Hello! Our daughter is getting married in September as you can imagine we need to be there. We're looking for a gentle person/couple to take care of our 2 smallish dogs and 3 cats for a week in September.
Our furry family is a mixed bag of personailities; quirky, friendly and fun. They're fairly easy! We have been told our home is both beautiful and comfortable. We feel very lucky to live in the centre of a tiny village about half an hour south of Bergerac, in the heart of the Lot et Garonne countryside.
Our stone-bult house dates from the mid 1800's, and in its time has been (deep breath); the mairie, an hotel, a cafe, a restaurant, a garage, a dance hall, and a cinema! One of our neighbours was born in "your" room, and another recalls coming to dances here up until 1968! Now, it is a lovingly renovated centrally heated 4 bedroomed family home, with a proper cosy country kitchen and a big comfy living room. There's a smallish garden with a pool, it should still be possible to take a dip in mid-September.
There's plenty of space to pursue all sorts of hobbies or to work from home, with a bright airy dining room/hobby room and wifi of course. We have a couple of TVs, both have British tv, one also has Netflix and the other also has French TV. There are also large eclectic collections of DVDs, CDs and books, and an armoire full of games and crafts to entertain you! There's even a petanque court just across the road, and we've 2 sets of boules for you to use.
The surrounding area, with its gently rolling countryside, dotted with stone farmhouses, churches and hilltop villages, is honestly gorgeous. Our local farmers grow sunflowers, maize and soya in the fields, and the orchards famously produce mainly plums and hazelnuts. In September there will be loads of foraging to enjoy! The barn is packed with jams and chutneys for you to enjoy; feel free to make your own too. There's also plenty of nature and wildlife to enjoy on walks - deer, buzzards, coypu and red squirrels among many others. On top of this, the French lifestyle is legendary! It's all here if you wish, gorgeous bastide villages, chateaux, markets, wine tasting, restaurants and cafe/bars.
You do need a car here - we will leave a car for you if you need it, and we can collect/drop you at Bergerac or Marmande. The nearest basic shops, restaurants and bars are under 10 minutes drive away in a pretty medieval village. A wide range of supermarkets and other large shops can be found at about 20 minutes. Beautiful Bordeaux is an hour and a half away, and the famous, huge Dune de Pyla at Arcachon is another half an hour from there. There's plenty to see and do.
And so to The Furry Family. We have 2 gentle dogs; Cookie (7 years) a rescued cross-breed who is quite quirky but very lovable, and Crumble (6 years) a handsome fox terrier who is bags of fun, and toy-mad! The dogs have 2 main walks, plus a late evening toilet break, totalling about 2 hours a day. They don't tend to use the garden as a loo, so routine is important! There are 3 cats; Ossy (6 years) a huge shy tabby who lost his tail after an infected bite, Goo'chi (4 years), a very handsome and loving Siamese cross, and Flex (2 years) a pretty, flirty tortoiseshell. The cats are pretty independent, and live mainly outside with a flap into the garage. They come and go in the house for an armchair snooze, food and cuddles.
I hope that's enough of a thumbnail sketch - if you'd like to know more, we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!