Wednesday 22 November 2017

Family offer €56,000 salary to nanny who will look after children in family's haunted house

Five nannies have already fled

Steven Spielberg’s terrifying haunted-house thriller Poltergeist (1982)
Steven Spielberg’s terrifying haunted-house thriller Poltergeist (1982)

Adam Boult

A family living in the Scottish Borders are advertising for a new live-in nanny - and they're offering a hefty pay check for the right candidate.

The successful applicant will receive £50,000 (€56,000) a year to look after a five-year-old and a seven-year-old, living with what the parents describe as a "lovely, spacious, historic property with spectacular views."

There is, however, a slight catch: the house is supposedly haunted.

"We have lived in our home for nearly 10 years," the mother of the family writes in the advert, which appears on "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. This has obviously been a period of great upheaval for our children.

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The living quarters provided for the nanny Credit:

"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."

Richard Conway, CEO of, said: “When we saw the advert we were stunned. 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.

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

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The living quarters provided for the nanny Credit:

We’ve had some weird and wonderful families find childcare providers through the site, however I think this is probably the most interesting story we’ve heard.

“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.”

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