House Sit In Southampton Country Home

Have you ever experienced three weeks of sunshine in England? Grey World Nomads are house sitting in Southampton with Maggie, the happy Pointer, in mid of the spring flowers.

This time we had google mapped our house sit in Southampton in the south of England before arrival and were looking forward to a country home in the middle of blooming fields. We’d been house sitting in wintry Scotland before and were longing for some green leaves and flowers after a long winter.

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Rape field near Southampton

‘There you go, this must be the road leading up to the house. I’m curious how it’s going to look like!’ ‘You are always nervous how it’s going to be’, George laughed at me. ‘Well – not that much here in the UK as in third world countries after our trying experience in Kenya!’ I replied glibly.

House & Dog Sit in Swanmore, Hampshire
House & Dog Sit in Southampton, Hampshire

As we drove through the narrow one-lane road guarded by high hedges George noticed a small driveway on the right side. ‘Oops, I think you just passed, rather turn around at the next crossing.’ Driving back we saw the beautiful country home with transoms and red brick in between, encircled by an abundant flower garden. The owners, Sue and George, had already spotted us and welcomed us with a bright smile. Dog, Maggie, scurried between our legs smelling our traveling Beagle, Vlou.

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Maggie, the Pointer’s home

We walked first through the garden where we inspected the newly built pond.

House & Dog Sit in Swanmore, Hampshire
House & Dog Sit in Swanmore, Hampshire

‘There is only one fish in it as yet,‘ Sue laughed.  They’d put two wooden chairs between the blooming apple trees which invited to spend time at the romantic place.

House & Dog Sit in Swanmore, Hampshire
Romantic Get-Away

The rest of the garden didn’t take a second place as there was an fountain surrounded with tulips and daffodils, a garden house all comfortably furnished with a dinner table in the middle of a well-maintained lawn and a vegs-patch at the back of the garden.

House & Dog Sit in Swanmore, Hampshire
Furnished garden house for romantic dinners

Sue and George showed us the three story house. We couldn’t have dreamed for more! From the well-equipped, bright kitchen we walked into the breakfast room. From there you could walk either to the dining area or reception room. Several bedrooms on the second floor, two bathrooms with detached bathtubs, office and stairs leading up to a cozy TV-room – both George’s favourite for watching rugby.

House & Dog Sit in Swanmore, Hampshire
Terrace surrounded by flowers

The owners left the same day for a holiday in Spain. Unnecessary to say that we spent a most comfortable and enjoyable holiday at their home. Advantage was that we were able to explore splendid places of the south coast of England as they weren’t too far and there were several enjoyable country parks around Southampton to walk the dogs.

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The twenty days passed much too swiftly as in a blink of an eye Sue and George had returned.

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Amorous back garden

‘How was your holiday in Spain’, I asked first of all as they got out of their car. ‘It was horrible, it rained almost all the time!’ Sue and George answered as from one mouth.

House & Dog Sit in Swanmore, Hampshire
Maggie walks through the saturated green grass in the evening sun

‘How was it here?’ I didn’t want to rub it in (maybe a little bit …) but I answered anyway: ‘We had to water the plants and the lawn as England suffered a drought!‘ To name it a drought was exaggerated but we’d had three weeks of mostly gorgeous sunshine. And that in England!

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Most beautiful tulip I’ve ever seen

Have you ever experienced three weeks of sunshine in England?

 


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22 thoughts on “House Sit In Southampton Country Home”

  1. How loverly your London housesitting experience was! Everything was sunshiny! When my daughter worked in London (4 years), I was always blessed with the same weather every summer I visited!

  2. I haven’t been housesitting before it looks like a really good idea to try! The homeowners must have a great deal of trust in you. The house looks lovely. Also – 3 weeks of sunshine in spring? That’s got to be some kind of record!

  3. I have actually experienced weeks of sunshine in England in summer and it’s been glorious. But it is always hit and miss in England (no matter what time of year). Your photos made me homesick for England, a place I’ve never actually called home but always felt at home in. What a delightful housesit.

  4. It looks like you had a lovely experience. I understand why you get nervous when you first drive up to a house-sit. We once spent several months touring Britain going from one holiday cottage to another and some of them were so awful the only time I went inside was to cook and sleep. To be fair some of them were lovely, but sadly the awful ones far outnumbered the lovely ones. We had a six month old baby with us at the time and thought cottages would be easier that B&Bs.

    1. That sounds unpleasant indeed. I thought it would be nice to stay at cottages, too. It’s more private and cheaper than in bnb’s. We didn’t have to rent yet in the UK for longer periods.

  5. Hose sitting seems like a good way to see the world. I should tell my husband to retire … Besides we both love dogs!

  6. Gosh, I think you may have broken a weather record there. How lucky were you. That house and garden looks divine.

  7. I live in England and even I’m jealous of this post!! You had 3 weeks of sunshine?? Where was I?? Oh yes, darn, I was a work because generally, that’s when we get the sunshine, when we are unable to enjoy it lol. England in the sun is beautiful, we have amazing coloured fields (as shown by your photo of yellow rapeseed flowers) and the sun can be very hot sometimes!

    it’s so lovely to read a post about a quintisentially English countryside vacation/housesit. You have had the best of what it feels like to live in England 🙂

    1. Thank you, Angie. I agree, it’s beautiful in the countryside and we are very lucky with the weather. We are now in London and today, we were able to picnic in a park, listening to the birds. It may stay like this.

  8. Wow! They own a beautiful house in the country. I love all the pictures you provided! Sue and George are quite a lucky couple to live in such a beautiful, sunny area.

    Neither of us have been out to the English countryside, but it’s definitely a place we’re planning to explore next time we visit (thus far, we’ve only been to London and Cambridge). Is house-sitting a good way to visit new places without having to pay for accommodations? If so, we might have to look into that possibility.

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Hello Anna, house sitting is for us the only way next to couch surfing to afford to travel the UK. If you like dogs / cats and you don’t mind to care for them for a while it’s a good way to explore the country. Only one recommendation: choose your house sit wisely as there are a lot but not all of them are as nice as this one was.

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