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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.5
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 22312
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: July 30, 2018

Comfortable, self-contained, warm, fully furnished accommodation available beginning of August, in exchange for housekeeping, cooking, and gardening/general maintenance of country cottage within Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. I am a widowed, quite severely disabled pensioner, following a stroke nine years ago, living with an elderly dog and two cats, requiring 'granny minding', and support. I am easygoing, but do like a clean, tidy house and good, simple food.

Balquhidder is a beautiful rural area that has a friendly, disperse community. I like to think of my helpers as extended family living in their own 'house'. This placement would suit either a couple or a single person [the accommodation has only a double bed!]. If you are able to come and stay for several months, I would be delighted. This placement is really what you make of it - the work isn't difficult, but it is routine, with generally afternoons and evenings free. There is reasonable WIFI in the main house, with a promise of superfast fibre broadband by the end of June this year [locally devised and implemented].

Balquhidder is about 29 miles from Stirling; the nearest small town is Callander, 14 miles away; village shops are in Strathyre and Lochearnhead - five miles distant. Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached by train or bus.

To comply with insurance conditions to drive my car, I require helpers OVER 25, with a clean licence - I may need a driver for appointments etc. Non-smokers, please.

1. The cottage entrance
2. Helper's accommodation
3. Another view of accommodation
4. Rory the dog
5. Accommodation interior
6. The 'means of escape'!

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