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Lush, tropical home in Belize needs TLC while owner is away for 6 months

Belize, , Cayo District

Pets

There are no pets to look after

Duration

  • Period available: 6 months, 9 hours
  • Starts: 1 April 2020
  • Ends: 1 October 2020

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

About this assignment

I am looking for a couple to maintain the property as if it were there own, with love and pride, for a minimum of 6 months,.

My property is for sale but I would like it to be lived in until it is sold.
I guarantee (and will put in writing), that the housesitters may stay for a full 6 months, minimum, even if a sale becomes pending.

I am based in Houston and would request meeting the housesitters if possible before they leave for Belize. You will be met at the property by my property manager who will show you round and generally acquaint you with the area.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

"Nina's Place" has been run as a bed and breakfast but is now closed as the owner has taken up a new profession in the USA.

While the extensive property is for sale and continues to be in good repair, I prefer that it not be empty.

Responsibilities are to maintain the place as if it were your own home - see that any repairs are done, keep the cabanas and house clean, make sure the yard is kept up (I have workers but you are welcome to plant, grow, chop and eat the fruit!)

House sitters will cover the costs of wifi (about USD$55/mth), electric (+/- USD$25/mth) and water (+/- USD$10/mth).






What are the good features of the property and location

The property encompasses 4 cabanas, a beautiful tropical garden, the main house and a small restaurant which is closed.

Wifi is not available presently but it will only be necessary to call the company to come out and switch it on.

You will rarely find a mosquito on the property although we do get some tiny "no-see-ems" which are more of an irritation than anything.

The buses are a very economical and easy way to get around. They will stop anywhere along the road for pickup and drop off, including right in front of this property.
Local trips are between USD$1 and USD$2. To go further afield you may pay USD$5.

The property is equal distance between San Ignacio to the west and Belmopan to the east. Spanish Lookout is 8 miles to the north and the ocean is a 2hr. drive to the south-east.

Belize is a beautiful, mostly English speaking country, with fascinating cultures including Maya, Mestizo, Creole and Garifuna.
This area, known as Cayo district, is home to several Mayan ruins, the jungle, caves and other adventures, including an iguana sanctuary and Mayan chocolate making.
Nina's Place is only 25 miles east of the Guatemalan border.

Spanish is spoken a lot in this area given its proximity to Guatemala. While you don't need Spanish to live here, you may enjoy learning and/or speaking it!

The weather is generally warm/hot and humid but there is usually a breeze blowing.

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

No smoking and limited alcohol use is non-negotiable.

If you want guests to come and visit you MUST check with the owner first please.

This property is currently for sale but the realtors will contact you if they want to show someone round. I will give house sitters the realtors contact information.

Last updated: 12 March 2020

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Testimonials

You better Belize that Nina is awesome!

This was my first housesit outside of the US and Nina could not have made me feel any more welcome. All the information I could possibly need was printed out and ready when I arrived. Not only did Nina give me a grand tour of San Ignacio, she introduced me to her friends, many of which I continued to see throughout my stay and are are now friends of my own. To top this all off, Kali is an absolute sweetheart of a dog. She loves keeping you company while exploring the various fruit trees in the yard, or just while relaxing in a hammock, she’ll be right by your side. If you’re considering this housesit, rest assured you’re in for a lovely time.

Jake, United States, 02 June, 2018

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  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions

Beautiful Belize

We spent over 2 weeks at Nina's Place in September, 2016. We arrived a couple days early so that we could be familiar with the place before she left. Nina is wonderful,and showed us everything we might need to know which left us completely at ease. She also drove us around the area and introduce us to her many wonderful friends, who welcomed us and treated us kindly while she was away. We even got to celebrate Paul's birthday with Nina's local cribbage group! We really enjoyed our time there and LOVED Kali, Nina's sweet dog! Its a great area with tons to do. If you get the chance,GO!

Kerry, United States, 23 April, 2017

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