Luxury House And Dog Sitting With Sea View

An once in a lifetime experience to house and dog sit at Scotland’s most beautiful sea shore.

“No ways! What a stunning view!” We sat in the lounge with the house owners looking through a king-size window directly onto Hunter’s Quai, where Holy Loch and the River Clyde meet. The vast waters enclose rugged coasts of the rough south-west region of Scotland which is one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom.

View from “our” Lounge in Dunoon, Scotland

We were to be staying two weeks at this wonderful place where we would house sit and care for Mac, a playful and kind, fox-red Labrador. Vlou and Mac were instant buddies and even shared their beds with each other. Both no. 1 love in life is FOOD, no. 2 sniffing out new paths. So that fitted perfectly fine.

Mac, the fox-red Labrador, and Vlou, the traveling Beagle have common interests

We were left with a house and dog for two weeks while the owners spent their holidays in Thailand. As soon as they had left we checked out the local tourist office and returned well-informed with an abundance of maps for walks in Argyll Forest Park which surrounds Dunoon and stretches all the way to the edge of the Scottish Highlands.

Mac, the fox-red Labrador
Exploring Argyll National Park with Mac, the fox-red Labrador
Mac, the fox-red Labrador
Vlou, the traveling Beagle, proudly presenting his trouvaille of a massive fish skeleton

But first of all, I’ve to tell you how we arrived in Dunoon as already the way to get to Dunnon is breathtaking. From Glasgow you can either drive through the mountainous Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park which takes you more than two hours or you take the ferry to save time. We chose the ferry and what a stunning ride we had by uncharacteristically sunny weather!

Marcelle on the Ferry to Dunoon

And during our time of our house sit we could observe the ferry from Greenoch to Dunoon and back pulling in and out of the harbor to conquer the Clyde River by any weather conditions from the comfortable armchair of our living room.

The ferry passing Hunter’s Quai

You find a slide-show and more information about this region by following these links:

The Beauty Of Scotland In A Few Seconds

Where Scotland’s Ancient Forests Meet The Wild Atlantic Shores

There couldn’t have possibly been a better place to be introduced to Scotland as a first timer and we thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks in Dunoon and surroundings. It’s certainly one of the best house sits we ever had thanks to the Small family who trustfully offered us this awesome house sit. “Thanks a lot for your hospitality and a big hug to Mac, our dear four-legged friend!”


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Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

34 thoughts on “Luxury House And Dog Sitting With Sea View”

  1. Wow, what a view. Scotland is so beautiful, I really need to explore more of it. Dunoon looks like the perfect place to spend 2 weeks housesitting. What a house! And a gorgeous dog 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    1. I think this house sit will stay the best all over our time in the UK. But who knows, there are still more till mid July. We will see! But Dunoon is hard to beat!

  2. I think house sitting would be such a wonderful thing to do, and even better if you got to share it with animals. How lucky we are in this world that such experiences can come our way. I was really surprised at the fox-red lab. As the owner of a black lab (currently) and previously a white and yellow, I had never heard of such a colour. Loved sharing this experience with you. Might be something I have to try one day (when I can get out of my motorhome 🙂 )

    1. Hi Kerri! House Sitting is a great way to travel and to be with other peoples animals. Mac, the fox-red Labrador, was very easy to care for and the house, too. Sometimes, when there are a lot of animals it’s more work and then there is not much time to do some tours in the environment. In South Africa we had a caravan to travel around. Most probably we will tour with a motor home or caravan (it depends if George or I have the last say) if we travel the US or Australia. I love to have my little home on wheels, too.

  3. What wonderful views (and a very gorgeous dog too). A great way to see parts of the world you may not necessarily visit otherwise #citytripping

    1. Hi Wander Mum! It was just gorgeous. A great place also with family. Many of the house owners take also families with kids. Maybe something to think about for your next holidays?

  4. Incredible views – and experience. What a great way to see parts of the world you may not necessarily go otherwise. #citytripping

    1. For us it’s the only way to be able to travel Europe. If the dogs / animals are nice, the house is clean and at a nice spot it’s a pleasure. The house sit in Dunoon was probably a once in a lifetime experience 🙂

  5. This looks to be a wonderful sit. We love Labradors and Mac seems like such a great friend for Vlou. Like you, we’ve been very fortunate with our sits which have allowed us to experience many destinations around the world! It’s a great way to travel!

    1. Hi Betsy, we are house sitting for about two years now but only in the United Kingdom there are so many that we almost don’t need any other accommodation in between. That’s awesome!

  6. What a stunning view – and how great it is to be able to stay somewhere like this and help the owners. Thanks for joining up with #citytripping

  7. That view is unreal! What a treat. And I have to say, I’ve never seen a fox-red Labrador before but I’m a convert. I love labradors anyway so it’s not hard, but Mac is such a handsome chap!

  8. I haven’t tried house-sitting but it looks as if you had a great experience. And you’ve reminded me that I need to visit that part of Scotland again!

    1. Hi Karen, it was just stunning – the house sit and the surroundings. A great welcome to a first time visitor of Scotland. I’m happy to get back in Summer to see more when it’s green.

  9. Absolutely stunning, I would sit and stare at the view all day! I have travelled all over the world but have yet to make it to Scotland – disgraceful!

    1. We actually sat a lot in front of the window and stared – haha! We will be back in Scotland for other house sits in the Summer. Will be nice to see it when the leaves are out.

  10. We’ve done several housesits during our travels and love the opportunity to spread out in a fully appointed house after sparely furnished apartments and hotels. It’s fun to “try on” a foreign lifestyle, isn’t it, as well as settle in for a bit of local life? This house sit looks like a winner! Anita

    1. It was certainly one of the best! We enjoyed it a lot and it would have been easy to stay on another couple of weeks. We couldn’t afford to travel the UK without all the house sittings and Couch Surfs. In three months we had only one night to pay for – what a luck! Hopefully the coming three months will be the same.

    1. Mac is a very handsome fellow. Vlou has other advantages 😉 He had a stroke when he was eight years old and his colours have been fading out with his age. He is a real character and luckily he gets along very well with other dogs.

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