Not for the faint hearted
We are a retired English couple who, for the past decade, have made our home in a rather quirky stone/cave house located in Ortahisar, a small market town that borders on the Goreme National Park. The town of Goreme is about 5 km away, (a brisk walk on a winter’s day) and Ürgüp about 7km.
This winter we are planning an extended trip to further explore parts of Turkey and will require an experienced sitter/s to care for our house, a cat and three rescued ex-street dogs in our absence.
The house is unique and rather quirky. It is heated by multi-fuel stoves and a wood burner In the living room. Wood and coal are provided. The water is continuously heated by an electric immersion heater. We do not have TV however unlimited WIFI is provided and a tv screen on which to watch Netflix or play DVDs from our considerable varied selection.
It can be very cold in Cappadocia during the winter and the snow lies deep at times. For this reason, warm waterproof clothing would be required together with stout waterproof walking boots and appropriate accessories. Fortunately, once the snow has fallen, the humidity is invariably low so that it doesn’t feel as cold as one might suppose. The unique Cappadocian landscape, clothed in a pristine carpet of snow beneath a clear cerulean blue sky is truely a sight to behold.
Ortahisar, once a sleepy market town, is in the process of being developed as a tourist centre with hotels, restaurants and cafes appearing where before there were none. There are wonderful opportunities to walk and explore the unending and accessible hills and valleys that are close by the house and where we take our dogs for their twice daily walks.
Dolmus, mini buses, serve the local towns and taxis are inexpensive.
Our three dogs are loving and usually easy to handle but, on occasions, they can be a little challenging. For this reason, the applicant should be experienced and confident in dealing with larger dogs. Barney, the cat, simply abides and quietly rules over the entire household.
We would like to be away for the months of January and February, the exact dates would be subject to mutual convenience and agreement.
This assignment would suit an independent, self-contained animal loving person/couple who can deal with doggie idiosyncrasies and would enjoy walking in the stunning winter countryside of Cappadocia.