I have had great success in finding housesitters through MindMyHouse over the past several years when I go on vacations over 5 days or so. But I often go out of town for the weekend, whether to sporting events or to conferences for work. I would really like to find housesitters who are fairly local to me, and who would like to escape the city periodically for a relaxing weekend on Long Island. Typically I am gone 1-2 weekends a month from March-October or so, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Responsible, mature single person or couple. Enjoyment of vegetable gardening a plus; love of dogs required. I will show how to care for my ducks (5) and chickens (2) (it's VERY easy and quick--10 minutes per day). Non-smoking, please.
The backyard has raised beds, fruit trees, grapevines, and berry bushes that may need watering as will the front lawn. I have seven poultry that will be need to let in and out of their coop as well as fed and watered. Finally, I have two rather large (ca. 50 lbs) well-mannered dogs (ages 4 and 2.5 years old), that will need to be played with and walked.
The house is a lovely Cape Cod in a quiet middle-class residential area of Eastern Long Island on the South Shore of 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 BBQ 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.
The Long Island Railroad is less than 2 miles away, and it's about two hours to NYC's Penn Station with all the cultural vibrancy NY has to offer.
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.