Seeking active dog sitter in beautiful rural Cumbria
Hi, we're Bill and Melanie and we've lived here in beautiful north cumbria for the last 40 years. We are almost retired, but still extremely busy doing voluntary work, taking care of our house and ( large) garden, and enjoying our interests in walking, cycling and more cultural pursuits. Bill drilled oil wells all over the world and I worked in adult education and the charity sector. We are also indulging in our love of travel, especially in our VW camper van, hence the need for house/petsitters. We'd love to share our home with someone who will enjoy it and its location.....and of course take good care of our gorgeous dogs.
Our Home & Location
Our house is 300 years old and is situated in a small hamlet about 8 miles south of Carlisle, a few miles north of the lake district national park boundary. We have 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and several reception rooms, so is large, but cosy with a lovely wood burning stove ( as well as central heating, of course!). We have a large private garden with lots of lawn, fruit and vegetables and flowers, which looks out over open countryside. A real rural retreat. Having said that, we have lovely friendly neighbours and a primary school and church in the village.
We have no public transport, so a car is probably necessary. The nearest shops are 3 miles away in a large village which has shops, pubs, doctor, dentist, vet and both busses and trains. Carlisle is on the M6 and mainline train line....
We live in beautiful countryside and there are many walks and cycle routes direct from our door. The lake district lakes and fells are about 30 minutes away, as is Hadrian's Wall and southern scotland and the Solway estuary. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Basically, we'd like somebody to stay on our home and take care of our dogs, and possibly do a bit of watering in the garden if appropriate. We usually employ somebody to cut the grass when we're away. Our dogs are very friendly and well trained and are used to being looked after by other people, as they go to boarding kennels regularly and also stay with our daughter. They are used to being left at home during the daytime, which would leave a sitter free to climb a mountain or cycle over Whinlatter pass for a few hours. They get at least an hour's walk every day, and of course, longer when we can manage it, and that's what they'd need from a sitter. Beau the lab is very easy going and loves his walks and lounging around in the garden, and Coco the terrier is charming and loves nothing better than barking at passing bumblebees and trying to snuggle up to visitors on the sofa ( she's not allowed on the sofa!).
The dogs are pretty low maintenance, leaving a sitter with plenty of time to enjoy the peace and beauty of our home and its surroundings.