Small offgrid cottage - a forest escape
We are a married couple in our mid 30s from Australia. We left our corporate careers to travel the world and use Scotland as our base (we love whisky and we work at a distillery at the moment!). We built a camper van and traveled around Europe in it before flying our fluffs over from Australia to join us. We have traveled with them in our van too! So far they’ve been to Scotland, England, France, Portugal and Spain.
We have used the Trusted House sitters platform many times whilst traveling. And now we need someone to take care of our fur family!
Our Home & Location
A very simple cottage in the middle of the forest in the Speyside region of Scotland. Just a stones throw from the whisky trail for lovers of the water of life!
It’s really beautiful and peaceful here. We are a 20 minute drive from the local town of Forres that has everything you need....
It is an off grid cottage really. We have a private water source via a spring (a pump needs to be run every few days to top up the tank). The main heating source is the fireplace in the lounge and we also have a space heater for upstairs that keeps the bedrooms cosy.
There are 2 double bedrooms upstairs. Small but the views out the windows make slow mornings an absolute favorite past time.
Downstairs there’s a dining area, bathroom, kitchen and lounge. All rooms are small and cosy. A very typical layout for a tiny cottage built in the early 1800s.
Dirt roads are the way in to the property and it’s quite remote feeling. Ideally your vehicle wouldn’t be too low to the ground (and rear wheel drive) due to the dirt roads. 4x4 is best, lots of fun roads here to drive on!
The beauty of this place really is the location. We’re in the middle of 12acres of forest. So for walkers a bike riders it’s a slice of heaven.
We will leave behind our WiFi access for you (unlimited). So whilst we’re remote we still have a connection to Netflix! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We have one cat (Marv, a ginger moggy 6 years old ) and one dog (Thomas, a staffy boxer mix 9 years old ).
They both adore each other and love cuddles!...
Thomas doesn’t need long walks (he’s slowing down a little!) but just loves to sit with you outside. A wander up and down the drive makes him happy. He has one meal a day with a joint supplement added. No human food for him (he has allergies). He is toilet trained and goes on command. So before bed every night we let him out and tell him to go. He holds on all night no drama.
Marv is super easy, he likes a token top up of food when Thomas gets fed. He grazes mostly but just likes the routine of feeding time. Marv is also an inside cat. He is litter trained and that needs cleaning every morning.
Marv loves lap time of an evening and even some play. Thomas is a giant sook and loves cuddles.
If you need to go out you can leave Thomas behind inside (no fences here!). He just puts himself to bed.
If you want to go out for a while that’s fine too, just no longer than 5 hours or so. + More info