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Couple wanted for villa winter house sit in Lake Como - no pets.

Italy, Civenna, Lombardia


There are no pets to look after


  • Period available: 3 months, 3 weeks
  • Starts: 3 November 2019
  • Ends: 29 February 2020


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About this assignment

We're looking for a couple with at least one being practical and handy. The sitter will need a car.
We have no pets and the house is in a small village but there aren't a lot of cultural activities so sitters will need to be able to entertain themselves. Hikers or cyclists will love this place.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

We need people who are handy around the house. We had a freak flood in July and several rooms in the house flooded because the drains and gutters were full of pine needles. 46cm of rain fell in six minutes - a freak weather event nobody in the village had seen in their lifetimes. But this is one of the main reasons we don't want to leave the house unoccupied.
We would expect sitters to cover their own gas and electricity costs and work around two hours/day each maintaining the pool, hot tub, garden and doing some small odd jobs inside the villa.
We would anticipate there would be around two hours each per day work in maintaining the garden, pool and inside the villa.

What are the good features of the property and location

The villa has 8 bedrooms, two are in the custodians apt on the lowest floor. There are 6 bathrooms.
To see more information write to us through MindMyHouse for the address of our website.
The villa has 180 views of Lake Como on the outskirts of a charming village open all year round.

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

It's cold and there's not a lot of social activity. Sitter needs to have a car and be reasonably fit.
Because of heating costs, house sitters may choose to live in the apt downstairs (which has its own tiny kitchen and lounge) and cook in the big villa kitchen upstairs using a portable gas cylinder gas heater and use the large panoramic lounge by heating it with the slow combustion wood heater (there's plenty of wood). The trouble with the heating system is that while the apt is an isolated heating system, the large villa is on one water line, so to heat one room in the villa costs almost as much as heating the whole villa.
We have a new 97% efficient Veissmann methane gas heater which heats hot water for showers and wall heaters.
We would expect a heating deposit to be paid.

Last updated: 7 October 2019

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