HouseSit Match [HSM]: You’ve travelled all over the world in your professional role – Why did you choose Mallorca to settle?
GOLDFINCA: Mallorca has a thriving yacht industry, its the last stop before leaving Europe for the Caribbean for large commercial and private yachts with all of the repair, equipment and provisioning facilities needed. As a marine engineer it is a great location to be based professionally.
I have been fortunate in that I have sailed around most of the world, particularly the warmer, holiday type locations, as I work mainly on private yachts. And because of my work, for years I lived in the Caribbean and all sorts of other exotic places. However, I soon came to realise that Mallorca has the best of all features from all the places that I have visited. As house-sitters will see when the arrive it has a fabulous climate, stunning scenery, a long and great history and lots of character. Moreover, the Mallorquin are a particularly kind people, independent, proud and also tolerant and relaxed. So overall it offers a great lifestyle.
HSM: Where is your house-sit based in Mallorca?
GOLDFINCA: The finca is near Llubi, which is centrally located which is handy for house-sitters, equally accessible to all parts of the island but at the same time rural, quiet with beautiful mountain views (which is really one of the main reasons I chose the house I did). By car it is only 10 minutes from Playa de Muro which is certainly one of the best beaches.
And we are only 20 mins to Alcudia and Pollenca, the Northern ports and a half an hour to Palma.
There are scores of kilometers of ‘Eco vias’ single track roads intended for bicycle exploration. If you like cycling we are only 20 minutes by bicycle to S’Albufuera, the wetland National Park which is particularly popular with bird watchers. I could go on, there really is so much here!
The finca sits in a large garden plot of 3 acres, and is very peaceful. This housesit would suit a quiet calm person or house-sitters, the garden is a really interesting space stocked with indigenous plants. Its a restful haven that might suit a writer or house-sitters who enjoy a contemplative existence.
HSM: Why do you need house-sitters in particular?
GOLDFINCA: Well my work requirements mean that I must be away at sea for 6 months of the year in three 2 month blocks. My personal life has evolved in recent times so that it comes down to work, or look after the dogs myself. Thats a career-ending decision. Finding a couple or a single House-sitter for pet-sitting seemed to be the perfect solution for me.
I think that I have a great deal to offer the right house-sitters in return for peace of mind about my dogs while I’m away. Without dogs I would simply close the house up and employ a gardener for the garden upkeep during the Summer. This House-sitting assignment is really all about them, I love them more than anything, and want them just to be safe and happy. They require very little. The main garden is divided in two totally enclosed areas of a bit over an acre each throughout which they roam as they want.
Once the gates are closed they’re safe. All the sitter has to do is ensure that the gates are secure when they are in, and that they are on their chains on the kitchen terrace before leaving the house. Feed them once a day in the evening, make sure they always have clean fresh water, then anything else is a bonus. Of course like all dogs they thrive on human contact; stick throwing, ball throwing, rope tugging, working for treats, or even just walking with them around the finca – they love playing. They sleep in the house at night on their own beds. They are the best dogs in the world…but then, I would say that!
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