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Cat sitting, Andalucia, Spain

  • Location: Spain, Orce
  • Period available: 4 weeks, 1 day
  • Starts: 21 September 2018
  • Ends: 20 October 2018
  • Testimonials: They have 3 testimonials (view below)
  • Pets: Cat(s) – 1 inside cat and various village ones
  • Last updated: 17 May 2018

About this assignment

We are looking for a reliable couple to house sit for approximately 4 weeks starting on 21st September 2018.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

There is one cat to care for who lives inside and does not go out that much. There are also village cats to feed outside. There will be some watering required for pots and the garden.

What are the good features of the property and location

Our house, a old large farmhouse, is located in rural Andalucia in the province of Granada, with mountain views all around. We will provide an insured car for you to use whilst you are here. All you will need to pay for is fuel and any road fines. There is wifi.
The farm house is on the edge of the village of Venta Micena, ten kilometres from the historic town of Orce in north-eastern Granada. The town of Orce has a Moorish castle and a fascinating museum, plus a beautiful old church, and there are shops, banks, bars and restaurants, as well as a weekly market. There are good quality reasonably priced restaurants where a menu del dia is 10 euro per head including all courses, drinks and coffee. It is also well worth sitting in the bar in the square sampling the free tapas with a few drinks and watching the world go by. Orce has a natural free swimming pool, spring fed, which is a lovely relaxing place to spend some time, it also has a bar and restaurant. There are many villages to explore and the mountain town of Castril has a dramatic gorge which you can walk through on an elevated wooden platform. Granada is a must for the Alhambra etc and this can be done as a day trip from the house. Twelve kilometres in the other direction is the unspoilt wilderness of the natural park of the Sierra de Maria. This is a dramatic landscape of forests; mountains, which rise to a height of over 2000 metres. There are numerous tracks and pathways where you can walk for miles with little likelihood of meeting other people.Twenty minutes drive away is the regional centre of Huescar, another historic town with a greater range of shops , busy restaurants and bars. This is an ideal place to sit outside a street cafe and watch the world go by, or relax in one of the many bars where free tapas are served with every drink. A bustling market every Thursday fills the streets and squares and is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of real Spain.To the north is the vast natural park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, another region of forests and mountains, famed for its wildlife. Between Huescar and the park is the highest mountain of the area, La Sagra and there are signed footpaths to the top, should you have the energy.A drive in any direction will take you through stunning scenery and you will encounter little other traffic.The nearest coast is around one and a quarter hours drive away at Aguilas, a typical Spanish resort and not over commercialised. Close by are numerous unspoilt beaches which are rarely crowded. Nature lovers should be in their element, with endless opportunities for exploring the wilderness.
The historic city of Granada is around one and a half hours drive away. Well worth a visit for its elegant squares and winding streets, Granada also boasts the world famous Alhambra, with its wonderfully preserved palace and the beautiful gardens. Above the city is the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada. Less than half an hour away from the house is the dramatically sited castle at Velez Blanco has splendid views, and all the towns in the region offer street cafes and bars to sit and watch the world go by.

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

This is a rural location away from it all with a very small population.
It is still summer weather in September and the days should be sunny and hot. Average daily maximum temperatures are: September 29 degrees and October 24 degrees.
The house is comfortable and restored but it is not flick of the switch heating ( if needed). In the kitchen is a wood burning range which will may need to be lit by the middle of October alternatively, in the sitting room, there is a wood burner which can be lit if the house cools.
Hot water is heated by an electric immersion heater.

Testimonials

Dream house sit!

David and Simon were an absolute pleasure to sit for. Communication was quick and clear from the start, making it easy to organise coming from Australia to Spain to begin looking after their home. We quickly became friends with Grace the indoor cat, and having the outside cats around makes for great daily entertainment as well! David's instructions were clear, easy to follow, and he responded to any questions within minutes, despite being in a completely different time zone. The house is very comfortable with great internet. It was warm through the winter, and the location is within easy drive of beautiful mountainous nature or the coastline. We would 100% recommend these owners and their home, should an opportunity arise to take care of it for them.

Karl, Australia, 17 May, 2018

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  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions

A wonderful stay at Cortijo Romero

I highly recommend a housesit at Cortijo Romero. Grace the kitty is just the sweetest little lovely, the home is without issue and comfortable, the wood for the fire if you are coming for a winter stay, is dry and easy to access, and the area is just fantastic for walks and cave exploring. There is no shortage of pleasurable day excursions as well. On my first night I was hit with a serious wind storm which knocked down the chimney. David was quick to respond and quickly had a repair person out to rectify the situation. Feeding the village wild cats was a pleasure, although their situation sad - despite the kindness and care provided by David and his partner. I have only very good things to say to my generous hosts. Thank you to you both for a wonderful stay in your home.

Hilda , Canada, 24 December, 2017

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  • Gave good instructions

Great housesitting opportunity, can't recommend enough!

Our three months long stay at David and Simon's house was a fantastic experience we can't recommend enough! They are friendly, funny and down to earth guys whom we truly consider to be friends now. They clearly communicated their expectations (which weren't a lot) before they left and were always available when we had questions during their absence. Our main responsibilities were Grace, an indoor cat, who is very affectionate and playful as well as about 30 outdoor cats who needed nothing besides food and water. We'd housesit again for David and Simon in a heartbeat!

Lena, Germany, 26 April, 2017

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