A SUNNY EXPERIENCE IN WINTER: Adorable pets & a unique setting on the slopes of the Aegean Sea
I practically live for my pets & garden on the slopes of the Aegean Sea in a rural area. Me and "babies" have been having "sitters" from all corners of the world since 2013 December and mutually & happily accommodated each other's needs and habits. Sitters are provided with a simple stone cottage of their own independent of the main house where me & my babies are living.
Smokers are also welcomed since I my self am a smoker they have my respect and sympathies :-)...
I do provide transportation to ports of arrival/departure of Bodrum when sitters first arrive and leaving.
My actual dates of travel are flexible until commitments are made.
The first week of this pet sit is purely for the orientation of the sitters & my "babies". + More info
Our Home & Location
This is an isolated spot with an exquisite view of the Bay of Gokova, over looking to the Aegean; horizon scattered with Greek Islands.
Pet-sitters have a one room stone cottage of their own with a shower and WC and an outdoor kitchen....
This pet sit is ideal for a couple who likes to read, write, paint, meditate or garden if they wish who enjoy quite nature, outdoor life and rather spartan living.
The property is situated at the edge of the Mazi Village where there are no social facilities during winter months. There are only two stores to buy most basics; for fresh products there is a market at crack of dawn on Friday mornings. The nearest shopping and ATM machines are within half an hour driving distance, or Bodrum (ancient Halicarnassus) town which has all & everything like in any other major popular touristy town is an hour away.
The advantage of this pet sit is that, one can explore oneself, concentrate on reading, writing, composing or whatever interests one has in an absolutely quite environment in nature. OR, one can explore the many ancient sites (in provinces of Mugla, Izmir or, Aydin) before and/or after "sitting" period while still using the cottage as a base. Or, if accustomed to swim in cold waters of our winter months one can swim on pristine and deserted beaches which are within a kilometre walking distance.
The disadvantages of this pet sit is that the property is situated on a slope, the distance between the main living and the kitchen which are available/open for the use of the sitters and the guest cottage where the sitters stay is approximately 100 metres hence the wi-fi does not reach the guest cottage and my "babies" live up the main living area which means during my absence sitters are expected to spend their day time up where the babies are . This is not quite suitable "sitting" for those with a knee or heart problem.
Since winters are short in this part of the world there is no central heating or AC; when desperately needed we use fire places in each room/unit but the kitchen; logs are provided. We mostly rely on many layers of clothing till sun goes up than spend most of our day outdoors enjoying the sun as the main heat source. Rain is a blessing rarity though we do pray & get few thundershowers/storms during mentioned months. Snow is once in a life time meteorological phenomenon which have had one couple of years ago for 2 hours; so I hope the jack pot will not hit you during your stay this year.
I do not provide a car, some previous pet sitters rented a car for the duration of their post-sitting days to explore the vicinity.
Since I never go away for more than 10 days in total, before I leave I make sure we organise a day of shopping so sitters can have enough provisions for the period of my absence. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Sitters are requested to take care of the pets which are twice a day feeding, a little grooming, walking the dogs within the boundaries only; hugging, talking and playing with them, giving plenty of TLC. Since they are used to socialise with the owner they need and request your attention during the day; as we live with sun/day light our routine life starts early and after sun set they go into the living and sleep till dawn.
First week to ten days of the announced "sitting" period is for orientation; before I leave I make sure that the sitters relax and rest the first few days than get used to our routine life, grasp the practicalities of living in this isolated location and the environment; last but not least get to know the habits and/or character of each pet....
Depending on the winter, if it is a very dry season I may kindly ask the sitters to water some plants or if they like to get their hands in dirt they can enjoy gardening by weeding, pruning, sweeping dead leaves, handling compost, etc., .
The sitters will be responsible from keeping the premises they live in clean; they are expected to treat the provided linen, towels, and/or utensils, appliances, furniture kindly; saving water and electricity; environmental consciousness is much appreciated.
Due to the distances between the location of the property and the main shopping facilities sitters need to be well organised which means one has to make plans and lists ahead of time not to run out of bread or toilet paper, or wine or cigarettes: I am afraid this is not an ideal location for absent mindedness:-) + More info
February 2019 | Heather
March 2016 | Vicki