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Blue skies and fresh air in The French Alps!

France, Contamine-sur-Arve, Metropolitan France

Pets

  • Cat(s)

Mature yet lively and loving. Very independent outdoor cat

Duration

  • Period available: 6 months, 9 hours
  • Starts: 1 April 2022
  • Ends: 1 October 2022

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

Appreciation of surroundings and animals; practical, with interest and experience in gardening and some knowledge of DIY; comfortable using gardening tools and light machinery; good communication, flexibility.
Our preference would be to find sitters who are available from April through to the end of the summer, longer by mutual agreement. Owners come and go regularly but will be away for an extended period between mid May and early September.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Care of property including some ongoing maintenance, feeding the cat, gardening, service of pool.

What are the good features of the property and location

Fantastic mountain setting in the Vallee Verte.
Independent 2 bed-roomed furnished flat and privacy.
15 minutes by car to Geneva, 30 minutes to Annecy, 60 minutes to Courmayeur Italy, numerous ski resorts (Portes de Soleil, Grand Massif, Megève, Chamonix) and Lake Geneva within 40 minutes drive, nice local amenities, swimming pool.

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

Must be able to drive and preferably have own transport. Helpful to speak some French. In Spring and Summer the main task is managing the garden which requires 10 -12 hours per week.
Landlords come and go quite regularly, but apartment is in a separate building with its own private access.
Please note that the house has extensive and varied gardens, making this the most demanding and time consuming task of the assignment. Prospective sitters would ideally have some experience and, just as importantly, enjoy gardening! Some house cleaning and light maintenance. Possibility of some additional paid work for other handyman jobs, if interested.

Last updated: 9 January 2022
21 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

Incredible location close to mountains, ski-resorts, lakes, Italy. Geneva is 15 mins away! Brilliant owners. What more can you want?

Claire and Peter are brilliant people. They were incredible with helping us settle in and have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all of the fun things to do around here (of which there are plenty, both summer & winter). We were made to feel right at home. The fully equipped apartment is in a separate building from the main house. The garden and the surroundings are very beautiful. Our duties have included looking after Sweeps, basic gardening such as hedge trimming, grass cutting, etc. and sanding the shutters. Sweeps is a lovely cat and expert hunter. We could not recommend it highly enough!

Lucy, 09 May, 2017

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  • Gave good instructions

Great summer in Haute Savoie

We spent the summer in Peter and Claire's lovely property in the French Alps . We lived in our own private fully equipped apartment in a separate house on the villa. We had a separate entrance and patio, and enjoyed the amazing country at our doorstep with lovely hikes and stunning local surroundings. As per our agreement, we took care of the cat and the basic gardening and cleaning of the property. On some occasions, we gave them a ride to town or picked up groceries. Peter and Claire are lovely, friendly and generous. We loved our time with them and would highly recommend this house sitting.

Ophelie, 06 October, 2016

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Beautiful, peaceful, must be among the best places to house-sit

Peter and Claire are kind and generous owners. They made me feel welcome and at home. Sweeps is a beautiful cat, affectionate and easy to look after. The property is large, set amidst the mountains in a beautiful and peaceful area. I stayed in a two-bedroom chalet separate from the main house, which offers a lot of space and privacy. I greatly enjoyed my stay here and would have stayed longer if I could! This place is ideal for two people or anyone who enjoys a homely environment.

Fiona, 05 October, 2016

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  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions