Family Is Offering A Generous Salary For A New Nanny, But There's A Catch: They'll Have To Live In A Haunted House

A family posted a job advertisement looking for a new nanny on a Scottish website. The family have two children and were offering a generous salary and nice live-in accommodations in a beautiful historic home.

There was just one catch: their house is haunted.

According to the family, who live in a historic home in the Scottish Borders, they lost five nannies in the last year due to 'supernatural incidents'. The former employees complained of strange noises, broken glass and moving furniture.

The constant coming and going of caregivers has left the family frazzled, so they were forthcoming about their paranormal problems in hopes of finding someone who could handle this unusual aspect of the job.

The family is offering nearly $68,000 per year with 28 days off, plus their own room, en-suite bathroom and private kitchen. The nanny would be getting to live in the beautiful old home with stunning views.

That's not too shabby, as the average live-in nanny just gets a room, maybe a private bathroom, and an average of $33,000 per year.

The Scottish couple hoped that the excellent compensation would get any potential nanny to overlook the unusual things that people have reported seeing in their home. When the couple bought the house, they were told that it was allegedly haunted, but they decided to overlook it.

The help, however, has not been so keen to do the same.

"My husband and I are both very busy professionals who are often required to work away and there are occasions, up to 4 nights per week, (weekdays only) when we will both be away and you will be at the property alone in sole charge," the advertisement reads.

"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 listing adds.

Richard Conway, CEO of, said the listing was a bit unusual. At first, employees suspected it might even be a hoax.

“When we saw the advert we were stunned. 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," said Conway.

“We have hundreds of thousands of providers on the site and we’re hoping that one of them will be able to help them."

The CEO adds, "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.”

It looks like a lot of people thought they were up to the task. The family was overwhelmed by more than 3,000 applicants who felt that they wouldn’t mind putting up with any ghostly residents for the great opportunity.

The couple eventually had to post an update.

“After receiving over 3000 messages, we now have what we hope is the perfect nanny! Thanks again to everyone who got in-touch."

"Sorry we couldn't respond to everyone personally.”

So far, the new staff member seems to be holding out, but some hopefuls might want to bookmark the listing.

Source: Telegraph, Childcare
Photo: AWM, Black.Doll/Flickr, Childcare

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