Stoke Newington, nice house + 3 bossy cats
We're looking for a sitter for our 3 cats, Eddie, Elvis and BJ, for 3 weeks in December. Nice, modernised, 3-storey Victorian terraced house with courtyard garden in Stoke Newington, North London, which is in zone 2.
Our Home & Location
Period house near Stoke Newington train station with large range of restaurants, bars, cafes and lots of independent local shops and a supermarket in walking distance. Easy to travel to other parts of London - overground station to Liverpool St (Central, Circle, Hammersmith and City lines) 5 minute walk, many and frequent buses. Excellent leisure centre and pool in walking distance also several parks and lots of nice urban walks (canal, river, disused railway line etc) fairly nearby.
House has Wifi, Cable TV with 3D (plus DVD library), large kitchen/diner with newly fitted German kitchen including washer, dryer, dishwasher, every kitchen gadget you can possibly imagine plus a few more. Folding doors onto patio, large, comfortable through lounge and TV room, wooden floors, courtyard garden, contemporary décor and furnishing. Recently re-furbished, open plan ground floor with exposed brick wall in dining area. Quiet, pleasant, double guest bedroom for sitters overlooking garden and woodland nature reserve at back of house, own bathroom with shower almost but not quite en suite. Use of small top-floor exercise room with elliptical CV machine, mats, few weights etc. Or you can just sit in it, drink your coffee and admire the view over the woods....
House actually much nicer than I've managed to make it look in photos, I'd make a rubbish estate agent. Cats as delightful as they look in photos. It's a peaceful place in a quiet, leafy crescent, but there's lots to do locally and you can be in Oxford St in 45 mins. People on our street do actually know each other and will be friendly and helpful to you if you want them to be, but not intrusive if you'd rather be left alone. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Look after our 3 cats. They are 16 and 15 years old (82 and 78 in human years), healthy, friendly, need feeding, stroking, grooming and company. BJ has arthritis, so needs to be handled with a little care and understanding. Eddie and BJ are long- haired and double-coated, so need to be combed every day or their fur gets matted - they aren't as flexible as they used to be. They're all big cats, somewhat portly and ridiculously fluffy! (We do have two handheld dysons to cope with the housework implications of all the fur BTW)
They're all used to lots of human interaction, so we're looking for someone who genuinely understands and loves cats. This isn't a sit for anyone who objects to cats sleeping on their lap, their bed or on their pillow (if very favoured); or wanting to be fed their dried food by hand, in BJ's case; or wanting to be stroked lots and lots and lots! Elvis likes conversation, Ed likes nose rubs and B will settle for adoration....
You'd need to water plants in house, on balcony and in small front and back gardens; look after house, keep it clean and secure, return it to us as you found it. Also fill up the bird feeders when they 're empty - we get lots of birds (the cats will sit and watch them with you but can't chase them nowadays).
We try to be pretty well organised about the whole house-sitting thing and will make everything as clear and easy as possible and leave you a handbook about everything you need to know. We prefer to invite prospective sitters round to meet cats and see house, so ideally you'd need to be able to get to London for this. + More info