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Long-term house/petsitter(s) required

Bulgaria, Byala

Pets

  • Cat(s)

They are all gorgeous and friendly, soft and beautiful.

Duration

  • Period available: 5 months, 19 hours
  • Starts: 30 April 2022
  • Ends: 30 September 2022

Testimonials

They have 3 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

I am looking for a sitter who is looking to/wanting to move to Bulgaria but has nowhere to live. I have been living in the house for the past 9 years and have loved it, but it's time to move on as I am nearly 78 and can't really look after the huge garden and the finishing off of renovations. This property would be ideal for someone with a bit of money who would like to do their own thing here. The house will be empty as from the end of May 2022 or so and awaits a talented and industrious person to look after it and make it their own...although it will still belong to my son legally! He doesn't want to live in Bulgaria as he has a very good job in England and isn't planning of giving it up. Right now, he isn't interested in selling the house.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

To look after the property at their own expense and do it up slowly. It has two bedrooms, (a large double and a smaller single) plus a dining room which I use as my bedroom at present. The small bedroom is tiled and the double room has a cement floor but needs covering. The kitchen is completely tiled, has plastered and painted walls and a lovely wooden boarded ceiling. There is a tiled bathroom and showerroom attached to it. The lounge (or hallway) hasn't yet been tiled but has lino on the floor which is fine. If I have time before I leave, I will have the hallway painted as it needs refreshing. There are two porches, one at the end of the hallway (the entrance porch) and the other into the kitchen. The property has a number of outbuildings, a large barn and adjoining area which probably had horses in it, a store room which I had plasterboarded a few years ago, a small garage or workroom, a covered area opposite the barn and two or three small rooms which may have had sheep or other animals in them. The garden is 2,800 square metres in length with a separate vineyard at the top end. The property has great potential for a family who want to have a project. Later, my son might be willing to sell it but not for the next few years.

What are the good features of the property and location

A large unkempt garden, outbuildings (a storage room and garage) plus room for a car or caravan in the barn. The barn is separated from the house about 25-30 metres away.

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

The village is small but there are two other English families here. The villagers are friendly and helpful once you know them. There are two shops that sell most basic necessities, a hairdresser, town hall and post office. The mayor speaks a little bit of English! There is a bus service into Byala (the nearest small town) every morning at 06.30-ish and a bus that goes into Byala at 08.30-ish on Thursdays (market day in Byala, from the terminal (close to my house) or from the village centre (1.3 kilometres away). That bus returns back to Bosilkovtsi at about 13.10 or so from the bus station in Byala. There is Fibre Optic Internet service in the house. The village isn't the most exciting place but, if you want peace and quiet, you'll get it here!

Last updated: 10 October 2021
6 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

Wonderful experience

I spent a wonderful time at Catherine's house in Bulgaria in the village Bosilkovtsi. From the first minutes Catherine met me from the train with a smile on her face. The host introduced me to the dogs. These are wonderful well-mannered dogs Sunny, Hanny and Pappy. We walked with the dogs outside the gates to the green hills, wonderful landscapes, and even foxes run across the road. The dogs are very obedient, I took them for walks on a leash, because outside the yard I am responsible for them. Sometimes cars or people can pass, or a bird or a mouse can run, dogs can get scared, and you don’t know how the dog will behave, or run away ... When a car or people passed by, I gave the command to SIT, and we watched if the car would pass and waved hello to everyone)). I washed the dogs in the yard, it was a shower day and I cut the claws of the dogs with special scissors, it was a beauty salon. ?atherine's house is in a quiet location. There is a lot of places to relax and work for the family. All rooms have ceramic tiles on the floor. The kitchen is very spacious with a high ceiling. The bathroom is new, clean, the shower room is very spacious. This is not a guesthouse, no one will clean the house for you. It is necessary to independently take detergents and wash and dry the premises. There are many fruit trees, apple trees, plums, nuts in the garden. You need good hands to put the trees in order, and then you will get a bountiful harvest of delicious fruits. There is a vineyard, a huge vegetable garden, put in a little effort and get your own fresh vegetables, not from the market .. There is water in the house and in the yard. New windows and mosquito nets have been installed. There are no insects in the house. In the yard there is a large covered garage with a high roof, large wooden gates. It was great for a car in hot weather! I liked the locals. They are very friendly, everyone, even strangers, greets, they give passengers a ride by car. The district town of Byala is very close, only 6 km. The bus runs at 6-30 in the morning every day. From the house to the bus stop 20 m, opposite the windows. On Thursday, in the town Byala, there is a large market with fruits and vegetables of local farmers. From Bosilkovtsi to Gara Byala is also very close. There are trains in the direction of Ruse or Sofia. Bosilcovtsy is very quiet and peaceful place, with convenient transport. Cathy, I will never forget the time I spent in Bosilkovtsi. This is a place filled with positive energy, smiles, jokes and love. Our favorite vegetable pie is the best joke of the year! I love you! Thank you for everything you did for me! God will bless you!

Iulia, Africa, 24 August, 2021

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Was a great place to stay :)

I spent 3 whole months with Cathy, and was a lovely time spending it with her and her 3 dogs (lots of dog walks) and the Cats, Whitey & Ginger. Would recommend to anyone who wants a quiet place that offers peace and a get away from city life. I wish you well for the future Cathy :)

MICHAEL, United Kingdom, 06 February, 2021

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My first experience

Catherine is a wonderful woman with positive emotions and energy. She answers very quickly, understandably. We talked on the phone WhatsApp. She gave me detailed instructions on how to feed the dogs and cats and take care of the house. I was helped by instructions on the movement of transport from Bucharest, from Ruse, from Byala and there is a direct bus from Ruse to Bosilkovtsi. Catherine has many English and Bulgarian friends in Bosilkovtsi and in Byala. I felt the support of Catherine and her friends, and I was glad to tears that she and her friends treat me well and are ready to help me. I learned Bulgarian words in advance, wrote the names of products and detergents to buy in the store or pazar (lokal market). You must have money both on the card and in cash, euros and Bulgarian leva..In the house is a Wi-Fi.. I took my scissors to clean the vineyard , and thought about making a flower garden of daffodils to bloom in spring, so Katerina's Bulgarian house would be well-groomed and pleasant. Dear readers, the situation with Covid brings us its changes in our lives and travels. Therefore, be respectful of the house, its cleanliness, appreciate the work that the owner has done inside and outside the house, keep surfaces and your hands clean, take masks, gloves and use a lot of sanitizer. Catherine, I hope to see you in the future!

Iulia, Africa, 17 September, 2020

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  • Gave good instructions