On paper, it sounds like the dream job: a family living in the Scottish Borders are advertising for a nanny to move into their gorgeous period property (which boasts “spectacular views”) and care for their two young children.
And they’re willing to pay a not-insignificant £50,000 a year to the right candidate. Which, considering that you’ll be living rent-free (with your own bedroom, en-suite, and kitchen), is no small thing.
There is, however, a catch: the house is said to be haunted.
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Yes, haunted: think spooky noises in the night, unexplained happenings, shivers down your spine as you venture down a darkened hallway, and… well, and ghosts. The owners say the house is so haunted in fact that several nannies have already tried and failed to put up with it.
“We have lived in our home for nearly 10 years,” the mother of the family writes in the advert, which appears on childcare.co.uk. “And we were told it was ‘haunted’ when we bought it, but kept our minds open and decided to buy the house regardless.”
She continues: “Five nannies have left the role in the last year, each citing supernatural incidents as the reason, including strange noises, broken glass and furniture moving. This has obviously been a period of great upheaval for our children.”
It’s unsettling, sure, but before you dismiss this job out of hand entirely, it’s worth noting that the parents say they haven’t ever experienced anything spooky themselves – let alone seen an actual ghost.
“We haven't personally experienced any supernatural happenings,” she writes. “As they have been reported only while we've been out of the house, but we're happy to pay above the asking rate, and feel it's important to be as upfront as possible to find the right person.”
It’s worth noting that both parents are busy professionals who are often required to work away from home – which means that the nanny could be alone in the house (well, alone with a five and seven-year-old for company/moral support) for up to four nights each week.
All in all, it sounds a dreamy gig: 28 days holiday, a hefty pay cheque, fabulous surroundings and the chance to make contact with the undead. Sign us up.
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