winter 2013-2014:We look for someone who sits our small hobby farm for 2 months in winter from around 12th Dec (or 1-2 weeks earlier) until February 17 .
House is suitable for families with kids. (our kids are 12/9/7/5 years).
The house is heated with firewood (modern system but needs to start a fire once a day when it is cold). Warm water via solar panel or in winter additional with firewood. Electricity from PV-panel and green energy from a supplier. We dont expect payment for an normal amount of electricity and water. Wet cant pay for the house sitter.
When we are away there has to be someone who look after the animals (in winter 3-4 goats), 2-3 sheep, 2 geese and some chicken). In the case of problems there will be a neighbour to ask or an english speaking friend nearby/by phone who might can help. Its about 30-60 min work each day (feeding, bringing fresh water, let the geese/chicken out in the morning and lock them in in the evening). Depending on the outside temperature heating with firewood needs maybe 30 min/day as well.
We have no central heating - so depending on the weather you have to heat the stove (firewood is enough here!).
Quiet rural area, 260 yrs old renovated house with lovely animals. Dresden 80 km away, Berlin 200 km, old towns of Bautzen (1000 years old, 15 km away) and Görlitz (35 km away).
Next small supermarked 2 km, town Weissenberg 5 km (normal supermarket), all kind of shops and larger supermarkets in Bautzen (15 km)
singing birds, fresh air, fruit trees (cherries, apples, plum...) and berries. Can be cold in winter with sometimes lots of snow - you can start x-country skiing right from the door. Lots of animals in the forest like deer and with some luck you find the track of a wolf.
5500 sqm property, lots of space, some bicycles to use (summer) or x-country ski (winter)
Its not a registered organic farm but we use organic methods only. There might be some vegetables in the garden that can be used during your stay. The house is renovated in a natural and sustainable style.
1 Bedroom (double bed)
1 kids bedroom (3-4 beds: 3 normal size +1 kid size)
1 sideroom of the kids room: 1 bed
1 guest room (1 bed)
1 guest room (2 + 2 beds: 1 double bed + sofa bed)
Internet is available (cable, no wireless), but be aware to sign a paper that you will be responsible for any use (like illegal down/uploads of music, movies, programms etc) - Germany has one of the strongest copy right laws in the world (fines are usually 2000-10.000 EUR per movie upload/share) and from the experiences in the past we either switch off the internet or the housesitter has to sign a paper...
Its not the highest speed of internet but our last house sitters where programmers/bloggers and they survived and could do their work, so it cant be too bad.
There is a travel agency on the property, so up/downloads are limited during the daytime (8 am to 6 pm) as the office will need a fast internet thats not slowed down by heavy traffic...
The blog of our home sitters from July/august 2012: http://whereisyourbicycle.blogspot.de/
Preferred: Couples and Families with kids of any ages. Baby bed can be supplied.
For individuals/couples: Minimum age 25 or experiences with animals
german or english speaking
You can come some days earlier and we will fit you into the house somehow and can show you around.