Are you a caring, country wise couple available for a four month WINTER/SPRING house sit in northern California? We have a need for very responsible, honest, caring experienced house sitters between January 20-April 30, 2014.
We are in a wonderful "banana belt" region of the Sierra Foothills, situated 1/2 hour from Grass Valley, 2 hours from Lake Tahoe, about one and a half hours from Sacramento and 3 hours from San Francisco. The charming,historic Gold Country towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are 30 minutes away with numerous art galleries and museums to explore.
Our modern, easy to care for home is a great winter stay with little maintenance of the yard until early spring, but consistent care of our dog, cats and five pet chickens is highest priority come rain or shine.
If you love country living (minus heavy duty maintenance), hiking trails (on our own 200 acre ranch, even a neighborhood walking group to encourage you!) peace and quiet (we overlook a large lake,) love to paint or craft (I'll share my art studio with you), are caring and respectful towards the pets and property of others WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Most of our acreage is open country and there are no crops, fields or livestock to look after but we ask for basic maintenance and diligent care of the house and grounds, including the swimming pool. Lawn and garden care are part of the job but a regularly scheduled gardener comes to do the heavy work. We return once during the 4 month stay to give our house sitters the opportunity to take a break and travel. We use this time to get heavy spring chores out of the way. Spring comes and there is more to do in the yard, rose care, some weed pulling, etc.
We are looking for a very caring, reliable, mature married couple to take this position, especially a couple who loves country living. We are 20 minutes from the closest shopping center and at the end of a two mile dirt and gravel road. You don't see neighbors but a big plus of our country life is that we do have wonderful neighbors who are there if you need them. You'll be sure to see them every morning if you join the neighborhood walking group as our house sitters often do. Great fun!
Please contact us if you have excellent references, recent house sit experience, are comfortable with posting a security deposit (bond) which is fully refundable (minus your share of utilities) at the end of the stay.
We have internet access which has just been upgraded. You will need your own transportation. We have a very large barn on the property but because we travel often since retirement we do not keep horses now. We do have a large, gentle but effective watch dog, two cats and five dearly loved pet chickens. Keep them healthy and happy for us and you get the eggs!
If all this interests you please let us know of your availability.
In addition to no smoking, no drugs,and no pets, a background/and or credit check may be required.Please respond with ready references.
If you like the location of our home, are comfortable with the stated requirements(security deposit required) and don't mind the proximity of rattlesnakes, coyotes and a possible mountain lion or bear please contact us. We have met great, caring people through this and we look forward to hearing from you. Thank You!