At first glance, this posting from a Scottish couple looking for a nanny for their five and seven-year-old children seems like a pretty sweet gig. For roughly $63,000 Canadian a year, they’re looking for someone to watch the kids before and after school, do some housework, help with homework and bedtime routines, and be there for up to four nights during the week in a supervisory capacity when the parents are called out of town.
In exchange, this person will also get 28 days (plus bank holidays) of vacation every year, their own bedroom with an en suite bathroom and a small kitchen.
So what’s the catch? Well according to the ad, it appears as though the “lovely, spacious, historic property with spectacular views” also happens to be haunted. And not one, not two, not three or four, but five nannies have left the position in the last year because of supernatural occurrences.
Um yeah. That sounds pretty creepy.
“We have lived in our home for nearly 10 years. We were told it was ‘haunted’ when we bought it, but kept our minds open and decided to buy the house regardless. 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,” the mother writes on childcare.co.uk. “This has obviously been a period of great upheaval for our children. We haven’t personally experienced any supernatural happenings, 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 up-front as possible to find the right person.”
This almost sounds like a bad prank, or children who are seriously messing with their sitters. But given the fact that five people have left so far, it feels as though there may be more to this story. Apparently the people who run the website thought so too, because they checked it out.
“Some of the guys at HQ were sceptical but after talking to the family and their previous employees we realised it was a genuine position,” Richard Conway, the website’s founder, told the Daily Mirror. “The family has assured us that no harm has come to anyone living in the house, however the nanny will have to have a strong disposition!”
We see now why these parents are willing to offer so much money to their next nanny. And by being up front about it, we’re also pretty sure they’ll attract people who are into this sort of thing. We mean, if ghosts don’t bother you, it does seem like a pretty sweet gig. And if you’ve always wanted to travel to Scotland, this could be a cool way to do it.
Or, the whole family may just end up on an episode of Ghost Hunters. Because if they don’t find someone willing to take up those gorgeous views on the historic property soon, it looks like they could be moving in the near future. No word on whether the ghosts will go with them.