My husband and I are looking for a house and animal sitter for the first two weeks in January. We have two cats, a horse, a goat and a flock of 9 chickens that will need to be fed twice each day, morning and evening, although no particular time is required. The horse/goat corral will need to be cleared every other day and the mail brought in daily. No gardening work will be necessary, the gardens are watered automatically and self sustaining. The cats will need petting and attention and general spoiling. If the chickens are still laying during your stay, you are welcome to eat any and all of their eggs.
This sit would be ideal for someone who wants a quiet rereat where thay can relax and enjoy nature. The Santa Ynez Valley is beautiful and semi-rural, with a booming wine industry. There are nearby shops, but you would need a car or bicycle to explore the entire area (I can lend you bicycles, but not a car). If you do have a car, our home is a 1 hour drive south of San Luis Obispo, and a 30 minute drive north of Santa Barbara.
People who visit this area enjoy the outdoors, hiking, bicycling, bird watching, visiting the beach, horseback riding, wine tasting, or visiting the shops in nearby Solvang, a small Danish town.
You would be staying in a private bedroom in our home with a queen-sized bed and a bathroom next to the bedroom. You are welcome to enjoy any room on the ground floor of the house, or in the garden. We have a shaded arbor for relaxing and a hot tub for soothing sore muscles.
There will be clean sheets on the bed, towels and soap. You are welcome to use our washing machine and dryer to wash your clothes. The room has an electric heater and a fan, but no air conditioning. We have Wifi but no television. Please bring your own cell .
Sorry, but you cannot bring your own pet along with you. We prefer that you do not smoke at all, but if you do smoke, please only do so outside.
Our trip begins on January 1st, but we would prefer to have you settle in and meet the aminmals a day or two ahead of time. We would also be open to you staying a day or two after we return if needed to accomodate your next housesit or travel plans.