Ian, my husband and I live in the house when it is not rented. It is our home and is therefore furnished to our liking. We rent out to share our good fortune in living in such a beautiful location. We are in our late 50's and our children and grand children all live in the UK. They all visit regularly. We move down the road, about 500 mtrs when we rent out, so we are always on hand for help and advice.
We have two cats, Miaow Miaow and Misty and our Dog Freda, they are all family friendly and are quiet when around. If you are allergic to pets please be aware they do live in the house. When the house is rented out we take Freda with us, but the cats stay home. The pond is full of Fish so we come each to feed them and clean the filters.