York - Rural family home with Dogs, Cats and horses
Hello! We are Claire and Paul and we're looking for a responsible regular house sitting couple for when we holiday away. We have 4 children who are all now University or working age and no longer at home full-time to help out with the house and pet sitting hence we are looking for someone to hopefully get to know and ideally use regularly. We have in the past used family, friends or people we know to house sit for us preferring not to leave the house un-lived in or pets away. Now that is this not so much an option available to us, we are looking for a more reliable solution that we can book and plan ahead for. Both of us work from home running our own businesses and in our 50's are keen to continue with our love of world travel and can take time off work to regularly do so. Claire's business is staffed and will have ladies working during the hours of 9am - 6pm mid week and 9am - 2pm on Sat. This staff will come and go from the separate office building to the main house and will have their own key for that office building. The living accommodation on offer is not situated inside this separate building apart from the Gym and TV room/Bar if in use by the sitter. Our hobbies include horses (Claire) and obviously dogs of which we have 4. We no longer have additional pets such as Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Chickens or indoor pets. As a family we have a keen interest in sport, particularly Rugby with Paul being President of our local RUFC, also the outdoors and of course travel.
Note: The property on offer is located within 7 acres of own land including woodland, grounds and a pony paddock. This is located and surrounded by family owned Farmland so local family will be around if needed but will NOT be at the property. This private farm land is excellent for walking and for keen wildlife and bird watchers. Bird hides are free and available to book on the farm. Please be responsible in the countryside.
Our Home & Location
Our home is a converted barn, family home which includes 4 indoor dogs. Our home has a 'lived in feel' (not smart or designer high end!), facilities include 6 bed rooms (4 double beds inc.), 2 bathrooms, living room, utility, kitchen, dog room and down stairs WC. There is an outdoor hot tub which is maintained all year round and also a separate home gym and upstairs TV room/bar. Location is rural. Own business is also run from the separate property on site and will be staffed 9 - 6 week days and 9 - 2 on Sat. Sitters must understand this and be completely responsible for lock up security if using the gym and TV room/Bar in this property. Location is 20 miles from the historic city of York and 30 miles from Hull city of culture 2017. Local market towns within 20 mins include the pleasant town of Pocklington and also Howden , Market Weighton and Beverley. 40 miles from the beach and seaside report of Bridlington and Scarborough. Close to the stunning scenery of the North Yorks Moors National Park and the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds
Responsibilities & Pets
We are looking for sitters experienced with dogs and also with experience of horses. Responsibilities include looking after and exercising 4 fairly large, but very friendly, dogs all of whom can be walked twice daily directly from the property. 3 dogs are keen for walks and our older dog Charley just requires a quiet life and an accompanied trip to the garden or a potter around the grounds.
We will need someone to muck out, feed, water and bring in at night a horse. Turnout during the day will be required giving supplementary hay outside. Feeding of Shetland ponies will also be required and 4 outdoor 'stable' cats. All pets will need to be watched for good health and maintenance. In the summer months there will be pond fish to feed and outside plants to water. MUST be responsible for locking property and separate property outside office working hours if using Gym or TV room/Bar.
November 2018 | samantha