House in the Wiltshire countryside: fast train to London. Close to Oxford, Bath, Bristol & Stonehenge
My husband and I both work mainly from home. Our children are grown up and live away from home. While they will come back to house and animal sit for weekends they don't have time to help during the week. With so many animals we have always had a house sitter when we go away. We have cleaners coming in once a week and we also have a gardener for a few hours a week.
Our Home & Location
We live just outside the village of Wanborough near Swindon. There is a fast trainline into London (1 hour). We are also well located for visiting Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Stonehenge and Stratford. The house is surrounded by fields with plenty of great walks. The views from the front of the house across to the Marlborough Downs, are stunning.
The house has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms upstairs and a 4th shower room downstairs. There is a large family kitchen, a separate dining room, living room, TV room and play room as well as an office, utility room and boot room....
Outside there is a large garden, and at the back is the yard with a barn containing the stables. There is a manege for riding and a separate swimming pool which although covered isnt heated in the winter. We have nearly 10 acres in total + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We have several animals. Our 2 lovely dogs are Rosie, a Labrador and Jasper a terrier of unknown parentage. Our 2 cats: Fliss and Maxie are mother and daughter. Our two horses, Brian and Clover go out in the day, but both love their stables. They are easy to catch and generally very well-behaved. We also have numerous chickens and ducks so there are normally plenty of eggs. Finally, we have a very old Pygmy goat called Dragon. He loves being stroked.
All the animals need feeding every morning. The poultry will all go to bed when it is dark so just need the runs to be shut to keep them safe from foxes. The dogs will want a walk every day, but are also happy running around in the garden and our fields. The horses need to be turned our and mucked out every day, but we could probably arrange for them to be looked after separately if necessary.