My family is owner of a historical house in Tuscany since 1536, the villa is 7 Km from Pisa and 10 Km from Lucca, close to the Vecchiano beach, inside a nature park.
We are looking for a responsible and reliable person who love historical house and would like to stay and sleep from 8:00 pm to 7:00 am inside, to exchange time for a free holidays.
Morning and afternoon are totaly free; Monday is a total free day.
Probably an holiday opportunity if you would like to spend some time in Tuscany (Pisa - Lucca area) for a cultural tourism connected with art and nature, art heritage cities and areas with a particularly high concentration of historical assets and local traditions.
We are inside the nature park of the Monti Pisani and the Migliarino San Rossore National Park near the beach of Marina di Vecchiano, requested for several kinds of tourism, such as rural tourism, nature tourism, wild beach tourism, spa and health tourism, art and ethical tourism, trekking and cycling tourism.
The help is a very small building and gardening bricolage activities. The housesitter will check the eating and electricity system, helps guests (e.g: suggest a place to visit or a resturant, call a taxi, etc.), verify the doors and gate close before sleeping, clean the garden around the villa, indicate the parking areas to the guests, etc.
Following could be a weekly timetable example.
From Tuesday to Friday:
In the morning around 1-2 hour (7:00-8:00am) to clean a small garden named "bosco fate", in late evening around 1 hour (8:00-9:00pm) to clean the garden where are breakfast in the morning. Before sleep (11:00-12:00pm) to check gate and door close.
Sunday and Saturday:
We have many events (wedding, gala dinner, etc) usualy, external people manage them.
You should help for car parking and welcome guest at the begining of the party (usualy around 5:00-8:00pm). Because events you will not check gate and door close but music and noise will continue untill 3:00-4:00am and you will need ear plugs!
Main help is to sleep inside the real estate for security. Your bedroom is close to the villa entrance. From 7:00 am external housekeepers and gardenrs are inside the villa and park untill 8:00 pm and you are totaly free.
A single room with kitchenette corner and a private bathroom.
The room has TV Sat and free WiFi. No meals provided.
The single room has a corner with 2 elettrical fire, a microwave, a frigo and a sink. A washing machine is inside the villa and you can use it.
The villa is 1 Km from the village/rail station of San Giuliano Terme (a touristic SPA area), the historical centre of Pisa is located 7 Km away (10 minutes by bus) and the town of Lucca is at 10 Km (15 minutes). In the front of the Villa entrance-gate you will be able to find a bus stop with buses to/from the Pisa station, the Pisa airport and the Lucca station.
Shops, supermarket, post office, bank, rail station, ecc are less 1 km away from the villa. You will have a bycicle to reach them.
Florence is 60 minutes away, Siena is 90 minutes away, Rome, Milan and Turin are reachable in 3 / 4 hours while Genova and Bologna are reachable in 2 hours. The beautiful Migliarino, Massaciuccoli and St. Rossore park with wild beaches is about 7 Km away, while the sea resorts of Marina di Pisa and Tirrenia are 20 Km away.
The place is a private italian monument under the Ministery of Art law and parts of the real estate are rented from March to November to two families who manage all job activities for the tourist and the housekeeping. Two external gardeners provide jobs for the historical park. Main help is to sleep inside and checking the monumental real estate equipments and security.
No jobs requested. No money compensation. No meals provided.
About me and my family:
60 years old, married with Rosanna, a daughter Teresa (27) living in Milano, a son Paolo (25) living in Barcellona (Spain). I manage this family historical house since 2005 when I ereditate it (with a lot of debts) from my uncle. I live in Pisa with my wife.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 6 days a week