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Eastern Long Island (Shirley) Sept 17-Oct 2

  • This house is in: United States, Shirley
  • Period available: 2 weeks
  • Starts: 17 September 2014
  • Ends: 2 October 2014
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    2 dogs; ducks, chickens

About this assignment

Responsible, non-smoking couple to care for my house, dogs, and poultry while I'm away in September and the outset of October.

Enjoyment of vegetable gardening a plus; love of dogs required. I will show how to care for my ducks and chickens (it's VERY easy and quick--10 minutes per day). Non-smoking, please.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

I have poultry that will be need to let in and out of their coop as well as fed and watered. There's a good possibility new ducklings will also be in the mix if all goes well. Feel free to enjoy the eggs laid by the chickens. Finally, I have two medium-sized (ca. 45 lbs) well-mannered dogs (ages 5 and 3 years old), that will need to be played with and walked.

What are the good features of the property and location

The house is a lovely Cape Cod in a quiet middle-class residential area of Eastern Long Island on the South Shore near LIE Exit 68.

About the house: it is a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath house, with a fully finished basement, walk-in closet, study, library/living room and combined kitchen/great room. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and is nicely laid out. The great room sports a beautiful soapstone woodstove. There's a front porch with glider, and a deck with grill and an inviting eating area and deck lounge chair. The backyard has a firepit, a garden swing and a relaxing hammock. The finished basement has lots of workout equipment--professional bench, dumbells, kettlebells and a spin bike.

The back yard sports several raised beds for vegetable gardening, established rhubarb and asparagus beds, young grape vines, lingonberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, elderberries, currants, and tayberries, as well as young dwarf fruit trees.

The area itself is replete with both outdoor and cultural possibilities. A world-class beach is just six miles away, and a large park with fishing possibilities and hiking trails (ca 1500 acres) is only one-quarter mile away. Biking and kayaking opportunities abound (feel free to use the bikes and kayaks I have at the house), and the Hamptons are just about 25 miles away.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

The area does not have much public transportation so a car of your own is a must. The dogs are early risers and will need to be fed around 6 a.m.

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