Outside: the 2 ponies are rescues and shy of people, the 2 cats friendly and 2 peafowl roost on top of the chimney at night. The c. 200 sheep on the farm are young an delightful but nervous so treat them gently..
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Practical down to earth non-smoking person or couple who would like to look after an organic farm and the 17th century farmhouse, as well as a few outside animals near the house and some sheep on the farm.
You need your own car as nearest town is Monmouth, 6 miles away. If absolutely necessary you could use mine, provided drivers' documents all OK.
A feel for farm animals is essential. Vegetarians preferred and a general green approach to life.
Look after house, inside and out.
In the winter months, check c. 200 sheep daily in all weather - a nice walk every day - and help if any in trouble eg head stuck in fence or caught in brambles. (Owner is on call for real problems).
May - October: no farm animals to check (usually).
Feed, twice a day, 2 ponies, 2 cats, 2 peacocks and wild birds. Cats love coming inside by the fire, but also like being outside much of the day.
Check biomass boiler, solar panels and spring water system - problems are rare and all instructions are provided.
Ability to drive our ancient little tractor would be helpful but not essential. No gardening needed.
The old house is surrounded by lovely farmland and views, 6 mile/ 12 minutes from the nearest town, Monmouth. Total peace and quiet at the end of a lane, with no passing traffic. The land is mainly pasture dotted with small woods, ponds and areas of wildlife habitat.
The house combines the ambience of a historic house - flagstones, beams, big log fire - with most modern comforts - central heating, wifi (no TV), washing machine, dishwasher etc. Lots of local attractions and things to do and close to Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham as well as shops/cinema/theatre/music in local towns. Lots of good walking in the area.
Do you care about farm animal welfare?
Do you enjoy working outside and doing some practical maintenance work if necessary.
Can you learn about and manage perhaps unfamiliar systems?
Do you mind being quite isolated at the end of a road in a beautiful place?
Would you be OK with a vegetarian diet while house sitting here? (Preferable but not essential).
Home sitting for Teona was fantastic. If you like peace and quiet, an unparaleled connection with nature and a chance to escape, this is a house sit for you! Teona was welcoming and very well organised with what is required from and for you, as an individual. Feeding the cats, ponies and birds was straight forward and simple. Being prepared for a good walk each morning with stout foot wear is a must. Checking that the sheep are healthy and mobile is straight forward, as well as planned (you don't need to be vet, you just need common sense). Teona's home is charming, comfortable and warm with an endless supply of spring water (i brought 2 bottles home :) Happy to recommend, even happier to return.
Teona's farm is a lovely little place in the Welsh countryside, hidden from civilization and mostly self-sufficient. Solar panels, water collection, automated boiler, stable internet... there's little else anyone would need there. While we visited, the kitchen heating wasn't working, but the fireplace and a small portable heater made the rest of the house comfy. Taking care of the animals takes about 1.5h each day. Feed everyone twice a day, long walk (4km) around the premises to make sure no sheep are in trouble, then cuddle the cats for the rest of the day. Unlike the ponies, who don't trust people much, and the shy peacocks, all the cats are a joy to be around. Though there was some miscommunication with the owner, we really enjoyed the stay and recommend it to anyone who likes peace and quiet.
Teonas' home was an absolute joy to look after. I arrived the afternoon before so there was plenty of time for Teona to show me the property and explain the routine for the various animals. The property is remote so a car is definitely needed. The cats were very independent but did love a warm fireplace and a lap in the evenings! The ponies, cats and peafowl were always around bang on time for breakfast and dinner, and all were very straightforward. Sheep were across a few fields on the 120 acre property. A walk of the perimeter and internal hedges was a lovely and bracing way to start the day, and the sheep were very easy to keep an eye on. The house itself is beautiful, lovingly restored and full of character. Teona is very communicative, and had thought of every eventuality. I would be delighted to have the opportunity to sit at Teonas house again Inn the future.
It was a pleasure housesitting for Teona. She is welcoming, generous, straightforward, organised, kind and considerate. The 17th century farm house is old worldly, charming and comfortable with a great open fire and wifi! Phone reception is poor which I found was a welcome relief. The farm jobs were fun- great to engage with all the animals, only taking half an hour or so a day, longer leisurely walks checking the lambs if desired. The beauty of the natural environment was the best bit. This is a perfect house sit if you like the sound of all the above.