I am retired and volunteer at Carmarthenshire County Museum; my husband, Bob, farms here and builds and renovates on and off the farm. We like to visit our 2 daughters and their husbands, in London and Margate, and every few years we try to get a couple of weeks abroad!
Our Home & Location
Vicarage Farm is situated in a very secluded and incredibly beautiful valley, on the Carmarthenshire\ Ceredigion border. The access is down a track, which I used to drive in a little Citroen C3, and we get oil tankers etc., down here, but you would want your own car! Shops are about 3 miles away (Llandysul), the county town of Carmarthen about 25 minutes. We are half a mile from our nearest neighbours (both sets are incredibly friendly and helpful).
Wildlife here is fantastic - masses of birds, and wildflowers, plus the usual mammals and the beautiful River Teifi is two fields below us. Sandy beaches are approximately 20/30 minutes away, the Preseli Hills and Pembrokeshire approx. 45 mins. and hill-walks both near (Mynydd Llanllwni) and further (e.g Cambrian Mountains or Brecon Beacons)....
The house itself is very old (Listed Grade II - 17th/18th Century) and has 'great character' - i.e. wobbly floors, funny old doors, beams, etc. but certainly isn't posh! We have a new log-burner in the Sitting Room (masses of wood from the farm) and a Rayburn in the Living Room which heats the water, etc. At present there is 1 visitors' bedroom, with another undergoing renovation. There are 2 bathrooms, both downstairs, and a conservatory. Large gardens around the house, all surrounded by our fields. We have most of the usual amenities, (washing machine, dishwasher, calor gas cooker, bread maker, etc.), but please note that we don't have a microwave. We have a smallish TV in the Sitting Room, plus lots of records and books! + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Please note: - for this October sit (i.e. 3rd - 11th October 2018), Molly the collie will be coming with us to Margate (but I couldn't delete the Edit section!!!).
Posy would need feeding and her litter-tray emptied every day. She uses cat-flaps but, being elderly, feels happier with her 'loo' inside now! She has also become very deaf which means that she doesn't know when anyone approaches or is behind her, but this isn't a problem.
The chickens are let out of their chicken house every morning and fed. They put themselves to bed and need to be shut in in the evening.
Sheep and cattle - checking to see that they're OK once a day.