Emergency 1 week housesitter for 3 cats please!
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Posted or Updated Sep 12,2018
Lot et Garonne,Lot et Garonne France
For 1 week | Short Term
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Hello! Due to the ill-health of our previously arranged housesitter, we're suddenly looking for a gentle person/couple to take care of our 3 cats for a week at the end of September. We're taking the dogs with us on this occasion.
We think our little animal family is rather adorable (of course!), and 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; if you're hardy it may still be possible to take a dip by then!
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!
The surrounding area, with its gently rolling countryside, dotted with stone farmhouses, churches and hilltop villages, still seduces us after 10 years. Our local farmers (lovely Pascale, Marius, and Dominic) grow sunflowers, maize and soya in the fields, and the orchards famously produce mainly plums and hazelnuts. 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 spare car for you. 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 Cats! We have Ossy (5 years) a huge tabby who lost his tail after an infected bite, Goo'chi (3 years), a very handsome and loving Siamese cross, and Flex (18 months) a slim, 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 when someone's home. They only really need attention at about 8am and 6pm. The rest is up to you/them!
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!
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