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Enjoy spectacular views from the terrace of our lovely home in "hidden" Spain

Spain, Cádiar, Andalucía

Pets

  • Dog(s)
  • Cat(s)
  • Horse/Donkey(s)

Outside cats. A horse is possible if sitters are experienced riders.

Duration

  • Period available: 3 months, 4 weeks
  • Starts: 18 May 2021
  • Ends: 15 September 2021

Testimonials

They have 6 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

A self sufficient, responsible, capable and caring person(s) with experience of animals, especially dogs and horses would be ideal for this position. You may be early retired or able to work from home, will relish your own space and seclusion and will ideally be experienced in living partly off grid with solar energy, gas bottles etc. Driving is a must and enjoyment of gardening a big plus. If the initial sitting goes well for all of us, we would like to be able to call on sitters to return, sometimes at short notice, when we need to return to the UK but it would also be useful to build up a "bank" of sitters so please apply even if you can only sit for a short period.

For the summer sit there are only out side cats and the garden to care for.

Please note that only applicants with MMH testimonials/references will be considered, due to a very bad past experience.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Our animals are our priority and keeping the garden at least alive and watered when necessary comes a close second. Of course we will appreciate the house being kept tidy and safe too but it is a home not a palace and we are happy for sitters to treat it as theirs while they are here. The horse(s) (sometimes one, sometimes two) need feeding and wáter twice a day and mucking out as necessary. Exercise is a bonus. For people with no experience of horses, she can be cared for elsewhere. The 2 dogs require feeding and walking at least twice a day (they are used to going out with the horses) and the cats needs to be kept in food and water. The summer sit does not include the dogs as they are with us.The generator may need to be used to support the solar so familiarity with solar/generators is a plus but not essential.

What are the good features of the property and location

Spectacular views of the hills and mountains of the Andalucian countryside and amazing wildlife surround our house. You will no doubt enjoy some brilliant bird watching and possibly sightings of Golden eagles and wild boar at certain times of year. Set between the Mediterranean sea and the Sierra ski resort in Granada, we enjoy some of the cleanest air in Europe in this área of special cultural interest. This is the last enclave of the Moorish people in Spain and the architecture, culture and agricultural systems are unique in Europe. Hikers, bikers, horse lovers and climbers have a multitude of opportunities to pursue their hobbies here. The house is amazingly peaceful and quiet most of the time and our lovely neighbours are usually only around at weekends so there's plenty of seclusion for artists, writers etc. At night the stars are an awesome sight as there is no light pollution here. However, there are English neighbours within 2 km and they are always willing to assist with queries or in an emergency. The local town is a 10 - 15 minute drive away and replete with bars, supermarkets, bakers, butchers, banks, a garage and a pharmacy and medical centre. We have UK TV, internet and telephone. The house has 3 bedrooms and a large living/dining room, with a well equiped kitchen.
The terrace enjoys views to the south and over the garden to the hills beyond. Although the town is very Spanish there are enough English people to make fluent Spanish unnecessary. The garden is full of fruit and vegetables for a lot of the year. If you are considering leaving the rat race for "the good life", our home will give you a great taster. Many former house sitters in this area have decided to put down permanent roots.

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

The house is surrounded by a large garden and hilly walks and the dogs/horses need sufficient exercise so good health and a willingness to be pretty active are a must. The weather is generally good with sunshine and blue sky very much the norm but temperatures can be extreme and it is not unheard of to be snowed in for a few days in Winter so you have to be content to live from the store cupboard and not make it to town at these times. Similarly, summers can be scorching and the water has been cut off some years so adapting to staying in the shade and using deposito water (we have a large supply) may be necessary. These are worst case scenarios and if sitters are generally adaptable they will certainly cope with anything here.

Last updated: 18 April 2021
27 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

Fantastic people, what a luck to have met you

taffy had picked me up at the airport and immediately we started talking about everything, animals, the country, life, what her loving husband sean does all day long and i arrived at 1300 meters, in a paradise for peace, view and fresh air. the sweetest labrador team welcomed me with full friends and open hearts - like the owners themselves, the horse was my personal highlight. enjoy breathtaking sunsets and take a walk. taking care of the animals, a great house, clean, in the blooming garden, looking after them was an easy one. anytime again, i am glad to have met all of them, really all great beings. thank you and see you soon in the most beautiful neighbourhood in the world

Kristin, Germany, 24 April, 2020

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The perfect house sit

What a house sit - beautiful location, loads to do, amazing food, great people. We love the Alpujarras! Sean and Taffy were great, the house was perfect, the cats easy to look after, the TV was amazing - we watched our home rugby team play live (not that we were in Spain to watch TV!), the solar system was no problem and the cherries on the tree were ripe just as we arrived. Did some of the most amazing walking of our lives, swum at the beaches and saw flamingos for the first time! Great ex-pat community so we never felt lonely. The sun tan is sadly fading now we are home!

Andrew and Karen, New Zealand, 30 July, 2019

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Real nice quiet place on the mountain

I did a housesit here in the spring of 2018. Sean and Taffy are lovely people, very kind and helpfull. The views are great, and if you love quietness this is perfect. I enjoyd the cherries, apricots and strawberries and some vegetables from the garden, and even made jam of them. Neighbours and friends of Taffy and Sean are nice and friendly and willing to help in case of a problem. I'd like to com back some day, but unfortunately I'm not available in this period.

Karin, Netherlands, 03 March, 2019

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Wonderful house sit

Wonderful house sit We house sat for Taffy and Sean during the summer of 2017, and we loved it so much, we were very happily headed back there in the summer of 2018; however, a family emergency on our part prevented us from doing so. I would highly recommend this sit. The house is in a wonderful area with lots to do. It is a comfortable house situated atop a mountain with gorgeous views and very friendly neighbors. The town of Cadiar is nearby and offers all amenities. This is a perfect sit for taking day trips to the nearby pueblos blanco and Malaga and Rhonda. The kitties are lovely and very easy to take care of. There are an abundance of fruit trees to eat from. When we were there we had our fill of delicious grapes, figs, almonds, tomatoes, blackberries and more! Taffy and Sean have good friends in the area, who fast became our friends. Taffy and Sean are wonderful, generous people who we are happy to call our friends now. We highly recommend this sit and envy all those who are able to sit for Taffy and Sean. Home owner: Taffy, Spain, 01 March, 2019

Laurie, United States, 01 March, 2019

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We had a great time taking care of the animals, house and garden for Taffy and Sean. We felt very welcome, and enjoyed the time we spent with Taffy and Sean before they left. During our stay we met a lot of their friends and neighbours, which were lovely to have around. We felt at home and loved the peace and quiet. Our house sit was in October and November and Taffy told is beforehand that it would he the busy time of year, with the harvest of the figs and almonds. We don't like "busy" around us, but it turned out that busy in this small hamlet means that there are two cars a day passing by instead of one... And it meant we could enjoy eating lots of figs and almonds from their garden! The dogs are lovely and very affectionate. The cats are very easy to take care of and are nice company when sitting on the terrace or working in the garden. We recommend this place for people who like rural areas with great views and walks from the house on unpaved roads. The Sierra Nevada is visible from their place and not too far if you'd like to go for a hike in the mountains.

Meike & Arend, 01 March, 2019

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Our Dream House Sit.

Taffy and Sean's house sit in the Alpujarra's is one of those sits you dream about. The region, the lifestyle, the people and the unbelievable stunning vastness of the Sierra Nevada's all combine to give potential sitters an experience they will treasure forever. These attractions, and so much more keep us heading back. As house owners, Taffy and Sean are genuinely friendly, hospitable and so very helpful. In introducing us to their region and to their circle of friends, it provided such an easy and pleasurable transition into an area we had never been before been to before. We can not sing the praises of Taffy and Sean and the beautiful Alpujarras enough. As we said - this is the dream sit and we will be back.

Volker & Philomena , 01 March, 2019

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