Comfortable large house in exceptional rural location with two dogs
We are an active older couple who have a busy life and constantly feel guilty having dogs we are sometimes not around for. My husband is still working as a consultant Solicitor and I have a property business. We have a house in Greece and spend 8 weeks a year out there. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren that keep us busy as well.
Our Home & Location
Our home is situated in a very beautiful part of Kent on the downs. We live in a small hamlet where everyone knows everyone and close to a delightful village with pubs and restaurants. The beach is 6 miles away in Folkestone or Hythe and the medieval town Canterbury 10 miles away. A car driver is essential although there is a bus to Folkestone and Canterbury up and down the Elham valley quite regularly. The house has been completely refurbished and had a build on to the Edwardian and cottage original. It is all fully insulated and double glazed and always warm. We have 5 en-suite comfortable bedrooms and one childrens dormitory. The garden is fully fenced with electric gates so dogs are contained
Responsibilities & Pets
Looking after the dogs is the main reason for a sitter. They can be left for up to 4 hours at a time but no longer. Herbie is two and a recent addition to the family and is a partly trained Gun dog. He is very loving and if you stick to advice on him is very easy. He walks to heel without a lead and comes back to a whistle, but is very fast when allowed to run so you do have to keep an eye on him and not let him do just what he wants. For this reason we would like someone with good experience with dogs not just someone who likes Dogs. Both dogs live in the house but are not allowed free run of it. They stay mainly in the large kitchen area and sleep in their own room. Herbie has a large cage which he goes in to calm down and it does have a very good effect on him. Taki is a Greek rescue eleven years old and everyone loves Taki he again loves attention. He has slowed up a lot now and after a walk usually sleeps most of the day. As he was a stray if he gets the opportunity he loves to walk himself, but I never worry as he soon comes back. There is a gardener one morning a week and two cleaners who come in once a week. Both dogs are very good with children, we have 7 grandchildren and the dogs love it when they visit. Other duties are watering house plants. The two cleaners do the cleaning but not washing up or washing or ironing.
February 2019 | Sean
August 2018 | Margarita