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The small and thoroughly charming, largely untouched historic town of Mintaro is the home of a warm and wonderful community of people.  Upon arrival, I was  greeted with a lovely “cocktail party” very kindly arranged by my generous hosts, Ross and Gail.  

This “get-together” with locals and neighbours was a thoughtful touch and indeed, a much appreciated means of introducing me to the community and ensuring that I was made to feel  very much “at home” for my 4 weeks housesitting assignment. 

The resultant welcome, subsequently extended to me by many of the residents of this lovely town, certainly had me immediately living like a local and was the catalyst of many new friendships.  

These are friendships that I know will be valued for many years to come. 

Aside from the wonderful community, the town of Mintaro is situated in the picturesque Clare Valley wine region of South Australia and also features some of the most significant and captivating 19th century buildings.

I’m staying in one of them …. a fabulous character cottage circa 1850’s looking after a little terror named “Rastus”.

Together with magnificent walking trails, a feast of nearby wineries, art galleries and eateries, Mintaro has long been regarded as one of the region’s most captivating and picturesque destinations.

Indeed it is a lovely place where I enjoyed peace, tranquility, the fabulous friendliness  of the neighbours and, in particular the 24/7 company unrelentlessly provided by the loving and delightfully cheeky terrier, Ratty (Rastus).

Rastus – A very chilled out Australian puppy

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s What the Owners had to Say…

 

 

Having accepted Anthony's offer of house sitting, I had several phone conversations prior to his arrival, and honestly felt comfortable at that point.

Anthony arrived precisely when he was expected, and despite his dynamic personality, melded into our household very naturally.

He was very attentive with regard to our wishes whilst we were away, and very natural with our small dog, Rastus.

During our absence, Anthony regularly sent fabulous photos and very positive messages about life "at home".

We both felt so relaxed and happy and were able to focus on the amazing places we were experiencing. Upon our return, the house and garden were perfectly in order and Rastus was as happy as...and in great condition. Anthony had the fridge stocked with dinner organized.

We live in a small village and Anthony has been embraced by all the residents. We feel he belongs here but understand he must continue his journey.It has been our privilege to have had this wonderful experience.

We thank Anthony for his friendship and professionalism and hope he finds his way back to the Clare Valley to visit us and his many other new found friends.

Many thanks

Ross & Gail

Gail and Ross

Gail and Ross

Mintaro - South Australia

 

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