We are looking for two self sufficient non smoking adults (a couple or two friends) 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 three months of November 2021 to January 2022 inclusive. 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/farm cats for much of the warmer months, so a catflap is provided to allow them to come and go as they please.)
* 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 quickly checked every morning and evening, to ensure they remain secure, watertight, as well as regularly aired and/or heated as required to keep 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, 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 may need to let people in and out of the gates (which are locked with codes for access) or be available to accept deliveries when required.
* GARDENS: we are an organic finca so some areas will need regular general basic gardening to keep everything healthy and manageable particularly around the houses, eg handwatering patio pots and flowerbeds not covered by irrigation system (usually only when weather is still dry in early November), raking up/sweeping leaves, sweeping paths, some weeding of pots and flowerbeds, possible mowing etc. The vast majority of the finca is left natural, while if we have any larger garden maintainence including particular work eg tree pruning or new planting project etc that it done by a local gardening company on a regular basis who have the correct equipment.
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