We wish to be matched with an individual or couple that would like two weeks of peace-and-quiet in a natural setting.
Our friendly dogs don't require walks as they have a few fenced acres to chase one another and squirrels. They do like to spring out the door several times a day for running, squirrel-chasing, investigating, and patrolling. Our dogs usually venture outside several times a day, so our ideal housesitter is one who plans to be in and around our home without long stretches away.
Our household also includes a family of hens, so fresh eggs are plentiful. The hens require a very basic feeding routine; time outside of their coop and enclosure; and corralling after their time "free-ranging" within their fence.
We have WiFi, Netflix, and Hulu available to our house sitters, but - way out in the country - we do not have network/cable/satellite television...but, it's so beautiful and quiet, you won't miss it.
We have recently added a number of landscaping installations and plants. The butterflies and hummingbirds are thrilled. Because the plantings are still new, daily watering is needed as part of the "household chores." We have found this time to be surprisingly entertaining. Yesterday I watched two osprey chase and battle one another overhead. Last week a hummingbird landed on a new plant's branch and drank from the cupped leaves as I watered. And last month, two bald eagles surprised me.
June weather in central North Carolina is beautiful: Mid-eighties with plenty of sun. Our home has an inground pool, which will be open in June. With just a few houses, our "neighborhood" contains a mile or two of peaceful, gravel hills, perfect for daily hiking. For serious cycling enthusiasts, there are miles and miles of rural roads immediately adjacent to our neighborhood. Likewise, Duke Forest and Brumley are close by for hiking and trail cycling.
Our adorable downtown [ boasts several small restaurants/pubs, art galleries, historic buildings/tours, and River Walk. Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham are close by and offer many additional sights, museums, dining, and outdoor opportunities.
Our preference is to briefly meet our housecarer(s) midday on Thursday, June 13 for an orientation. In the past, we've provided a comprehensive "manual" a couple of weeks before arrival so that questions/clarifications are ironed out in-advance. The manual contains descriptions, photos, etc. for all aspects of our pets' routines and procedures, as well as contact information and emergency plans. Our previous housecarers found that, in concert with the manual, a thirty-minute orientation was sufficient. Likewise, they were able to find everything needed in the manual during their stays. We would be happy to provide contact information for our past Housecarers so that you may hear more about us, our home, and our routine.
We welcome the opportunity to learn more about you and to share more information about our property and pets! Our departure date is Thursday, June 13 and our return is Saturday morning, June 29. Thank you for your interest!