Practical and responsible housesitter needed for our home on a small farm in Pennsylvania (2 hrs west of NYC and 1 hour north of Philadelphia). This is a quiet time livestock-wise on the farm so aside from a few animal care chores morning and evening there is plenty of time to enjoy exploring this area, study, write your book etc. We have a neighbor who is often available to take care of things for a day or two, so there is scope to be away for a couple of days if you want to visit New York City or Philly or DC etc.
We are away from Dec 8th - January 19th, but will also be away much of the time from November 22nd. We are looking for someone who is happy to be here from mid November or late November/early December (after Thanksgiving) to provide time for getting you settled and familiar with the routine. You would be welcome to come earlier and stay longer if you need a longer stay. If these dates don't work for you but you are looking for something later in 2017 feel free to contact us also.
We have 5 very social house cats and some laying hens who will appreciate your help with providing food, water and tlc while we are away. Other responsibilities include collecting eggs, bringing in the mail, and monitor freezer temps once a day. And if you do enjoy having more to do, there are always non-essential tasks to do around the house, garden and farm.
We are usually available by phone or email when we are away if you have any questions or concerns and we have great neighbors who you can call on for advice or help if needed.
The house has wi-fi, and we have a great community of artists and musicians in the area as well as lots of great music venues, lovely country roads for long walks or cycling (bikes available to use), and an easy drive to good hiking areas, the local ski area , regional cultural/historical attractions (Landis Valley Museum,Lancaster County, Goschenhoppen Museum, Goggleworks, Valley Forge, Mercer Tileworks & Museum and much more) and major cities.
We also have an extensive library of books on farming, sustainability, philosophy and other misc topics that you are welcome to use during your stay.
We are on a very quiet country road up in the hills. If you like solitude and trees that is a plus, but if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life it might be a little too quiet and out of the way.
This location also means that we can get power outages so you would need to feel comfortable operating our generator if the power is going to be out for more than a few hours (training provided) - it doesn't happen often and has never happened while we are away, but there is always a first time!
If we get a snow storm, we have a great road crew in the township that usually has us plowed out by 8 am, but you do need to feel comfortable driving on snowy roads, and be OK with sitting tight if the weather is really bad.
Another consideration is that this is not a luxurious country estate, and the house is a small, comfy, very lived-in farmhouse that is a work in progress, and that has a few idiosyncrasies of the type that you would expect to find in an older house.
Note that the Google map doesn't show our exact location but we are near Boyertown, PA.