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Riverside Farmhouse in Provence

France, Le Thoronet, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur


  • Cat(s)
  • Chicken(s)

Cat called Lollypop and six chickens


  • Period available: 10 months, 4 weeks
  • Starts: 1 September 2020
  • Ends: 1 August 2021


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About this assignment

We are looking for a practical, country, home loving couple who would enjoy a home from home arrangement in exchange for helping us look after our property. If you appreciate beautiful countryside and like gardening, are practical with general machinery and like to be occupied and doing stuff outside, this might be of interest to you, You must like cats, only one!
We are looking for a responsible, resourceful, honest, meticulously clean, tidy and energetic couple. Non smokers. We generally lead a quiet life here and enjoy this property and environment where we have lived for almost twenty years.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

We would require you to help us with the upkeep of this property. We do have a gardener who comes to do most of the mowing and strimming and tree maintenance. Your responsibility would be gardening around the house and pool area, pool cleaning and general maintenance, ie sweeping terraces, cutting wood and keeping tools in working order. You must be experienced with a chain saw, strimmer and mower and be mechanically minded enough to sort out their running and maintenance. Also to look after our cat Lollypop who needs company and look after the chickens who are normally around six in number. We are away from the property periodically for work purposes so you will need to be happy to be left in charge.

What are the good features of the property and location

In return for your help we will provide you with a very comfortable and completely refurbished stone cottage in a riverside setting, located in the Var region of the South of France. There are two houses on six acres of beautiful park bordered by a river and woodland. Even though it is a rural situation, it is ten minutes from the motorway and close to excellent shops and local towns and villages. Ideal for anyone wanting to live in the Provencal countryside and yet have easy access to the coast and mountains and all the South of France has to offer. Be aware that the climate in the South of France can be cold in winter. Unusually, with this position we provide you with your own house rather than staying in the owners accommodation.This stone cottage is like a home from home. In the past we have very successfully rented the cottage in the summer months but we have chosen to forgo that income in order to have a reciprocal arrangement, a home in exchange for care taking.

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

We are looking for a couple with good practical skills, who will be happy to deal with various small maintenance jobs in both the houses and the garden as and when they crop up. We would require the sitters to pay for heating during the winter ie they will be responsible for their own electricity and wood cutting. Both houses have log burners.You must enjoy keeping the place looking good, so outdoors is a big feature. You need to be fit, energetic and enthusiastic about gardens. The grounds are consistently maintained, so it is a matter of upkeep. We have a gardener who maintains the parkland. If this is the sort of life that appeals to you and you like to keep busy, you will enjoy it here. We are looking for a couple long term or by arrangement. Must have your own car and be financially secure. No children or pets. We will not consider any applications without a full profile and photo.

Last updated: 1 August 2020
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