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The Bastide Towns And Beaux Villages Of Southwest France

The Bastide Towns And Beaux Villages Of Southwest France

The bastide towns and “beaux villages” of southwest France boast an enticing mixture of history and beauty – here are 12 of our favourites

What's It Like To Housesit In Rural France?

What’s It Like To Housesit In Rural France?

Everything you need to know about house sitting in the magnificent French countryside
How To Spend The Perfect Day At Mont Saint-Michel

How To Spend The Perfect Day At Mont Saint-Michel

How to get the most out of your visit to Mont Saint-Michel – one of France’s top tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage site
The Blazing Autumn Colours Of The French Pyrenees

The Blazing Autumn Colours Of The French Pyrenees

Glorious weather, no crowds and autumnal scenery to die for – just three reasons to visit the French Pyrenees in October

Housesitting in France

What is housesitting?

Housesitting is big in France – fuelled by the number of ex-pats from the UK and elsewhere who have moved there.

So what is it? Essentially it works as an exchange of services between volunteers (housesitters) and homeowners, who are brought together via an online platform, or through referrals. The sitters are on site to look after the owner’s pets and provide security for their home while they’re away  – perhaps for a holiday or on business. In return, the sitters typically enjoy rent-free accommodation.

In addition, the cost of utilities (such as electricity and gas) is usually covered by the host, too – leaving the housesitter’s financial commitment limited to transportation, food and entertainment. Where a financial contribution is required by the host it’s usually stipulated as such in their listing.

For more information, you can read our extensive guide to the world of housesitting.

Get started with Trusted Housesitters

Most newcomers to housesitting get started by registering with one of the main online platforms.

The largest of those is Trusted Housesitters who have thousands of opportunities across the world listed at any one time.

We’re members, too. And, if you’re interested in registering yourself, we can offer a 25% discount on your first year’s subscription via this direct link.

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Ian and Nicky New Zealand

Hi, we're Ian and Nicky, an English couple on a voyage of discovery around the world, and this blog is designed to reflect what we see, think and do. Actually, we'd like to think it also provides information, entertainment and inspiration for other “mature” travellers, too. So please feel free to pour yourself a glass of something suitably chilled and take a look around.


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