Beautiful London Home with Two Irish Terriers
We are a married couple with two children of school age, and we run a busy family and work life, at the heart of which are our two Irish Terriers - Zorba who has been with us since before our children were born, and now Ziggy, a puppy recently come into our lives and currently fitting in very well. Both dogs are hugely loved by the children, and extremely gentle with them. We are often away as a family, usually by car so we can bring the dogs with us, but sometimes this is not possible and we're looking for sitters who can look after and enjoy our wonderful dogs and our much loved home.
Our Home & Location
Our home is a former photographer's studio converted into a highly unusual space, and recently refurbished to combine traditional wooden beams and antique Indian doors and furniture, with modern roof lights, walk-on-glass, a floor-to-ceiling library, gallery-wall and open plan kitchen/sitting room. Visitors to our home often comment on what a peaceful and relaxing space it is just to be in, and wish they could spend time there! Alongside the library of books, we have a Sonos system linked into ceiling speakers and many works of art by one of the owners - a world renowned portrait artist - a perfect combination for relaxing and reading, thinking and working! Upstairs, there is a separate TV and office room, leading onto a first floor garden roof terrace.
The house has a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a further bedroom consisting of a double sofa bed with ensuite bathroom, a children's room with two beds (suitable for 12 years and under), and a single room with ensuite bathroom. There is also a downstairs bathroom in a Moroccan style, a hall and a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities. The kitchen is served by an AGA cooker, providing additional heat in the house, except in the summer, when two gas rings and small oven provide the main facilities, with a gas BBQ outside....
The house also enjoys two interconnecting roof terraces with gardens, where guests can dine or relax on outdoor arm chairs and sofa in warm weather. Both roof terraces are completely private, with no overlooking neighbours - a rarity in London.
The house is located in the Battersea area of London, an affluent residential neighbourhood particular favoured by families and young professionals. As such it has extensive nearby amenities - pubs, bars, restaurants and shops, and there is a giant 24 hour supermarket only a few minutes walk away. A 7 minute walk takes you to Clapham Junction Station, which provides services every few minutes to multiple central London stations only a few minutes journey away, and enabling a quick link-up with London's tube network. It is possible to be out of the door and in the heart of Covent Garden within about half an hour. Chelsea with its boutique shopping street is only about 20 to 25 minutes walk away, or a short bus journey over the river Thames.
There are two parks near the house for dog walking - Clapham Common, which is about 5 to 10 minutes walk away, and the much loved Battersea Park - about 15 to 20 minutes, the latter is one of London's favourite parks, which runs alongside the river Thames, and enjoys sub tropical gardens, water features, coffee spots and the wonderful Pear Tree cafe next to a boating lake. It is hugely popular with dog walkers and, needless to say, the dogs love it!
Caveats - the roof terrace garden of the house is adjacent to a railway track, which can means some noise from trains, but we have found that only the infrequent services that run right alongside the house are particularly noisy, and these only when sitting outside in the summer. In warm weather, we often leave the door to this terrace open and are not bothered by the trains. In addition, the house is serviced by spiral stairs so bear this in mind if mobility is an issue. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Zorba and Ziggy, like all dogs, require a combination of rest and exercise, and in general, our routines involve a quick walk in the morning to enable them to do their morning routines! Breakfast, a rest and then a longer walk, ideally in a park. They can then be left inside for several hours if you need or want to go out. They then need a bit of a longish walk in the evening - minimum 10 to 15 minutes on a lead, or a second visit to the park if you prefer! Supper, and some rest time, and a final late evening walk around the block before bedtime so they can do their business. We do use the roof terrace as a bit of an outside dog romping area where they can play and let off steam while you are inside the house, and Ziggy does sometimes do his business there, so please can these be cleared up and put in the bin outside!
At the time of writing (January), Ziggy is 5 months old and is still in his crate, but he may have moved on from this by the time of a sitter's stay, but currently we would crate him before heading out and fairly frequently throughout the day. Also at the time of writing, he is almost completely house trained, and we only really have accidents if he is left uncrated and not taken out for too long a period. We expect to be able to report that he is fully house trained by the time of a sitter's visit. Nonetheless, a bit of vigilance is required as Ziggy is a puppy - generally though, he is extremely good, and we have lot of chewing things for him to keep him out of mischief....
Ziggy's recall training at the time of writing was going well, and he is responding well, especially with a reward. Zorba is a bit of an independent old man, and a little deaf so may not always come back promptly if he disappears into the trees for a bit and can't see you, but he does always come back within a few minutes. The two dogs stick together very well, and so between them, they are usually paying attention and wishing to be with us. As a puppy, Ziggy will get more distracted by excitements, particularly playing with other dogs. We expect and hope that you will be happy to let them off their leads.
Dogs are not allowed on furniture or beds, and, whilst they do come upstairs a bit (especially to use the roof terrace), we generally keep them on the lower level. Ziggy is not permitted in the sitting room area and there is a gate to prevent this, and another one on the stairs.
Food - Ziggy is given more food than Zorba as he is growing. They have different food as Zorba is over 10.
Household - whilst our area is safe, please be vigilant against petty crime by ensuring that the door is not left open and unattended. Otherwise, we keep a clean and tidy house and ensuring that this is respected by any sitter is hugely important to us. + More info
March 2019 | Kat