We (Richard 64 and Lynn 58) retired from the NHS in 2005 and are now living in the beautiful, unspoilt department of the Charente, SW France.
We are looking for a responsible, trustworthy and active couple to house sit for us during holidays and trips to the UK. This will mostly be in the autumn and winter months for periods of now more than 3 weeks but could also include shorter periods throughout the year.
We will also shortly also be looking for medium/long term guardian-type house-sitters to live on site with us in a newly renovated 2bed/bath cottage with separate garage and garden to help with on-going maintenance and odd jobs as well house-sitting.
We need a couple to care for our main house, cottage, garden, fishing lake and swimming pool. In addition we have 6 cats ranging from 3 months to 17 years who would much rather sit on a lap than go to the local cattery! On very rare occasions there may be paying guests in our holiday cottage.
We are situated between the villages of Montemboeuf and Vitrac St Vincent. Montemboeuf is 3 kilometers away and has all necessary services and facilities with Angouleme being the nearest city and Limoges the nearest airport.
Our home sits in 2 acres of garden and consists of 2 properties - a 19th century 3 storey Maison de Maitre with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and a separate 3 bedroomed cottage with gym, sauna and jacuzzi. Both are fully centrally heated and renovated. We are currently in the process of renovating 4 further cottages - one so that we can have "guardians" living on site and the other 3 to expand our holiday business.
Our home is in a quiet, rural area but not isolated with our nearest (french) neighbours 300 m away.The surrounding area is perfect for walking, cycling and running, all directly from our doorstep.
We have developed a wide range of social networks and activities which sitters may wish to access such as choirs, garden clubs, exercise classes. Previous sitters have been well looked after by our friends!
A vehicle may be available subject to insurance qualification. Sitters would be welcome to stay either in the main house or the cottage.