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 for the whole of December 2014, ideally arriving the week before Thanksgiving, although early December would work also. This is not a straightforward housesit as we will be coming and going during this time but would love to have someone who doesn't mind sharing the house when we are here, and is happy to be here on their own when we are away. As we will also be looking for someone for March when we will be away for 3 weeks, there is also the possibility of staying for the period from December through the end of March.
We have an elderly friendly husky called Lance who loves walks, 5 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, bring in the mail, and monitor freezer temps once 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.
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, 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 for some it can 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 - it doesn't happen often and has never happened while we are away, but there is always a first time!
Another consideration is that 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.