Peak District: Ashbourne (horses optional!)
Adam and Myszka live on the edge of the beautiful Peak District, but occasionally need to travel away from home, hence needing someone trustworthy to look after our lovely animals. Adam is a computer programmer, and after 20 years of teaching, Myszka has gone back to university to study Clincial Psychology. We love the arts, and the outdoors.
Our Home & Location
Our house is up a farm track, off a narrow lane, surrounded by fields. It is still only 1/2 a mile from a main road with a bus stop, and only 5 minutes drive into Ashbourne, which is a beautiful historic market town.
The house itself is the old hunt kennels house and stables, with two paddocks. There are two parts to the house, as we do airbnb for a large part of the year - so we have a private apartment. There is a very large kitchen/sitting area with TV for guests/house sitters to use, plus a newly fitted bathroom with walk in shower, and a spacious bedroom with armchairs and a TV, as well as plenty of wardrobe space....
Our cleaner comes weekly, so it is just a matter of keeping on top of your own tidying up whilst you are here. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Daily care needed:
2 cats to be fed morning and evening. They use the cat flap to go outside, so no litter box to deal with. Pouch of food plus dry food....
3 dogs to be fed morning and evening (tin of food, plus dry mix), and to be let out morning, during day and evening in the yard/garden - preferably with a ball thrown for Sebi to keep him busy! Poo to be picked up in the yard area and popped onto the muck heap (horse poo scoop for this is easiest). Water to be topped up in yard and in kitchen for them twice a day.
4 chickens - fed, watered and let out of their coop in the mornings, and shut up at night after dusk when they have roosted. To be cleaned out (easy tray pulls out and new shavings to be put in) every 4-5 days, and eggs collected (otherwise they get broody).
Horses - fed and turned out in the morning. Mucked out (to muck heap behind outbuildings), fresh water, hay and feed put in to their stables ready for the evening, when they come in for the night. Summer they stay out overnight and come in during the day as the barn is a cool space for them if it is hot. Rugs changed if needed. If you are not horsey, we can arrange for the horses to go on holiday too - please do not attempt them if you are not experienced with caring for horses :-) + More info