piano. It's nicely rural so the stars are good and the sunsets can be great.
There are footpaths and walks in all directions, enabling views of the Pang Valley. Across the meadow is the local church, the nearby village hall, the village playground and recreation ground. Bucklebury Farm Park is a short walk away. There are several pubs in the vicinity including the renowned "Pot Kiln". Bucklebury has a number of well known residents that you might encountered out walking.
Our house is smoke-free and we would prefer non-smokers as house-sitters. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Harry loves at least one walk a day. There's a short 'around the church and the vicarage' walk that he knows well, but longer walks around the fields, or along the river or to a pub are fun for him too. He likes feeding at least once a day, and human-food leftovers are greatly appreciated.
The bantams have their own house over the fence with an electric door, so they don't need letting out or putting away at night. They do need their food and water checked and if there are any kitchen vegetable leftovers they'll eat those too. Note that we don't have a cockerel so you'll sleep well. The bantams have their own characters that we know well. Sometimes the cheekier ones get out under the fence into the garden, but they know how to get home again....
Our fellow villagers are around if help is needed as they have looked after the bantams and walked Harry in the past. + More info