Retired couple required in southern Italy from mid January for a few weeks
We are looking for an active, retired couple for a house sitting assignment at our beautiful villa in southern Italy from mid January to mid/end of February whilst we are away on an extended ski holiday. Final dates still to be confirmed. We require someone to look after our 2 cats (16 years old) and maybe our dog Bimba (we are hoping to take her ski-ing with us but this may not be possible). She is a small stray dog we rescued and is extremely affectionate. Bimba requires medication which she takes this in her food. She is epileptic and the medication keeps her fits under control.
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 comfortable living partly "off the grid".
Gas is LPG gas which has to be tanked in.
Water has to be tanked it at 5,000 litres a time.
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 has recently won European City of Culture and is the 3rd oldest continuously inhabited City in the world. It is an extremely friendly part of the country. 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 large, luxury property, but also used to living partly off the grid....
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. If you are an avid gardener/handy man that would be an advantage as there are numerous daily jobs to be undertaken on a plot of this size. We have a large vegetable garden and fruit orchard and require the house sitters to attend to the vegetable rows. Experience of swimming pools is essential as we do not always close the pool and this therefore needs to be maintained.
We work on a NO FEE either side but 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 (if used). We have to ask this as we once had sitters who used our entire years supply of wood 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.