The Passport to Affordable Travel – Housesitting!

As we approached the village where our new travel adventure would begin, this was the view, a local’s view of the village where we would be staying for a couple of weeks while the owners were away, in other words – housesitting.

Not bad we thought on arrival, and a lot better than the images presented by the village website. A stay in the heart of the Var region of Southern France, with free accommodation to boot. Although we had not imagined ourselves as regular housesitters it had sounded like a great way to spend an affordable break.

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Housesitting in the heart of the Var, France

Once we arrived and received our briefing from the owners we realised that our main job was to maintain the status quo at their home while they travelled abroad, keeping the property secure even when we were out during the day, and most importantly to ensure we stayed at the villa every evening to ensure the house was populated.

No problem we thought, it was a really lovely property and it would be a pleasure to look after it.

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Maintaining the pool, and the water quality was an important part of our role as housesitters

All the responsibilities were detailed in a short document entitled ‘Caring for our home’, which actually covered mostly standard domestic duties like managing the garden, watering the plants, cleaning the inside of the property and managing the pool and vegetable garden.

The owners made a special point of asking us to collect and use the produce from the garden as that would stimulate further growth. Again, what a lovely responsibility!

One great advantage of being able to meet our homeowners and talk to them before we began our housesit was to find out where were their favourite local vista’s, vineyards and eateries.  The owners were charming and had prepared a list for us with marked maps to help us get around.

So here are some of the fabulous places we were able to enjoy, even on a budget, during our day trips around the area while housesitting in the South of France.

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Chateau Pibarnon – where they bottle a delectable Bandol wine, and the vineyard is shaped like an amphitheatre!

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The iconic view over Cap Ferrat from the gardens of the Villa Rothschild

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The ‘Flower festival in Grasse’ where onlookers are sprayed with jasmine water

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