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I’m housesitting in a Medieval village in Switzerland

This summer I’m doing something a little different.

I’m staying in a converted farm house in a Medieval village in Switzerland!

The village of Romainmôtier, Switzerland

I’m Housesitting in a Medieval Village in Switzerland

Earlier this year I was scrolling through a housesitting app called ‘Trusted Housesitters’, which advertises house and petsitting opportunities across the globe. With an annual membership, you can apply to stay in homes absolutely free in exchange for your time to care for the home and animals.

I stopped immediately mid-scroll on a particularly unique listing that caught my eye: a medieval village in Switzerland.

Romainmôtier is home to just 450 people, but its old-world architecture and abbey, reportedly one of the oldest Romanesque buildings in Switzerland, tempts tourists from all over the world. The Abbey of Romainmôtier, was built between 990 and 1030 on the ruins of a 5th century monastery.

The Abbey of Romainmôtier

After Skyping with the home owner several times to get to know each other, it seemed like I was the perfect fit for their home amongst the other applicants. With a thesis to finish writing this summer, I am happy to adjust to the slow-paced life of a small village.

My new home for the next 6 weeks is a century-old renovated farm house which overlooks a beautiful wooded area and creek. I have an Australian Shepherd and two cats to keep me company, while I spend the bulk of my time writing in the garden or hiking with the dog.

My new companion

During my first week, while walking through the quiet woods admiring fields of sheep or while having a glass of wine on a patio in the main town square, I knew I had already fallen in love with Romainmôtier.

Plus, at 30 minutes from Lausanne, 1 hour from Bern or Geneva, and just 15 minutes to the French border, I have a great home-base to explore the rest of Switzerland and France. I am beyond excited to spend my summer in Europe!

Trusted Housesitters

This is my first experience with Trusted Housesitters, but I think the housesitting opportunities they offer are the perfect solution for animal-loving travellers who want to travel slower and in a more economical way.

As I mentioned, all of the house and pet sitting opportunities on the app are free (aside from your initial membership fee) so you can avoid expensive hotels or apartment rentals while abroad. Based on this experience housesitting in a Swiss medieval village , I will definitely be looking for more opportunities to housesit in the future and would recommend the app to anyone who wants to consider house sitting abroad.

Head on over to Trusted Housesitters and get 25% off your annual membership with this link.

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