we are looking for a house sitter for our house in Italy. It is a old farm house situated 17 km outside Siena in a very little hamlet (only 10 houses) in the countryside (the surruondings are very natural, a lot of forests with many hiking possibilities).But there are also a lot of historical places and cities nearby (Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra..) The main reason why we are looking for a housesitter are our animals: 2 dogs and 1 cat .the dogs are small size, Pongo, male, 8 years old, is very energetic and loves to be walked around. He wants a lot of attention but is quite easy to handle.
The other, Luna, is a little 16 year old maltese, she has lost 1 eye recently and needs the other eye to be cleaned daily. Furthermore she is cardiopathic and needs her pills twice a day (sometimes it can be a little hard to convince her) She is not able to go down or up the stairs (she has a problem on one of her legs) so you have to bring her down and up.As she is nearly deaf and also doesn't see very well you have to go with her when she goes out (she is not clever enough to avoid the cars). Luna can be quite selective with people but normally she chooses one person who she can trust.
Minu,the cat is very indipendent and comes and goes like she wants (no cat toilet inside) but she also loves to be cuddled.
I also have 4 horses but in this period i have somebody who looks after them. But if you like horses you are welcome to lend a hand.(so the text that follows is not for this period as no experience with horses is required)
The horses are free to roam in a big paddock, ca 10 min by foot (or 5 with the car) from our house.They need to be controlled and ev fed once a day ( see if they have enough water and hey and that they are all ok) The have a open stable which has to be cleaned more o less twice a week.The hay is always there for them (we put in the big roundballs)They live outside now for 7 years and are used to it (and are quite happy with it) . we prefer somebody who has some experience with horses (you should be confident to handle them, e.g putting a fly masque on or taking them to show them to the vet if something happens,be able to put up a feet to control it ecc).they are very calm horses (3 of them are quite old 25 and 26) and not difficult to handle but you should know how to do it.
I am quite apprehensive to leave my animals to people I don't know so i am looking for somebody who really loves animals, enjoys having them around and has experience handling them. The dogs and the cat live together with me inside my house and during the night they sleep inside on their sofa (the cat or Pongo, one of the dogs like also my bed!)
I have also a garden but in february there is no need for watering.
the house itself is quite big: 3 sleeping rooms a big kitchen a studio and 2 bathrooms. It is a very old countryhouse and we renovated it completely 16 years ago in a very simple tuscany stile (there is also a open fire place).It is no luxury villa but there are all the modern comodities (wifi, satellite TV, dishwasher, washing machine, central heating with pellet ecc) Most of our neighbours are good friends of us and can help you out if you have any problem (it is quite international, italians, swiss, germans, norwegian..) as you can imagine in this place there are no shops cinema bar ecc. but a lot of nature so it could be intersting for somebody who loves walking reading and staying with our animals.As there is nearly no public transport you need a car .
If somebody is interested I would like you to come 3 days before I leave to explain everything and to introduce you to my animals and friends.I have enough place to give you hospitality in this time.Feel free to contact me for further questions.
I will be away for 1 week in the time between the until i can be flexible in this period but would like to come you 2 or 3 days earlier to explain everything