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You Can Now Stay In A Stunning Thatched Cottage With Alpacas And Pigs

You Can Now Stay In A Stunning Thatched Cottage With Alpacas And Pigs

Fancy staying in an idyllic 17th century cottage with its own indoor swimming pool and - wait for it - eight alpacas, three pigs, one French Bulldog and a pug?

Of course you do. The house of dreams is just one of the quirky listings on Trusted Housesitters and is basically a real-life Noah's Ark.

Located in the small village of Lamarsh in Essex, it's a spacious three-bed home with a whopping 5.5 acres of lush hilly land for its fluffy alpacas and Kune pigs to roam on.

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For anyone not in the know, Kune pigs are a small breed of domestic piggy and come in wonderful colours, some with spotty coats.

The interior of the main property is a beautiful mix of period features and cool, modern colour schemes. A neighbouring building houses a lavish 20m swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam room.

As housesitter, your responsibilities would include feeding the 8 onsite alpacas daily (Credit: Trusted Housesitters)
As housesitter, your responsibilities would include feeding the 8 onsite alpacas daily (Credit: Trusted Housesitters)

The clan of adorable resident animals, including velvety Frenchie Joshua and sleepy pug Deputy, along with the piggies and alpacas, are all "extremely friendly".

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Is this some kind of MTV Cribs meets Pets Rescue fantasy? Because... we're into it.

Beyond the property, there are plenty of local pubs in the surrounding countryside.

The 3-bed home has 5.5 acres of lush hilly land for its fluffy alpacas and Kune pigs to roam on (Credit: Trusted Housesitters)
The 3-bed home has 5.5 acres of lush hilly land for its fluffy alpacas and Kune pigs to roam on (Credit: Trusted Housesitters)

As a sitter, your responsibilities will include:

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Walking the super-cute dogs

Deputy is more of a house dog and isn't too fussed about walking but Joshua needs daily walking - normally about 2.5 - 3 miles through the country side, on or off lead depending on how comfortable you are.

Feeding the fluffy alpacas

The 8 apacas need feeding and watering daily, just once.

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...and the piggies of course!

The 3 Kune Pigs need feeding and watering once a day.

The property owners have regular gardeners, pooh pickers and cleaners, so there are always friendly people around - no need to worry about feeling too isolated, then.

Already dreaming of running wild with all those pets? We feel you.

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For more information on Trusted Housesitters membership, click here.

Membership of TrustedHousesitters costs £89 per annum and comes with 24-hour membership services support. Every month the site helps thousands of pet owners choose like-minded, experienced and trustworthy sitters who will pet sit for free while they are away.

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.