Dog lover needed to stay with 4 Tibetan Terriers. Lovely Sandy Beach in Snowdonia, Wales, just seconds away
We have 4 TTs, ranging from 4 years to 13 years, all of whom much prefer to be at home with their own bed & garden. They can be obstinate, naughty and very loving. We are looking to go away for two weeks, 8 to 22 December 2017, but because of flight timings we would need sitter to arrive evening of the 7th and we would only actually get back to the house on the morning of 23rd December, as it's an overnight flight. If it's possible I would prefer that the dogs (and us) get to meet a potential sitter first, and with that in mind it's possible for us to offer use of the little cottage in our garden for a few days prior to the actual sit.
Our Home & Location
A small seaside village, Llanfairfechan, in the county of Conwy on the North Wales coast.
Our house is fairly large old Victorian end terrace, just 1 minute walk from a gorgeous sandy beach, in a small seaside village called Llanfairfechan, on the edges of the Snowdonia National Park. We have a decent sized garden with patio containing comfortable outdoor furniture, with an outlook up to the mountain.
We have a lovely large kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, WC on every floor. Bathroom and a shower room. There is a driveway and garage, so car can be parked off road on the drive.
Our house itself has a number of floors. This is how it's set out:-
Three gates, one leading onto driveway and garage. One leading to the small cottage that we use for holiday lettings. Main one onto the path up to the house. There is a ramp up to the front door and low level door surround. On ground floor is the living room, with Sky TV, gas fire, three sofas. Our office. Then down a corridor to our lovely new kitchen, loads of fitted cupboards, a range cooker with two ovens and a separate oven too. Dishwasher, Fridge Freezer: you are more than welcome to use the ingredients from our cupboards, lots of spices etc, so you won't need to bring a lot of stuff with you. Through the kitchen there is a small cloakroom area, back door, places for hanging coats, and a small room with toilet and sink. Up to the next floor, a corridor to a room with a double bed. Up again, a room with a single bed (captains bed up a ladder) and a double bedroom with a superking bed. In between is a small shower room, with toilet and shower. Up again!!! You come to the top floor. There's a double bedroom, utility room with American Style washing machine, tumble drier. A bathroom with a bath, toilet and sink. And a tiny little bedroom with a single bed (we usually use it to stash piles of sheets and towels). So - there are 3 double bedrooms, two single. A toilet on each floor but the shower is on first floor and the bath on 2nd. It's a slightly weird house, very old with odd corridors and landings here and there - we call it character!...
There is a reason why I have not ticked that it's disabled friendly - I walk using crutches. But, the bedrooms are upstairs, there is a small step down into the kitchen from the hall, and the kitchen has an island that makes turning the corner too tight if you are using a walking frame or scooter, so it's not really suitable for a disabled person, sorry.
Whilst having a car may be easiest, there is a railway station in the village, Llanfairfechan, so arriving by train is possible. Public transport though, buses and trains, are relatively few and far between, and the buses go through all the little towns and villages, a great way to view the area but takes forever if you need to get somewhere fast! There are loads of great walks from our village so even if you don't have your own transport, you will have a great time here. Please feel free to contact us to talk about transport options. Put LL33 0BT into Google Street View and have a look around.. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We need someone who will commit to STAYING HOME with the dogs the majority of the time, and not ever to leave them for more than a couple of hours. We can however offer a separate stay in the little cottage in our garden for a couple of days beforehand, to get the dogs used to you and so that you can get out to explore our lovely area a little. We would also give you the opportunity to choose a week free of charge in our cottage during the following year, as we know that many people will be eager to get out and explore a little
We have a dog flap in the door giving the dogs access to the garden 24/7. They will require a walk every day and this may be easier with two people, as we have two youngish girls who love plenty of exercise, and an older boy who just wants to sniff, as well as our little Lucy who is completely blind and has to be watched all the time so that she doesn't fall over anything. If you are one person, then they could be walked in two sets of two. Our boy can be a little lead reactive so you need to stay alert for other dogs when out....
You should be aware that we love our dogs to bits and they are allowed on the furniture and on the beds. They make lovely foot warmers! Our main requirement is that you love our dogs whilst we are away. If you are grumpy or don't think dogs should be allowed on the furniture, you're not for us!
One of the dogs has previously been mistreated and does not like very loud male voices. They love attention and cuddles. + More info
September 2016 | David