A family in Scotland is seeking a live-in nanny — on the condition that the potential employee doesn’t mind living in a haunted house.
The family posted an ad seeking a full-time nanny on Childcare.co.uk. The post states that the couple have two children, ages 5 and 7, and that they live in a “lovely, spacious, historic property in a remote spot with spectacular views.”
The post describes a fairly typical work load, which includes “preparing breakfast, getting the children ready for school, dropping off and picking up from school and assisting after school, including helping with homework and getting them ready for bed.”
Both parents regularly travel for work, so the ad explains that the prospective nanny would sometimes have to be alone in the house with the children for up to four nights in a row.
The family is offering a $63,000 salary and 28 vacation days, as well as a “comfortable room with en-suite bathroom and private kitchen.”
However, the family notes that there is a potential catch to the job. Near the end of the job listing, the couple revealed that the home, where they have lived for nearly 10 years, is inhabited by ghosts.
“We were told it was ‘haunted’ when we bought it, but kept our minds open and decided to buy the house regardless,” the mother wrote in the ad.
While some would say that this seems like a non-issue, the family says that they have yet to find a nanny willing to stick around for more than a few months.
“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 post says. “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.”
The ad went viral and the family was shocked by the number of responses. The mother shared in an update that they have received more than 2,000 responses, including some messages of support, as well as applications for the job.
Childcare.co.uk CEO Richard Conway described the family’s plight to The Telegraph as “the most interesting story we’ve heard.”
“When we saw the advert we were stunned,” Conway said. “Some of the guys at HQ were skeptical but after talking to the family and their previous employees we realized it was a genuine position.”
He continued: “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.”