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Quiet Country Home with animals

France, Saint-Sernin, Nouvelle-Aquitaine


  • Dog(s)
  • Chicken(s)
  • Fish
  • Goat(s)
  • Other animal(s)

4 terriers - Mum and 3 x 2 year old pups; 2 very friendlygoats, geese and hens.,.& fish lake


  • Dates: variable


They have 1 testimonial (view below)


They have WIFI

About this assignment

We would like to welcome an animal friendly country loving person or couple who are reliable, trustworthy and enjoy painting, gardening/maintenance/animals etc in exchange for free accommodation This might suit a retired single person or active couple. We are flexible looking for someone who is prepared to housesit if we go away for a few long weekends September/October in our camper and possibly a 2 week holiday in November.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

When we are not here to look after our small friendly menagerie . We have 4 friendly terriers who require lots of cuddles and walks, they are great fun. We have recently acquired 2 hens which live in a pen in the garden, 2 friendly geese that get shut in night and let out mornings, and 2 easy going goats.
When we are here, so you don't get bored we could do with someone who would be happy to help with some painting i.e shutters, and a ceiling. So we are looking for a housesitter come Helpex I guess.

What are the good features of the property and location

We live in a quiet rural location in beautiful countryside, sourrounded by fields, woods and vines. The house is largish and comfortable, central heating and wood burner in the winter plenty of our own logs, gazebo and garden swimming pool for the summer. We have 2 gites which are let out in the summer. However one would be taken by house sitter for this opportunity.
We are near the town of Duras with the chateaux worth a visit, as are a lot of the vineyards and tastings that are there for the sampling of their wonderful wines. St Foye La Grande and Bergerac also have lovely Saturday markets to explore and boast wonderful architecture, as does Issigac on a Sunday morning.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

Be prepared to help out as per above, flexible and fun on a housesitting/helpx type basis.
We work from home (we are not yet retired), so we do have an office in the house that keeps us busy most of the time.
We would be happy for the right person to live enfamille or in our smaller centrally heated gite if it suited both parties longer term.

Last updated: 9 August 2022
7 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Dordogne, France with Bastide towns nearby

We loved staying in Tina and David's cozy stone gite while helping out on their rural property for 5 weeks. It was a joy getting to know their many sweet and rascally pets. There is a lot to keep busy with the cottage garden, extensive flower beds, pool and 5 dogs, 2 donkeys, 2 goats, chickens and geese, but we enjoyed working as a team to make sure everyone had a good work/play balance in the weeks we were around. Tina and David are great hosts and we were able to explore the nearby medieval towns, local markets and shared several delicious and beautiful meals together. We came to help give them a chance to take a few days respite from their work and left having two new friends. We will definitely be back for more fun in the future!

Elizabeth, United States, 20 June, 2021

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions