House sit, Ayr, Scotland, 3 dogs, outdoor cats, 3 horses, 3 sheep and chickens.
Hiya, I am Mandy and I live on a farm on the outskirts of Ayr. There is enough to keep you entertained without being overwhelming. The house itself is a 4 bedroom farmhouse that is about to get the upstairs done so you would be staying downstairs. The kitchen has an Aga so if you enjoy cooking you are in for a treat, Agas make the best food!
I have a cleaner who comes in twice a week if you are happy for that to continue as you house sit – 3 dogs make a decent amount of mess fairly quickly… The odd houseplant that might like some water but being winter maybe not otherwise the house is fairly self sufficient.
So at the top of the important list are 3 dogs, JJ, Suki and Bwakans – they live inside and go out and mooch about with me mostly. I do sometimes take them walks but not often – if you want to walk them they would enjoy that! They walk off lead and are mostly obedient (still have not lost one yet…) Bwakans may go to her boyfriend for a holiday so might not be there.
Then I have 2 cat mummies and their 5 kittens (not so kitten-like anymore) who live outside and get fed 2xday at the back door of the house. They think they should be allowed to live inside, but I do not, so, for now – they are outside, it is an ongoing debate…
There are 3 horses, Merlin, Simba and Duke who only require rugs on and off, water topping up, hay and feed in the evening (winter).They live in the field with 3 sheep unless the weather is horrendous or there will be fireworks. I would like someone with a knowledgable horsey background for this house sit incase they need to come in to their stables, which would need mucking out to some extent daily. I have someone who poo picks the horses fields.
I have 2 pens of chickens of varying ages. They are fairly self sufficient (have someone who cleans their coops 3 imes a week) but I feed them and collect eggs daily, top up water when necessary(and keep an eye that the doors open)
It sounds alot, but in reality only takes half an hour in the morning and at night and whatever you do or do not do with the dogs during the day. In winter I do it by daylight – so currently it is around 8.30am and 4pm I am out doing them.