Home/pet sitters required in Portugal for June 2012 to May 2014
We have the opportunity for a work assignment in the Balkans which will last for approximately two years. Although we would seek to spend our holidays at our home in Central Portugal we would be away for at least 45 weeks per year.
Our Home & Location
The lovely two-bedroomed house is located in a small hillside village above the town of Oleiros which has all amenities and is only a ten minute drive. The house comprises a large kitchen/dining/sittingroom equipped with new woodburning stove,a food pantry, a study, bathroom/toilet a master bedroom, similar sized second bedroom and a large, comfortable 'salon' with small balcony. The salon is also served by a new woodburning stove. On the ground floor is a wood store, large garage and 'adega' (winemaking equipment included!). There is a lovely vine-covered patio/outside dining area which is shaded in the long hot summer and full of sunshine in the warm spring.
The garden is easily maintained being bstocked with flowers and vegetables. There are many vines and olive trees, as well as orange, lemon and tangerine trees which produce lovely citrus fruit. There are cherry, apple, apricot, fig and Kiwi plants/trees also. The good sized chicken house and run house eleven carefree and very productive chickens. There is an endless supply of water for the garden from a bore hole and reservoir although the house itself is served by mains water. Cooking and hot water is by bottled gas.The views arpound the property are simply stunning with short and longbterm views across pine and eucalyptus forests with the mountains of the Serra Estrtella in the distance.
Responsibilities & Pets
House-sitters would be responsible for caring for our two young cats, both of which are no problem. We have eleven chickens which will need looking after (with the benefit of regular fresh eggs!) The house is easy to keep clean and tidy. We have land of just under an acre some of which is used to grow vegetables, some having flowers and a large part which we have 'developed' and tamed which would need relatively minor maintenance.