Christmas in the Cotswolds
I am semi retired & my husband is retired. Our children both live in Australia and we would like to spend Christmas with them this year for around 3 - 4 weeks possibly from 16/12/19 till 10/1/20. The welfare of the dogs whilst we are away is obviously very important to us and we believe that if they can be cared for in their own home it is infinitely kinder than sending them to kennels.
Our Home & Location
We have just spent 18 months refurbishing our cottage. Built in around 1800 of Cotswold stone it has 4 bedrooms (one en-suite), family bathroom, kitchen, lounge with open fire, dining room with log burner. There is parking. Burleigh sits on the edge of Minchinhampton common which is about 600 acres of National Trust land where we generally walk the dogs - a 2 minute walk up the drive. During the summer cows and horses roam freely on the common. Towns and villages close by are Minchinhampton, Stroud, Nailsworth & Cirencester all of which have plenty of shops, cafes and interesting sights to see. Attractions you may wish to explore may include Woodchester Mansion, Newark Park, Gloucester cathedral, Cheltenham and many more. Bath & Bristol are about 45 mins drive.
Responsibilities & Pets
Team Bidmead, as we like to call the tribe, are very easy going. Their days consist of a couple of walks and dinners, the rest of the time is spent snoozing - it certainly is a dogs life!! We have a large utility room so plenty of space to bring them in and dry them off after their walks. We try never to leave them more than 4 hours if we are going out and have a young lady near by who will pop in and let them out for a comfort break if required. Although the selection of breeds sounds a little scary they are actually all very sweet & easy going. Cuddles are welcomed by both staffies. Purdie is a tad too big to sit on your knee. Purdie is our dog. She is large and sounds very loud but it is all bluff & bluster - most of the time she can't be bothered to get out of her bed to see who or what it is that might have made her bark. She loves to chase her ball and is obedient. Lennie & Lola belong to our son who is now in Australia. They have been with us since December 2017 and were frequent visitors before that. Both are very obedient. Lennie is a sensitive soul, if you raise your voice he will shiver and wonder what he has done wrong. He just adores chasing a stick and would have you throwing it all day long if you're so inclined! Lola is the smallest and oldest of the clan. She doesn't rush about too much these days and likes to be private when eating or doing her toilet. She just loves everyone. Snores like a trooper!