Winter in southern Italy looking after a small dog, 2 cats and a fish pond
We are looking for an active, retired couple for a 3-4 month house sitting assignment at our beautiful villa in southern Italy. Exact dates are still to be finalised, but we are anticipating it to be from mid December to mid April. Final dates should be confirmed by the summer to allow enough time to make travel plans in plenty of time.
We require someone to look after our 2 cats (16 years old) and our rescue dog Bimba (7 years). All of them are on medication which they easily take with their food. Bimba is epileptic and the cats have hyperthyroidism....
The house sits on its own private 9 acre hill plot and consists of a 225 sq m villa with private 40ft infinity pool. If you can speak Italian and are looking for a lovely house sit in this beautiful part of southern Italy, then we would love to hear from you.
A car is essential (not supplied) as the villa is in the country. You must also be comfortable living out in the countryside with no immediate neighbours and familiar with living mainly "off the grid" and the challenges which are associated with off grid living.
Gas is LPG gas which has to be tanked in.
Water has to be delivered or collected.
Electricity is mains powered. There can be occasional power cuts but a back up generator can be connected for emergencies. + More info
Our Home & Location
Situated on the edge of a National Park and only 15 minutes drive from the historic city of Matera, this is an unspoilt part of Italy whereby you will get the opportunity to explore and experience the "real" Italy. Matera is European City of Culture for 2019 and is the 3rd oldest continuously inhabited City in the world. It is an extremely friendly and the locals are all lovely people. The area is fascinating with amazing landscapes. If you enjoy walking; painting; reading; food and wine this is the ideal location for you.
We are seeking a discerning couple who are familiar with looking after a luxury property on a large plot of land, used to living partly off the grid. With this in mind, it would be useful if one of you is an engineer; or has a military background; or has worked on a self sufficient farm and has lots of common sense!...
Any interested parties must have a police check; be able to provide references; be non smokers and have their own transport. We will wish to have a SKYPE call with all short listed couples in order to ensure we are a good fit for one another. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Looking after the pets, general house, garden and vegetable garden maintenance. Keeping the grounds around the house weed free. If you are an avid gardener that would be an advantage as there are daily jobs to be undertaken in the veggie garden. You are welcome to enjoy whatever is being grown in the extensive veggie plots. Experience of swimming pools is essential as we do not always close the pool. You should be practical and level headed so that any unexpected weather incidence can be swiftly dealt with. You should also be comfortable living remotely.
During long winter sits we would kindly request that the house sitters are responsible for the cost of their gas and wood usage for the underfloor heating as this is a cost which you can control. We ask this as we once had sitters who used an entire years supply of wood during a 5 week stay and then objected to paying for it to be replaced. We will pay the electricity costs. We do have solar panels which are very efficient at heating the hot water on sunny days.