We live in an old Presbytery near Eauze in the Gers, South West France with 2 gites, large garden and a swimming pool.
We are looking for sitters from 13 - 25 September, 2023 (dates to be confirmed) to care for our dog and two cats. We would ask the sitter to arrive one or two days before to get to know the animals and the house.
Rio is our lovely rescue dog we have had for 2 years. He is a medium, black and white dog labradoodle look-a-like. He is loving and friendly and has settled in well with us and the 2 cats. He is still nervous of strangers and other dogs so tends to bark loudly at them. This may sound a bit threatening but he is definitely not aggressive. He loves playing in the garden, talking to the farmer's dogs next door and his long daily walks, off lead in the fields. He is good with washing and grooming and loves a cuddle. He sleeps in our room in his own bed and is so quiet, only getting up when we are ready to.
The 2 cats are fairly self-sufficient but, apart from feeding, like people contact and a cuddle.
We are in a small village surrounded by countryside and vines. The area is famed for its Armagnac but now produces some good wine as well. Nearest town for supplies, banks, restaurants etc is Eauze about 8 kms. Eauze has one of the best markets in the area on a Thursday morning. Somewhat of a foodies and wine lovers paradise.
Rural, peaceful and quiet perfect for walking, cycling, painting etc. Our village is small with the church next door, a mairie and a few houses.
We would appreciate a house sitter who enjoyed the house and garden rather than using the house as a base for travelling. Rio has become used to being left for a few hours but not all day.
The house is comfortable, 3 beds/3 baths, with satellite tv and radio and good internet. We have a large garden and swimming pool. Our main concern is that the animals are well cared for and the house is kept clean, animal beds washed and, if necessary, light gardening and swimming pool maintenance jobs.
A car would be necessary in this area but we may be able to offer one for short journeys.