Lakeside Retreat and one loving dog!
We are a retired couple (teacher and Michelin) residing on a beautiful lake in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. We are loved by a purebred, 5yr old female (spay) Newfoundland Dog. We are looking for a responsible, non smoking couple as dog sitter and housesitter to enjoy our dog and home. This is the perfect location for anyone wanting a peaceful getaway. Cellphone reception is spotty depending on your provider but we have unlimited phone to US and Canada. Knowledge of how to run a snowblower in the winter months would be useful!
Our Home & Location
Located just under 20 min. just outside Berwick, 18 yr old home lakeside, Kings County,NS with 315 feet of water frontage. Canoe/ lifejackets/snowshoes - 1 pair, peddleboat available at own risk. Three bedrooms, three baths, (bath/laundry room,kitchen, office on main floor, (master bedroom and ensuite on main floor will be private space during our absence). Two other bedrooms and bath in walkout basement have full sized windows and several exits, new this year there is now also an equipped kitchenette in the basement. On main floor there is a 6-8 person chlorine-based hottub in sheltered screenroom, dog run attached to home with access to various areas of the large deck and screenroom; Satellite TV; internet wifi DSL not true highspeed but close; trusted friend nextdoor if any problems; drilled well with recent, regular water testing result as excellent on detailed chemical testing; septic system; 20 min. drive to closest town, Berwick or Greenwood for groceries (feel free to use condiments and spices, flour and sugar) drip coffee maker, Electric range, microwave, two fridges, freezer. Property is surrounded with Invisible Fence to contain Darcie while at home. When you are away she can be confined to the deck/screenroom/dog run for a few hours. 25 min. to Wolfville. Cleaning lady will come for three hours one Thursday afternoon while we are gone but we expect normal daily upkeep to be carried out as well by our pet/housesitters. Cellphone reception is spotty depending on your provider but we have unlimited long distance in Canada and US. House is equipped with security system. Heated with infloor heating but more recently we mainly use the heat-pump, keeping infloor heat on low, Regency woodstove if wanted for those cozy evenings. We practice recycling for our garbage pick-up and will leave instructions. We are 1 mile off the main road on a well maintained private road. In the event of snow, we have arranged for road snow removal. You may have to use our snowblower (new model with heated handgrips) to tidy up the parking area. We also have an electric blower for the large deck. There is also a fairly well, attached woodworking shop if you have knowledge of tools.
Responsibilities & Pets
Look after our dog (Darcie) making sure she has fresh water, fed morning and early evening; walking her daily weather permitting; scoop up after her- shovel and container in yard; maintain our home as you would expect your home to be respected. Have your own vehicle. Transport our dog to the vet should the need arise and see to her wellbeing; If Darcie decides to go swimming or gets wet in the rain, be sure she is blown DRY with the pet dryer before putting her to bed in her crate at night. Arming the security alarm if you leave the property. Add hottub treatment (2 items) once each week or I can ask my neighbour to add them as he uses the same system. Relax and enjoy your stay in our home with Darcie!