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Andalusian river-side home and garden

  • This house is in: Spain, Rio Genal, Gaucin
  • Period available: 1 month
  • Starts: 12 February 2015
  • Ends: 18 March 2015
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    Dog - Tilly - (neutered female lurcher) , 3 years old; dog Clara (Border Terrier), 9 mn old.

About this assignment

A person/couple who will enjoy living by a river in Andalusia, and is resourceful and responsible. We have a 3 hectare property with 2 houses, 200 orange trees and a fruitful vegetable garden. A mobile phone and a driving licence will be essential.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Varied. We have two lively dogs, Tilly (lurcher type) - who loves going for off-lead walks along our valley, and Clara who is a very affectionate Border Terrier. There are two houses on the property (150m apart) and the house sitter would live in one whilst looking after the other. There is a new swimming pool which also serves as the source for watering the property. It's a bit cold at this time of year! but we have a cosy wood-burner stove. We also have a rental house in the village which will be occupied on a long-term let.

What are the good features of the property and location

Beautiful location on the Rio Genal, with views of mountains to the front and behind. The finca is being restored along traditional Spanish ecological lines. Though rural, we have mains electricity, internet and water from our own borehole. There are excellent walking and bird-watching opportunities in the area. The "white village" of Gaucin is 10 km away, (shops and countless bars where the nightlife takes place) and the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar (airport) are less than one hour away. Malaga (airport) is 90 mins drive. Overall, quiet, peaceful and attractive.

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

A couple is preferred (instant company!) unless you are a single person happy to be by yourself. The person must be physically fit and able, as we live on a slope! There are a half-dozen other residents - mostly English-speaking - along our lane, all very friendly. The property is 1.5 km from the main road, and 10 km by road from the nearest town. Own transport is essential (unless you fancy a long walk direct to the village! - 75 mins uphill ). Note that the map is currently incorrect! We are not in Gaucin itself but are north of the river, about 20 mins away from the village. Please write for more details as I can help you pinpoint our location using GoogleEarth.

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