Possible to start anytime between mid to late September until mid December.
I am sorry but I cannot accommodate families or persons with own pets.
Our traditional home sit on woodland with plenty wildlife around. Picturesque rural countryside and very tranquil surroundings. The property comprises of the main house and few outdoor buildings.
The QUERCY is a rich historic and cultural region in the southwestern French department of LOT with beautiful sceneries, & architectural sites.
Although our village is nicely tucked away, we are within easy reach to major cities and train stations.
I am looking for a dependable and considerate person(s) with a minimum of practical abilities willing to commit to the routine in place.
Breaks available for long sit if required (previous sitters took little time away to holiday or visit family) . Able to accommodate various situation therefore do not hesitate to let me know if you have any specific requests.
My lovely bunch of pets include my dog Gavin, Nino the donkey, Locky the sheep and 5 cats ranging from 9 years to 16 years old with the exception of our oldest cat Lulu who is 20. All of them are rather easy going and love human contact and being pampered.
My dog Gavin can't be left alone in the house more than 5 hours, has to be supervised when outside & loves his daily walk.
Looking after a donkey and a sheep doesn't require any specific experience. They are fairly relaxed, rustic animals that need feeding twice a day & taken out to their paddock. They spend the night in their stable.
I manage house, garden and pets on my own, therefore the position is perfectly suitable for a single person. Speaking French is not essential as most my local friends speak English or Spanish and can be of help if needed.
Minding my home includes caring for my pets but also keep up with the general maintenance found in any other homes. There is basic gardening duties wich involves a bit of physical work.
I have a weekly helping hand to support the sitter with the general cleaning of the house.
An easy routine is in place which has helped previous sitters settle in without any worries. If followed, it will help make sure everything runs smoothly.
Local friends and family are ready to provide help and support so my sitters are never left alone dealing with an unexpected situation. My vet happens to be a friend and I am also only a short flight away if necessary.
This is country life at its best so enjoying rural life is a must.
It will not suit someone who enjoys sleeping in and not really willing to follow the routine in place. It is important for the well-being of my pets and the sake of my home that anyone interested in this house-sit feels this is something they can fully commit to.
Considering Covid & ongoing uncertainties, if I had to make my way back home, I have in place a Plan B to limit any disruption my return could trigger. I have available an independent 3-bedroom house on the property. During the (first & second) locked down period, I offered my sitters the choice to remain there. The house is very comfortable & fully equipped (including WIFI).
Needs and Animals
- My pets
- A dog
- 5 cats
- A horse
- Farm animals
*Must hold EU Passports or Visas allowing a stay in France for the time frame
*UK Citizens can only remain a period of 3 months since Brexit
*Clean driving licence (international licence may be needed)
*Happy to adapt to commonplace tasks & chores (housekeeping & outdoor maintenance)
*Be tidy with a sense of practical & logical approach to things in general (willing to use basic garden equipment).
*Have a positive approach to life in the country and be easy going.
*It s nice to be kept in touch with photos and news
*Be kind, patient and lovable to the pets. Creatures of habit therefore observing their schedules is the key thing to ensure their happiness. Taking them to the vet and administering medication if necessary.
*Gavin can’t be left outside, needs to be on a leash for his walk. He loves cuddles and to follow me around outside.
* The sitter agrees not to leave the house all day or overnight.
*I help our local birds by providing ongoing source of peanuts and sunflower seeds.
- 150 - 500 m² (1590 - 5290 sq. ft.)
- More than 1000 m² (1060 sq. ft.)
Minding my home include not just the care of my pets but also the general cleaning and gardening maintenance found in any other home. I have weekly helping hand to work along with the sitter for the care of the house.
My home is a renovated farmhouse located on the outskirt of a quaint village in the Quercy region SW. Many villages nearby with all convenience stores, markets etc.. 20mn drive from the beautiful Lot River, the listed village St Cirq Lapopie & the pretty town of Cahors.
This is country life at its best so enjoying rural life is a must. It might not suit someone who likes to sleep in.
If this house-sitting position interest you and you’d like more in depth information, I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Comfort and Luxury
Closest neighbours around 200 m and the heart of the village is one km away.
Many villages nearby with all convenience stores, markets etc... The main village is called Lalbenque (7km) and the town of Cahors is a 20 mn drive. The listed village of St Cirq Lapopie by the river Lot is 15 km away.
The house has central heating, openfire/upmost efficient wood burning stove in the kitchen (Polyflam) to provide extra comfort as the room is the one mostly used by humans & pets!
There is a fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area and a small utility room. There is a car available if the sitter do not posess one (insurance provided for the sitter(s), High speed Internet (Fibre), TV, books/DVD library.
The pool is usually opened by June and closed around September.
Tourism and Leisure
Located just south of the Dordogne area and one hour north of Toulouse.
Fast train (TGV) from Montauban, the largest town near us located 40mn away.
Local train station (Lalbenque/Fontanes) and main train station is in Cahors.
No other public transport is available.
Cahors, Occitanie, France
From Monday 2021
To Sunday 2021
Registered since 22/01/2019