House and pet sitters needed for September 2018 in south west Scotland
We are two women living in a two bedroom modernised cottage in a rural location with a large garden. The nearest village is 3 miles away with shop, doctors surgery, garage and post office. Because of its rural location a car is essential. We are looking for non smokers please. We keep one Maine Coon female cat and two dogs, 1 West Highland White Terrier and one medium size black poodle - both bitches We also have a tropical fish tank. We keep mixed free range hens, Chinese geese and several guinea fowl.
Our Home & Location
The house was built in 1850 and has two bedrooms. It is set in beautiful wooded surroundings with a burn running through the land There is plenty of room to park including campervan or caravan if needed. About one acre of the three is landscaped and cultivated - own fruit and veg in season. It is situated three miles from the coast. The house has all mod cons including dishwasher, freezer, gas cooker, wifi, choice of two double comfortable beds, wood burning stove and oil fired central heating and hot water. There is a large bathroom (downstairs) with shower over bath and bidet. Comfortable sitting room with flat screen 32" freeview TV.
Responsibilities & Pets
Our poodle, Ebby, short for Ebony, is one year old and very lively. She has a loving nature. Our Westie, Dorcas, is 11 years old. She was a rescue dog and is also very affectionate. They get on well together. The dogs have free access to the secure garden but we also exercise them on a lead on the surrounding lanes. They are very amenable to car journeys and will happily accompany you on trips out We would rather you did not leave them in the house unaccompanied for longer than half a day. All our animals have a regular routine and wear their own watches! They are therefore easy to manage. The Maine Coon cat - known as Cattie, is 16 years old. She is quite retiring. She still hunts occasionally.The tropical aquarium is lighted and heated automatically and the fish just need feeding once a day. The small number of poultry require feeding and watering, egg collection and letting out and shutting up at night. The 3 Chinese geese are quite noisy but not aggressive. The guinea fowl wander freely around the area but come back at night to roost.We do not require any gardening as such but someone with horticultural knowledge would an asset as there is an alpine house and polytunnel which may require watering. We employ somebody to cut the grass.We would provide written details of everything you need to know about routines and local amenities.