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Fall/Winter in the Okanagan! Wine tasting! Hiking! Biking! Eclectic house with vacation rental. All information is Covid-19 dependent.

Canada, Penticton, British Columbia


  • Chicken(s)
  • Other animal(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: 4 weeks, 1 hour
  • Starts: 5 October 2020
  • Ends: 2 November 2020


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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, People who can appreciate foibles in a home, problem solve and are not expecting an average suburban home to put their feet up in!!! Lawn mowing and perhaps leaf raking in the fall may be required, applicants should be fit enough to handle that. We have found in the past that sitters in the 30-40 age group have enjoyed the house the most. The house may perhaps be a bit challenging, but well worth it!!
There is a possibility of a longer sit, through winter to March if longer term is preferred. Being happy to do snow clearing and to live with a wood stove is important.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

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!
Help to maintain and prepare the garden for winter will be required.
There is a long term year round tenant on the ground floor who works full-time.
We hope to continue to run one rental units, but there is only one booking so far. If there are guests the unit would require cleaning after each stay, which takes 1-11/2 hours. We handle bookings and communicate with you. We pay $50 for each clean/check-in or more depending on circumstances.
We live with a wood stove for heat. There will be a wood shed totally full for your arrival. At that time of the year it is unlikely that you will need it for heat, but rather for atmosphere in the evening. In the winter you would need to use it. Also since the driveway is steep uphill to the house it is important that snow is cleared as it happens rather than leaving it until people have driven on it.

What are the good features of the property and location

Eclectic and interesting space with lots of windows and light.
1/2 acre property just a few minutes from downtown
Wifi, TV, music system with iPod dock
Pool table. Workshop.
There is the potential for a car loan.
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 some paid work.

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

We plan to leave around beginning of October returning around beginning of November. Sitters should plan to arrive a few days early as it is not a normal suburban house, and has a few quirks and foibles to find out about! We will then leave again on December 15 or so and return mid to end March. Applicants can apply for either one or both sits.
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: 23 May 2020
10 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, Canada, 01 February, 2019

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