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Finca in Andalucia with 19 cats and a dog

Spain, Almogía, Andalucía

Pets

  • Dog(s)
  • Cat(s)

About 20 cats and a dog

Duration

  • Dates: variable

Testimonials

They have 4 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

Dependable sitter/s to be added to my shortlist to be contacted from time to time when I need to be away.
I live in a beautiful finca in a small mountain hamlet. My car may be available for part of the time but transport is needed as the finca is about 20mins drive to the nearest pueblo blanco. Over the 12 years I've lived here many cats have arrived. My dog was found as a tiny puppy on the mountainside. He is now ten years old. He is friendly but needs minders who are used to dogs,gentle but firm.... So, you must love cats and dogs!

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Check there is always dry food and water for the cats. Each day they have a treat of a spoonful of raw liver or a prawn or some raw food. Check morning and evening they are all present and healthy. Change litter trays when needed.
My dog is fed once or twice a day on raw food and has a 15 min walk morning and evening. He is brushed after his morning walk then has a treat. On the walk we feed some stray cats with dry food.
Apart from that just check all is OK in and around the house, maybe some watering if the weather is dry.Pets can be left for about 5 hours as they have outside space so there is lots of time for exploring.

What are the good features of the property and location

Barranco del Sol is a mountain hamlet 20 mins drive from Almogia a pueblo blanco with shops, bars and 24 hour medical facilities. It is a great community with a few non Spanish residents. 20km from Malaga which offers so much culture. 45mins from the coast. Great views and walks. Pool and BBQ area. Wifi. Peace, realaxation, donkeys and goats.

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

This is "real" Spain with no frills. There is a "travelling" shop which brings supplies each day but you have to drive 20 mins to a supermarket. You need transport (or feel ok about staying around the finca and using the travelling shop. My car will be available for some of the time) and to feel comfortable in the mountains. This is a small and friendly community so any Spanish you try will be appreciated by them. You really do need to love cats and dogs. I don’t want sitters who are so focused on their internet work and social media that my pets come second. Unfortunately I have experienced this with 2 sets of sitters. My pets must come first if you would like to stay here.

Last updated: 14 June 2019

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Testimonials

Fantastic experience; Lovely Person, pets and place

We stayed at Christine's finca for six weeks in May/June 2019. Already at first contact a few weeks before the sitting we had an excellent impression that came to be confirmed. Christine is a lovely person, caring and friendly. She made us feel welcome from the very first moment of our arrival. The finca is situated on a hill top in the "Sierras" near Almogia and it's a haven of peace and quiet. If you care for animals and are looking for a break from today's crazy world, you will find exactly that at the finca with Bagger and all the fur kids. Love them and they will love you back. Bagger needed some clarification as to who is the alpha otherwise he would have taken the place himself :o). But he is such an easy quiet dog that he gets it very quickly. The cats are very independent and take care of themselves most of the time except at food/treat/cuddle times. That's when we had a symphony of "meows" and needed to pay attention to who's been served already and who not so that everyone gets their share. This was our first experience so we don't have much to compare it to but something that can summarize the way we feel about our sitting is the fact that we were very sad to leave such wonderful people, pets and place. Over a week later we still talk daily about Christine and her friends, Bagger and the kittens; the way we were welcomed, nicely installed and the pleasure it was dealing with her big furry family. We are looking forward to our next sitting with Christine and her lovely friends.

Rose, Portugal, 14 June, 2019

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions

Housesit in Andalucia, Spain

We sitted Christine`s house, dog and 21 cats in May this year. Christine is a really friendly and caring person, which made us feel very welcome. She picked us up from the airport, she explained us everything very well, and she even invited us for diner. Also she left everything prepared for the animals. During her absence we always could contact her in the case that we had questions. The house and the environment are amazing. There is a lot to see and to do (walks in the lovely neighbourhood of the house, visit the beach or one of the beautiful villages nearby). The animals are lovely and even if there are a lot of cats, it was not so much work to look after them. We enjoyed a lot our time and recommend this house sit warmly. Thank you Christine.

Susanne , Germany, 14 November, 2017

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions

Christine and multi colored cats crew with Baj the dog.

I had great time with Christine before she left and later on with furry crew of cats and Bager the water dog. Very peaceful area with fantastic views, nice paths to walk around, very comfortable and cosy cottage for sitter with all amenities including WiFi and tv. Cats are lovely and playful. Christine is very helpful and nice person to spend time with, I had pleasure to meet a few of her friends as well. I hope to return here some time again.

Dariusz , Poland, 31 October, 2017

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions

Christine + One Spanish Water Dog and at least 21 cats!

Christine is a friendly lady who is retired senior homeopathist. She lives remotely in a villa on the outskirts of a small Spanish village. It is a lovely location with rural views and easy walks. In the casita, we had our own bedroom and living room (under) with an efficient multi fuel stove - also a self contained kitchen and an internet TV. This assignment will only suit someone who has an special love for cats! - Badger the friendly, rescued, dog requires firm handling to show him who is in charge! This assignment is not a 'walk in the park' if done properly. - There is a strict routine that must be adherd to. There is lots to do for people who like to garden and do some general maintenance. Once done, however, there is a lot to be enjoyed from this private property - an afternoon's barbecue, top up the vitamin D and to wallow in the lovely large swimming pool.

Colette & Roger, United Kingdom, 10 October, 2016

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions