Beautiful cottage in the countryside - reminiscent of the good life
Hello, we live in a conservation area of beauty with many wonderful walks and a beautiful river. We are only 10 minutes from town and have a shop, doctors and pub in the village. We have a lovely, old cottage with a large garden and granny flat. We need a house sitter as we have a menagerie of pets and a large garden/allotment to care for. We do have a weekly gardener and cleaner, but the day to day feeding and caring of the animals and house would be welcomed. We have 4 dogs (king charles cavaliers), chickens (rare breeds), ducks, rabbits, a hamster and a feral cat. We do like to travel quite frequently - this is a busy family home and we would like to forge a relationship with someone who can enjoy the escapism of our world and keep our animals safe whilst we are away. My husband is a management consultant and I am a writer, designer and coach. I publish many of my designs which include pictures of the house and garden on instagram under lillyisabellastyle, if you would like to see further details.
Our Home & Location
The main cottage has 3 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single, a conservatory, lounge, dining room, downstairs bathroom and kitchen with utility room. There is a large patio for outside dining, a granny flat with bedding, it's own bathroom, a front, side and back garden and an allotment and chicken area. The cottage is furnished for comfort with beautiful throws, sofas, bedding, art, and anything else you can think of! There is an outside drying room with tumble dryer and sheds for storage in our garden. The cottage is 15 mins from Newark, going north on the A1 and is easily accessible. There are bus routes into town but a car is advisable.There are many fabulous places to visit including: Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park, Centre Parks, Eden Hall Spa, Newark Castle, Newark Civil War Museum, Belton House and Sherwood pines for those keen on off road cycling! There is a gorgeous outdoor swimming lake at North Hykeham - approx 20 mins drive and antiques centres galore in Newark itself. A lovely place to visit with some great restaurants, history and shopping.
Responsibilities & Pets
We would need 3 out of our 4 dogs walking daily (our 4th dog is too old at 14 years old to manage a walk now), feeding and cuddling! Our chickens and ducks need putting to bed out night - very easy they generally do it themselves, let out in the morning and given fresh food and water - the same applies to the rabbits, cat and hamster. The greenhouse, vegetable and flower beds will need watering. You may need to vacuum downstairs each day as the dog hair does mount up - all of the floors are hard floors and this usually takes approx. 10 mins. Our gardener and cleaner will sort the large jobs when the come each week.