House & Pet-Sitter Couple wanted for Fairytale Castle in France

House Sitter Needed for Username: fairytalecastle   


Posted or Updated: Sep 27,2016   Applications: 1

Pays-de-la-Loire, Laval
Loire Valley France

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Oct 12,2016
For 2 months to 1 year | Medium Term

Friendly & Mature COUPLE Wanted for small Fairytale Castle in FRANCE

Available Dates: Immediate Start for a long-term stay (2 months to 1 year)
Mature COUPLES only (sadly no children or large pets), please!
Ideally should have own car, though --if not-- must have valid driver's license.

 We are an Anglo-American couple with one teenage daughter, 1 loving Samoyed dog, chickens, 2 ponies, 1 gentle horse, a goat and fish. We are relaxed, flexible, trustworthy and friendly, and look for caretakers who share these same qualities to replace our much-loved current couple (who are moving on after a wonderful lengthy stay). We love to play music (guitar, piano & harp), cook & experiment with the amazing local foods on offer at our many markets, and travel (which we do frequently & often for long periods at a time, hence the need for live-in house-carers). 

 Our chateau is a 150-year-old neo-Renaissance fairytale-style castle (with turrets!) on 10 hectares of land in a region famed for its history and beauty. As it is neo-Renaissance (1850s) and not medieval, it is in remarkably good condition. All of the rooms (4 main rooms + 7 bedrooms) are in a very good state of repair as we have undergone a process of renovating and updating the chateau since its last restoration in the 1970s. However, it regularly needs cleaning and general maintenance. 

 The chateau operates as a family home, occasionally hosting parties and events, and also features a holiday cottage on the grounds which is rented during the summer months. The chateau is located in an idyllic location in the Western Loire Valley of France, and is only 2km away from the nearest town with everything one could want: supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, bars, even its own racecourse. The nearest city is 15km away, and features a high-speed train connection. We are only 1.5 hours SW of Paris by train. We are also equidistant to all of the castles of the Loire Valley, Mont St. Michel, the Normandy Beaches, and Brittany, as well as many attractions locally. 

You will be provided with very nice accomodation, Wifi, English-satellite TV, and the use of the property. (During the summer months tourists pay handsomely for this exact experience!)

The region is very hospitable, and we try to be as well! If you have pleasant and relaxed personalities, good handyman or farming skills, appreciate cleaning to a high standard, enjoy the outdoors and gardening, and have fluent English-language ability, you may be the couple for us. 

If you are looking for a beautiful French adventure and think that you might fit our requirements, please contact us! We'd love to hear from you.

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