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August Sit 7 Cats in rural France

France, Le Monestier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Pets

  • Cat(s)

All cats are allowed in and out of the house. There is no cat flap, but they ask when they want to go out.

Duration

  • Period available: 3 weeks, 3 days
  • Starts: 1 August 2020
  • Ends: 25 August 2020

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

We are looking for a reliable, honest, responsible, cat-loving sitter COUPLE to care for and enjoy our cats and comfortable house from the 3rd to 24 Aug, but please come a couple of days earlier to settle in and meet the gang. A calm, motivated couple of people, who are observant and would know when a cat's behaviour wasn't quite right.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

The house is fairly easy maintenance so would just require the usual upkeep. The most important thing is that you respect my home and give my animals the love and care they need.
The cats are generally easy going and are used to having strangers come and go. There are a couple of personalities to monitor. They are ex street cats/ rescues . Some are confident, some are flighty, all respond very well to calm people and enjoy their attention.

What are the good features of the property and location

We have fast wifi. This is the real France where it is rare to find anyone who speaks English. Rural mountainous beauty in a small village location with plenty of walks from the front doorstep. Town of Ambert is 8km away for markets etc. City an hour away. Plenty of culture locally. Large garden with views.
The village is quiet with no pub or shop, but it's perfect if you are looking for peace and tranquillity for creative work, or just value them for their own sake.

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

There are 39 steps up to your accommodation at the top of the house. This assignment would suit a couple only, not one person alone. Non-smokers and non-meat-eaters please, or you would ideally be happy to forgo these while in our home.

Last updated: 20 April 2020
4 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

The peace and quiet of a gorgeous medieval village in the company of 7 charming cats

This delightfully restored Old School in the heart of the Auvergne region of France is an ideal house sit for anyone who loves the beauty and tranquillity of charming tiny medieval villages and the company of cats. There were 7 in residence when I was there taking care of them, and they were all delightful in their own individual ways. There are 2 fabulous apartments in their former Mairie and Ancienne Ecole that dates to 1885, and these are designed as holiday rentals, one as a b+b and the other as self-catering holiday accommodation. It was the b+b at the very top of the house that was made available to me and it was extremely comfortable and had plenty of room. The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated and was spotlessly clean, and toasty-warm… and the kitchen was well-equipped. Both Andrew and Gail were most welcoming, explaining all the details about the house and the cats… and they had a detailed “Book of the house” prepared in advance. If you want to be surrounded by people, constant entertainment and noise – this isn’t your sit! However, I would heartily recommend it to anyone who like the peace and quiet of a very relaxing tiny village, and especially to anyone who likes cats. In addition, walks abound in the area and there are many more delightful villages to be investigated, if that’s what rocks your boat.

Fiona, United Kingdom, 14 February, 2020

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Auvergne Kitty Heaven!!!

We have just thoroughly enjoyed a week at Gail and Andy's lovely former school in the heart of the Auvergne. The cats were a dream to hang out with, lots of cuddles to be had and most of them love to be on laps, so a perfect holiday for us! The house is really lovely - clean, tidy and warm. The guest rooms are spacious and very comfortable. Gail and Andy had printed out all the information we needed and we enjoyed sending them daily photos of the kitties. We would highly recommend this home and cats to other sitters and we are planning to return next year! :D :D

Kay and Simon, United Kingdom, 06 November, 2019

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Adorable house & cats

If you are into ‘old school’ restored properties and a bunch of adorable stray cats then this is a hidden gem in the Auvergne region. Situated in the Parc Naturel Régional Livradois-Forez, the quaint village of Le Monestier is a bit off the beaten track in rural France, that’s just why we liked this house sit so much! Home owners Gail and Andrew managed to turn a former ‘Mairie’ & ‘Ancienne Ecole’, which dates back from 1885, into a fabulous chambre d’hôte and gite. Tastfully and elegantly designed with a mixture of brocante and modern facilities. It’s a treat to stay in your own private cozy apartment in the very top of this tall building. Gail and Andrew’s hospitality is not restricted to human guests only. Nine rescued stray cats can call it home too. They have their own living space (hammocks) which does not interfere with the guest rooms. The loving care of Gail and Andrew for their cats is admirable. And moreover, the place was so impeccably clean. Chapeau! We did our best to make the cats feel at home while their foster parents went out. And we have had no complaints… all cats (seniors) were so laid back and relaxed. It was a pleasure to have them around, getting to know their own personalities. We can truly recommend this charming house and dedicated, sympathetic owners for a wonderful housesit, especially if you like the country side and the outdoors. The surrounding forests in the hills are a hikers and MTB paradise and a heaven for peace & tranquility seekers!

H.A., Netherlands, 03 July, 2019

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  • Gave good instructions