As I have been badly let down by a hous-sitter not turning up I am relisting my property. My house is 3 kilometres from Villereal in the Lot & Garonne with seven hectares of land. The house is on top of a hill with a farm and another house nearby. The house has been refurbished over the last 6 years and has a semi self contained apartment with bed/sitting room with shower room, separate bedroom and bathroom in the tower (The main kitchen/dining room would be shared with me when I am here). There is French TV and internet in the tower and intermittant UK TV in the lounge. I am currently working on the outside (swimming pool is finished, the fish pond is programmed for this year). There are two lakes and three fields and numerous fruit trees set in 6 hectares of land so there is a lot of land maintenance.
There is a flock of 50 black sheep + lambs (Ouessant), 3 Angora goats, several mallard ducks and a feral cat to be looked after. Also the swimming pool has to be maintained. I commute between here and the UK spending approximately two weeks in France, two weeks in the UK. I need someone to house sit and look after the animals permanently from 17th November to 27th April You need to be a non smoker and able to speak French. There is a small garden area to maintain but mostly I need someone to undertake the land maintenance and animal care that a small-holding requires and to keep the house clean. Occasionally I would need help with the building work when an extra pair of hands would help which would be paid for. I have a tractor and grass cutting equipment (strimmers and mowers) but not the time to use it so this would be the house sitters responsibility. Finally I need someone to collect and take me to the airport which is 30 minutes drive away (you have use of the car). I pay all the utility bills. I would prefer a couple on a long term contract but this is negotiable.