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September to March in the Okanagan! Wine tasting! Hiking! Biking! Skiing, Snow shoeing and more. All this and an eclectic house!

Canada, Penticton, British Columbia


  • Chicken(s)

Chickens! Our plants are our pets! Full grown banana plants, taros, orchids, callas and others! Some will need digging up, repotting and brought indoors.


  • Period available: 6 months, 1 week
  • Starts: 5 September 2022
  • Ends: 15 March 2023


They have 1 testimonial (view below)


They have WIFI

About this assignment

A couple only, we have had singles and have found a couple better at problem solving together, so applications from singles will not be accepted, Our home is not suitable for children or pets so applications from families or those with pets will not be accepted. We have found in the past that sitters in the 30-40 age group have enjoyed the house the most.
People who can appreciate foibles in a home, problem solve and are not expecting an average suburban home to put their feet up in!!! A working knowledge of gardening, particularly flowers, plants and perennials rather than vegetables or farming.
Physical fitness and strength are important considerations. This is a long sit, fall through winter to March. As a result there is a lot more physical work involved. Applicants should be fit enough to handle it. We will be home for most of November an December but there will be private alternate accommodation available for that time. Being happy to live with a wood stove is important.The house and grounds may perhaps be a bit challenging, but well worth it!!


What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Looking after 6 chickens! Open up in the morning and close up at night, feed and water daily.
We have a vacation rental business. There would only be one guest after we leave. No cleaning required. Guest has been before. No interaction required.
Lawn mowing and leaf raking in the fall and early spring will be required.
In October large taro plants have to be dug up, potted up and brought indoors, as do banana trees, and dahlias and other tree bulbs/tubers. In the winter there will be snow clearing of an uphill driveway to ensure access to the house at all times.

What are the good features of the property and location

Eclectic and interesting space with lots of windows and light.
We live on a rural property, but still close to town in a large, eclectic home on .5 acres. It is quite a sophisticated home, but definitely not average!
We mainly live with a wood stove for heat, although there is a gas furnace for back up and early mornings. There will be a wood shed totally full for your arrival.
Wifi, TV,
Pool table. Workshop.
Our local ski hill, Apex Mountain, is about 45 minutes away. It offers great hiking and mountain biking, and we are also very close to the Trans Canada Trail, which takes you to great hiking areas. We have two bikes available for use. Downhill skiing, cross country and snowshoeing in the winter.
Surrounded by lots of great wineries, some within walking distance, many within a 15 minute drive.
Time would be available in the daytime for all kinds of pursuits, or even paid work.

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

We plan to leave around September 22 returning around November 2. The sit could be cut in two halves - one Sept to Nov, the other from Jan to mid-March. Sitters should plan to arrive at the begging of September as it is not a normal suburban house, and has a few quirks and foibles to find out about!
Sitters should be aware that there will be a fair amount of work in the garden in October/November, including some heavy work lifting and potting up large taro plants and banana trees before frost. Raking leaves and cutting down perennials also needs doing. Many people have found it to be quite rewarding work.
We would like an email telling us why our listing appeals to you, and why you would be the perfect sitter!
We will respond to all replies.

Last updated: 26 May 2022
12 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Beautiful house sit in Penticton

My husband and I housesat Jane and Matt’s property for six weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the property, so much that we ended up renting out their studio and staying for an extra three months after the housesit had ended! The gardens and house is stunning, and very reflective of Jane and Matt’s personalities. There’s lots to do to keep you busy, but the tasks are enjoyable, and at the end of the day you have plenty of free time to explore the area, or just relax in the gardens like we did! We stayed in the fall, so the majority of our work focussed on taking care of the gardens and racking leaves. We also took care of their chickens, collected their mail, put their bins our and helped clean the holiday rental suites and manage guests that came to stay. Jane is an excellent communicator and was easy to contact while they were away. We arrived about a week before they departed so we could get familiar with the house. They both made us feel extremely welcome, so much that we were actually sad to see them leave on their holiday! We are so glad we got to housesit for Matt and Jane and wish we lived in Canada so we could do it every year!

Jasmine, 01 February, 2019

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions