House Sitting Opportunity.   Fes, Africa

House Sitting in Fes, Africa

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Location:   Fes, Africa

Assignment Description:

Stylish House in the heart of the ancient Fes medina - Looking after guests not pets!

More photos on Instagram @houseoffigsfes

A different kind of house sit -  Mid June-September 

We are looking for someone to take care of our beautiful 4 bedroom house in Fes and  welcome guests. We definitely prefer people who can stay 3 months (or more) as it takes time to get used to Fes.

We are most keen on having people with experience of Airbnb hosting / hospitality.  You will be living in the house with guests and must be warm, sensitive to differing guest needs and with an eye for detail.

There are 3 guest rooms, though we only rent out the whole house - so it may be just one room to a couple or all three to a family or friends. We recently became Superhosts and are getting more bookings - though we are not full all the time. Outside of high season (December) the average has been one booking a week. There will be free time in between guests for exploring Fes and beyond.

You will need to get rooms ready, do laundry, meet guests.

There is a cleaner who can help in busy periods or tighter turnarounds

It's a tall house with plenty of stairs to climb and so you need to be mobile, fairly fit and happy with doing  a few hours of work when preparing for guests.

On average there is one to two hours work aside from guest relations. 

There will be some basic house maintenance jobs to be done - keeping the house clean, tidy and guest ready. Oiling wooden doors, keeping plants happy etc.  I and we are keen to find a warm friendly host with an eye for detail.

Knowledge of French or Arabic is useful. Having said that I manage without!

Ours is a 300 year old house in the oldest part of Fes medina, within a few minutes walk of the karaouine mosque, Nejarine museum, the henna souk and other culturally important sites. The house has been completely renovated using traditional techniques but with a modern aesthetic.You will be immersed in the everyday life and sounds of the old city, artisans working, children playing and people transporting goods by mules. 

Fes is unlike anywhere else, the old medina is really like stepping back in time several hundred years. A labyrinth of tiny dark streets where modest wooden doors lead to palaces and the main means of getting bulky items in and out by donkey. Once inside it’s car free.  My house is in the middle of the old medina, about 10-15 minutes walk from the nearest parking and taxis.

Life in the medina is fascinating -  it's a living museum! It can be intense and wouldn't suit everyone.  Best suited to people who are adaptable, curious and don't like to drive everywhere!

There are some lovely places to escape - Riads with secret gardens, hammams,  walks in the hills 30 minutes away and an interesting and friendly expat community.

For thise with an interest in Arabic culture and architecture it is a fascinating place to be immersed in.

See more photos on our Instagram @houseoffigsfes 

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