Thatched Cottage in the New Forest
We live in the New Forest between Ringwood and Burley with our two cocker spaniels and five chickens. Our daughter is at university and two older sons have now left home. We have three or four holidays a year and think that our home, its amazing location and our pets make a really attractive package for a housesitter. You do need a car.
Our home is a four-bed thatched cottage with a large conservatory and open plan living space. We have a garden of 0.7 acre and an adjoining paddock of the same size.
Our Home & Location
Our home is a very pretty thatched cottage in the open New Forest with direct Forest access. We have four bedrooms and two bathrooms in the house, and several outbuildings including a fully equipped log cabin with shower room. It is very quiet and we have just one neighbour. But we are just five minutes from the A31, five minutes from Burley and ten minutes from Ringwood.
We have a large and pretty garden which is maintained by a local gardening firm, and cleaners come very two weeks....
The large open kitchen has an Aga and we have a large orangery at the rear of the house. House sitters' accommodation could be either a double bedroom which is spare and not used by family, or the log cabin in the garden.
We have a small separate paddock adjoining our garden. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Our two cocker spaniels sleep in the utility room which is part of the garage, and not in the house. So they need to be let out first thing in the morning for a short walk before breakfast. They can be left for up to four hours at a time. They need a walk of 30 - 45 minutes each day. We usually walk straight from the house but it is nice to go to other parts of the forest sometimes. Linford Bottom is a favourite. Tea is at 6pm. Both dogs are healthy, eat well and have no behavioural problems - other than being very affectionate!
The chickens need to be let out first thing, and have their food and water checked and topped up. Supplies are kept in a shed in their enclosure. Mid-morning they can be let out of their run into the garden. They will put themselves to bed at dusk and the doors need to be shut behind them. The time for this depends on when it gets dark and varies through the year. The hen house needs a clean every five days or so. Collect the eggs and enjoy them every day!...
In the summer, the garden and vegetable garden will need to be watered as required depending on the weather. We have a fully retractable hose.
The garden is maintained by a local company, but housesitters who enjoy gardening could certainly do some, as agreed! + More info
July 2019 | Beverley
March 2019 | Wayne
July 2018 | Karen