We are looking for a couple/Single person, who can fullfill housesit / pet / land / property sitting / caring, for up to 3 months.
Arriving around the 26th January through to the 31st of March .
English or French speaking only.
Our 'chambre d'hôte' business will be closed in our abscence. So no clients.
Your accommodation will be our apartment, but we ask you to do a regular (3 times a week or every day) vieiwng through the part of the building which is set up as our business 'chambre d'hôte' (bed and breakfast accommodation). Also to water the house plants in this part of the building.
If you appreciate a visit to the country side of the French Pyrenees, enjoy living in a peaceful rural location. Being actively hands on with caring for our 2 cats AND land / vegetable garden, this could be ideal for you.
A healthy attitude, reliable, trustworthy, energetic, conscientious well being and caring towards our animals and home. Be prepared for autumn and winter weather - you may have glorious sunshine, you may have snow / rain.
The responsibilities required of the house sitter:-
Our 2 cats, Zinzin and Kifkif, aged 15 are easily pleased with food and then sleep, they are often off exploring outdoors, or asleep on the sofa.
The cats get fed twice a day and clean water, morning around 8am and again around 4pm.
Our vast vegetable patch is on a steep slope, so you must be sure footed and agile and NO heart conditions. You may harvest some of the produce in the garden and enjoy for your lunch / dinner.
There is a poly tunnel that may need watering and if it snows, the snow needs to be knocked off the roof, doing so from inside the polytunnel.
General maintenance of the property is crucial, therefore experience with DIY would be appreciated. We need to be assured that if there is a problem with a frozen tap outside that bursts or a slate off the roof, that it can be remedy'd, to avoid damage, before calling in a local artisan.
The features of the property and location:-
Located in the country side, in a quiet hamlet with a couple of neighbours, who you may not even encounter. With wonderful views, peaceful environment, lovely walks and the quiet village of Galey within 10 mins walk. If you like the country side this is a great location, if not, please do not apply.
Your accommodation is our apartment and NOT the bed and breakfast accommodation, (business is closed in our abscence). Our home is at the end of the building, it is rustic yet comfortable and cosy. In the cooler days it heats up quickly when the log burner is lit. There is no central heating. Wood is provided. There is an additional timed electric heated towel rail in the bathroom. There is no heating in the bedroom.
Our accommodation consists of - small kitchen, with fridge, gas cooker and essential crockery, cutlery saucepans, frying pan and oven trays. Cosy sitting room, with arm chair and 3 seater sofa. Small dining room, with table and two chairs.Bathroom with toilet, sink, bath tub with shower, electric towel rail. 1 bedroom upstairs in the attic with a double bed and wardrobe, boasting a stunning view out across the valley to the hills.
Our home is situated at 702M facing south in the Pays Couserans, Ariege. The views are open,wide and hilly. Due to being south facing its also extremely sunny. Its a great location for walkers, hikers, cyclists.
The main town of Saint Girons is 23kms by car, with amenities such as banks, supermarkets, hospital, vets etc. The commune village of Galey is 10 minute walk. A bar restaurant may be found in the village of Orgibet 1km down the road.
There is WiFi for internet access, we do not have a TV, we do have quite a few books available. Orange mobiles have poor reception, but it depends on your gadget, SFR works wel, or use orange s through WIFI.
Our house sitters need to consider the following before applying:-
It is essential that we have contact in our abscence, to ensure you are comfortable and the cats are fine, and everything is as it should be.
Winter = You should be prepared for 'what ever the weather', be it snow, rain or glorious sunshine & a deckchair on the terrace, you will have to venture outside and care for our cars whatever the weather, clear snow from the chicken run and also clear the snow off the roof of the pergola as its not built to hold the extra weight should there be a huge snowfall. It will have extra props installed to support it over the winter.
Own transport essential.
NO SMOKING INSIDE THE BUILDING.