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Large, private, quiet house in the French Countryside

France, Saint-Dizier-la-Tour


  • Cat(s)
  • Chicken(s)

2 chickens, 6 cats


  • Period available: 2 weeks, 1 day
  • Starts: 23 May 2019
  • Ends: 7 June 2019


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About this assignment

I love people and can get along with all walks of life. My husband and I speak several languages so you don't even have to be a native speaker. You just need a love of cats and a sense of responsibility for other's property. We live in a very rural area so a car is necessary. There is no nearby public transport here and it's 7 km to the village with a small supermarket, bakeries, etc. There are nice things to see and do within driving distance. Currently we would like to attend the Spice Girls concert in Cardiff on May 27. I also have a reservation in the area for a couple of days after that. Other than that we are flexible on dates but we would like about two weeks to get away. I can leave it up to you what dates suit you. We can be flexible within a few days to accommodate you. And if you say you are coming please don’t let us down.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Loving and feeding the cats, One of which needs some simple medication and he is very gentle and loving so will not scratch or bite you when you give it to him. Also feeding and letting our 2 chickens in and out each day and keeping an eye on them with regard to predators, general tidying when you leave. Siamese cats need human company each day, they thrive on it. In general, our house sitting needs are ongoing and we are flexible on dates. Drop us a line if you happen to be passing through for a few days. We can often take a break spontaneously.

What are the good features of the property and location

We have a large house with a guest bedroom and an office and a pool table on over 8000 sq. meters of land. It is centrally heated and has character and charm, but nothing fancy, it's rustic and simple. We do have satellite and thus English-language television with all the UK Freesat channels and radio stations. We also have a washer and dryer, so you're not dependent on the weather if you want to do your laundry, and we have a dishwasher which I actually couldn't be without! Far from neighbors and city life, it's the perfect, quiet escape while still having things to do within driving distance. There's loads of walking trails and quiet roads to bike on if you enjoy that. And I'll make you dinner, I'm quite a good cook ;)

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

We have some flexibility on dates, we won't book accommodation until we are certain we have a house sitter. If you promise to be here, please don't cancel because accommodations are expensive and we will lose a lot of money if we can't go. The last housesitters that were here stayed for one night and then left in the morning because the lady was not feeling good and abandoned our animals and house and we had to turn around and come right back home. It was stressful and we lost a lot of money. So please be sure you are healthy enough to travel before you commit. No smoking inside the house, please. The nearest airport is Limoges which is 90 minutes away so also please keep that in mind with regards to getting here. Driving is probably the best option, or renting a car at the airport if you need to fly. If there's a medical emergency with the cats you need to have a car to get them to the vet quickly. But currently all of them are in decent health. We cannot lend you our car because you will not be covered by our insurance.

Last updated: 11 January 2019

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Chill, relax and friendly pet lovers and home owners

We stayed twice at Barbi and Joost their house. Once for 3,5 weeks (period September-October) and once for 10 days (begining of November). Barbi and Joost are very relax and easy going. The most important for them are their 8 cats and 2 chickens. The cats have all a different personality and we really enjoyed our time with all of them. They come and go during the day and they are all inside during the night (sometimes Cliffy decided not to come in). The cats stay in 2 different rooms. The 2 hens (Houdini and Blacky) are very easy to care of. In the morning let them out of their barn and feed them. Feed them again in the afternoon and they re going in the barn themselves. You only have to lock the door at night. Barbi and Joost have a big house. We stayed their together with them after our 2nd house sit. The garden is very spacious. We removed the leaves (it was autumn) and we enjoyed the privacy from the property. We could run and walk in the surroundings and my boyfriend did a lot of cycling in the region. We had easy and funny contact with Joost and Barbi, before, during and also after our house sits. We can say they are real animal lovers and they live a very easy and quit life in France.

Kirsten and Iwan, Netherlands, 18 November, 2018

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