Caretaker/petsitter sought for my Walden Pond home in the mountains of Craig County, 35 minutes from downtown Roanoke or Virginia Tech. I will be travelling extensively from until April 2019 and am looking for a mature, responsible person (may consider a couple, but no more than 2 people) to take care of my house and 4 cats.
Use includes furnished loft bedroom, use of the most other areas of the house (all furnished), and reasonable use of all available utilities: heat, A/C, local service, somewhat slow high-speed wifi, and DirecTV. Cell service is very spotty here - you can use the wifi but because it is slow, it isn't great for the or streaming. U.S. Cellular is the only tower in the area.
House is 1/10 of a mile from the Appalachian Trail and sits on 10 acres in the woods with a creek. The house is on a dirt road. Reaching the paved road (Route 621) is usually easy (but not guaranteed) even in bad weather. The house has a great room with gas log fireplace, small kitchen, loft bedroom (the one being rented), master bedroom, laundry and 1.5 baths. Deck with hot tub overlooks the creek. House is isolated, but I have great, not-too-close neighbors. Property adjoins national forest and yes, there are bears, deer, raccoons, coyotes, snakes and other wildlife close by.
Sitter will be asked to treat the cats like your own, assist with some house and property upkeep. No smoking or drugs anywhere on the property. No room for additional pets.
This is a unique setting seeking a unique individual who loves cats and wants a quiet place away from it all.