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Short-term care for one cat and a young French Bulldog in Shropshire, UK

United Kingdom, Newport, England

Pets

  • Dog(s)
  • Cat(s)

Two young and affectionate animals who like to have company in the house

Duration

  • Period available: 1 week, 1 day
  • Starts: 17 March 2023
  • Ends: 25 March 2023

Testimonials

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Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

A responsible caring person or couple to look after my cat, Bubble, and my French Bulldog, Miss Polly Pocket, for a one week housesit. Both animals love human company and will spend time with you on your lap given half a chance!

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Care of one cat, Bubble, who is now three years old.. He's an indoor / outdoor cat and has a cat door into the utility room. Feeding twice daily. Miss Polly Pocket is 19 months old and exceptionally friendly with people. She has a raw diet of two meals a day. Both pets get on well together although Polly thinks that Bubble is a dog and wants to play. She gets to have walk daily on the lead.

General care of the home whilst in occupation.

What are the good features of the property and location

The house is located in the historic market town of Newport, Shropshire, which is well supplied with all amenities and a range of local shops as well as three supermarkets, Waitrose in the town and Aldi and Lidl on the outskirts. Plenty of cafes, pubs, banks, and weekly Friday market in the covered market hall. Easy access to Shrewsbury, Telford, Stafford, Whitchurch and the Shropshire Hills and The Wrekin. Lots of beautiful countryside within very easy reach.

The housesitters will have the use of the whole house during my absence with the exception of my bedroom. Two other bedrooms available.

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

Please be prepared to talk Polly for a daily walk of between 30-60 minutes in the local area. She cannot be left for more than four hours although is happy to travel in the car in a carrying box if you plan to go out for the day and can take her with you..

There are good public transport link in the area with connections to Stafford and Telford by bus. It is also possible to get to Shrewsbury by bus. All local amenities are within an easy five to ten minute walk of my home.

Last updated: 17 January 2023
2 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

Charming house sit in Shropshire

I had a wonderful week in Frances' beautiful home. It was comfortable and in a splendid area. Newport is a charming market town with lovely shops, cafes and good transport connections. Frances was very welcoming and kindly cooked me a wonderful meal when I arrived and left clear written instructions. Bubbles is a friendly ginger cat who was an absolute darling. Thank you.

Claire, United Kingdom, 09 January, 2023

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Cat Sitting in Newport, Shropshire

This sit was our first since December 2018 and enjoyed getting back into sitting. The cats, both ginger, were as cats are and caused no problems. Sometime a slight identity problem as there were FIVE cats, in total, in the locality. Excellent house and facilities plus great access to visiting local points of interest. Newport is a typical rural town with lots of individually owned shops and facilities plus the normal supermarkets etc. Would sit for Francis again, if the dates fit in to our sitting list free slots.

Ken, United Kingdom, 30 April, 2022

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Housesit in Shropshire for two cats and one French Bulldog puppy

House and pet sitting for Frances was such a great experience. Frances was so kind to pick me up from Stafford and drive me to her house as I was traveling with a big suitcase. She welcomed me so warmly, offered me food and drinks and showed me around while Miss Polly Pocket was also very busy showing me all her excitement to see me and to have a new friend! The house is beautiful, Frances keeps it tidy, clean and organized and the environment is so cozy I felt comfortable and safe there from the very beginning. I made friends with Miss Polly, Squeak & Bubble very easily as they are such sweet and well behaved pets. I especially very much enjoyed my time with Miss Polly, walking and running with her at the park, playing with her and her toys. She is very energetic and funny. There was always a reason to laugh with her and to melt for cute overload. Frances and I kept in touch the whole time, she would check in with me often making sure I had everything I needed and she was fast at responding and very helpful when I had doubts/questions. I consider her a friend and I hope there will be other occasions to see her, and spend more time with Miss Polly Pocket, Squeak and Bubble. She is a great host, you will undoubtedly have a great time house/pet sitting for her. Thank you Frances for everything! It was my first experience here with MMH and I absolutely loved it.

Paola, United Kingdom, 31 October, 2021

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A short break in Newport with Bubble and Squeak

A very enjoyable housesit in Newport taking care of Frances’s lovely cats, Bubble and Squeak. Frances is very well organised and explained everything we needed to know for a successful visit and left detailed housesitter notes. Communication was easy and prompt throughout and we were made to feel very welcome and appreciated. When we arrived Frances made us a cup of tea and gave us a tour of the house and answered all our questions. The house is extremely clean and tidy and Frances made it clear that we were to ‘make our selves at home’ and although we were only there for five nights we settled in very well and were soon accepted by Bubble and Squeak who were excellent company. Newport is in a part of the country we have never visited before and we thoroughly enjoyed discovering the local towns and countryside. There was a great range of independent shops, bars and cafes along Newport’s traditional high street, and Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl all within walking distance. Bridgenorth, only 30 mins drive away, was a wonderful place to visit with a steam railway, leaning castle and cliff railway. We can certainly recommend this house sit, and Frances and Bubble and Squeak to any prospective housesitters, and we thank them all very much for the opportunity.

Deborah, United Kingdom, 28 August, 2021

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Newport, Shropshire, Bubble & Squeak cats

We have just returned from a very enjoyable home and cat sit in Newport, Shropshire. Francis made us extremely welcome and gave us a most delicious lunch on our arrival, she went to a lot of trouble to make us feel welcome and relaxed, Francis is a very kind and warm person, she left good instructions on how to feed the cats and knowledge of the house etc. The house has a very modern interior, upstairs, new carpets have just been laid, the bedroom is very quiet and has a most comfortable bed, this made for a good night sleep, also there is a lovely large bathroom. Downstairs, there.is a lovely lounge and also a fully equipped large clean kitchen/diner. It was such a pleasure to look after Bubble & Squeak, they are the most affectionate and adorable cats, 2 little brothers, they were so well behaved and no trouble at all, we had lots of playtime and cuddles together. There is plenty to do in the area, you can stroll down Newport high street and walk along the canalside, Shrewsbury is close by, a lovely town by the river, Trentham has a wonderful garden centre with excellent restaurants and a shopping area, also the beautiful Trentham Gardens to visit. Francis is always on hand if you need to contact her with any problems. This was a new area to us and we had a wonderful time and would love to return again to look after Mr. Bubble & Mr. Squeak. We would definitely recommend this house sit. So "Thank You" Francis for entrusting your home to us, hope to see you again soon. Jane & Steve

Stephen, United Kingdom, 09 August, 2021

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Amazing 27 Days in L´Abyme

We are very grateful to Frances for taking care of her house and her cat Mr Smudge during 27 unforgettable days. The house is very large, comfortable and beautiful, it´s fully equipped to cook and live happily. The courtyard and garden require basic maintenance and there are a lot of birds and flowers to see. There are commons areas with some lovely neighbours. Mr Smudge, the cat, is as sweet as independent and lovely, it´s very easy to take care. Frances was very kind and generous with us, she left us all the written instructions and she gave us a lot of information to visit in the surroundings, where there are castles, beautiful villages and gardens to visit. Many Thanks to MMH and Frances and her cute cat for giving us this incredible experience that we´ll be glad to repeat someday if is possible. Kisses from Mally Blanco & Sergio Fernández

Mally, 01 April, 2019

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House-sitting at l`Abyme, from Sept 2016 to end of April 2017

We still cherish our time we were fortunate enough to house-sit for Frances and Piers and looking after the much loved Mr.Smudge. Once Mr Smudge overcame his shyness he spent every evening snuggling with us on the sofa. We spent many happy hours when Frances and Piers where there talking, cooking together and going about together. We were house-sitting for about 8 month in autumn, winter and spring and we could not have wanted for more. The house, really a former stronghold is simply beautiful. The interior reflects the antiquity of the property. A huge kitchen, wonderful for every passionate cook. With every utensil you would need. The bedroom large, suffused with light and the oh-so -comfortable bed! All the really monumental fireplaces are a delight for anybody loving original period properties. A beautiful location, very friendly neighbours and chateaux, medieval villages, prehistory and towns with gourmet shops and restaurants all a short drive away. And owners who are generous, kind and wonderful people to know. We hope one day we will be able to return to one of the loveliest places we know. Thank you Frances!

Tom, 19 November, 2018

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Fabulous! Couldn't have hoped for a better introduction to my first house sit....... the first of many to follow!

Many years ago I ventured into the then "new world" of house and pet sitting. Frances was my very first..... and subsequently responsible for many years of happy sits. Communication from the outset was outstanding.... everything was very clear. Frances was kind enough to collect me from the local airport and put me at ease the moment we "met for real". House sitting here and at another of her properties was a dream. From a practical viewpoint, I had everything I could possibly need.... and more! I was comfortable, felt safe and very at home. Frances is very warm and welcoming and couldn't have made me feel more relaxed. The houses are absolutely beautiful and it was an honour to be able to stay there and call them home during the various visits I made. No doubt I will be returning again.......

wendy, United Kingdom, 15 November, 2018

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A wonderful housesit and a very sweet cat in a beautiful part of France

Our assignments as guardians for this beautiful home in the French countryside and the care of handsome cat Mr Smudge, both last year and this year, over the autumn and winter months, has been an absolute pleasure. Last year we stayed for six wonderful months and loved every minute. This year we could only commit to two months due to prior commitments and we will be sad to leave. Mr Smudge is a very sweet and lovable cat. He loves to spend his days in the garden mouseing and his evenings cuddled up inside on his favourite chair. The house is a large old stone chateau. Beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable. There is a central heating system but also big cast iron log burner in the sitting room and we were always cosy and had plenty of wood. We always found plenty to do to keep us busy both in the house and the garden with general care and maintenance, grass cutting, (ride on mower) etc. The swimming pool required regular attention until we covered it up for the winter in October time. Thank you, Frances, for entrusting us with the care of your lovely home and your beloved Mr Smudge.

JANICE, 15 November, 2018

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Housesit in Périgord Vert, Dordogne

It was a genuine pleasure to stay in Périgord Vert and look after a property that has indeed lots of potential. The surroundings are great, excellent helpful neighborhood, close farming cooperatives with qualitative local products, not to mention the wines of Bergerac area… Frances is the perfect host, both she and Piers kindly waited for us in the evening and after 1000 km drive from Bruxelles, it felt quite nice to sense a graceful reception. It is always simpatico to recall a Sunday afternoon with some gardening complicity. Wish them an exceptional summer also as home sitters. Michael,

Michael, 25 June, 2017

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