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Housesitting in rural SE PA - late Feb to mid-March

  • This house is in: United States, Boyertown
  • Dates: variable
  • Are there any pets to look after?
    1 dog - a one-eyed husky by the name of lance, three cats, and 40 laying hens. As of January 2013 we currently have two additional cats that we are fostering (very sweet cats looking for a loving home if you know of anyone!).

About this assignment

We often need a practical and responsible housesitter for our home on a small farm in Pennsylvania (2 hrs west of NYC and 1 hour north of Philadelphia). Sometimes we are away for a week or two, sometimes just a few days. So if you aren't too far from us and enjoy the opportunity to spend some time in a lovely rural area, please feel free to contact us. Currently we are looking for someone who is available from Feb 24 - Mar 17. We also have a very short trip planned for three days in early Feb.

We have a friendly husky called Lance who loves long walks, 3 house cats, and some laying hens who will appreciate your help with providing food, water and tlc while we are away. There are times of the year when we do have other farm animals that take more experience to look after than cats, dogs and laying hens, but if you have that experience or are interested to come a week earlier to learn the ropes before we leave, those times would be options as well.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Feeding animals twice daily, collecting eggs, walk Lance once a day, bring in the mail, monitor freezer temps one a day. Lance is up for a walk any time you are, so if you love to walk he is happy to go out as often as you are.

For folks who like to do more, we can certainly find other things for you to do, but the most important is that these these tasks are taken care of.

We also have great neighbors who you can call on for advice or help if needed.

What are the good features of the property and location

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, 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.

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

We are on a very quiet country road up in the hills. If you like solitude and trees that is a plus, but for some it can be a little too quiet and out of the way.

In addition, this is not a luxurious country estate :) It 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.

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