Cat lovers: Enjoy solitude or explore Cleveland, County Durham and the North York Moors whilst looking after 5 lovely cats, some foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs and birds
Fergus, Chloe, Daisy, Doppelganger and Little Ginge are affectionate cats who need to be looked after by non-smokers (sorry!) when we are on holiday.
Fergus, and Chloe are extremely good natured, friendly cats, but Daisy is more hesitant because she's "bottom cat" and terrorised a bit by Chloe. Doppelganger has adopted us, he's very laid back, but younger and bigger than the others who are all a bit frightened of him. He mostly wants to play - but he can be a bit boisterous and overbearing on occasion. We also have Little Ginge, who was a stray adult tomcat and has now been officially adopted. He is more temperamental than the others because of his background but is turning out to be affectionate on his own terms (and mildly grumpy on ours).
Our Home & Location
You will be staying in a quiet, detached home (with wifi and central heating) in Stockton on Tees, however, it is a magical place, hidden away up a private lane and backing onto a park. You will see foxes, squirrels and birds galore, and you could be deep in the countryside.
You are within an hour's driving distance of Newcastle, Durham, York, Leeds, and you would have great walking with the Cleveland Hills and North York Moors within 30 minutes drive as well as many local walks through Stockton's Green Infrastructure. If you like visiting towns and villages, Norton and Yarm are on the doorstep; Darlington, Richmond, Bishop Auckland (for Kynren), Barnard Castle, Stokesley and Guisborough are worth visiting....
The train station in the town will take you to the seaside (Saltburn by the Sea), or connect to the main East Coast mainline. I've said you would need a car to get around, but only if you are wanting to travel around the larger area. There are buses into Stockton just a few minutes walk away (and the town/train station is probably 35 minutes walk). There is a large supermarket about 20 minutes walk away through the park and a smaller convenience store about 10 minutes away. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
The cats are pretty low maintenance and need to be fed at least twice a day and their litter trays cleaned.
They do need to be let in and out at least a couple of times during the day (and won't need much more in the winter but they will push their luck and be in and out like yo-yo's if you let them), and aren't allowed to stay out overnight....
You have to act as referee when one cat is being chased by another, and you must be prepared to allow your lap to be used by one or more cats in rotation whenever you sit on the sofa for more than 5 minutes - and be prepared to be covered in cat hairs as a result!
There will also be some feeding of the local wildlife who visit the garden required. The foxes come every night, and during the summer evenings, you will see them whilst you sit on the sofa. In 2018, we have one cub who will stay in the garden whilst we throw food for him. All the others disappear as soon as they see you. The foxes are frightened away by the cats.
If you are looking to stay for an extra day either side of the dates needed, I'm sure we can accommodate you - although I may have accounted for this in the dates that I've listed if I know we're leaving early morning/arriving home late so we can confirm that when making final arrangements. + More info
October 2018 | Heather