Local cat loving couple wanted who would like occasional country retreats
We are a couple in our 60's. We live in a old stone cottage in the country, overlooking fields. We grow our own vegetables organically and we like wild camping , walking and jazz amongst other things. We share our cottage with PK, our disabled but affectionate black and white cat. We are looking for people who would be willing to be vegetarian or fish eating during your stay as the only carnivore in the house is the cat. *****If the weekend dates don’t suit you are welcome to stay for longer either side if it fits in with another sit ; alternatively dates could be shorter if you wanted to do all three sits,as once you know PK's interesting language there is no need to be here the day before.
Our Home & Location
The cottage backs onto an intermittently busy road but the front has a garden with views across the fields and a small wildlife pond. The cottage is 200 years old, not posh at all, but homely and cosy, with central heating, and a log fire for evenings. The kind of place where you can come in from hillwalking and not fuss too much.
Our local loch is about a mile away; it’s a pleasant daily walk, or you can sit in the hide in summer and view ospreys and their chicks . Or sit at the kitchen window and watch the birds feeding. We’re about half an hour's drive from the coast where there are some beautiful beaches ( notably Lunan Bay and St Cyrus) , and 45 minutes from the Angus glens. You might drive up Glen Esk and walk along the shores of Loch Lee, or head up Mount Keen, a nearby Munro (mountain sense required). Or drive up to Glen Clova and walk through the forest to stunning National Nature Reserve, Corrie Fee. Afterwards you may want to visit the climbers' bar at the Glen Clova hotel or drop into the Drovers Inn at Memus from some great food and real ale.
Angus is a Pictish heartland and there are many Pictish stones to be seen around the county ( unfortunately the beautiful Aberlemno stones are boxed up in winter). If the city draws you we are near Dundee where the tall ship, the Discovery , is moored , and you can catch a movie at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre or visit the newly opened V&A museum.
Across the water from Dundee is the county of Fife where you can visit St Andrews or drive down the Fife coastal trail in summer, to the picturesque villages of Anstruther and Pittenweem. To the north of us is Aberdeen and the dramatic Dunottar Castle. Shopping is easy in our nearby local town. Wi-fi available.
Responsibilities & Pets
We would be grateful if you would care for our cat, feed garden birds and water our polytunnel and garden when needed. PK is the most affectionate cat but has a problem with contraction of his joints even though he is only 6. He can move but increasingly slowly and will need a carry here and there. PK is very much part of the family; he will talk to you in his own way and you will be his friend for ever if you give him a daily brushing. In autumn or winter you will need to be able to deal with any weather that comes this way!
August 2019 | Gabrielle
April 2019 | Janice