Comfortable detached 3 bed home in Gillingham Dorset a few minutes walk from lovely countryside and town amenities
Our family include myself, wife Andrea and stepdaughter Ellen plus 2 adorable Yorkshire terriers, Dora and Daisy and Cracker the cat. We moved to our house in 2006 which is in a friendly estate on the edge of Gillingham, a small town in North Dorset. I worked in the oil industry until 2015, and then took a local job in a lighting factory. Andrea does a variety of gardening, cleaning and decorating jobs. Ellen is starting teacher training in Exeter. We became dog owners for the first time in June 2017 when Dora and Daisy were 9 weeks old. As we often travel to Greece it would great to have dog and cat loving house sitters staying in our home so our pets would feel secure while we are away. Any house sitters would love the many local country walks just minutes walk our house. We are also just a few miles away from the historic town of Shaftesbury and national trust gardens and house at Stourhead. Also the area is close to many areas of natural beauty such as the Jurassic Coast, Wiltshire downs, Cranborne Chase, Stonehenge and lots of small villages.
Our Home & Location
We live in a 3 bedroom detached house on a modern housing estate just minutes walk away from countryside and about a mile from the town center of Gillingham. Our house has a an enclosed rear garden with a summerhouse and outdoor office. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with plants and shrubs in the borders. Also a paved patio area next to the kitchen has outdoor chairs and tables. To the side of the house we have a driveway/ covered car port and garage. The garage has been converted to office space but the drive can accommodate 2 cars. We may leave one car at home when we are away so there will be room for at least one a visitor to use. As the garage itself is too small for a car it is used for storage of bicycles, food freezer and small tumble dryer.
Our house includes (downstairs) a lounge with attached conservatory, dining room, modest sized kitchen and utility room and cloakroom (w.c and washbasin). Upstairs we have 2 double bedrooms, family bathroom leading onto the master bedroom. The 2nd bedroom has an ensuite shower and w.c room. The third bedroom is a single. The front of the house has a narrow strip of garden with a flower bed and small lawn....
We are just a mile away from Gillingham train station on the main south west rail line that runs between London and Exeter. Also the main east/west A303 road link is only 3 miles away. Our estate is fairly quiet with many young families, both professional and trades people and some retired folk. Our neighbors are all very friendly and everyone helpful if some one needs help. A car is not essential but as you can walk to the shops in 10/15 minutes and there is a limited bus system to neighboring towns but in practice your own vehicle makes life much easier for getting round this mainly rural area. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Daisy and Dora are sisters from the same litter (of 4 pups) born in April 2017 and bred by a lady in Shillingstone
They usually have 2 long walks a day. We usually take them for an hour or longer through the fields and meadows and footpaths 5 minutes walk from our house. These routes are mainly next to the small rivers, the Stour and the Shreen Water that run through Gillingham
They love chicken and biscuits. Cracker a black and white female cat moved in with us about 8 yrs ago but technically belongs to our neighbors across the road on the corner. She spends all the summer out doors and all the winter indoors. We try and separate Cracker from the dogs as they may sometimes chase cats. Dora and Daisy are very good with all other dogs and get on very well with other people and especially love children. They have never shown aggressive behavior and are very well socialised with other dogs. They are friends with most of the local four legged community that we meet on local walks....
Daisy is very loving and affectionate, Dora is also very affectionate but more independent and likely to go off and do her own thing, we call her Dora 'the explorer'!. Daisy can be recognised by her darker coat and longer muzzle. Daisy is a bit chunkier with a more silvery sheen to her coat.
The dogs are microchipped and registered with Southhill vets in Gillingham and are up to date with health checks and vaccinations. + More info