Couple/2 adults, for 2 months on rural Spanish finca with cats

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Posted or Updated: Nov 18,2021   Applications: 7

Rural, Vejer de la Frontera
Cadiz,Andalucia Spain

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From: Dec 1,21  
To:      Jan 29,22
Days:  60, Medium Long Term 2 months

We are looking for one or two self sufficient non smoking adults who are genuine cat lovers, have some practical experience of property ownership/maintenance and willing to undertake some basic outside work to keep everything looking tidy (even if it rains!), in order to take care of our quiet ecological finca with five properties in Southern Spain for the two months of December 2021 to January 2022 inclusive.  However, these dates can be a little flexible a week either end. 

The key points are:

* CATS: care of our lovely cats some who will be staying in the same property as the sitters over Winter including feeding them both morning and evening, offering plenty of love and affection as family pets - as well as capable of managing any ill health including taking them to the local vet, giving medication etc if required.  (Our cats are outdoor cats for much of the warmer months, so a catflap is provided to allow them to come and go as they please.)  We also take care of some of the local farm cats during Winter, such as feeding and neutering where possible with the support of a local vet.

* PROPERTIES: there are five holiday rental properties on the finca, including our original family home we offer to sitters – so any unoccupied property will need to be checked every morning and evening, to ensure they remain secure, watertight, as well as aired on all sunny days or heated during colder and damper periods to keep them feeling fresh and dry, depending on the weather.   (If we do get a rare Winter booking, this is all managed by ourselves and our cleaning company.)  

- Please note that during these quiet Winter months with few bookings, some general annual maintenance and routine safety checks will need to be carried out inside and out all the houses as well as private gardens, by our local third party providers eg builder, plumber etc.  Housesitters are not expected to do any of this work, but will need to be on site to let people in and out of the gates (which are locked with codes for access), be available to accept deliveries when required and ensure everything is safe and secure at the end of the day (with no cats shut into houses) - although for those who like to keep busy (or perhaps learn new skills from our team), additional help is always welcomed!

*  GARDENS: we are an organic finca so some areas will need regular general basic gardening to keep everything tidy and and manageable particularly around the houses, eg handwatering patio pots and flowerbeds not covered by irrigation system every 2- 3 days (only when weather is dry so mainly November), raking up/sweeping leaves, sweeping property and pool patios and main paths, some weeding of pots and flowerbeds etc.  The vast majority of the finca is left natural, while we have a gardening team 1 or 2 days a month to undertake the larger jobs such as strimming, mowing, cleaning palms etc with their own equipment - as well as managing fallen branches etc.  Most Winters there is also one larger garden project, which again housesitters are welcome to join in if they wish.

A basic understanding of Spanish as well as an enjoyment of a quiet rural life would be an ideal fit, while a car is essential due to our location with very limited public transport – while sitters are required to be on the finca most days and also every night for our insurance.  We can offer freeview European satellite tv, as well as good Wifi for those who want to work from home or stay in touch, but it is not the fast speed you will find in urban areas. However, there is great 3G and 4G mobile coverage.

If you are interested, please let us know!


Tanya y Sean

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