Gardeners and handy couple welcomed in Poitou for 3 months

House Sitter Needed for Username: VienneChateau   


Posted or Updated: Mar 9,2021   Applications: 10

Chatellerault, Rural, Thuré
Vienne,Poitou France

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Nov 1,2021
For 3 months | Medium Term

WE ARE OFFERING THE ONE BEDROOM GATE COTTAGE WITH TINY GARDEN TO A COUPLE OF ENGLISH OR SPANISH SPEAKING HOUSE-SITTERS. Set at the entrance of the property and very private, it is very well equipped.

Couple only for the gate cottage !

3 months and more if you wish : Beginning of November 2021  to the end of January or more, we can be flexible on thoses dates.
Accommodation comprises : 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom gate cottage with a tiny closed garden. Another couple or family occupies the farmhouse at the same time.

Hello there!

We live in a beautiful post Renaissance style Castle in a remarkably good condition, situated between Tours and Poitiers, a region famed for its history and beauty. The Chateau operates as a family home. The grounds consist of a small woodland area, this has paths for nature walks and abundant wildlife, a swimming pool (not heated,) and barns welcoming weddings and receptions in the summer, a greenhouse, ample lawn areas.

The property is located in an idyllic location in France, and is only 700 meters away from the nearest village with bakery, "café-restaurant", post-office service and a little supermarket
The village includes a Catholic church with service once a month.
The nearest city inhabitants) is less than 5km away, and features a mainline high-speed train connection (TGV to Paris 1h20').
We are also near all the castles of the Loire Valley as well as many attractions (Futuroscope Park, golf, trekking, riding horses, bicycling tracks, hot-air balloon, lake sailing, etc...). 

We welcome weddings in the summer and really enjoy that activity.
The cottages are rented a few week ends in the summer which gives the opportunity to our sitters to go visiting a little further but not at all in the winter.

Our ideal couples :
· Must hold EU Passports OR Visas permitting them to stay in the EU for the time frame
· Are physically very fit and active
· Have a relaxed ‘Can-Do’ attitude and plenty of initiative
· Sense of Humour
· Enjoy the challenges of gardening and can help in our current projects 
· Have a keen interest in France
· Love the outdoors
. Love dogs
· Get along with each other and enjoy working together
· Each should have clean driving licences, and no criminal history (may be checked)
· Also, moderate drinking habits only

All efforts are made to ensure that our house-carers are comfortable, happy and enjoying the delights of France. 

If one has any particular skills or talents, either artistic or practical, we definitely encourage any creativity.

Utilities are provided by us (including wifi).

We are looking for couples who like to be active in the garden and who can help us in our current projects within the property.
Depending on the season: mowing, planting, painting, light masonery or using chainsaw, trimming, using tractors, doing some general maintenance, feeding the dog, closing the gate at night, in the summer as we receive weddings I'd appreciate a little help making the beds for our guests...

Our kids (girl 17 and boy 15) are always happy to practice their fluent english or quite good spanish spending time with our sitters children. Actually I would say they teach each others their language, go to school together and life is not too far from paradise around here ! That is why we appreciate our sitters children matching in age ours.

Please note that the farmhouse and the gate cottage are guest houses for us, so if you would like to stay longer than the proposed months, you are very welcome to do so. 

We have a lovely and very affectionate outdoor dog called Havane who needs love when we are away.
She is a 8 yo Beauce Shepperd or "Bas-rouge" (french breed) which lives freely inside the property. 
No need to walk her.

I apologize for my english... 

Talk to you soon ! 
Thanks for your interest 

Arnaud & Marie-Laure

House Sitter Feedback / endorsements (1)

“ Fall at the Chateau ”

Sit Dates Oct-6-20 - Dec-28-20 Sitter HandyHomeSitters, Member Since Oct-16-18

This is a remarkable house sit. For the most part the hosts are at home and we interact. The house sit is to stay at the lovely gatehouse to help keep an eye on the property. We visited the de Belinay family at the castle several times a week where Marie-Laure takes great pride in French culture and cuisine. Arnaud is always working on very interesting projects around the Chateau and various buildings and barns. The gatehouse is comfortable and fully equiped. The hosts are kind and sharing. The neighbourhood offers much to explore and there are interesting projects to particapate in. An outstaning opportunity to immerse yourself in French country and culture. 

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