We are looking for a reliable, resourceful, experienced, and non-smoking couple or individual to mind our home and critters from June 14 through August 12, 2020. Your arrival would be on Saturday, June 13th for orientation and departure would be after morning tasks on Thursday, August 13. (We can be flexible for an earlier arrival and/or later departure to accommodate your travel.) Our quiet log home is very near the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. No children or pets please.
Besides keeping things tidy, tasks include twice-daily feeding and companionship (walking, ball-throwing, etc) for 2 loving dogs, a once daily feeding of a falcon, bringing in the mail, watering plants, an occasional mow in the small backyard, and just keeping an eye on the homestead in general. The dogs are a joy and the raptor requires no handling at all. Full instructions for the raptor will be provided by the missus, who is a licensed Master Falconer. We have a housekeeper that visits every other week. There are 70 acres of varied terrain for walking, high speed internet/wifi, TV (streaming ready), and the wonderful peace and quiet of a rural setting.
Our home, at about 3100' elevation, is close to the wonderful and artsy town of Floyd. Known for its old time music and dancing, our little town offers shopping, art galleries, wineries, a brewery, pubs, farmers market, and nice restaurants, all centered around a single stoplight. Typical temperatures for June, July and August average 60s F at night, and upper 70s F by day. No air conditioning needed and ceiling fans are installed in the living room and bedrooms.
Recreation abounds in the area. The Parkway is great for cycling and lots of hiking trails are nearby.
We have utilized housesitters for many years and provide thorough instructions, restaurant recommendations, links to our vet and contact info for many local friends that can be great resources. Time permitting on your arrival day, we enjoy taking our sitters for a drive to Floyd for familiarization with the roads and sights. We often end with dinner in town together.